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What Does Sport Mean to Your Health?

November 21, 2013 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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Sport is fun, provides health benefits and most can participate.

For some, the benefits of regular physical activity is improved fitness, and for others it's the positive effects on their medical condition. For example, type 2 diabetics, those who exercise regularly are able to better control blood-sugar, weight, and cholesterol.

Not bad for "free medicine".Even better, a study has shown those who are regularly active, yes playing hockey counts, have 50% decrease in the risk for premature death compared to their inactive friends. 

If you don’t have a favourite activity yet, take advantage of Try-It-Days! From November 23 – 30 local arenas, community centres, and schools will showcase various sports for people to try out a new activity or to re-visit an old favourite sport.

Here are the top three reasons to participate in Try-It-Days:

  1. You may discover or re-connect with a sport you enjoy so much you continue to play it, staying active over the winter.
  2. You may find a new activity the entire family can participate in.
  3. The activities you try will give you an opportunity to socialize and make new friends, be active and improve your health and well-being.

Also, November 29th is Canada's national Jersey-Day.

That's right, wear your favourite jersey to school, work, or the park. This is also a good time to think how sport has benefited your health. For extra help, the Physical Activity Line can help you getting started and keep you active all year round for FREE at 1-877-725-1149.

Photo: iStockphoto

Related Blogs:
Fourth Annual Sports Day in Canada

Recommended Resources:
RBC Sports Day in Canada
ParticipACTION: Calling All Canadians

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