Canada and other tragedies

Today I was amazed by a few things.. most of which won’t make it here because, I doubt anyone else would be amazed by $1.50 blueberries (yummy and exciting!)

… but here are a couple. The first is.. just.. ugh.. what’s the word..


(full article below)

Who.. what.. dear god (like there is one ha..). What a fantastic answer – just chhhange the guidlines! Everyone wins!

– What if no one even reaches the new ‘lowered’ guidelines?

…. hrm.. hrm.. we never thought of that.

This is disgusting. What is the definition of cheating anymore? This isn’t playing fair people. Like the changing of sizes.. get this. Since I turned 16 I’ve pretty much stayed a size 6-7 (apparent store measure, not dressmaker’s) or Medium. When I went to China I was bumped up to L, XL or (worst one) XXXL. 😦 That hurt my self esteem.

Upon my return to Canada.. I’m shocked to learn that size 2 pants can slide off my narrow hips and I find ‘Small’ tops baggy. :S  Something is wrong here.

I hate it when people say things like ‘Marilyin Monroe wore a size 12 (14.. I’ve even heard 16)’. That may be, but THAT size 12 is not the same 12 today. Vanity sizing at its best.

Anyway, my point is – CHANGING the measure does not change You. It is all relative.

Time for a quote from father “Compare yourself to the best if you want to get better.” Yolanda’s addition: “Compare yourself to the worst if you want to feel better.”

My solution to this problem in part is this: bring back dial-up. Seriously. That kept me active hahah, I got so fed up trying to find the things I was looking for I’d just go outside and find something else to do. How about no ‘3G’ networks for those in high school and under. If they reeally actually need info fast for a project or something then you can let them sign in under your name.. for 30 min. But other than that, I fail to see what’s so ‘pressing’ in your life before age 16 – that’s when you learn to drive.. that’s important. And 18 is, for those who actually vote. But we still have newspapers for that kind of stuff.

Speaking of looking for things online..

I was trying really hard to find an old commercial/public service announcement comparing the average North American male to a Norwegian. I saw it on TVland back when they used to play ‘retromercials’ but.. when you search, you can’t find this one (but it’s easy to find the ole Indian crying one)… I almost suspect it has disappeared on purpose? If you can find this commercial please let me know!

It starts with one man jogging in a park, the voice over says something about the average American male exercise… blah blah (some statistics), then zooms out a bit to show jogging beside him is a much older man. The narrator continues saying that this (American man’s health) is roughly equivalent to a 72 year old Norwegian male.

Then of course there is a black title card with some catch phrase ‘get up and run America’ or something. And THAT was made how many years ago?? My guess is early 80s.. before LA Olympics ’84.


China: Communism for Entrepreneurs

The other thing that, is not really surprising just enterprising: China’s been busy lately. Seems owning the US isn’t the only place on their agenda. They’ve already got Canada covered.. yes, Chinese is one of our official languages according to bank machines and investment houses in this country. Now, how to get into Europe? Spain is nice.

I wonder how this partnership will pan out? Hey, neighbor to the South.. feeling any ‘cold war chills’? A little bit of red fear returning? .. hrm…


Full article: Fitness targets lowered for Canadians

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.

“It takes less and less of a stimulus to the body to produce a physiologic response,” Tremblay explained. Just 10 minutes of physical activity will offer health benefits for someone who is completely sedentary, he said.

Another reason for moderating the guidelines is to help reach public health goals. Behavioural scientists say higher targets disenfranchise those who need to improve the most.

So the idea is to get people currently doing nothing to do something and to get those who do move to do a little more, Tremblay said.

It’s all about priorities, said trainer Danny Gooden in Halifax.

“You got to be selfish in this fitness thing,” Gooden said. “You gotta make time for yourself. You gotta give yourself an hour, even 20 minutes, even 10 minutes. Do something.”

Janelle Bourniot, 22, is one of Gooden’s clients. A lifeguard, Bourniot admits that surviving on junk food and caffeine left her feeling chubby and out of shape. Her goal is to swim 400 metres without feeling out of breath.

“It’s pretty tough,” Bourniot said of her workout. “But it’s really nice when you hear someone say, ‘Oh, you’re looking great!’ So that’s always a plus.”

In the survey, 45 per cent of young people 12 to 17 years old said they don’t exercise because they don’t have time.

One solution for those pressed for time is high-intensity interval training.

In 30-second spurts that total six gruelling minutes, people of all ages, fitness levels and health — from cardiac patients and diabetics to elite athletes — can benefit.

“Getting out of your comfort zone for a short period of time and then backing off,” is the idea, said Martin Gibala, a professor of kinesiology at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Tests on people with Type 2 diabetes have shown marked improvements in blood sugar levels after six sessions or two weeks with this type of training, Gibala said.

Typically, the sessions involve four sets of exercise, such as pedalling an exercise bike or running on a treadmill, three times a week. The intensity is between traditional moderate-level exercise and going all out to the point of losing your breath.

If someone’s typical exercise is walking around the block, for example, an interval session might be walking faster between two or more utility poles, Gibala suggested.

Just 31 per cent of Canadian adults say they get as much as three to five hours a week of light activity such as walking or yoga, according to the CBC’s online poll, conducted Nov. 10-17 by Leger Marketing.

The survey of 1,514 adults and 506 youth aged 12 to 17 claims a 95 per cent likelihood of reflecting the total Canadian population within plus or minus 2.5 percentage points from the adult sample and 4.4 percentage points in the youth sample.


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