Health and Fitness blog: Staying active in Ottawa’s bitter winters

The beginning of every winter is enough to send someone born and raised in Ottawa into existential crisis. “Did I really live through 24 of these winters?” I ask myself. I have no idea how I did it. I repress the memories of biting winds, ridiculous snowsuits and sidewalks made of sheer ice entirely. Each winter I am genuinely shocked that people live here, and that I am included in this category. But each time, slowly, all of the memories of survival come back. Post-workout euphoria transcends all climates anyways, and sure enough, I realize after a hard indoor workout, that the availability of snow piles to jump into is really a blessing in disguise. (*Disclaimer: this is not actually […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Overcoming treadmill anxiety

The fear of treadmills spans a broad range of fitness levels. Whether you are new to fitness or a seasoned athlete, at the surface, treadmills just seem insane. If you hate running, why would you pick a treadmill over a bike or an elliptical? If you like running, why would you not be outside? Yet there are tons of people who run on treadmills. We see them all the time! So there must be something compelling about them, right? Here’s some insight into the treadmill lover’s mind: You can always back off the treadmill (carefully) The first point on treadmills is that they are usually located in the midst of other cardio machines. This means that if the first two […]

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Health and fitness blog: Get in the water for a run

After the fast—medium—slow lane series at Carleton’s pool comes a lane unlike the others. Marked by brightly-coloured flotation waist belts, its users engage in what looks like stationary bobbing to the untrained eye. “Water running,” its sign says: a term evoking amusement from casual observers, dread from injured athletes, and sheer misunderstanding from both laypeople and self-professed water runners alike. After two months spent water running in this lane daily, I can personally attest to the serious confusion surrounding the sport. Lifeguards intervened on my behalf on more than one occasion to establish water running lane etiquette. One elderly woman swimming with a flutter board loudly declared I was ‘doing it wrong’ by not actually running back and forth down […]

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