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April 2016

Physical Activity and Mental Health

April 28, 2016 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Exercise promotes mental wellbeing and reduces symptoms of mental illnesses, including anxiety and depression.

Researchers today are asking a lot of questions about physical activity and mental health and wellbeing. Does regular physical activity contribute to mental wellbeing? Can it help with reducing anxiety or depression? Here is what we know:

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Does the 80/20 Rule Work for Healthy Eating?

April 26, 2016 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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What is the 80/20 rule in nutrition?

You might have heard about the 80/20 rule for healthy eating, but you might also be confused by what it really means and whether it’s good advice to follow. Read on to get the answers.

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The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone

April 21, 2016 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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What is the PAR Q form?

If you’ve ever hit the gym for a workout or taken part in an exercise class you might of filled out the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (PAR-Q+). For most, being active is safe and enjoyable. In some cases, you should check with your doctor or a qualified exercise professional before becoming more active; this is where the PAR-Q+ comes in.

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Healthy Habits to Make Mother Nature Proud this Earth Day

April 19, 2016 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: General Information, Physical Activity, Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Healthy habits to make mother nature proud this earth day

Read our top tips for inspiration to start healthy habits that are good for you AND the environment!

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Pros and Cons of Fitness Trackers, Apps and Wearable Technology

April 14, 2016 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Pros and cons of fitness trackers, apps and wearable technology

Remember the days you’d go for a walk or run and carry a Walkman? Things have changed! In recent years, wearable fitness technology like activity trackers, heart rate monitors, and Global Positioning System (GPS) watches have become commonplace. Ever heard of Jawbone™, Fitbit™, Garmin Vivosmart™? Here’s a look at these types of wrist activity trackers.

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