Algoma Public Health

Physical Activity & Sedentary Behaviour

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The most recent Canadian Health Measures Survey found that 85% of Canadian adults currently do not meet the recommended amount of physical activity, which is 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week, accumulated in bouts of 10 minutes or more.  “Heart and Stroke Position Statement paper”


What is Physical Activity

What is Physical Activity?


Physical activity is movement which engages skeletal muscles and which requires energy expenditure.  These activities are accomplished by movements such as, walking, cycling doing indoor and outdoor chores, playing and actively working. These movements also increase heart rate and breathing.

Sedentary Behaviour





The health benefits of being physically active are immeasurable. When people engage in physical activity we decrease our risk of chronic disease and cancers related to sedentary behaviour. The latest Cancer Care Ontario report on Healthy Weights, Healthy Eating and Active Living "highlights a considerable opportunity for cancer and chronic disease prevention effort".


Physical activity guidelines provide advice on how much physical activity is generally recommended to realize health benefits. 


Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines


Physical Activity Across the Lifespan


Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: June 1,  2015