Turn off the screens. Turn up the play!

An important part of staying active is taking the time to relax

As much as I love being active, sometimes it can feel like just another thing on the to-do list. Between work and groceries, family time and laundry, remembering to visit the gym or get in the day’s 10,000 steps can seem more stressful than soothing. Balance is just as important as hitting personal fitness goals, and when I feel things becoming too busy too quickly, I make a point to slow down and find some balance. Some days it takes...

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Try our new 31 day challenge!

  Whether you’re already active or just getting started, everyone can use a little motivation to move more. So, we’ve created a calendar with some of our favourite ways to incorporate physical activity into the day – and challenge you to complete each activity during the month of March. This isn’t your typical 30 day challenge that aims to have your body “beach-ready” in just 31 days. This is about making small changes and developing healthy habits that can last...

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Debate: should toddlers use a smartphone or tablet?

In today’s digitized society, tablets and smartphones are increasingly popular devices across generations – even toddlers. In fact, a survey by Common Sense Media, reported by the Christian Science Monitor, discovered that nearly 40 percent of children between the ages of two and four often found some mobile device in their hands. That seems startling to me – a mother of two kids (now three and five) who have never even touched my smartphone without hearing me yell “put that down”!...

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My Secret Shame: Candy Crush

I have a confession. It’s my dark secret. By day, you would never know it. I devote my professional life at ParticipACTION to getting Canadians to become more physically active – most recently by asking parents to carve out more active play time from their kids’ screen time. But when I am out of the office I hypocritically find myself frequently needing a fix of one of the most shamefully time-wasting curses of the digital app era, Candy Crush. Yes,...

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Beat the cold and get warm with walking!

 I love cycling to work, and it kills me when the temperature drops, the snow swirls and I tarp up my bike for the winter. I miss the bouts of exercise built into my work day–twice each day–so this year, I decided to start walking.  I don’t have time to walk all the way to work, so each day I walk the 2 kms to the subway station and then hop on. Even this past week, when it was averaging -20 degrees, I...

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Plan an active March Break

Forget sleeping in and days spent in front of the TV or computer. Canadians already spend far too much time engaged in sedentary pursuits. March Break… a whole week off school (!!) is the perfect time for active fun with family, friends, or to enjoy a March Break camp. Here are 10 suggestions for active fun! 1 – Enjoy the last of winter with some tubing, skating, snowshoeing, sledding, skiing, or fort-building if you’ve got enough snow. 2 – Get the jump...

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Move well, Age well

Those of you who have read a few of my blogs before may remember that I often lament the topics I write about. Only because they are assigned to me and not voluntarily chosen, I mean seriously, would I have voluntarily chosen to challenge my teens to reduce their cell phone time? It’s all in good fun, but my blogs seem to have a more mature slant.  And, this one is no exception because it is about physical literacy for...

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Tax blog – gosh, that sounds exciting!

Tax time is never fun, but getting more back is! We won’t pretend tax time is exciting.  But, we think it’s important that all Canadian parents are aware of some changes to the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit that might apply to you!     Did you know that you can claim, to a maximum of $1000 per child, the fees you paid in 2014 relating to the cost of registration or membership for your child in a prescribed program of...

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How to go on a digital diet

Yes, we know kids need to get off of the screens and get outside.  But, what about everyone else?  That smartphone habit probably isn’t doing your own sleep habits, relationship or healthy lifestyle any favours, either.  Isn’t it amazing how you can “just check your email” and then get sucked into your phone and realize that you meant to go to bed half an hour ago? It’s not just kids who need to #makeroomforplay and get off the screens.  We...

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Tech-free Date Night!

With the most romantic day of the year on our horizon, many individuals race to make dinner-date plans with their significant others. But once they get to their romantic destinations, phones and other screen devices start to appear, losing all sight of the meaning of ‘date night’. In our tech-driven society, we have forgotten what it’s like to spend a few precious hours together without relying on those tiny little screens. So, this Valentine’s Day we encourage you to leave...

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