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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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 & Fitness: How to enjoy the holiday feasts and festivities guilt-free

It’s the hap, hap, happiest time of the year, and you know what that means: more food and drinks than your student budget could ever afford. Nothing screams the holiday season like having three plates of turkey dinner with your family and topping it off with a bowl of candy cane ice cream and a hot chocolate with Bailey’s (because I know we’ve all done it). But with feasts come high calorie counts, feeling bloated, and for some of us, a little bit of guilt. So how do you enjoy the holidays as guilt free as possible you ask? Well, lemme tell you. First thing’s first. Forget crash diets. I can’t stress this enough. I hate crash diets more than […]

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Health & Fitness Blog: The best balms for winter lips

With January rearing its chilly head, snow seems less like a quaint relic of the holidays and more like a mortal enemy to avoid at all costs. The extra wind chill does mega damage to your lips, leading to a reptilian look if left untreated. So if you want a healthy pair of fleshy mouth flaps, lip balm is your best winter friend. Luckily lip chap is cheap, sold almost everywhere, and fits easily in a pocket. Not all lip balms are created equal, however. As a self-proclaimed lip-care fanatic, I carry a tube with me wherever I go and have tried my fair share of products, so please learn from my mistakes. Here’s a roundup of some lip chaps […]

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