|The Hawthorne Effect occurs when participants in a study|
improve the aspect of behavior that is being measured
because they know they are being measured. In other
words, they cheat on their tests.
|Also the cartoon is cheesy, the message|
I just love love love telling this story...the story of the Active Living. It wasn't until I began researching for my masters thesis research, that I started to learn more about how the Active Living movement came about and why the Canadian PA Guidelines represent the bare minimum. So sit back, pour yourself a fruit and spinach smoothie, and enjoy.....
|If you are Canadian, you will |
know these two all too well.
.......didn't really work that great though. Especially when most of us, according to the latest Health Canada stats are way more underfit and overfat than our last national measure taken in 1981.
|This is the latest from Health Canada. I particularly like the impact of the "before and after" silohettes.|
So here we are; a nation of larger more stationary people taking about the latest episode of the Biggest Loser at the water cooler (not that there's anything wrong with that). I wonder if those involved with the Canadian PA Guidelines take into account the national addiction to technology? Do they understand the influences of a good reality TV show to keep us sitting at home?
My point (albeit kinda all over the place) is that as soon as the prescription for daily exercise becomes too daunting, the average person will turn and walk (not run) the other way. That is the psychology of exercise prescription. No matter what the science says....if it appears overwhelming to the individual, it ain't gonna happen. If you want to improve your chances of health and mobility well into your old age here is the facts you need to know (based upon the scientific evidence)....
|This is what the stats show for the kids. Overall, it's not a great report card.|
For health, to enhance or maintain cardiovascular fitness, one must perform 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise 5 days per week. For weight loss, especially for those over 40, you are looking at something around 45 - 60 minutes 5 (or most days) of the week. Is that something you can do today? If not, there is hope for you yet if you follow "Kathi's Top 5 Tips for Exercise Adherence" (trademark and patent pending.....kidding...sort of).
1. Start with only 2 days a week...more than that, your rate of drop out goes up.
2. Begin with 15-20 minutes per session. Once you achieve that for one month without fail...add another day.
3. Once you have achieved 2 months/3 days per week/20 minutes per day...move to 30 minutes
4. Once you achieve that without skipping a day...move to 4 days per week and then to 5 the next month.
5. Once you achieve 5 days/30 minutes, start increasing your intensity level.
The theme is slow progression. If you don't adhere to your program for one month...you don't move forward. You repeat the same program but also taking notes of what got in your way that last month. Within the year, you will be achieving the suggested PA guidelines. Trust me...if you aren't sticking to exercise now, give this a try. Grab some friends and create a walking program. Create a celebrate for each successful month achieved. Make a party out of it.
'Cause, really....let's be honest.....it's all about me.