People on the move
Being physically active is important to our well-being. Most Yukoners know the benefits – physical activity can enhance a person’s physical and mental health, and improve fitness, energy levels, posture and balance.
Exercise builds stronger muscles and bones, and can help with weight control, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, some cancers, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. Being active throughout our lives helps us to remain engaged and independent as we age.
Yukoners are among the most active Canadians but many of us still fall short of getting the amount and intensity of physical activity that is needed to maintain good health.
- About 55% of Yukoners aged 12 years and older are active, or moderately active, based on their involvement in activities such as sports, walking, fishing or gardening. At least 45% of us could do more.
- Less than a third of Yukon students in Grades 6-10 get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Sports, recreation and physical education in schools are organized ways of being physically active. But we also need to be more active throughout the day at home, work, school and in the community at large. The term active living refers to being active as a part of daily living. It includes play, chores, taking the stairs, and walking or cycling to work or school.