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Physical inactivity

Making physical activity part of your life can benefit your health significantly and can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Regular activity also helps prevent and control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, certain types of cancer and obesity.

How much physical activity do you need?
The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends adults should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Children and youth should accumulate at least 60 minutes a day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity daily.

Learn more about tips to get physical active from our Physical Activity section.

Check out Canada's Guide to Healthy Active Living.

Last reviewed: August 2013
Last modified: July 2014