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The 3 Activity Groups

The 3 Activity GroupsThere are 3 types of physical activity that help to keep your body healthy:

Some exercises and activities involve more than one of these three key elements. For example, dancing is great for endurance and it also challenges your flexibility.

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Remember, as far as your health is concerned, three 10 minute sessions is just as good as a 30 minute workout of equal intensity.

Endurance Activities:
Endurance ActivitiesThis kind of activity improves your heart and lungs. Anything you do that increases your heart rate and rate of breathing is considered an endurance activity.

  • Brisk walking
  • Jogging
  • Golfing
  • Yard and garden work
  • Cycling
  • Tennis
  • Skating
  • Swimming
  • Dancing


Flexibility Activities:
Flexibility ActivitiesFlexibility and stretching activities improve your ability to move easily and keep your muscles and joints relaxed.

  • Gardening/yard work
  • Mopping the floor
  • Vacuuming
  • Stretching exercises
  • Tai Chi
  • Golf
  • Bowling
  • Curling
  • Dance


Strength Activities:
Strength ActivitiesThese exercises help to keep your muscles and bones strong.

  • Cutting and piling wood
  • Raking leaves lifting and carrying groceries
  • Climbing stairs
  • Lifting free weights
  • Abdominal curls
  • Push ups

From: Public Health Agency of Canada

Are you ready to get active?

Canada's Physical Activity Guide to Healthy Active Living


Be Active at Work

Revised: May 26, 2011


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