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The True North strong and free (and flexing!)

 RBC Olympian Mark Oldershaw learning to figure skate with Natalie In the land of fitness and physical activity, we see people flexing their muscles all the time. There are plenty of reasons why—most obviously, in a sports game to intimidate members of the opposite team, or to flaunt their strength in front of a crush, the internet or whomever! Heck, even kangaroos do it to show off their fighting muscles to females, who are wooed by them. But why are...

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Why you should ward off the winter blues with a swim, and how to take the first plunge

With less daylight, colder temperatures and the likely return of a Polar Vortex, it’s no surprise this is the time of year when people want to put on a thick sweater, crawl under a blanket and hibernate. In fact, Dr. Robert Levitan, a clinical scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, recently wrote in the Toronto Star that the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder are a lot like hibernation — you want to sleep more, eat...

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The rewards of trying something new: suspension yoga

I’ve been dealing with a nagging running injury, so when a friend asked if I’d join her for a trapeze class, I was a bit hesitant. Suspending myself several dozen feet in the air with legs that aren’t fully functioning probably isn’t the quickest route to recovery. I proposed a slightly more grounded activity, though one that would still have us catching some air — suspension yoga. Poses are performed in and around a large loop of cloth hanging from the...

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Simple Tips for an Easier Bike Commute

                          Sometimes when I’m riding my bike to work, I secretly fantasize that every person I pass in a car stuck in traffic secretly wants to be with me as I swiftly ride past them. Commuting to and from work by bike has become a very fun part of my day.  My morning ride leaves me energized and ready for work, in a way no cup of coffee...

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25 Physical Activity Life Hacks

      A life hack is a little tip or trick to make your life easier, or an uncommon solution to a common problem.  So, physical activity life hacks are the small tweaks you can make to your daily schedule to fit some extra movement in.  The formula is very simple. More movement = better life.         Piggy back your children up and down the stairs.  This requires balance, strength and cooperative kids—but you need to...

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Sport will do your child good

    Each month, ParticipACTION releases a new set of Lifestyle Tips, in partnership with the Canadian Fitness Lifestyle Research Institute. As issue leaders, we’ve ensured that these tips are backed up by good, solid research! This month, we revisited the state of sport in Canada, why your kids can benefit from sport, and how you can encourage their participation.       Here’s a quick summary of why sport will do your child good: In Canada: 74% of Canadian...

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Beat the mid-day blahs with these 5 tips to keep your energy up!

                                        I can’t pretend that exercising in the workplace looks cool. To the average person, there is nothing about lunging around the office that looks normal. But, in the middle of the day when I’ve been sitting for 3-5 hours, I usually need a pick-me-up! If you can approach your workday with a sense of humor and a little creativity, you...

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Should we cut kids from sports teams? The rebuttal

My colleague Christa made a great case for why kids should not be cut from sports teams. I’m here to argue the other side. Not necessarily by choice, but for argument’s sake. As a parent I have witnessed my three children make school teams, and also get cut from school teams. Making the team comes with wide-grinned pride in achievement, and getting cut comes with its own special sting. As someone who believes in accessible physical activity opportunities for all...

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Top stories we saw this month

                          We work hard to stay on the forefront of all sport and physical activity related news, and are lucky enough to have the time to read the latest and greatest tips and tricks to keep us fit and informed. But who would we be if we didn’t share them with you? Here is a list of the top stories we read on the net this month: We’re...

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Physical Activity at Work: What I learned from wearing an activity tracker

We hear it over and over again: walking is one of the easiest ways to be physically active.  It’s also said to be the single best thing Canadians can do to improve their health.  Did you know that healthy adults should take 10,000 steps a day?  Do you take that many steps each day?  I wasn’t sure myself, so I decided to partake in a personal challenge where I would walk at least 10,000 steps a day from Monday to...

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