My 20-minute workout plan

I don’t love lifting weights.  But I am currently doing my best to lift weights on a regular basis, because strength is really important for both health and quality of life.  We naturally lose muscle mass as we age, and since I don’t have a ton to begin with, this seems like a pretty important thing for me to do. Like a lot of people, I don’t have much time for lifting weights.  And yet, I’ve…

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How do you define sedentary behaviour?

In the past 20 years, the amount of research published using the term sedentary behaviour has grown exponentially. In 1997, there were 61 papers published on Pubmed using the term sedentary behaviour. Last year there were 1,021. There were 474 in just the first 5 months of 2017.   Figure 1. Number of research papers published on Pubmed using the term “sedentary behaviour” between 1997 and 2017. As with any new field, this has led…

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Have you given up on dead-lifts and squats in your workout? Try these alternatives.

Back in my undergraduate years, as I was learning some judo, I injured by lower back. To be more specific, I had a dislocation at the sacroiliac joint caused by throwing someone over my back when not yet properly warmed up. Immediately as it happened, something ‘popped’ and I began walking a bit funny after the practice. Unfortunately, since I was a typical young man, I figured it would pass on its own. But, my…

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Excess Weight Predicts Younger Age at Hip and Knee Replacement

  A 2010 study sought to determine the effect of weight status on the age at which individuals elected to have knee or hip replacement surgery. In short, Ghandi and colleagues sorted through a list of patients who had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and who had undergone surgery to replace their knee (n= 804) or hip joints (n= 841) at the Toronto Western Hospital. Overall, the average age for a hip replacement surgery was 67.7…

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The problem with unmarked bike lanes: drivers don’t realize they are bike lanes

I bike to work most mornings, pulling my son behind me in his Chariot bike stroller.  It’s a pretty flat 2 mile ride, on mostly quiet streets. However,  a short portion of my ride is on a main artery, which happens to include a painted bike lane.  Ironically, the bike lane portion of my ride feels the most dangerous. The bike lane happens to pass directly in front of a local school.  Every morning multiple…

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Time to for advertisers to stop targeting children

  Food and beverage advertising to children is a problem.  As I noted earlier this year, the 10 most popular kids’ websites expose kids to 25 million food ads/year, 90% of which are for unhealthy foods.  Canada’s Heart and Stroke Foundation is calling for stricter regulations on children’s advertising, and is asking the federal government to: Enact legislation to restrict commercial food and beverage marketing to children and youth ages 16 and under… This legislation should: afford substantial…

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Canada gets a failing grade on access to obesity treatments for adults

The Canadian Obesity Network (CON) recently conducted an investigation into Canadians’ access to publicly and privately funded medical care for obesity. The results of the research have been published as a “Report Card on Access to Obesity Treatment for Adults in Canada 2017” and reveal a number of shortcomings when it comes to patient access to adequate obesity management options. The report covered 4 key areas: Access to specialists and interdisciplinary teams for behavioural intervention…

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Sugar taxes for the win

Today’s post comes from friend and colleague Dr Allana LeBlanc.  You can find more on Dr LeBlanc at the bottom of this post. When will the sugar tax come to Canada? It’s become a question of when and not if we will start taxing sugar sweetened beverages like Coke and Pepsi. Let’s just hope Canadians are a bit quicker on jumping on the bandwagon for this than they were for the implementation of banning trans…

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Aerobic exercise keeps you alive, resistance exercise helps you change your own diapers

I’ve never been a huge resistance training person.  I don’t hate it, but I’d much rather go for a jog or bike ride.  And yet I’m making an effort to lift weights on a much more regular basis.  I’ve also been promoting it pretty hard for my parents and other retirement-age folks in my life. Why am I so bullish on resistance training?  The aerobic exercise that I enjoy so much is great for reducing…

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Is 15,000 steps really the new 10,000?

Over the years, the notion of 10,000 daily steps has been frequently espoused as a healthy goal, including by this very blog. However, a new study out of Scotland, published in the International Journal of Obesity, suggested that a whopping 15,000 daily steps may be required to ward off poor health. In the cross-sectional study, 111 non-smoking Glasgow postal workers (55 office workers and 56 walking/delivery workers) had their activity level assessed by wearing activPAL…

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