Thursday, 28 February 2013

What's in it for me? - Guest Blog Dr. Yasmine Kelton


Dr. Yasmin Kelton is a mother and family physician who cares about the health of families and women. February was Heart and Stroke month and she did a presentation on "Heart Health" for ladies in Richmond Hill, Ontario. I asked her to please write this short guest blog for us because the importance of minimising your risks for heart disease and stroke are drastically reduced when we introduce exercise. On the 30 Day Challenge Part III starting March 1st we will have the opportunity to put these things into practise.

by Dr. Yasmine Kelton, family physician in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

What is in it for me?

The current Canadian recommendation on physical activity is 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week which can be done in segments or 10 minutes or more. It is also beneficial to add weight bearing activities at least twice a week. It may be surprising to hear that 85% of Canadian adults currently do not meet these recommendations. 

How important is aerobic activity and what is the impact on our health? 
According to statistics from the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada if all Canadians engaged in 60 minutes of physical activity per day, 33% of all deaths related to coronary heart disease, 25% of deaths related to stroke, 20% of deaths related to type 2 diabetes, and 20% of deaths related to hypertension could be avoided. These are great reasons to get moving and encourage one another! Consult the following websites for more health information and exercise guidelines at and The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology at . 
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Melony Teague a freelance writer and columnist who lives in Canada with her husband and two young children.
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