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General Fit Facts

  • Social surveys tell us that physical activity is increasing among Canadians
  • General Social Survey reported that 32% of the population aged 15 and over were "physically very active", up from 27% in the late 1980's; the increase came at all ages
  • Physical activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits
  • The loss of strength and stamina attributed to aging is in part caused by reduced physical activity
  • Social support from family and friends had been consistently and positively related to regular physical activity
  • Regular physical activity can help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, lose extra pounds, help control blood pressure, lessens a diabetic's need for insulin and boosts the level of "good" HDL cholesterol
  • As you become more physically fit, most people feel physical activity gives them more energy than they had before
  • Most physical activities do not require any special athletic skills, so do what you like doing
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