Highlights / physical activity

Health, Society

Exercising could help in pandemic but stress, anxiety a barrier

Researchers at McMaster University say that the COVID-19 pandemic “has created a paradox where mental health has become both a motivator for and a barrier to physical activity.”  A study was done to find out how and why mental health, »

Health, International, Society

Pandemic makes physical activity especially important: WHO

Up to five million deaths per year could be averted if people around the world were more active, says the World Health Organization (WHO). Regular physical activity is said to be key to preventing and helping manage heart disease, diabetes »

Health

Canadian adults get a failing grade for physical activity

Only 16 per cent of Canadian adults are meeting the national guidelines of 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week, according to a national non-profit. Calling this an “inactivity crisis,” ParticipACTION says inactivity can lead to increased risk of »

Health, Society

Just intensifying daily activity may improve fitness: editorial

For years Canadians have been told they need to get more exercise, but studies suggest obstacles to following that advice are that it takes time and and not everyone can afford to join a gym. An editorial in the British »

Environment & Animal Life, Health

Campaign aims to get children back to nature

Canadian children are spending more time with screens and less time out in nature and that is having a negative effect on their physical and mental health, says Jill Sturdy, a manage with Nature Canada. This non-profit has worked to »

Health

‘Want to poop better?’: latest slogan to boost physical activity

The national non-profit, ParticipACTION has campaigned for years to try to get Canadians to be more physically active and the latest, attention-grabbing effort focuses on benefits such as better bowel function. Vast majority of Canadians not active enough In a »

Health, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Exercise protects against depression world over: comprehensive study

An analysis of 49 studies involving more than 266,000 people suggests that physical activity can protect against the emergence of depression. “If you look across the world there is consistent evidence that physical activity has the capacity to prevent the »

Health, Society

Creeping ‘sleepidemic’ affecting Canadian children and youth

Have you noticed that your children are going to bed later and later, and are too sleepy during the day? That might have something to do with the fact that they are not getting enough exercise and are spending too »