The Truths We Can’t Seem To Rectify: Inactivity Leads to Physical, Emotional, Mental, & Financial Pain

2009CRCHealth.com reports that nearly 25% of U.S. adults know inactivity is a massive problem for children.2012DiabtetesInControl.com reminds readers that 2000 began with over 60% of American adults failing to be regularly physically active, and a quarter of them not exercising at all.2017USAToday.com releases an article entitled Kids’ inactivity rises, creating ‘health care time bomb.’2018ScienceDaily.com releases a report that compares lifestyles throughout 49 countries from 6 continents. They discover that, overall, children around the world are not physically active enough to maintain healthy growth and development. They discover that countries with the most active children and youth (such as Slovenia, Zimbabwe and Japan) have a common thread: Being active is not just a choice, but a way of life.

These statistics paint a few disheartening truths:

  1. Society knows inactivity among youth is at a record high.
  2. Society has known for years that inactivity among youth is an issue.
  3. Adults, on average, are not consistently role modeling healthy behaviors. 
  4. As both adults and youth move toward increasingly inactive lifestyles, health care needs and costs are projected to skyrocket. 

How did inactivity among youth spread like wildfire? For starters,

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Canadian researchers recently published a study in Obstetrics & Gynecology showing that exercise can help reduce postpartum depression symptoms.

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How running can heal the brain

Canadian researchers recently published in Cell Reports a study showing that they discovered a molecule that can repair some types of brain damage. The molecule is triggered by running.

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Does exercise help depression?

Looking for a natural way to reduce symptoms of your depression? Have you tried exercise?

Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine published in The Primary Care Companion – Journal of Clinical Psychiatry an analysis of a vast amount of research exploring the connection between exercise and mental health over the last century.

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So what can you do to manage stress?

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German researchers recently published an article in European Journal of Public Health exploring the connection between health behaviours and mental health. Unsurprisingly, those with more healthy behaviours appeared to have better mental health.

The researchers analyzed cross-sectional data of over 39,000 women and men, looking for those who reported having depression and mental distress. They then checked those individuals to see how many were implementing these 5 healthy behaviours in their lives:

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