Physical activity rarely practiced in the long term


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Canada - The results of a study on lifestyle-related physical activity of Canadians showed that the sport is quickly abandoned, in a large majority of the population.

Researchers at the Research Center of Hôpital Sainte-Justine in Montreal have been working on the basis of three surveys of data on physical activity achieved in 1981, 1988 and between 2002 and 2004. According to the Health Passport site, the common basis of work on the three databases, including 884 Canadians 18 to 60 years.

Throughout those years, 56% of the participants were inactive and only 12% remained active. In these people, only 7% of participants decreased the time they spent on the sport, 25% have instead increased the level of their practice. The researchers also noted a marked decrease in the level of activity among participants with lower educational attainment or low income.

Professor Barnett, head of the study, said that campaigns to promote an active lifestyle have played their role of advocacy. But the will must be accompanied by good environmental and social conditions for easy access to sport.

Prof. Laforest, a specialist in kinesiology from the University of Montreal, says that sport has to start from the youth to become a habit ingrained over time. It encourages adults to engage with their children. Similarly, the activity must persist with age, but in ways more suitable, as the practice of brisk walking.

Dr. Laforest concluded by saying that simple gestures of daily life, like climbing stairs instead of taking the elevator, are physical activity.

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