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Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity
You know exercise is good for you, but do you know how good? From boosting your mood to improving your sex life, find out how exercise can improve your life.
Want to feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life? Just exercise.
The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. Everyone benefits from exercise, regardless of age, sex or physical ability.
Need more convincing to get moving? Check out these seven ways exercise can lead to a happier, healthier you.
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2019. The Mayo Clinic
Canada Food Guide Tips
Eat an Assortment of Healthy Foods
Eating a variety of fresh and healthy foods will help replenish your energy before, during and after physical activity.
Drink of Choice? Water!
Water should be your drink of choice always, but especially during physical activity. Drink water to stay hydrated and replace lost fluid.
Pay Attention to Food Marketing
Many companies can try to sell their products as “performance enhancing” to entice consumers to buy their drinks and foods. In reality, many of these products are actually high in sugar, sodium and saturated fats. Be mindful of the foods and drinks you buy and do your own research.
McMaster’s Human Resources Services recognizes the importance of nutrition to our overall well-being. Their website has collected numerous resources and initiatives for our health and well-being at work and at home.
McMaster’s Student Wellness Centre has a webpage dedicated to food and nutrition for students. Whether you are learning to cook for the first time, looking for cheap, healthy recipes, this resource is for you.
The Food Collective Centre is McMaster’s on-campus food bank and food security resource. They are a service run by students dedicated to ensuring that food is always accessible to support food insecure at McMaster.
Learn More About McMaster's Food and Nutrition Research
Canadian Mental Health Association's Recommendations for Support
Human Resources Services has a webpage dedicated to self-care tips and resources for faculty and staff, with a focusing on stepping away from the “grind” mentality.
Learn More about McMaster's Mental Health Research
Tips to Get More Movement in During the Work Day
Create a Dynamic Work Station
Cycle through sitting on the edge of your chair (no slouching back and letting a chair do the work of holding you up), crossing your legs (or just one) in your chair, standing up, or if your office is ultra-relaxed, bringing your laptop to the floor.
Try an alternative chair such as an exercise ball in lieu of your usual desk chair.
Take a Break Say Hi
Ok – this may be hard if you are working from home or if you’re really trying to concentrate and don’t want to invite interruptions. But getting up to say hi to someone will get you out of your seat and moving! Whether it’s to hug your dog, wave to a colleague, or just refill your water glass, that movement counts.
Whether on your lunch, during a break, or on your laptop, being outside will lend itself to movement (just getting there makes you move). There are many places on campus where the wi-fi is strong such as outside LR Wilson Hall.
Volunteer to do the Coffee Run
Not only will you be a hero for getting the coffee (or tea… or hot chocolate) but you will also get a chance to move. On campus we have lots of places such as Williams, Starbucks, and Tim Hortons to satisfy your caffeine cravings. At home just getting up to top up your mug adds movement to your day.
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Campus Resources You Should Check Out
The David Braley Sport Medicine & Rehabilitation Centre is a world class facility located on the McMaster University campus, in the David Braley Athletic Centre. The Sport Medicine Centre is open to McMaster athletes, students, faculty, staff, and the Greater Hamilton Area community.
A chance to play for everyone – sport leagues, tournaments, fun and friendship for all abilities. No tryouts, no coaches, no cuts. If you want to play, you can play! Teams and Free Agents register for the sports of their choice and can expect to play one game per week. We can’t wait to play with you!
PACE is a state-of-the-art exercise research and training centre committed to studying and improving the health and well-being of older adults and people living with chronic diseases or disabilities. PACE has a team of researchers, staff and students helping more than 500 community members stay active and healthy.
Available to anyone – here is where you go if you want to take yoga, ballroom dancing, hip hop, martial arts … and so much more. Check out the website to see what is offered and to register for a class.
Nature at McMaster runs hiking events, stewardship projects as well as classroom and outdoor learning programming and assists with the land management of natural areas related to trails and invasive and native species management on McMaster University property.
Natural beauty is McMaster University! It abounds in and around our campus. We are blessed with a treasure of waterfalls, valleys, meadows, wetlands, and forests to explore and discover. The beautiful environs of West Hamilton are one of the primary reasons McMaster located here almost ninety years ago. Since then, our long association with the world-class Royal Botanical Gardens and other local conservation organizations have ensured that McMaster’s natural backyard is protected and preserved.