We all know exercise is good for the body and for the mind. But, sleeping in an extra 30 minutes or relaxing on the couch at the end of a long day can often be more appealing than the alternative! So what are the benefits, and why should you consider establishing a regular exercise regimen? 


The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that adults engage in 150 minutes of moderate intensity cardiovascular exercise per week. This could include walking, cycling, running, swimming, or taking part in exercise classes. Cardiovascular exercise has been shown to help prevent and treat chronic diseases like cancer, Type II diabetes, and heart disease. 


Strength training is a great way to build muscle and improve your body’s ability to support bones, ligaments, and joints. As well as helping to provide your body with a bigger and better motor for your daily activities. ACSM recommends at least 2 days per week of strength training to supplement cardiovascular exercise. 


  •  Don’t do too much too soon, ease into exercise and ensure you are providing sufficient time for your body to recover before engaging in more physical activity.
  • Pick exercise that is accessible and enjoyable, that way you are more likely to look forward to it.
  • Safety is key !! Make sure you fill out a questionnaire (like a PARQ, see below) or seek medical consultation if you plan on beginning an exercise program on your own.