It’s hard to take risks, sticking yourself out there can be nerve wracking. My kids and their friends are looking for summer employment and, while it’s only temporary, they’d like it to be something they can add to their skill set on their resume. Ours is a boom town, which means job opportunities, but also […]
With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics just completed let’s take a look at one aspect of getting to the highest level in a sport, Strength training. While a vast majority of sport specific coaches have a decent understanding of strength training the truth is their expertise is the specific skill and tactical development of the sport […]
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As a “not-so-young” immigrant myself, this is a topic that certainly caught my intention. I can think of a lot of reasons why someone moving to a place like Canada (especially if you moved from somewhere warmer) would be less active but is this really true? Sadly, it is, as nicely demonstrated in a paper […]
DUNEDIN, Fla. — On the first day of full-squad workouts, on the first pitch from Todd Redmond in live batting practice, Jose Bautista whacked the ball over the fence in right-centre field. He savoured the moment for only a second, […]
It’s called “NFL Play60” and it’s supposed to help kids to play each day for 60 minutes and is “designed to tackle childhood obesity“.
And no doubt getting kids more active is a noble cause and were Play60 actually effective, one that would improve kids’ health. Putting aside the fact that I’m unaware of any public health intervention that has led to a sustained rise in kids’ physical activity levels, the research to date would suggest that even if one did, although health might improve, weight almost certainly won’t.
Which is why I find the AHA’s involvement so frustrating. While the NFL surely isn’t expected to be up on the medical literature that has objectively (using accelerometry) reported that even if kids are 10x as active as their peers their activity doesn’t confer protection against weight gain, the AHA certainly ought to be. And yet the AHA has just helped in cobranding a smartphone app where, believe it or not, kids are expected to hold their smartphones while running and jumping so as to move an avatar and collect points (fun?).
So besides lying to kids about the impact of exercise on weight (and in so doing perpetuate the myth that obesity is consequent to laziness), what else will NFL Play60 do?
Teach them that if they’re going to play more they’d better “Fuel Up to Play60” (something no one really needs to do – 60 minutes of casual play, doesn’t require any special “fuelling“)
And with what shall they fuel?
Why chocolate milk of course. The perfect beverage to “tackle” childhood obesity given that drop for drop it can contain up to double the calories of Coca-Cola along with 20% more sugar.
And why might they be promoting a hyper-caloric liquid sugary chocolate bar to help kids tackle childhood obesity?
Because Fuel Up to Play60 was co-founded by the National Dairy Council.
One of the strengths of WordPress.com is the community — a global network of users, learning from one another and supporting each other. Earlier this month, Michelle shared blogs within the mental health community, and we’ll continue to highlight blogs that promote health and wellness. Today, let’s take a look …
We make exercise scary. I feel that we have failed at fostering a love for physical movement.
To clarify, when I say “we” I mean physical education teachers, personal trainers, fitness instructors, camp counselors, coaches and anyone else involv…
We know that adopting a healthy lifestyle, like not smoking, exercising regularly, and keeping our weight down, yields long term benefits. But a recently concluded 35-year study is showing just how extensive these health benefits can be — and not just to our bodies, but our minds as well.
There’s a bunch of scientific evidence that already proves the benefits of exercise for one’s mental health, and now we know that even moderate workouts can have a huge impact. Even walking for just 20-30 minutes a day can improve resilience to depression!
So if you don’t want to go to the gym or lace up for a run then don’t – just go for a short walk.
This is the first longitudinal review to focus exclusively on the role that exercise plays in maintaining good mental health and preventing the onset of depression later in life.
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Somewhere near the top of every single one of the the roughly forty-kajillion internet listicles dedicated to the “surprising,” “hidden,” and “unexpected” health benefits of sex is the not-all-that-surprising-sounding factoid that bumping fuzzies basically doubles as exercise. In reality, however, there has been very little research done to support this claim.
Not content with its current range of fitness wearables, Fitbit is set to unveil an updated version of its Flex tracking device called the Fitbit Force. As spotted by The Verge, the Force will introduce a number of features that were omitted from …
Asics has had personalized training plans on its website for a while, but they haven’t been much help for runners who’ve already laced up their shoes. Those plans are now much more accessible courtesy of the company’s new My Asics 2.0 for Android …
Dear Readers: This guy seems to have a good idea, and knowing how hard it is to make a go of new ideas and stuff, we here at the Perspective Research Department, along with the Naked News staff are trying it out to see what all the fuss is about! —————— For fitness enthusiast Michael […]
Not content to simply motivate your workouts, fitness equipment manufacturer Precor is opening up its Preva API so other developers can integrate your sweat… err, data. According to the company, the Preva Developer Portal will allow devs to impl…
Exercise-driven video tours are nothing new, but Active Theory may have a found a way to keep them interesting with its upcoming BitGym app for Android and iOS. The motion-tracking fitness title will now include Street View Hyperlapse videos that …
While Apple was explaining the iPhone 5s’ new M7 motion coprocessor, it mentioned a Nike+ Move tracking app that left us wondering about the FuelBand’s fate — is it redundant? In a word, no. Nike tells us that Move is simply an “introductory expe…
Many people read while they’re using exercise machines, but we don’t envy them; it’s not easy to concentrate on a novel when running. Weartrons may help those athletic readers maintain their focus with its upcoming Run-n-Read peripheral. The clip-…
Apple clearly loves Nike when there’s Nike+ support across many iPhones and iPods, but that affection appears to be growing even deeper. Both 9to5 Mac and AllThingsD report that fitness expert Jay Blahnik, who consulted with Nike during the FuelBa…
Last year I had a wonderful experience running with other UrbanMoms for the Run for the Cure held every fall across Canada. Beyond the monies raised and the experience contributing to a worthwhile cause, this venture forced me to stick […]
Science is awesome. It explains how birds can fly, why the sky is blue, and how gravity works. However, you can also use science to perfect the tiny details of your everyday life—from sleeping better to working smarter and even cooking better food. Here are 10 ways sciences teaches us how to improve our daily lives.
It’s easy to find running apps that offer goals — it’s harder to find one that inspires you to run in the first place. RunKeeper wants to be that motivator, and it just overhauled the training section of its iOS app to match. The refresh takes br…
If you take your smartphone-assisted exercise seriously, you’ll probably want both ANT+ sensor support and a power pack to offset the increased battery drain that follows. It’s a good thing that Selfloops is tackling both needs at once with its ne…
This past week I had the second of two cataract surgeries on my right eye – they’re doing this for younger people these days. The left eye was “done” a month ago. This means I haven’t been walking my dogs or lifting anything heavier than 10 lbs. for weeks. I’m immobile. For the first time […]
Last summer, before beginning his first year at Robert Land Academy 15-year-old Peter Darwin (who requested that his real name not be used) weighed 360 lbs. Since then Canada’s only military-themed school for adolescent boys with multiple challenges has transformed him. He Was A Poster Boy For Morbid Obesity No more. Darwin has dropped 105 lbs., […]
Brass buttons were bursting with pride at last month’s 33rd annual Robert Land Academy graduation ceremony. Another class of mature, respectful, goal-oriented and successful young men completed their high school education at Canada’s only military-style boarding school for adolescent boys, some as young as 11 years of age. School Stresses Academic Excellence Nestled in southern Ontario’s Niagara […]
It is my belief that we all need a little extra padding in the winter. Okay, maybe not my belief but my reality since I seem to acquire a little extra padding (specifically in the tummy and rear end regions) during the colder months. This year seems …