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We try wearable fitness trackers #4: the Fitbit

Name: Rachel Shantz Tracker: Fitbit Flex 1. Describe your tracker and the basics of how it works/how you use it. I was intrigued by the exploding popularity of the Fitbit and wanted to get one to try for myself to see what all the hype was about. The Fitbit is a little, plastic, step-tracking chip that fits inside a rubber bracelet that connects via Bluetooth to your phone. The Fitbit app uses the data from the chip to tell you...

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Hiking: No place is too far if you have time

Hiking in Hong Kong (Photo by Wendy Ho) This blog post was written by Wendy Ho and originally appeared on Land Lines, the NCC blog. It was a hot, humid summer day without a breath of wind in the mountain pass. Up and up I hiked, head down and sweaty, wishing to feel a whisper of a summer breeze. Occasionally I glanced up to check that I wasn’t trailing too far behind my parents. “We’re here, the hardest part is over,”...

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Reversing the tech tide: parenting tips I learned from my kid

   Last night I was on my way out the door to go pick up my 10-year-old from her dance class. Just as I was leaving, my 14-year-old daughter wheeled up on her bike, coming back home after hanging out with a friend.  I asked her if she wanted to come along and keep me company, and she hopped in beside me. Naturally, as we drove, we started to talk about her little sister. “She’s addicted to screens you know,”...

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The benefits of bike-share systems

From home to work, back-to-back meetings, lunch at your desk, more meetings, then back home to family obligations, it can be hard during Monday to Friday’s daily routines to find time to be physically active. Fortunately, cities are making it a bit easier to fit in pockets of activity with bike-share facilities. In Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton, and soon Vancouver, along with more than 500 cities around the world (New York, London, Paris and Dublin to name just a few), bike...

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We’re moving in a new direction, have you noticed?

So, you may have noticed that things seem a little different around here. Our team has decided to take a new approach to writing for the ParticipACTION blog, Twitter, Facebook and all aspects of our digital presence. As part of our desire to better engage with you, our readers, we thought we should diversify our voices so that we can do a better job of sharing new ideas on physical activity from different perspectives. And, we want to know what...

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A Thanksgiving Weekend Walking Plan—do the Turkey Trot!

  Thanksgiving weekend has already arrived, and I think we are all looking forward to the extra time we’ll have to relax, unwind and spend some quality time with our families and friends. I really look forward to this weekend because I can usually find the time to get outside and see fall’s last breath and leaves changing colour before winter settles in. The photo pictured in this post is from last Thanksgiving when I took a long walk with my family...

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7 Physical Activity Resolutions…Just in Time for Autumn!

There are so many ways to be active while enjoying the fall season and all it has to offer. Don’t let the dark evenings and chilly weather stop you! Commit to keeping up your healthy active lifestyle with these tips and ideas. Resolve to make physical activity part of your life this fall! 1. I will “gear up” for the change in weather. Fall can be cold, wet, and dark. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your...

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Cutting kids from teams – I disagree!

                                            The practice of cutting kids from school teams has always been of interest to me.  Because, quite frankly, it is beyond me!  When I speak to people who support the practice of cutting kids from teams, I hear reasons that include “we don’t have enough jerseys for all the kids”, “we would have to create additional teams”, “more...

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Get into the swing of things at the playground with these workout ideas!

After complaining that I’ve been slouching at my desk and I’m concerned that it’s only getting worse, a friend who’s a mother to two girls, aged 10 and eight, recently told me that, when she feels the same thing coming on and can’t get to a yoga class, she hangs upside down on the monkey bars at her girls’ local playground. “It releases all the tension in my back and shoulders,” she said. Depending on their moods, her daughters alternate...

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Showing persistence in the face of injury

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”                                                                    Theodore Roosevelt I screamed as I felt a soft, sickening pop as blinding pain tore through my left knee.  Pain such as I have never felt before. Landing unceremoniously in a disorganized heap, I missed a routine lay-up in a one-on-one “shoot-and-giggles” game I was comfortably winning at the neighborhood basketball court.  My spouse looked on with growing concern as I blinked back tears.  I could not get...

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