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Canada’s youth are dangerously lazy

Report finds sedentary living common among teens


 

A study released by StatsCan shows that Canadians simply aren’t moving enough to be healthy. According to the Canadian Health Measures Survey, which looked at physical activity habits of 2,800 adults and 1,600 children, showed that only 15 per cent of adults moved enough to benefit from being healthy. Only seven per cent of 5 to 17-year olds were active enough to be healthy. On average, the amount of time spent inactive was 9.5 hours a day for adults and 8.6 hours a day for children and youth. However, the average amount of time increased among youth aged 15 to 19 to nine hours a day, or about 65 per cent of their waking hours. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends at least 60 minutes of daily activity for youth aged five to 17, and 150 minutes weekly for adults.

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Canada’s youth are dangerously lazy

  1. Cavemen on the other hand were very active. All that hunting and running about. No TVs and computers….or even couches…for them.

    They died at 20.

  2. Cavemen on the other hand were very active. All that hunting and running about. No TVs and computers….or even couches…for them.

    They died at 20.

    • They were also spared attempting to cope with traffic, politicians and monotonic lives in work cubicles.

      • Yeah, coping with cold, wildlife and famine were so much easier. LOL

  3. Started with the invention of the remote control, lol!!!

  4. Started with the invention of the remote control, lol!!!

    • You say that like you never have to search for the damn thing :P

  5. Adults too!

  6. Adults too!

  7. The horror of the thought that we must make chores easier and less strenuous so that we can put in time at the gym.
    Or we could do things that require moderate activity and save the cost of gym memberships.
    Tough call.

  8. The horror of the thought that we must make chores easier and less strenuous so that we can put in time at the gym.
    Or we could do things that require moderate activity and save the cost of gym memberships.
    Tough call.

    • I manage to do both rather well.

  9. They were also spared attempting to cope with traffic, politicians and monotonic lives in work cubicles.

  10. Yeah, coping with cold, wildlife and famine were so much easier. LOL

  11. I manage to do both rather well.

  12. "The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends at least 60 minutes of daily activity for youth aged five to 17, and 150 minutes weekly for adults."

    This statistic misses the point of the article. The article is about a different kind of activity – whether people are walking plaes or taking the stairs, not whether they are going to the gym. After all if the average adult is inactive for 9.5 hours a day, this implies they are active for about 6.5 waking hours – far above the 60 minute requirement.

    Actually I think this kind of confusion is part of a bigger problem. When we hear "you should be active for 150 minutes" it isn't at all clear what constitutes "active".

  13. "The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends at least 60 minutes of daily activity for youth aged five to 17, and 150 minutes weekly for adults."

    This statistic misses the point of the article. The article is about a different kind of activity – whether people are walking plaes or taking the stairs, not whether they are going to the gym. After all if the average adult is inactive for 9.5 hours a day, this implies they are active for about 6.5 waking hours – far above the 60 minute requirement.

    Actually I think this kind of confusion is part of a bigger problem. When we hear "you should be active for 150 minutes" it isn't at all clear what constitutes "active".

    • Remote controls keep one's fingers busy, does that count? How about snoring, it exercised my nasal cavities and mouth?

  14. Remote controls keep one's fingers busy, does that count? How about snoring, it exercised my nasal cavities and mouth?

  15. I remember taking long walks outdoors in suburbia as a teen during both the summer and oftentimes winter months, and feeling like The Only Teenage Girl willing to do that. And yet I still ate like a pig. I figured with the burgeoning obesity around me, by comparison, I was in good standing.

    And then I moved to the city.

    Moving to the city from suburbia at the age of 20 and never owning a car are two of the things I credit with still being the same weight I was when I was 18. So many of my stay-behind school friends are tubs of lard today. Something must be done.

  16. I remember taking long walks outdoors in suburbia as a teen during both the summer and oftentimes winter months, and feeling like The Only Teenage Girl willing to do that. And yet I still ate like a pig. I figured with the burgeoning obesity around me, by comparison, I was in good standing.

    And then I moved to the city.

    Moving to the city from suburbia at the age of 20 and never owning a car are two of the things I credit with still being the same weight I was when I was 18. So many of my stay-behind school friends are tubs of lard today. Something must be done.

    • Thats what I really loved about being in Toronto, walking everywhere. I think that city design has a lot to do with how active people are.

  17. Thus the need for government jobs and unions.

  18. Thus the need for government jobs and unions.

  19. You say that like you never have to search for the damn thing :P

  20. Thats what I really loved about being in Toronto, walking everywhere. I think that city design has a lot to do with how active people are.

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