Attention Canadians: there are several upcoming Spartan races in your country (click here for a list of upcoming events).
Now, a survey by Statistics Canada suggests that a large number of Canadian citizens could use the health benefits that doing a Spartan race yields.
Fewer than 1 in 10 young people, out of the 1,600 whose movements were recorded in the study, obtained the minimum recommended levels of exercise. The vast majority spent their time inside being sedentary. Many spent up to half of the day inside watching TV or similar activities.
Leading expert of Canadian fitness Kelly Murumets told the BBC: “It is urgent that all Canadians take action so that we can reverse this dangerous, societal trend. We need to inspire and support our children by being good role models and leading active, healthy lifestyles.”
Young ladies performed far worse in the study than their male counterparts. Only 4 percent of girls obtained an hour of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, compared to 9 percent of boys. Even worse, the laziness only increases with age. Children under 15 spent 8.6 hours of their days sedentary, but that number rose to 9 hours once they hit 15.
The results are even more dismaying because the government recently lowered exercise standards so that more people could meet the minimum guidelines. Between 2003 and 2009, obesity levels in the country rose from 13% to 19% among males and from 15% to 17% among women. In 2009, half of Canadians reported themselves to be moderately active, in stark contrast to the results of the study.
“We have a physical-inactivity crisis in Canada,” fitness activist group ParticipAction president Kelly Murumets said in a statement. “It is urgent that all Canadians take action so that we can reverse this dangerous, societal trend.”
The numbers could certainly discourage you, but if you find yourself in the same position as many other Canadians (or people all over the world), then take this moment to change your physical activity regiment. Get off your couch, and participate in something awesome. Like a Spartan Race.