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Mind & Body

Submitted by alumni on Thu, 04/13/2017 - 00:29.

Mind & Body

Each decade poses distinct challenges, which is why we turned to the experts for a road map to better health. From your 20s to your 80s, we supply you with one healthy habit per decade. Live large with this handy-guide to your well-being.
by Mike Fisher

Healthy Habit for Your 20s:
Mix it Up


Ah, the youthful days. Now is the time to mix it up with a variety of activities.

  • Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise daily, as well as incorporating resistance training at least twice a week. Do so and you’re boosting your heart health, so important throughout your life, as well as your muscle strength.
  • There will be days you’ll want to be outside, in the fresh air, around trees, water and hills. Do it. You’ll feel better mentally when you connect with nature.
  • Spend more time with others, too. Maybe bring your friend or your friend’s dog along for a walk and a talk. You’ll feel both calm and energized.

Patricia Doyle-Baker, associate professor in kinesiology, whose research involves preventative medicine, clinical exercise physiology and epidemiology.