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Research Roundup: the latest and greatest on physical activity

As the “know-it-all” Knowledge Manager with ParticipACTION, even I get overwhelmed with the amount of new research on physical activity. Every month, new and exciting evidence emerges informing us of how, when, what, and why physical activity is important. So you don’t have to, I have reviewed some of the latest and greatest information and summarized the findings below This month we learn that reducing physical inactivity can have a great economic benefit in Canada, social support is a significant...

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Our blog is written by a passionate group of ParticipACTION staffers who live, work and play physical activity every day.

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Why kids (and adults!) need time in the woods

This post by invited guest, Mark Yearwood, founder and Executive Director of Kids In the Woods Initiative Where did you play as a child? If your childhood was anything like mine, you likely spent plenty of time outdoors in nature. Unfortunately, for children today, unstructured playtime in the woods is not common. While playing in a forest or exploring a creek is fun, nature experiences provide so much more for children. But, before we get to the benefits, it’s important to...

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I hate walking! If you do too, here are 10 reasons to love biking

Walking is one of the most popular, easy, and accessible ways to get physical activity, and the health benefits of walking are well documented. I know a lot of people who LOVE to walk and go out of their way to walk more.  Good for them!  I am not one of those people. Working at ParticipACTION, I admit I feel some shame about my hatred for walking, as walking wherever and whenever possible is part of ParticipACTION’s mantra on physical...

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Good role models rub off. Active transportation inspired by my 90-year-old grandmother!

Like many Canadian children, I found myself dreading the walk to and from school as a child. And if I’m honest, I still found myself dreading the 30-minute walk to the office, until recently when I was reminded that my 90-year-old grandmother, who lives in Finland, still rides her bike into town to pick up groceries. Heck, paved roads in Finnish villages are few and far between (kind of like trying to find a needle in a haystack)—she’s riding her...

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No risk at playtime makes Jack a dull boy

A school principal once told a friend of mine that her take on safety in the schoolyard is that you don’t want kids to break an arm, but you do want them to scrape a knee.  For parents, even that line can seem iffy.  I mean, who wants their kid to scrape a knee? I do. Because I work at ParticipACTION and have exposure to the latest and greatest physical activity research on a regular basis, I might be more...

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Considering getting older? Get moving. Your brain will thank you.

So, apparently, I am going to be blogging!  This is my first blog.  And the topic I was assigned: physical activity and Alzheimer’s disease.  I wasn’t sure if I should be concerned about the topic assignment, after all, I am the oldest of the ParticipACTION staff (in chronological age only) and we know a significant risk factor for Alzheimer’s is aging!  This poses a serious public health concern given that by 2031, nearly one in four of us will be...

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The Early Bird gets More than the worm

Early morning exercise has many advantages including mental, physiological and social benefits and is a wonderful way to start your day. But, who are these people that drag themselves out of bed at early hours to move in ways they could never possibly be awake for? Well “these people” really have it all figured out. Many of them, contrary to what you might believe, were not “morning people” to start with. They’ve committed themselves and trained their minds and bodies...

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Fun and Frugal Fitness Ideas under $40.00

With all the sun and fun that comes with summer, some of us may be feeling a slight squeeze on our budgets. If you are feeling like you’ve been dining on too many patios, spending too much on gas money for trips to the lake, or buying that new dress for a wedding, you might be considering what to give up in order to trim your spending, with more than two more months of summer to go! The good news...

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Five Ideas for Multi-Generational Play

Parents tell us there are a multitude of barriers that interfere with active play for our kids, but what about us? What about our own fun and play? Just as we worry that our kids aren’t safe on the playground, we adults often excuse ourselves from exercise because we fear injury or embarrassment. Our fears can persist as we age into older adults, preventing us from leading healthier, active lives. So, what can we do? It can be tough to...

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Happy Canada Day! Here are Five Ways to Celebrate!

Happy Canada Day weekend, readers !  What are you doing this weekend to celebrate?  Watching some fireworks?  Heading to a beach?  Celebrating your favorite national sports? What a great idea! Canada is known for winter sports like hockey and curling, but did you know that more Canadian youth between age three and 17 participate in swimming, soccer and dance?[i] With the statutory holiday coming, why not use the extra day to check out the beautiful landscape and try out some...

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