Invest in yourself at Canyon Ranch

When you make an investment what sort of return are you expecting? You may have invested in your education, career, portfolio, house, children, there are so many considerations. What is the long term vision that comes with these different investments? Do you expect modest, incremental changes to a successful future? Or are you more the get in/get out quick and …

Recommended Reading

It’s back to school season and because of this I thought a recommended reading list would be a great idea. I love to read. I love fiction and non-fiction books. The following are some of the non-fiction books I have read this summer and would recommend to my friends. Some stress is good for us, it gets us moving. However, …

One time only

I was on my way to the gym at the Nordic Centre on Saturday. It is always busy there on the weekends, World Cup races, club events, mountain biking, running, always something and a lot of serious athletes. This weekend there was a trail run and I was meeting someone to pick up a package and then going to the gym. It …

Start with the why.

Thanks for the great responses to my question about exercise.  “Why do you think more people don’t exercise enough? What stops you from turning up the dial on your exercise intensity? Why is this one thing, that has more benefits than any pill you could take, so hard to do regularly?” F said I’ve got lots of ideas why some …

Get smart

When I was in university the school calendar had a joke printed inside that said, “How do Human Kinetics students study? Run extra laps? Lift heavier weights?” When I graduated from UBC one of my relatives saw my grad photo and laughed, they said “why do they have you sitting in front of all those books, you didn’t go to …

Sweat is the Best Anti-Depressant

On Tuesday morning I went to an Active Living seminar to listen to Dr. Guy Faulkner, Canadian Research Chair in Applied Public Health, talk about exercise and depression. He compared the evidence for exercise vs. drugs as anti-depressants. His conclusion? Compared to anti-depressants, when exercise is used as a treatment for depression, it is as effective, less expensive, can be …

Colour your brain healthy

Make your  brain more energy efficient. A study of 65-85 year old adults revealed how much effort it takes a vegetable deprived brain to work. It was a small study, but the results could be very useful and provide another reason to eat your fruits and vegetables. When researchers virtually peered inside the brains of older adults they saw something …

Exercise to eat less

Exercising after work may have unexpected benefits. The journal Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise recently reported that exercise after performing mentally stressful work reduces calorie intake later. This made me think about the running joke that my sister and I have. When I exercise, she gets hungry. It’s not that she doesn’t exercise, it is that often when …

Unplugged

  I am back from vacation. A two week fitness adventure. With a big technology break. I highly recommend it. The fitness adventure and the technology break. It seems we can’t go anywhere anymore without the electronic umbilical cord. The benefits of cutting the ties are worth the few anxious moments of being unreachable. Actually I found the unreachableness one …

5 ways to get Olympic results. Guaranteed.

It’s the middle of August, the summer is coming to an end and thankfully so are the Olympics. The Olympics are so inspiring and motivating.  Except you have to watch them, and that could mean you are exercising less. However, you could use this time to think about your own fitness goals. Olympians aren’t the only ones who can benefit from …