Canadians aren’t nearly as active as they think they are: survey

Canadians may be exercising a lot less than they believe, a recent study by Statistics Canada suggests.

The Canadian Health Measures Survey asked participants how much physical activity they think they get daily. StatCan researchers then got participants to wear an accelerometer, a device that measures physical activity.

The results were based on data collected between 2015 and 2016, from 2,372 adult respondents across Canada. Some Indigenous reserves, the territories, remote areas, institutions, and full-time Canadian Forces members, were not included.

The survey found that the measured amount of physical activity was far less than participants’ own descriptions. On average, they claimed to get 49 minutes of activity per day, while the devices found they got 23 minutes. READ MORE