Physical Activity

Physical activity has the potential to change the physiology of the brain and is a natural mood booster. It’s an amazing natural medicine for our mental health and physical health, especially for preventing or managing serious killers such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and cardiovascular disease. Staying active protects your mental health and your overall health from the inevitable changes associated with ageing. Listed below are some activities that you can try in your leisure time that will improve your health and well-being through fun, engaging activities.

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  • Aquatics
  • Hiking in green spaces
  • Walking the dog
  • Bicycling 
  • Rollerblading
  • Swimming
  • Yoga
  • Qigong
  • Tai Chi
  • Sports
  • Rock climbing
  • Dancing
  • Canoeing
  • Archery

Other benefits of incorporating physical activity into your life

Physical Activity increases:

  • Muscle strength
  • Endurance
  • Mobility
  • Flexibility
  • Physical skills
  • Immune functions
  • Bone strength
  • Bone density
  • Social opportunities

Physical activity improves:

  • Cardiovascular health
  • Kinesthetic awareness (body awareness, ability to distinguish between right and left side of the body, coordination)
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Motor planning and activation
  • Balance- falls prevention!!
  • Appetite
  • Blood pressure
  • Bone Health
  • Self esteem
  • Quality of sleep

Physical activity reduces:

  • Stress
  • Tension (oh yeah, there’s a difference!)
  • Reduce symptoms related to depression
  • Reduce and manage anxiety
  • Medication dependence
  • The rate of ageing 

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The activities that our services provide all utilize physical activity as a therapeutic tool to help individuals reap the above benefits, as well as lead a healthier life. The activities in this category share a common goal of utilizing large muscle groups, resulting in increased cardiac output, and caloric expenditures. This activities are tools that provide opportunities to engage in physical activity that aims at improving overall physical and psychological health within a social setting.

The term “physical activity” should not be confused with “exercise”, which is a subcategory of physical activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and aims to improve or maintain one or more components of physical fitness.

-World Health Organization, 2020

World Health Organization minimum recommendation for physical activity in adults 18+ is 150 minutes of moderate-intense activity per week

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