Are you fitter than average? To test the nation’s fitness, the Canadian Health Measures Survey challenged participants to do a set of 25 partial curl-ups in a minute. To do the exercise you lie flat on your back with your knees bent. Then curl up slowly and lift your torso off the floor. Guess how many people could complete the full set. Only 13% of women aged 40-59. Men that age fared better – 36% could meet the challenge. In the 60-69 age group only 4% of women and 12% of men finished the set.
These results are part of a landmark study you probably heard about. Statistics Canada found that between 1981 and 2009, the average weight of a 45-year-old man ballooned by 20 pounds while women that age are 12 pounds heavier. Both genders gained three inches around the waist. More than 60 % of Canadians are now overweight and it usually happens by the age of 36. Hopefully, these numbers will be a wake-up call and an inspiration to help us become more active.