Changing the way we think about weight and health

Changing the way we think about weight and healthMaxine Myre’s genesis as a researcher began with an investigation into the inflammatory responses of, among other things, fat cells. And although fat plays as important a role in the healthy function of people as any other component, the negative relationship we’ve developed between weight and health triggered a fascination within Myre. “I’m a fairly…

Recreational sport helps people cope with adversity, study shows

Social support in rec leagues builds confidence and offers a reprieve from negative emotions, researcher finds

Recreational sport helps people cope with adversity, study showsBesides the physical fitness and social benefits of sport, recreational athletes use their sport participation as a way to cope with adverse life events, according to a University of Alberta study. The study could help adult sport associations better market and reshape their leagues to combat shrinking participation rates. “It’s not surprising that these recreational…

Getting through a COVID-19 winter

A better future awaits if we use this period of uncertainty to work on our mental, physical and career well-being

Getting through a COVID-19 winterDread isn’t too strong a word to describe the feelings many have about the winter about to start. The COVID-19 virus is reason enough to worry. There’s not much individuals can do about that except follow all the good advice about staying safe. However, there are two other major depressing impacts of COVID-19 that we…

Social isolation leading to less physical activity

Isolation and lack of physical activity go hand in hand, so try to stay connected as much as you can

Social isolation leading to less physical activityWhenever Kerry Mummery, dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation at the University of Alberta, ends a faculty town hall, he tells the attendees to make sure they continue to connect with people, even if it’s just virtually. “We don’t know whether virtual meetings are as good as in-person meetings. I’m sure they’re…

Eight proven ways walking improves your brain

Lower your risk of depression, improve cognitive function, reduce fatigue, spark creativity, drive blood flow, among other things

Eight proven ways walking improves your brainIt might surprise you to hear that something as simple as walking can improve your brainpower. It doesn’t even have to be full-on power walking. Even a 20- or 30-minute walk during your lunch break can have a positive impact on your brain. Walking also reduces your stress and improves your overall sense of well-being.…

How athletes can stay motivated when they can’t compete

Athletes can find opportunities amid the challenge of cancelled sporting events, say U of A master's student and sport psychology researcher

How athletes can stay motivated when they can’t competeFrom the Olympics to rec leagues, in 2020 sporting events all over the world were cancelled due to COVID-19. But as athletes move on from the cancellations, many are seeking out the opportunities in the unprecedented. Lack of competition changed the way ultramarathoner Sara Szabo approached her sport this year. She transitioned from competing against…

Exercise bloggers offer dubious advice, study suggests

Popular but unqualified ‘fitness professionals’ could be promoting misinformation and unhealthy behaviour, says U of A researcher

Exercise bloggers offer dubious advice, study suggestsThe vast majority of exercise bloggers aren’t qualified to give the advice they’re giving, according to a University of Alberta study. The study suggests this lack of certification could contribute to misinformation and unhealthy behaviour, especially since the pandemic has pushed many online for guidance with their fitness goals. “We looked at some of the…

Cubii Jr. offers an easy, quiet workout while you sit

Regardless of your age, abilities or lifestyle, you can benefit from a low-cardio seated elliptical workout

Cubii Jr. offers an easy, quiet workout while you sitIt’s always smart to inject a little more physical activity into our lives, regardless of where we are on our fitness journey. But sometimes we lack the time or energy for that much-needed workout. The good news is the solution, Cubii Jr., can sit right under your feet. Cubii Jr. is a compact elliptical trainer…

Muscular dystrophy treatment shows promise in cells, animals

University of Alberta-led team develops synthetic molecule that stops production of toxic muscle-killing protein

Muscular dystrophy treatment shows promise in cells, animalsResearchers have designed a potential new treatment for one of the most common forms of muscular dystrophy, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Toshifumi Yokota, professor of medical genetics at the University of Alberta, led a team from Canada and the U.S. to create and test…

Canadian kids not making the grade for physical activity

ParticipACTION report shows children aren’t moving enough; families need help supporting healthy behaviour

Canadian kids not making the grade for physical activityCanadian children and youth were given a failing grade for overall 24-hour movement and the slimmest of passes for overall physical activity by the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity. The 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth was informed by research and expertise from movement researchers across Canada,…