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How to get active

There are many benefits to be gained from regular physical activity. Not only will you look and feel better, you will also be helping to prevent many health risks.

Paul Cantafio gets just under 200 minutes of physical activity a week through the workouts and aerobic and strength classes he takes at the Reh-Fit Centre. Annette Albo clocks in at 200 minutes of cardio and another 60 of strength and stretch work at Reh-Fit, and does more at home. The recommended minimum is 150 minutes of physical activity per week for Canadian adults.

Physical activity doesn't need to be strenuous in order to achieve health benefits. Start by including more steps in your daily life. Take the stairs whenever possible, park the car at the far end of the parking lot, go for a walk during coffee and lunch breaks, march on the spot while watching your children's soccer game.

"There's no generic approach. (The goal) is to get physical activity back in their lives, so it is tailored to each individual," says Dr. Dean Kriellaars.

A healthy dose of physical activity can be achieved with several short 10-minute sessions spread throughout the day or through longer sessions of moderately intense activities such as brisk walking.

For more information on how to become active, please visit: winnipeginmotion.ca or exerciseismedicine.ca.

Wave: May / June 2013

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Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.

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