When I was nine years old my parents decided it was time for all of us to learn to ski. We spent a few weekends driving around the Collingwood, Ontario area north of Toronto looking for a ski chalet. We fell in love with a quaint little chalet at the foot of a small ski resort called Talisman. Like many families from the city we would leave every Friday night and spend the weekends in the country. My brother, sister and I spent whole summers there with our mom while dad continued to commute from the city on weekends.
Stretching is one of those things that most people acknowledge they should do more of but very often don’t get around to doing. I have found over the last 12 years as a trainer that the most effective stretching routines are the easiest ones to do. Here are some guidelines to a quick and easy stretching routine to help keep you mobile and pain free.
Generally on the snowiest days of the year, I ride the single line. With powder awaiting the quickest way to get back up to the top is the best. On one such occasion I mounted the chair lift with a middle aged British couple. After acquaintances were made, they posed a question that provoked much thought. “What is there for youth to do in Fernie?” I’m sure that it’s a question many people pose, hoping for a straight answer.
Growing up my parents were always exposing us kids to a wide variety of food. They felt that if we were exposed at an early age, we would be more adventurous and appreciative all of our lives when it came to food.
Now that summer is nearly here, many of you are probably supplementing your gym workouts with some outdoor running, walking, and playing. Here are some exercises that you can incorporate into your workout using just a park bench, picnic table or even a log on the trail to boost your workout! These exercises can be done on their own or in the middle of a run or walk. Start by walking or jogging for at least five minutes to get warmed up before performing the exercises.
Where does the garbage man take the trash? Where will we put our waste? It’s a question that puzzles even the most educated people. We mass produce at such an astonishing rate that we can’t keep up with the amount of resources required or the space to house the waste. The thing is that in reality there isn’t space. If the whole world consumed at North America’s rate we would need three to five planets to accommodate us, our stuff and of course, our waste.
The three years we spent as a family living in the Bahamas were full of diverse and pleasurable food experiences. Banana and avocado trees grew in the yard of our first home in Freeport. Avocados grow so big they can feed a whole table of guests. My mother would pick them warm from the tree to make “pear sandwiches” - mashed avocado on toast with salt and pepper.
The saying “look good, feel good” previously used by the fitness industry for so many years will hopefully change to “feel good, look good”. It is frustrating to meet so many clients whose main goals are to lose weight in order to look good. Now don’t get me wrong, if you are feeling a little soft, inactive, and not good about your body then absolutely you should get motivated and do something about it. You just need to figure out how to do it successfully.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
An elderly man sits back against the down of his pillow and opens his eyes. The sparkle next to his bed causes him to turn. His young granddaughter sat quietly, waiting to bid her last good-byes. She smiles as he watches her. He could see that she had a question so he reached over and patted her hand. The young girl finally spoke, “Poppa, I was just wondering, why are you, you? What should I remember?”
Some of my earliest childhood memories are of food. When I was 6 years old and living with my family in suburban Toronto my parents sold everything we owned and bought a 27’ Shepherd Cruiser. The family (including my 3 year old sister and 8 year old brother) moved aboard in early spring. We spent the next few of months traveling through the Intracoastal Waterways with a short ocean crossing from Florida to Freeport, Grand Bahamas Island where we settled for a few years.
The term diabetes is one that is used to describe a wide range of conditions revolving around the body’s ability to appropriately manage blood glucose levels.
Whether you’re a high performance athlete like Emily Brydon and her fellow athletes competing in the Olympics this month, or someone that simply enjoys being active, there are a variety of supplements that can help to maximize performance while minimizing the risk and repercussions associated with injury. None of these supplements will substitute for clean water, good sleep, a well-balanced diet and stretching before and after a workout, but they can give your training and performance a boost.
The Olympics are an amazing display of fitness, health, determination, and talent (Go Emily!). You get to witness the elite excel in sports you may have tried yourself over the years. Hopefully you can use their inspiring stories to your advantage by being motivated to get back into sport. Here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Do some research to see which activities are offered in your area. You may be surprised to learn how many Olympic sports we have at the tip of our fingers. And when you find something you are interested in, sign up and commit yourself!
“The world is a book and all those who don’t travel only read one page”. –St. Augustine
During a recent self-examination I realized that I am not yet ready to make life-changing decisions. The reader may interject. “You’re only sixteen! The only decisions you make are whether or not to eat Lucky Charms or Frosted Flakes for breakfast!”
The date is September 2, and I am sitting in the Cranbrook airport nervously awaiting a sister I’ve never before met. Little do I know what an amazing impact she and others like her will have on my school, my community and myself. But in the back of my mind maybe I do know. Every six months people disappear and return home, leaving a home behind. They leave a space, sometimes never to be filled. Do we regret that?