We grade children on their fitness level all the time, but ParticipACTION has just released a report card rating the first time an adult on their form – and that is not enough.

Non-profit group, which promotes healthy living, giving adults an overall “D” grade for physical activity, but rather a sign that can be flattering to consider only a fraction of Canada over the age of 18 to get the amount of exercise recommended heart pumps per week.

“Canadians who are not physically active as we expect them to be,” admits Dr. Guy Faulkner, a professor of kinesiology at the University of British Columbia who contributed to the report.

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“About 16 percent of Canadians 18-79 years of 150 minutes of physical activity of moderate-to-strong. It is a failing grade, “Faulkner said NEWS 1130.” But when we look at the daily movements as well – and how many steps Canada took – we see some better numbers. About 52 percent of adults reached more than 7,500 steps per day. ”

That’s a good sign, Faulkner said, but adults Canada need to increase the intensity of movement to reap the full benefits.

“So overall, we melihat’D’kelas clearly some room for improvement in terms of increasing participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity.”

The report card also shows that for the first time in the history of Canadian adults over the age of 65 make a larger percentage of the country’s population of those aged 15 and under.

He found that caring for our aging population increasingly falls on the “sandwich generation”, adults in their 40s, 50s, and 60s who must balance their needs with their aging parents and their children. Of the more than eight million Canadians are caregivers, 50 percent were between the ages of 45-65.

“Any movement is good movement, at any age, in particular, for adults and older adults,” said Nora Johnston Chair Research Committee. “What became clear in the Report Card findings is that physical activity needs to become more of a priority. You can not stop aging, but you can age better with physical activity. ”

He added that Canada at Sandwich generation, together with their aging parents, can and must do more to get active, to stay healthy as they age and become an example for their children.

The good news, Johnston said, is that 74 percent of adults in Canada say they have a strong intention to be physically active within the next six months.

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