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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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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