When we set out to make a list of 12
activities, we chose broad exercises for
the body, soul and spirit. During our
research, we discovered that what is
good for the body is good for the brain—
and vice versa.
“Physical activity is incredibly helpful
for brain health,” says Padmaja Genesh,
learning specialist with the Alzheimer
Society of Calgary. “The brain uses 20
to 25 per cent of the energy we get from
food, and 20 per cent of all the blood
flowing through the body goes to the
brain. Exercising improves circulation
and brings more oxygen to the brain.”
The Canadian Physical Activity
Guidelines recommend that adults
be moderately to vigorously active at
least 150 minutes per week, 10 minutes
or more at a time. The guidelines
suggest that adults do muscle and bone
strengthening activities using major
muscle groups at least two days a week;
and that being active every day provides
greater health benefits.
Consult your physician before
beginning any new physical activity.
Here are 12 activities to keep you
healthy for life.
From the time you are
born to the time you die,
being active can help you
feel more alive. Apple
writer Anne Georg looks
at 12 activities that you
can do at almost any age
and level of health.