We know that exercise is medicine but is being regularly active also a good business decision? We are living in the middle of an obesity epidemic; 1 in 4 Canadian adults and 1 in 10 Canadian children are living with obesity. The current economic burden of excess weight and physical inactivity in Canada is an estimated 29 billion dollars a year. If we increased the national amount of physical activity by 1% per year, that would lead to 2.1 billion dollars in savings per year, up to 20.3 billion by the year 2030. That's insane!
We all know that we need our beauty sleep. A good night’s sleep helps release healthy hormones, such as growth hormone, which allows our body to repair itself from daily damage. We feel happier, look better, and have more energy. We are more likely to hit our weight loss goals and it’s easier to resist temptation when someone brings in tasty treats to work.
t’s that time of year again. Time for New Year Resolutions. Gyms are about to become packed, people are going to buy tons of equipment, books, how-to guides, etc. And they’ll probably forget about them in a couple weeks. Here is our guide to setting resolutions so they stick and you don’t become just a January Joiner.
When you’re going through a tough time, you probably lean on some friends and family to support you. The same kind of support can help you stay more physically active or to sustain lifestyle change. There are many different types of social support. All of them are important and can be provided by many different people in your life.
When was the last time you spent at least an hour outside? Now, when was the last time you spent at least an hour outside in nature, away from the cityscape you live in? If you had to think about that answer for a couple minutes, you aren’t alone. A 2012 survey by the David Suzuki Foundation found that 70% of youth spent less than an hour per day outside and that time outside was spent hustling to a destination. A 2001 survey by the US Environmental Protection Agency found that on average, Americans spend 87% of their time indoors and 6% in an enclosed vehicle.
There has been a lot of discussion lately about inactivity and sedentary lifestyles among adults. Physical inactivity and sedentary living contribute to chronic disease risk and a recent study found that only 15% of adults were meeting physical activity guidelines. Did you know that you can be both physically active AND sedentary?