Fitness

Cold and hot exposure: The lazy way to workout!

Cold and hot exposure: The lazy way to workout!

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Sometimes you wanna do an epic 2 hour snowshoe or a big workout weights. But sometimes it’s tough just to get out and do something. This is where my “lazy” workouts come in. And as I get older,… Read More

#FridayFindings: Cool stuff from the worlds of fitness & mental health…

#FridayFindings: Cool stuff from the worlds of fitness & mental health…

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Mental health is key and it’s everywhere these days. And that’s a good thing if you ask me! Here is a cool program from the University of Windsor (my old employer) featured in the Windsor Star by Kelly Steele. *** Apparently running is good for… Read More

Experience report: CrossFit Class at CrossFit NCR (@CrossFitNCR)

Experience report: CrossFit Class at CrossFit NCR (@CrossFitNCR)

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After years of being bombarded by the CrossFit folks (who isn’t?), I finally gave in. My friend Laura was a gracious host for an intro class at CrossFit NCR . It was a Monday night class with all kinds of… Read More

My #31in31 recap for January 2018!

My #31in31 recap for January 2018!

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It’s been a good month for physical activity. Scratch that, it’s been a great month! I did close to 35 “sessions” of more than 30 minutes with very good variety. I did a bunch of days with two… Read More

Experience report: Fat bike ride in neighbourhood trails…

Experience report: Fat bike ride in neighbourhood trails…

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I’m in love with everything fat these days: Fat based diet, fat burning and now trying fat bikes! I’ve been seeing fat bikes everywhere these days it seems and I wanted to check it out for myself. I… Read More

Book review: Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall

Book review: Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall

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If the name sounds familiar, it comes from the same author as the international best seller Born to Run. That book was a great inspiration to many people and it really helped solidify my position that everyone can… Read More

#FridayFindings: Some cool stuff from the worlds of fitness & wellness…

#FridayFindings: Some cool stuff from the worlds of fitness & wellness…

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Do fitness trackers really work? I know I’m a big fan of mine but it seems the consensus isn’t there just yet. Here is Jill Barker’s take on it on the Postmedia platform. *** It seems fitness and wellness is becoming more and… Read More

#31in31 is back, with a twist!

#31in31 is back, with a twist!

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Another year, another challenge. If you’re like me, it’s always nice to get a bit of a kick in the butt when we’d rather be hibernating all day. I try to switch it up to keep it fresh… Read More

Adventure report: Long fat fasted snowshoe at Green’s Creek

Adventure report: Long fat fasted snowshoe at Green’s Creek

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Sunday was another beautiful winter day in the Capital. It was a bit chilly in the morning so I delayed my long snowshoe until the afternoon. I was planning on doing a long run but this was too… Read More

Wanna apply ChiRunning to swimming? There’s Total Immersion Swimming…

Wanna apply ChiRunning to swimming? There’s Total Immersion Swimming…

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It’s been a sad week for some as Terry Laughlin the founder of Total Immersion (TI) Swimming left us. I never got around to taking a TI course but I did read the book and looked at a… Read More

Experience report: Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) on the Rideau River with @RideauRowPaddle

Experience report: Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) on the Rideau River with @RideauRowPaddle

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So a friend asked to go for a SUP session on the weekend so I said why not? I don’t have board so looked around to rent one. I wanted to try a new spot and I found… Read More

#FridayFindings: The latest and greatest from the worlds of fasting and running…

#FridayFindings: The latest and greatest from the worlds of fasting and running…

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Here’s a look at exercise as a weight loss strategy from the New York Times . Do you think you’d be hungrier after sitting around or working out? You might be surprised… *** I love the first-person tales of how running… Read More

Experience report: @MEC Ottawa Summer Century Ride 2017

Experience report: @MEC Ottawa Summer Century Ride 2017

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Like I mentioned recently , I’m really loving the MEC Ottawa events these days. Low-key, low-cost and loads of fun. Sunday’s Summer Century Ride was no different! My buddy Dion and I headed out to Carp to take part in Sunday… Read More

#FridayFindings: Cool latest stuff from the world of fitness!

#FridayFindings: Cool latest stuff from the world of fitness!

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A lot of athletes, including runners, complain about back pain. Trust me, I feel your pain. And trust me, the right exercises help tremendously. See above for some beneficial ones, part of a comprehensive guide to the new science of… Read More

The secret to getting out of your comfort zone…

The secret to getting out of your comfort zone…

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It’s weird, when I was training for Ironman (all those years ago), a day off felt weird. I was used to do at least one workout per day. Now I’m active but structure outdoor “workouts” are rare. We’re… Read More

#FridayFindings: New stuff from the worlds of fitness and nutrition!

#FridayFindings: New stuff from the worlds of fitness and nutrition!

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So we exercise to look good naked, right? Well Time.com has  7 Surprising Benefits of Exercise . Some might surprise you! Most probably won’t if you’ve been paying attention to this blog… Tip: Click on the video near the end of the article. Cool one! *** How many… Read More

Experience Report: Petite Aventure 2017 with @VeloQuebec

Experience Report: Petite Aventure 2017 with @VeloQuebec

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So we did it again! A weekend of cycling and camping with kids with all kinds of weather for la Petite Aventure 2017. What could wrong? Some great fun all around even if there were some hiccups here and… Read More

Are you training many hours a week and still carrying extra weight?

Are you training many hours a week and still carrying extra weight?

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Most people think folks who do long runs or any other long distance racing are all skinny little things. If you ever looked around at local races or triathlons, you know that is not the case. Why is… Read More

#FridayFindings: New stuff from the worlds of nutrition and fitness!

#FridayFindings: New stuff from the worlds of nutrition and fitness!

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Who wouldn’t love more coffee in their lives? Well it seems even if you’re a regular user/abuser like me, a pre-workout coffee might help your workouts. Here is a cool look at it from the New York Times . *** Fasting is getting seen more and more as… Read More

Become a fat burning beast discussion in Ottawa – Tue June 6

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It’s all happening downtown Ottawa on Tue June 6 at 6:30 pm! Come and listen to coach and biohacker Eric Collard of Efficient Coaching as he explains all he’s learned over the past 10 years through trials and… Read More

Experience report: Spring MEC Ottawa ride

Experience report: Spring MEC Ottawa ride

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So I started doing the MEC rides around Ottawa last fall after a nice nudge from my buddy Dion. They’re fun, no fuss and best of all, very affordable. And in this case, free! This one was officially cancelled due to weather… Read More

Experience report: My first 3-day fast…

Experience report: My first 3-day fast…

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So I’ve been playing with intermittent fasting for a while now and I pushed the envelope some more this week, my first 3-day fast. Why did I do it? I got that a few times over the past… Read More

Experience report: Yoga for runners in Montreal with Julien Gagnon

Experience report: Yoga for runners in Montreal with Julien Gagnon

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I spent a wonderful Saturday on the weekend where I taught a great group of runners before doing a 3-hour yoga for runners class with the one and only Julien Gagnon. For those who don’t know him, he’s… Read More

Listen to your heart… Aka heart rate monitoring

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This post won’t be about following your passion or moving to a new city for your loved on. Or the Roxette song highlighted above. It’s about paying attention to the feedback your heart gives you on a daily,… Read More

Experience report: Hiking in Lake Placid, NY

Experience report: Hiking in Lake Placid, NY

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I tried to take a bit of a break from the busy life to get away and soak up nature and get some steps in. It was nice to basically keep my phone away for a few days, except… Read More