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Exercise Outdoor with a Friend

By Kerri Blackburn and Anna Petrie

Exercising during the COVID-19 lockdown has been a challenge for many Canadians as accessibility to workout spaces is limited. One way to keep active while gyms are closed is to exercise outside with a friend. A study reports the perceived benefits of working out with a friend are safety, similar goal-setting habits, and reduced feelings of self-consciousness.

In addition, exercising outdoors can help with decreasing stress, social isolation, and mental illness. People of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and social classes respond positively to exercising outdoors. Physical activity does not discriminate!

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Does wearing a mask have an impact on your sports performance?

By Alexandre Pare, Kinesiologist

With the more widespread wearing of masks, it is topical to question the issue of wearing a mask during of physical activity. In recent months, our attention has been drawn especially to 2 studies which have attempted to determine whether wearing the surgical mask or the N95 mask has any particular effect on performance when performing intense cardiovascular physical activities. 

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Choose Green Exercises for Better Mind and Body

By Charmi Lad, Registered Kinesiologist 

Spring is just around the corner, which means more sunshine, warm weather and outdoor activities and exercise. With the Covid-19 pandemic still going on, having to isolate ourselves from friends and family is having a negative impact on our health and wellness. 

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7 steps to calm your inner world with words

By Canadian Mental Health Association, Supported by Kinesiologists 

Spring has sprung and hope is in the air, but not everyone is feeling peachy. It’s been a tough winter and your inner world might still be thawing out. That’s ok! Before you let the sunshine in, it can actually help you to sit with the stormy stuff you’re going through. According to scientists, putting negative feelings into words can help us understand and regulate negative emotional experiences. In short, the best thing you can do with unpleasant emotions is not to numb them, but to name them.

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Why saying “I feel bad” can actually make you feel better

By Canadian Mental Health Association, Supported by Kinesiologists 

Scientists call it “affect labelling” but more simply it means “putting feelings into words.”  Understanding how this works might just change the way you respond to your emotions.

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Check in on your mental health

By Canadian Mental Health Association, Supported by Kinesiologists 

There’s a common misperception that “good mental health” means feeling happy and “bad mental health” means feeling sad. In fact, a mentally healthy life includes the full range of human emotions—even the uncomfortable ones like sadness, fear and anger.

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Understand your emotions, understand yourself

By Canadian Mental Health Association, Supported by Kinesiologists 

Emotions play a huge role in our lives, our actions and our relationships. Yet, most of us know surprisingly little about what they are, how we experience them and why we have them in the first place. Some psychologists might say we’re low on “emotional literacy.”

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Name it to tame it

By Canadian Mental Health Association, Supported by Kinesiologists 

Naming how we feel is good for us on so many levels.  Here are some tips for building your emotion-naming muscles. 

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Move More, Sleep Better

By Kerri BlackBurn, Practicing Kinesiologist

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 36% of Canadians already reported experiencing sleep difficulties such as issues with falling asleep, staying asleep and early morning awakenings. Is the solution as simple as adding more movement into our day?

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How to safely ‘socialize’ while getting active

By Scott Printz, Affiliated Kinesiologist 

Along with the well-documented benefits of an active lifestyle, it is important to consider the impact of combining socialization with activity.

Physical activity can positively impact multiple health domains, not just physical. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), regular physical activity can have a positive impact on one’s psychological health in terms of reducing anxiety and depression.

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