We need to get children off the couch

It’s sad when adults choose to be inactive. It’s even sadder when we don’t provide our children the opportunity to establish physically-active lifestyles

We need to get children off the couchOur children have never been more sedentary. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, only 21.6 per cent of children and adolescents in the United States aged six to 19 met the recommended 60 or more minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity at least five times a week. It’s a safe bet that…

Shape up and really enjoy your trip

Travel can wear you out even if it's not an active vacation, so shape up for travel, and happy travels

Shape up and really enjoy your tripOne thing you might not think about is that you should shape up for travel if you want to really enjoy your trip and stay healthy. Your doctor probably tells you all the time that you should exercise more, but some people find it hard to stay motivated to exercise just because they should. Decide…

Taking the anxiety out of long crossings in a kayak

Go early, be prepared for any eventuality, plan well, concentrate on strong paddle strokes and keep your destination dead off your bow

Taking the anxiety out of long crossings in a kayakIt’s the classic ocean kayaker’s dilemma: should I wait or go now? You’re all loaded up. It’s probably early in the morning and you don’t want to delay others as your trip unfolds before you. Some or all of your trip-mates may have taken kayak water rescue courses and have at least some confidence in…

Disrupting bricks-and-mortar fitness studios

Colin Szopa of Plankk talks about becoming the largest fitness influencer company in the world, one app at a time

Disrupting bricks-and-mortar fitness studiosColin Szopa is CEO and co-founder of Plankk, a Calgary-based tech company. What is Plankk and what does it do?  Szopa: Plankk is a three-year-old startup based right here in YYC. We partner with some of today’s best fitness influencers to create their custom fitness and nutrition apps. Today, we have more than 40 live…

What Caregivers Can do to Help Seniors Stay Active

Our tips to consider so that you can help the seniors you care for to enjoy the benefits of being active

What Caregivers Can do to Help Seniors Stay ActiveRegular exercise has a lot of benefits for seniors, and can help them enjoy a better quality of life as well as to keep themselves in good physical condition as they age. If you are caring for an older person, then keeping them active can be an important thing to think about, although naturally it…

Once in a blue moon: scaling B.C.’s Fisher Peak

Climbing Fisher requires no mountaineering equipment, no technical skills. But the steady steepness makes for a long, hard day

Once in a blue moon: scaling B.C.’s Fisher PeakOnce in a blue moon something improbable occurs. A goal beyond expectations and beyond the capacity of aging knees is accomplished. The view of Fisher Peak from our Kimberley, B.C., condo is mesmerizing. For years I’ve gazed across the Rocky Mountain Trench at that daunting, taunting pinnacle. Fisher dominates the skyline in this range of…

Pushing back on the shame over addiction

Vanisha Breault of the Terminator Foundation talks about facing and overcoming the growing pandemic of addictions

Pushing back on the shame over addictionVanisha Breault is founder and executive director of the Terminator Foundation. What is the Terminator Foundation and what does it do? Breault: The Terminator Foundation is a collaboration of integrated health-care systems that support youth and young adults in their effort to recover from addiction and mental health issues. Our goal is to strengthen recovery…

A key cog in keeping Calgary healthy and thriving

Sheila Taylor of Parks Foundation Calgary talks about the important social, psychological and physical roles that parks play

A key cog in keeping Calgary healthy and thrivingSheila Taylor is CEO of Parks Foundation Calgary. Can you explain what Parks Foundation Calgary is and does? Taylor: We’re dedicated to helping Calgarians embrace their outdoor life. For over 30 years, our non-profit organization has been doing everything we can to improve local parks and pathways. Parks Foundation Calgary’s work involves fundraising for and…

When it comes to injuries, MLB teams remain clueless

Injury research through analytics should be priority one, since baseball owners spent $745,769,319 on injured list players in 2018 alone

When it comes to injuries, MLB teams remain cluelessBaseball has an injury problem. It’s a big one. And an expensive one. As but one recent example – albeit an extreme one – the New York Yankees had 13 players on the injured list by the end of April, just one month into the 2019 season!  Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises are filled with…
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