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Expert Q & A: How can physical activity help you stop smoking?

Learn from the current research of Dr. Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos on the use of physical activity as a strategy for facilitating smoking cessation in women with severe mental illness.

Q: How can you keep participants coming back?

One idea is to reward loyal participants and at the same time encourage others to join through a collective challenge.

Q: What is the best way to warm up before an activity?

Warming up the body for physical activity is more important when the air is cold, even though it may take longer. Protecting joints and muscles is not the only reason to warm up. 

Q: What are appropriate ways to exercise the muscles in the "core" area?

These links feature the research of a specialist in spine biomechanics, Dr. Stuart McGill from the University of Waterloo. Learn about some myths around sit-ups and crunches and watch a video of more appropriate technique for doing some exercises related to strengthening the mid-section of the body.

Expert Q & A: How can I strengthen my program to make it more effective?

Program evaluation tools can empower you to strengthen your program. Learn about the tools at your finger tips by reading our interview with Dayna Albert about the program evaluation tools, such as a free evaluation helpline, with TEIP (Towards Evidence-Informed Practice).

Q: Is there an association between physical activity and depression or anxiety?

Population-based, prospective cohort studies provide substantial evidence that regular physical activity protects against the onset of depression symptoms and major depressive disorder. Evidence is insufficient to draw conclusions about bipolar disorder and other mood disorders.

Q: Does gardening really count as physical activity?

Don't underestimate the amount of physical activity involved in gardening. Pushing a mower, digging holes, pulling weeds, carrying soil and other tasks use muscle groups throughout the entire body.