Someone might want to tell the people half-heartedly peddling the stationary bike while reading a magazine, drinking a smoothie and updating their mobile Facebook: that low-to-no intensity workout isn’t going to cut it under Canada’s new physical activity guidelines.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has updated Canada’s guidelines for physical activity to take into account two important factors: intensity and scheduling. The new rules—which incorporate ratings of intensity—appeal to Canadian’s to complete at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week. According to McMaster University professor and president of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Audrey Hicks, the flexibility of these revised guidelines allow busy adults to tailor a fitness program to fit into their schedule.
If Canadians are able to follow these new guidelines, they can hopefully enjoy the healthy benefits of exercise: living longer, fuller lives and reducing the risk of chronic illnesses.