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Take Action this Super Bowl Sunday

January 28, 2013 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Super Bowl is a great time to get the gang together to enjoy each other’s company, a few tasty treats, and watch one of the most sought after TV programs in North America.

Unfortunately, most Super Bowl gatherings mean excessive sitting, high calorie and deep fried foods, as well as lots of unneeded sweetened and alcoholic beverages.

The HealthyFamilies BC team and myself would like to challenge you to take action this Super Bowl Sunday by reducing some of the negative health centered behaviours by substituting some health promoting activities into the mix.

Here are some suggestions based on my personal TV watching experiences:

  1. Use the commercial breaks to your advantage! During these breaks, make an effort to get up and out of your seats, stretch, walk around or do a few modified push-ups.
  2. Challenge the kids or your pals to a push-up, squat, jumping jack or wall sit challenge! Get a scoreboard going, divide into teams and see if the adults can give the kids (or your buddies) a run for their money during each commercial break. A prize or small gift incentive (e.g. 5-10 dollar gift certificate) could really get the games going! Safety Note: Adults under the influence and those with health conditions (e.g. heart disease, hypertension etc) should stick to suggestion number 1.
  3. Get the gang outside for a game of touch football during halftime.
  4. Replace some of the standard Super Bowl treats (e.g. pizza, wings, potato chips, ribs. pop etc.) with “natures candy” (i.e. raw fruit and veggie platters!) and unsweetened drinks.

If you have any other suggestions on how to take action this Super Bowl Sunday, comment below to get people improving their health!

If you have any questions or concerns about physical activity please contact the Physical Activity Line (1-877-725-1149) for free guidance.

Have Fun and Be Safe!


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