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Fitness targets lowered for Canadians

Armymedic

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Not sure where else to put this so:

News article from CBC, with some insightful analysis comparing children of today vs. children from 1981:

http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/12/31/exercise-fitness-guidelines-canada-weighs-in.html

Fitness targets lowered for Canadians
Activity targets trimmed to 60 minutes a day for kids, 150 minutes a week for adults
Last Updated: Monday, January 3, 2011 | 8:56 PM ET
CBC News

Canada's couch potatoes are so unfit it actually takes less exercise for many people to meet new national guidelines for physical activity, CBC News has learned.

A poll commissioned by the CBC suggests 42 per cent of adults say they get no vigorous exercise and 34 per cent of youth get fewer than two hours per week — what one exercise expert calls a "public health crisis of inactivity."

Just 12 per cent of Canadian children are getting the recommended 90 minutes of exercise a day, the survey indicates. Among adults, it is worse, with most getting only about two hours of exercise a week compared with the current recommended 60 minutes a day.

Canada's new physical activity guidelines, due later this month, lower the targets to 60 minutes a day for kids and 150 minutes a week for adults — changes that reflect the latest research and harmonize standards with the World Health Organization and U.S. and U.K. authorities.

The easier guidelines reflect how unfit Canadians are, said Mark Tremblay, who runs the exercise lab at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa


Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/12/31/exercise-fitness-guidelines-canada-weighs-in.html#ixzz1A21ogTKu

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If you thought we are having a problem with entry level fitness now....can't wait to see how it is going to be in 10 years.
 

vonGarvin

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"Can't meet the standard?  No worries!  We'll just lower them!"  ::)
 

opp550

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If at first you don't succeed, just redefine success!  ;D

That graph sure had a curve....

Do they really think that couch potatoes think to themselves: "Oh, I would exercise but that fitness goal is too hard, so I am just going to sit on this couch and watch TV and not even try"?
 

George Wallace

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opp550 said:
If at first you don't succeed, just redefine success!  ;D

That graph sure had a curve....

It worked for the Comd of LFCA a few Comd's back.    >:D 






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What's next,  change the four food groups to: Big Mac, large fries, coffee and a smoke?
 

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The worst part about the change is that only 15% of youth actually meet this standard.
 
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