The Holiday Gift Guide For An Active Winter

Brent Bishop | Posted 11.28.2015 | Canada Living
Brent Bishop

Having the right mindset, a clear focus on health and the right tools can keep you active and healthy right into the New Year. Here are a few of my favourite picks for an active winter that can also make great holiday gifts for the active-minded.

Finding Your Way Back From Sexual Violence

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I want you to see the 'real' me -- a man who has been running his entire life, a man who has travelled so far, only to come back to himself. My name is Jean-Paul, and I am a survivor of sexual violence, but I am so much more than that. I am a husband. I am a father. I am a writer. I am an elite athlete. I am an advocate for survivors all around the world.

Running Can Inspire People To Acts Of Virtue

Lisa Abram | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

Now in my 50s, I look back over the last five years or so with quiet resolve. Four girlfriends have been diagnosed with breast cancer, all with different journeys. When the sobering statistics warn that one in nine women will get this dreaded disease, I know that cancer lurks in the shadows.

Blackcurrant Can Pack A Punch For Athletes

Carl Thompson | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Carl Thompson

You're at the gym working out, building up a killer thirst and running low on energy, and you gulp down a big-name sports drink, ingesting an artifici...

Running Is Not The Best Exercise To Get Fit

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

For some reason everyone thinks that it is OK for anyone to go running in an effort to improve their health. This is simply not an appropriate recommendation. Running is not the BEST form of exercise. It is simply a form of exercise and one that requires preliminary strength and mobility prior to starting.

11 Fall Running Tips

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently, I spoke with Ian Adam Smith MacNairn, an ultra runner from Calgary, Alberta, and a The North Face athlete. Ian shared his tips on how to start running, how to pick the best shoes for your feet and much more.

Race Day Tips for Your First Marathon or Half-Marathon

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

The best advice I ever got was "You only run your first race once." It's more important to enjoy yourself and feel good when you cross the finish line than it is to have an impressive time on your first marathon. You have a whole lifetime to improve your pace (if you want to), but your first race is all about the excitement!

Proving Rape Survivors' Resilience One Step at a Time

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

On Oct. 18, I will be running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times on the same day (126.6 km) in support of the #ItsNeverOkay campaign, a governmental and media campaign that reminds us that we all have a role in speaking up when we see situations of sexual violence or harassment.

Fitness Doesn't Take a Vacation Because You Do

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Travel
Kathy Buckworth

"But I'm on vacation!" This is just one of the excuses we give ourselves when we decide to forfeit our fitness routines while traveling. But whether you're traveling for fun or for work, it can be one of the best times to change or ramp up your exercise.

5 Reasons to Stop Cardio

Dr. B.J. Hardick | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. B.J. Hardick

Excessive cardio could be inflicting unseen and unfelt damage. All body systems are important, but a weak cardiovascular system will not transport blood, oxygen, and nutrients, affecting every other system in a profound way. In short, yes, you need to exercise to improve your cardio health.

How to Choose the Perfect Sports Bra

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I started running in 1991. During this time, finding a good, supportive sports bra was really limited. The sports bras were mostly cross back and strapped you in. There wasn't much stretch and I could barely breathe -- the bras were so restrictive. At the end of a long run, I would have painful chafing. Not fun.

Put Your Best Foot Forward With These Exercises

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

The foot is complex; it has 33 joints and huge neurological potential. It is supposed to be able to maneuver and adapt to different terrains and communicate with the brain about whole-body balance and proprioception. Proprioception is the feedback loop between your body and brain that allows your brain to know where your body is in space.

I'm a Mom and a Marathoner - It Isn't Easy, But it's Possible

Lindsay Collins | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Lindsay Collins

Training for a marathon is no joke. It's an all or nothing commitment. Running in my "spare-time" has never been an option because I don't consider any of my time as spare; it's all valuable to me. But with a full plate, finding the time to train is tough.

