Physical inactivity is known to shorten life expectancy and increase the risk of many adverse health conditions, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and breast cancer (1). Physical inactivity is also responsible for substantial economic burden, with estimates as high as $54 billion worldwide in 2013 (2). For these reasons, physical inactivity is a major public health concern!
It is well established that a physically active lifestyle promotes psychophysiological health and well-being across the lifespan. Emerging evidence also suggests that physical activity may be used alone and in combination with cognitive behavioural interventions to prevent, treat, and manage many adverse psychophysiological health conditions. Despite the established health benefits of physical activity, much of the world’s population is physically inactive. Under these circumstances, cognitive behavioural interventions that target the psychosocial determinants of physical inactivity are necessary to promote regular activity and improve health and well-being worldwide.
Bridging the gap between the knowledge acquired by researchers and the everyday practice(s) of individuals requires that research findings be translated into accessible and practical solutions that can be implemented in the real-world. Physical activity and health researchers of the McGill Research Center for Physical Activity and Health are striving to bridge this gap through:
(i) Generating and compiling evidence of the health benefits that can be advantaged from physical activity and behaviour modification in preventing, treating, and managing disease and in promoting health across the lifespan,
(ii) Training highly-qualified personnel in the area of physical activity and health research, and
(iii) Facilitating the translation of the evidence into practical solutions for promoting health of the general population.
There are three important research axes of the McGill Research Center for Physical Activity and Health: