Government of New Brunswick

Physical activity is any body movement that increases your heart rate and breathing, works your skeletal muscles and requires more energy than resting.

Physical activity can include everyday things like walking the dog, planting a garden, playing tag, building a snowman, tobogganing, and even household chores like raking the leaves, or sweeping the garage. It also includes active recreation and sports such as running, hiking, swimming, bicycling, jumping rope, weight training, yoga, canoeing, dancing, wheelchair basketball, soccer, tennis, skating and cross country skiing.

Physical activity contributes to an overall sense of well-being and quality of life. Participating regularly in physical activity improves fitness levels, sleep and productivity. Increases energy; reduces the effects of stress, the risk of heart disease and so much more!


New Brunswick Wellness Strategy Goal

Physical inactivity is one of the major contributors to declining overall health in New Brunswick. This, along with increased sedentary behavior, contributes to higher rates of obesity, increased prevalence of chronic disease, and a general decline in quality of life  . . . Read more

Approximately 46% of NB adults are moderately active to active (accumulating 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity per day on most days of the week).               

Children and Youth (ages 5 – 19) in New Brunswick take fewer steps than the average Canadian child, recording roughly an average of 11,100 daily steps compared to a national average of 11,600 daily steps. Physical Activity Levels Among Youth (CAN PLAY) study

54% of NB Children and youth are not physically active enough to achieve health benefits.

63% of Adults are not physically active enough to gain any significant health benefits. Among adults, NB has the highest rate of inactivity in the country.

Did you know?

  • Movement plays an important role in the healthy development of a child and habits formed early can last a lifetime
  •  Infants should be active several times during the day through interactive floor-based play that develop movement skills.
  • Children and youth should accumulate 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.
  • Adults should accumulate 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

Read more . . .  


Benefits of being Physically Active

Physical Activity contributes to an overall sense of wellbeing and quality of life. It plays a key role in improving mental, social and physical health. By participating regularly, physical activity improves fitness levels, improves sleep and productivity, reduces the effects of stress, increases energy, reduces the risk of heart disease and so much more! New Brunswickers are encouraged to integrate physical activity into their daily life at home, at school, at work, and at play.  Read more . . .

The Opportunities for Physical Activity Begin in Our Homes, Schools, Communities and Workplaces

Individuals and families can adopt healthier behaviours.  But those changes are often very hard to make without changes in the environment that support them.

We want all New Brunswickers to have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background. Communities, schools and workplaces can help make it easier for people to make healthy choices, and to ensure that everyone has equal access to those healthy choices.

It is critical to build awareness of the issues and inform all individuals and organizations of the potential they have to change their lives toward healthy, active living.  To learn more about the factors that influence inactivity, read more here . . .  

How can we make a difference?

As the reasons for being inactive are complex, the solutions cannot be found by any one group or organization.  Instead we need to work collaboratively, with a wide variety of partners including government departments, non-governmental organizations, health professionals, private businesses, and the public.

Through the provincial Wellness Strategy, we are working collaboratively to create a culture of physical activity in New Brunswick where healthy choices are the norm, not the exception, and where it’s easy for everyone to make the healthy choice.

Within a community, improved levels of physical activity are supported by conditions that facilitate healthy choices, community self-reliance and equal access for everyone.

This means improving access to physical activity opportunities and empowering individuals and families to make healthier choices by investing in those communities. (i.e., built environment, quality instruction and programming, food security, safe recreation and transportation options, inclusive and welcoming environments, community connections).


Make a Commitment

On a personal level, if every New Brunswicker made better decisions about being physically active, we would avoid a lot of health problems, and New Brunswick would be a healthier province. 

Take a step in the right direction by adding physical activity to your daily lifestyle. Start by slowly increasing your physical activity to meet the new physical activity recommendations.

  • Being active for yourself and your family.
  • Try different activities until you find the ones that feel right for you.
  • Choose activities you enjoy
  • Get into a routine—make it social by getting someone to join you.
  • Limit your screen time
  • Set physical activity goals with your family and friends, make a plan, pick a time and a place
  • Walk whenever you can – park farther away, use the stairs instead of the elevator – every STEP counts!
  • good posture
  • Stretch every day and practice

Read more about making a personal or family commitment here . . .  


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