We have all heard the statistics. Nearly thirty percent of Canadian children and youth (2-17
years old) are overweight or obese. This number increases to over 50% in adults. Today’s youth and adults are both less fit and less active. Only 7% of children and youth and 15% of adults meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, and across the age spectrum individuals spend over 60% of their day in ‘inactive’ pursuits (TV, video games and computer, or ‘desk jobs’). We all know that physical activity is important for weight control. As well, it can prevent heart disease, depression, cancer and diabetes. And, for people with bleeding disorders, physical activity can develop strong muscles to protect joints from twists and strains, and better coordination to prevent falls and injuries.
But what is physical activity?
Some people think of team sports, such as basketball, hockey or soccer, while others think of individual sports like golf, swimming and skiing. Quieter activities such as walking, snowshoeing, gardening, yoga and Tai chi are also excellent physical activities. So are the chores we all have to do: housework, climbing stairs, raking leaves, mowing the lawn and shovelling snow. Physical activity is anything that keeps you moving.
“I hate exercise for the sake of exercise. Don’t ask me to lift weights! But I enjoy shovelling
snow, cutting and pruning trees, and stacking firewood. Not only do these activities keep me in shape, but I accomplish something useful.”
– a 60-year-old man with hemophilia
This booklet, Destination fitness, provides guidance on not only how to keep moving, but also on how to do it safely. Physical activity will help you to achieve an active lifestyle, no matter how old you are or what type of bleeding disorder you have. You may find that the journey toward fitness is easier than you think!
You can consult the online brochure by downloading the pdf below.
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