Physical activity in the workplace

It is so important to be physically active in the workplace.

Why?

Canadians spend more than half their waking hours at work, and many find it difficult to be physically active during the day. If you are unable to be active during your work day, you may not be active at all. Being physically active can:

How physically active should you be?

According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, as an adult between the ages of 18 and 64 years you should spend at least 150 minutes per week on moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity. It is also important to do some muscle and bone strengthening activities at least two days a week.

How can you be physically active at work?

Remember to be physically active during off work-hours as well.

What can you do as an employer?

Contact the Sudbury & District Health Unit Workplace Health Team at 705.522.9200 or 1.866.522.9200.

Find Out More:

Public Health Agency of Canada: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/hl-mvs/pa-ap/07paap-eng.php

Health Canada – Healthy Living – Physical Activity: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/physactiv/index-eng.php and http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/maintain-adopt/weights-poids-eng.php

Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology – www.csep.ca/guidelines

Alberta Centre for Active Living – Physical Activity at Work: http://www.ualberta.ca/~active/workplace/beforestart/benefits-bottom-line.html

 


This item was last modified on July 30, 2015