Pregnancy is a great opportunity for women to continue or start an exercise program, and prioritize their health and lifestyle behaviours as they’re preparing to bring a new baby into the world. Information and advice about what type of exercise to engage in, and what level of physical exertion is acceptable can be confusing and leaves many women unsure of whether it’s safe to exercise during pregnancy.+ MORE
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December 12, 2012 | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: holiday, gift ideas, physical activity
Whenever I need fitness expertise, I check in with Marc Faktor, Exercise Physiologist and fellow blogger. Here are some activity inspired gift ideas we came up with that will delight and inspire your family and friends.
While you’re at it, buy two and keep one for yourself. Being active is the best inspiration you can give.
PS: Marc reminds us to think twice before purchasing active video games for children and loved ones.+ MORE
We’re in a day and age where we’re inundated by technological influences. As Canadians, the majority of us are sedentary for 7-10 hours per day and also have trouble meeting the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines. Our children and youth are also suffering from a severe lack of physical activity. Lack of physical activity and increased sedentary behaviour are significant contributors to childhood obesity in addition to diets rich in sweetened beverages and high calorie foods.+ MORE
December 3, 2012 | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: Diabetes, being active
If you have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes regular physical activity should be one of your major priorities! Regular activity helps your body use insulin more efficiently (increases insulin sensitivity) which helps better control your blood sugar (i.e. glucose) so you may require less medication.
Activity also helps you improve your mood and self confidence; reduces depression, stress, and fatigue; improves your sleep; reduces your risk for diseases associated with diabetes+ MORE
November 26, 2012 | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: Diabetes, healthy weight
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, it’s a good time to write about diabetes and why we should take action by moving our bodies more everyday!
Diabetes is caused by one's inability (type 1) and or reduced ability (type 2) to produce insulin. It affects the ability to store and process glucose, a main energy source. If diabetes remains undetected and preventative measures aren’t taken, diabetes can lead to health complications and even premature death.