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NEW Physical Activity Recommendations

October 19, 2010

CSEP‘s Physical Activity Recommendation Development and Current Updates

When it comes to exercise and overall health benefits, more is definitely better. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology has completed a three-year comprehensive research study and review. The study, funded by Pubic Health Agency of Canada, was initiated to update the guidelines based on advancements in current evidence-based research. Previous guidelines were released in 2002, 2002, 1998 and 1999 respectively.

The research indicates that there are measurable health benefits at lower activity thresholds than previously thought, which is great inspiration for those who are very sedentary to do even just a little. However, Canadians should try to exceed the minimum activity thresholds because the research shows that the more variety, the more intensity and the longer the duration of the physical activity, the greater the health benefit.

“We hope that these new findings will inspire inactive or sedentary Canadians of all ages to add more physical activity to their lives, as they will reap some health benefits at lower thresholds than originally thought,” says Dr. Mark Tremblay, Chair of the Physical Activity Guidelines Committee of the CSEP. “Plus, all Canadians can achieve better health by increasing the frequency, duration, intensity and variety of their physical activity. Some is good, but more is clearly better.”

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full study: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Public Health