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In search of the best running playlist

A few years ago I would run with a friend a couple of times a week. We both listened to our own music and could be pretty focused. During one morning run, someone in a car flagged me down. The driver told me that my friend was waving for me to stop. I looked back and she was two blocks […]

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Review: Mio ALPHA Heart Rate Monitor

A few weeks ago, I noticed my indoor cycling instructor’s Garmin watch said his heart rate was 56. That’s a pretty good resting heart rate for a fit person, but we had been doing sprint intervals, pedalling flat out. I asked him about it after class and he laughed, “My chest strap slipped!” Until recently, […]

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Top Fitness Trend 2014: High Intensity Interval Training

The ACSM’s top fitness trend for 2014 is high intensity interval training (HIIT). “High Intensity Interval Training made its first appearance on this list this year. Its appearance in the top spot on the list reflects how this form of exercise has taken the fitness community by storm in recent months,” said Walter R. Thompson, […]

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The Health Benefits of a Mini Vacation

June whizzed past in a blur and July was showing no signs of slowing down. When the heat wave finally ended two weekends ago, it was the perfect opportunity to break free and take a two-day mini vacation on the Bruce Peninsula, one of my favourite places. There are two National Parks at the tip […]

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My Pick: Fitbit Flex Fitness Band

There are some great smartphone apps for tracking physical activity, heart rate and sleep habits, but it becomes a bit of a drag after a while to keep entering data manually in all those different apps. Enter fitness tracker bands, wearable bracelet devices that passively track a combination of health behaviours while you get on […]

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Run to Quit Smoking

Do you want to quit smoking or know someone who does? This spring, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Running Room are collaborating on a new program called Run to Quit, to help people learn to run while quitting smoking and substitute a healthy habit for a destructive one. Despite the great strides in awareness […]

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Yoga for Pain Relief – Free Webinars

For some people who suffer from chronic pain, yoga can provide much needed pain relief and help increase functional movement. The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD), Pain BC and The Canadian Pain Coalition are offering a series of five free webinars called Yoga for People with Pain. The series starts […]

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Body Weight Training Now a Top Fitness Trend

Body weight training is now a top fitness trend for the first time, according to the American College of Sports Medicine‘s annual worldwide survey released today. Body weight training includes exercises that use the body as resistance, requiring minimal or no additional equipment and includes exercises like push-ups, planks, pull-ups, squats and others. “Body weight […]

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Cardiio App: Hands-Free Heart Rate Check

Now you can measure your resting heart rate hands-free with Cardiio, a mobile app developed by scientists and engineers at the MIT Media Lab. The technology works by turning your iPhone or iPad into a biosensor that measures how much light your face reflects.  Every time your heart beats, blood is pumped into your face, […]

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New Frontiers of Military Medical Research

Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program Builds Resiliency

Preventive program arms soldiers and families with positive psychology tools. Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum is a formidable champion of resilience and optimism in the face of adversity. In February of 1991, when she was a flight surgeon during Operation Desert Shield in the Persian Gulf War, Brig. Gen. Cornum survived a harrowing week which included […]

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