National Health and Fitness Day in Canada is quickly approaching and encourages Canadians to take control of their physical activity. National Health and Fitness Day will occur on 3 June 2023, and its purpose is to encourage people to get out and be active in any way they wish. Physical activity is an important part of both physical and mental health. It is important to try to get some exercise daily, whether through a trip to the gym, a run, or a quick walk.
In 2014, the National Health and Fitness Day Act, Bill S-211 became law in Canada. The primary reason for the passage of the bill was because daily physical activity in Canada was declining and the number of preventable illness diagnoses was increasing. By encouraging people to increase their physical activity, the law aims to help improve the overall health of Canadians.
Mobile health apps can be helpful to those who are trying to become more active, specifically those that are geared toward health and fitness. A recent GlobalData report, Mobile Health Apps, categorises these types of apps as health management apps. Health management apps generally do not require a prescription and are usually quite accessible to people who own a smartphone. Many health management apps are available to download through different app stores, and there are several different types of apps with different uses. Some apps that target health and fitness will allow the user to learn different types of workouts, count their steps, count their calories, and more.
According to GlobalData’s report, MyFitnessPal was one of the most downloaded health management apps as of 2022. MyFitnessPal allows users to track their steps, exercises, calories, and macros (such as protein, fat, and carbohydrate intake). It also allows users to set health goals, such as to lose, gain, or maintain weight. Other popular health and fitness apps include Fitbit and Garmin Connect, both of which have similar features to MyFitnessPal.
Health and fitness is an important topic that should be encouraged in order to improve the overall health of citizens. Canada is not the only country with a day to encourage fitness, as the US, UK, and all of Europe also have similar days throughout the year.