Physical Activity

Don't Let the Bad Weather Derail Your Exercise Routine

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Too dark, too rainy, too cold -- there are countless obstacles to outdoor exercising in the winter months. It's also a time for easy excuses. But what a shame to see that hard work you've put in all year go to waste because it's less pleasant outside. It shouldn't be this way, it doesn't have to be.

10 Everyday Ways to Lower Your Risk of Cancer

Prithwish De, PhD | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Prithwish De, PhD

There are many factors we can't control that affect our cancer risk, like growing older, our genetic profile and having a family history of the disease. But the good news is that there is a lot we can control. It's as simple as making healthy choices every day and having policies in place that protect our health. Here are the top 10 ways to lower your risk of cancer.

Back to School: Preventing Concussions on the Playing Field

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

As kids head back to school, hoping to make this year's sports teams, University of Toronto public health professor and family doctor Ross Upshur is calling for stronger action to prevent sports-related concussion in children and youth.

Get Your Kids Away From the TV and Outside To Play

Bill Bogart | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

The assessment compared our kids, in nine categories of activity, to those in 14 other countries. Canada received an overall grade of D- putting it behind nations such as Mexico, Kenya, and Nigeria. Our toddlers do pretty well: 84 per cent of kids 3 and 4 get the recommended 180 minutes of daily exercise. After that activity levels fall.

How To Incorporate Physical Activity Into Your Life

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

There are so many ways and reasons to be active, finding motivation should be easy. The Heart and Stroke foundation is giving you one more. Don't have a heart attack. When you are deciding to skip out on physical fitness, think about not having a heart attack. It should motivate you to avoid the couch and do a little more to stay a little healthy.

How To Salvage Your New Year's Resolutions

JC Deen | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Living
JC Deen

Here we are at the beginning of February 2014. How are you doing with your freshly etched New Year's Resolution? If you're on track, great. If you're feeling burnt out already, or like you bit off more than you can chew, the following ideas might give you some hope.

Don't Abandon Your Fitness Resolutions Just Yet

Kelly Murumets | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Murumets

It's time to stop and question your family's reliance on the car. Yes, many of us live in suburbs or rural areas where destinations tend to be spread out, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to choose people power as an option. It may be easier to incorporate more steps into your day than you realize, if you just take a look at where you have to be in a week.

Enjoy Holiday Glee Without Weight Gain Guilt

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Why does it feel like even before the tinsel's been removed from the tree or the wax has melted from the Menorah, we are bombarded with messages from TV talk shows telling us it's time to repent for everything we've eaten or had to drink during the holidays? Here are a few common mistakes we make post-holiday season.

Why Sitting All Day Is a Pain in the Butt (and Legs, and Heart...)

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Health experts have long warned that a sedentary lifestyle can contribute to a number of diseases and even shorten people's lifespans. Several recent studies have confirmed that sitting for hours while working, commuting or relaxing at home can result in serious damage that cannot easily be offset even with regular exercise.

Four Ways to Be Healthy This Spring

Lindsay Jang | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Living
Lindsay Jang

Whether it's switching up your activities or the way you prep your dinner, use the extra hours of sunlight to energize and inspire your healthy living regimen. Here are some ideas to get you started and hey, who knows, you might even have some fun while you're at it!

Students Must Exercise Both Body and Mind to Be Successful

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

As a parent, I'm less concerned with the food that's available at my children's school than I am with the physical activity that is NOT. If our school boards think they are doing our kids a favour by keeping them tied to their chairs and computers, they are sadly mistaken. All the professional and financial success in the world means nothing if you don't live long enough to enjoy it.

Active Video Games Are No Replacement for Activity

Kelly Murumets | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Living
Kelly Murumets

Lately, there's been a lot of buzz about active video games being a new tech solution to the inactivity crisis in Canadian kids. While active video games -- also called exergames -- may seem like a plausible way to get kids to exercise more, a recent review of academic literature suggests this may not be the case.

The Gym Helping Kids With Disabilities

Erica Berman | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Erica Berman

So what if there was a place for kids like me, that was just for kids, with classes geared specifically to the needs and abilities of children based on their age and level of physical and cognitive development. Wouldn't that be amazing? Fortunately, thanks to one couple in Toronto, there is!

For Kids, Playing Is Not a Waste of Time

Kelly Murumets | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Kelly Murumets

Play is not only an easy, accessible and affordable way to get children more physically active, but it has the potential to improve a child's physical, emotional, social and cognitive well-being. It's not a frill or a waste of time. According to the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card, play has been shown to improve and foster motor function, creativity, decision-making, problem solving and the ability to control emotions.

Canada Runner-Up in the Biggest Loser

Kelly Murumets | Posted 05.09.2012 | Canada
Kelly Murumets

And more than just improving your body's inner workings, physical activity can boost self-confidence, enhance your sex life, introduce you to new people, reduce anxiety, and help save the environment. With all these benefits, it's a wonder getting active is not way more popular.

Less Sunlight, Less Playtime: Should Clocks Move Forward So Kids Can Stay Active?

CP | Anne-Marie Tobin, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Now that clocks have been set back an hour in most parts of Canada and it's dark before dinnertime, a new British study on kids' physical ac...

Physical Activity Cuts Effect Of Obesity Gene

CBC | Posted 01.03.2012 | Canada Living

People who are genetically predisposed to becoming obese can reduce their risk by being physically active, a review of studies suggests. Researcher...

The Power of Sport

Kelly Murumets | Posted 10.31.2011 | Canada
Kelly Murumets

Have you stopped to think about what the true common denominator of the Olympic Games is? It is not necessarily athleticism, competition or even patriotism. It is sport. Whether at a global, national or grassroots community level, sport is a universal language that is understood by all.

Chores, Activity Can Reduce Cognitive Impairment In Seniors

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.18.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO -- Some studies have seen a link between exercise and a reduced risk of cognitive impairment, but a new study focuses on...

We Need a Social Shift for Physical Activity to Take Flight

Kelly Murumets | Posted 08.08.2011 | Canada
Kelly Murumets

You probably recall playing outdoors with your friends and siblings until it got dark, but that doesn't happen today. How can we fight the 'nature deficit disorder' afflicting our kids? How can kids get outdoors after school if they don't have safe places to play?