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The many health benefits of living an active lifestyle

We all know that exercise is good for you. Numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of regular physical activity for older adults. An active lifestyle decreases your risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. It can even help improve things like balance. National Health and Fitness Day is a day that is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of activity and to encouraging more Canadians to get moving. There are many effective forms of exercise that vary in intensity: from walking, aquatic exercise and yoga, to high intensity interval training and strength training. Whatever your preference may be, consider incorporating some form of fitness into your everyday routine to benefit your long-term health and well-being.

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Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website.

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