Health and Fitness blog: Ottawa’s rad running trails

With warmer weather drawing people to the great outdoors, the spring and summer seasons are a great time to pick up a timeless fitness activity: running. And Ottawa offers a wide array of green spaces that make the trek worth it. These places have some great natural scenery to pass through as you sweat out those winter calories, so check them out on a solo run or a walk with friends! Gatineau Park Although Gatineau Park is probably better suited for hiking than running, it offers a wide variety of trails for all seasons. One of my favourites is the Pink Lake trail, which is part trail, part boardwalk, and winds around Pink Lake with several lookouts and platforms along […]

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Health and Fitness blog: Kick your caffeine habit

As we approach the end of second semester, the caffeine crave is REAL. With assignments and final exam preparations in the works, it can be tricky to stay on top of things. Throw in a social life, gym time and a job, and the days can be a real drain on your body. Despite being raised by a family of avid coffee drinkers, I never developed a deep appreciation for the drink. Whether you’re like me, and are not a huge fan of coffee, or if you’re the opposite, and are looking for ways to give coffee the boot, check out the following alternatives—they’ll give you less coffee-breath, but the same guaranteed energy boosts.   Awake chocolate This product is […]

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Health and fitness blog: Not a “summer bod” blog

A nationwide epidemic is starting up once again, as we all want to look our very best under that impending summer sun. We wonder, is it too late to get in shape with summer just around the corner? At this point we find ourselves calculating the amount of time it would take to lose x amount of weight—would we really be able to get the body we’ve always wanted in just under a month? We will no longer be able to hide the calories we consume with heavy scarves and jackets, but worrying about how to get rid of those calories shouldn’t be added to our to-do lists. How to get a summer bod in just under 10 days? This […]

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Health and fitness: Get back to the track

After a month and a half of regular exercise—swimming, going to the gym, and the occasional run—I was hit in the leg with not one, not two, but three on-and-off injuries. All that training came to a crashing halt, along with my plans to compete in my first triathlon this June. I’ll spare you the (painful) details for now, but basically I have knee pain—colloquially referred to as “runner’s knee” —shin splints, and occasional pain through my heel and achilles tendon. The knee pain is something I’ve been dealing with on-and-off since April, so it’s not really a surprise it reappeared. The other injuries, however, are brand new and typically caused by overuse. I was finally feeling back on track […]

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Health and Fitness blog: Hot child in the tunnels

In today’s blog – the latest in my series of melodramatic, bellyaching articles on low-level campus problems – I’m turning up the heat on a new, but nonetheless bone-chilling issue. I like Carleton, I really do (you can thank Margaret Wente for that line). But there’s one thing I can’t stand about this place. Carleton either has no chill, or it has way too much of it. You know what I’m talking about. You get to class, take off your jacket, and open your laptop. But by the time your prof gets their PowerPoint going, you feel cryogenically frozen. You couldn’t be colder if your tongue was stuck to a goalpost at MNP Park. Even in rooms that don’t have […]

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