6 Ways Your Workouts Are Aging You Faster

Lee Boyce | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

You can definitely combat the aging process by way of exercise. Proper exercise. If you're not paying attention to your body's balance, biology, and safety, you may be moving towards an injured, decrepit, and immobile body faster than you can say "nip tuck."

10 Ways to Be a Better Runner

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Despite what the advertisers lead us to believe, there is no "ideal" running figure. The only requirement for calling yourself a runner is to lace up a pair of running shoes and start putting one foot in front of the other. Running is not about what you look like, but rather, what you see yourself becoming.

I'm Running a Triple Marathon to Show the Resilience of Sexual Assault Survivors

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

As a scared child, I ran away from the abuse around me, and as an adult, I used drugs and alcohol to run away from the trauma inside me. But here's the interesting part -- shortly after I got clean and sober, I actually took up the sport of running. This fall, I will be running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon three times in the same day (126.6 km), not as a fundraiser, but simply to show others how resilient we are, even after the trauma of sexual violence. But most importantly, I hope that my campaign will build upon the momentum we are starting to see in the media about the prevalence of sexual violence and the need to address the countless lives that lay in its wake.

92-Year Old Is The Oldest Woman To Complete A Marathon

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living

Harriette Thompson, 92, ran her 16th marathon in 7:24:36 last Sunday. Thompson zoomed past the previous record of 9:53:16 set by Gladys Burrill in ...

Follow These Steps for Injury-Free Running

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Learning to love running doesn't happen overnight. Too many people never develop a love of running. Their careers are cut short due to injury, usually because they make the mistake of running too much or too intensely too quickly! Don't be sidelined by injury! Run smart.

18 Ways You're Running Wrong (And Why You Should Do It Right)

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Living

With the sun shining and the heat rising, it's time to put on your running shoes and start sprinting outdoors — and why not? Marathon season has alr...

After a Year of Being Sober, I've Learned to Slow Down

Keeley Milne | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

I celebrated a year of sobriety in February. That first year is selfish in many ways--and necessarily so. After all, without sobriety, I am no good to anyone--to my child, my family, even strangers. In fact, I'm the flat out opposite of good, without sobriety. But now, almost 14 months in, there is space in my life to help others.

Why Running Will Change Your Life

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I believe that deep inside, all of us have something that eats away at us, something that just doesn't sit right. Maybe it's some trauma from your past, or hurtful words that still resonate, or even some "dis" ease you are currently living with. For me, it was coming to terms with sexual abuse in my childhood.

What You Need to Know if You Want to Start Running

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

There is a wealth of information explaining how anyone can learn how to run. You do not need to be in good shape or fast. To learn more about how any person can take the first steps on their path to running, I spoke with Luis Villagran, MEC Ambassador and ultrarunner. Luis shared his top tips, on how to start running.

How Running Helped Me Overcome Addiction

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

If I look at a snapshot of my life 18 years ago, I see a young man ravaged by a spiraling alcohol and drug addiction, a man fractured in spirit desperate to claw his way out of the darkest hell of a deep depression. Shortly after entering a treatment program to deal with my addiction issues, I took my first tentative steps into the world of running. Before I knew it, I had found my "people." I had stumbled upon my "tribe."

How to Find a Sports Bra That Fits Just Right

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

I am a curvy woman and also very active. When I first started running in 1991, I quickly understood the need for proper support. Recently, I spoke with Olivia Leroux, Marketing and Sales Manager of Anita Canada. Olivia shared with me the top tips for women of all shapes, to find the best fitting athletic bra.

What I Learned From Running For 365 Days Straight

Kenny Yum | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living
Kenny Yum

I ran today. Running streaks have to start somewhere and it was a year ago tomorrow, U.S. Thanksgiving Day, I went on a run. This morning, I ran for the 365th straight day. If I had my way, I would write the entire piece while on the run, as opposed to on the couch long after I've put away my running shoes. In front of my laptop, I can't ever match the emotions, sensations, thoughts that I'm having each day while I am out on a run.