Many workplaces have adopted sit-stand desks, which allow you to sit down or stand up with the push of a button, to reduce the risks of prolonged sitting. But is standing better for your health?
The number of days of extreme heat is set to increase in the years ahead. An active lifestyle can help reduce the impact on your health.
Many heat-related health problems can be avoided by adopting a healthy, active lifestyle. But the younger generation is less active than previous generations, and therefore more vulnerable.
New research explores the health potential of brief bursts of activity – and how wearables combined with machine learning can reveal health benefits of unexplored aspects of our everyday lives.
With the rising cost of living, gyms and fitness classes are becoming unaffordable. But you can make just as much progress at home if you include these three components.
There isn’t a debate, however, on the health benefits of regular exercise.
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Some researchers assert that the body responds to exercise by burning fewer calories when you’re not working out. Regardless of its effects on weight loss, exercise provides many health benefits.
Africa contributes less than 1% of research worldwide on movement behaviours in children. This means that research on movement behaviours has largely excluded over 16% of the world’s population.
For some people with joint pain, cold weather seems to make it worse. And pain can be a barrier to exercise and activities you’d usually do.
The most active participants had the highest pain tolerance overall.
There are many physiological and psychological reasons why exercise may boost our pain tolerance.
A healthy mind in a healthy body? Here’s what the science says.
One genetic study of over a quarter million people highlights the cognitive benefits of exercise, while another, based on 30 years of scientific literature, says the opposite. Who’s right and who’s wrong?
Commuting more than five hours per week had a number of negative consequences.
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Our long-term research project found commutes over 3km were associated with a greater likelihood of being overweight.
Levels of the stress hormone cortisol are reduced with as little as 20 minutes in a city park.
Numerous studies indicate exercise as an effective treatment for people with existing depression and other mental illnesses, and exercising in nature can further improve mental well-being.
Protective factors like supportive relationships can counteract suicide risk factors.
The focus of suicide prevention is shifting toward protective factors: characteristics that make it less likely that individuals will consider, attempt or die by suicide.
Physical activity during cancer treatment can help improve mental and physical health outcomes.
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Physical activity throughout cancer treatment is both safe and beneficial.
Regular physical activity helps to prevent and manage many chronic diseases.
Factors such as having supportive family and friends, safer communities, positive school environments and adequate resources, are often associated with more physical activity.
Racial stress can seriously threaten a person’s well-being.
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Racial hostility can produce symptoms similar to what soldiers experience as a result of going to war.
Thick snow covers tree branches as people walk along a street in Ottawa after a snowstorm.
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Taking your physical activity outside comes with added benefits. Here are ways to pursue your fitness goals outdoors, even in the middle of a Canadian winter.
When it comes to eye care, regular visits to the optometrist or ophthalmologist can detect the early signs of diabetic damage.
The risk of developing eye complications is high in young people with Type 2 diabetes, which is increasingly affecting children and adolescents, especially those who are more sedentary.
Not only is it good aerobic exercise, but dancing may help the elderly with reasoning skills and memory.
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Dancing requires physical, social and cognitive engagement and, as a result, it may bolster a wide network of brain regions.
Many people wish to target fat loss in their stomach.
Despite years of study, evidence on whether it’s possible remains mixed.
New research shows even one muscle contraction a day, for five days a week, is effective at improving muscle strength if you keep it up for a month.