Physical Activity

two children cycling down a sidewalk followed by a young woman.Physical activity is an important part of your life!  Did you know that you can get health benefits by being active in bouts of 10 minutes or more? It’s recommended that you accumulate at least 150 minutes per week of cardiovascular activity (e.g., walking, biking, swimming, running).

Have fun and get active your way! Build physical activity into your daily life at home, school, work, or play because it:

  • Refreshes the mind and gives you more energy
  • Slows the aging process
  • Relieves stress and tension 
  • Reduces your risk for certain chronic diseases
  • Helps you reach and keep a healthy body weight
  • Helps your heart, lungs, and muscles work more efficiently
  • Helps contribute to a healthy mind and body
  • Can be a social activity with friends and family

Learn more about how you can get active: 

Information about local programs, events, trails, and facilities in Windsor-Essex County: 
Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines:
Information about Provincial and National programs, events, trails, and facilities:  

Flourish: A physical literacy resource for Early Childhood Educators

Cover image of 'flourish' publication

Why is physical literacy important?

Physically literate children lead healthy active lives. This benefits them in a number of ways including:

  • Increased creativity, readiness for learning, and academic performance.
  • Improved concentration, memory, problem solving, and attention span.
  • Better behaviour, less bullying, and less violence.
  • Safer and healthier relationships.
  • Overall personal satisfaction.

Request a copy of Flourish: A physical literacy resource for Early Childhood Educators.

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Being confident and competent in your physical ability can make a big difference. Research has shown that staying active throughout life depends on this confidence, which can be developed in childhood.