Letter: A scale is a useful fitness tool

The weight scale was removed from Carleton’s gym this past week. This was a bad solution for the very real problem of body image disorders. As a fitness professional in the industry for many years, I want to help take apart and examine the issues for you. Body image issues and the associated disorders are a real source of mental and physical health problems for millions of Canadians, and many of our fellow Carleton students. It is an issue that requires immense sensitivity and care, and health and fitness professionals, including the ones at Carleton Athletics, need to be able to address it properly. Body dysmorphic disorders can come with a range of behavioural issues, including: over-eating or under-eating, obsessive […]

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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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Natural Health and Beauty Blog: Ditch the deodorant

Applying your deodorant every morning may not be helping your body odour—in fact, it could be making you smell more. Deodorant—specifically antiperspirants—have been linked by researchers to a variety of health problems. According to the National Cancer Institute, the evidence is inconclusive. They explain that aluminum-based deodorants act as a temporary plug in the sweat duct, stopping the flow of sweat. Some researchers suggest these chemicals are absorbed into the side of the breast and cause a hormonal effect that could increase the risk of breast cancer. A 2004 study by cancer researcher Phillippa Darbre found parabens, another common ingredient in deodorant, within 18 out of 20 breast tissues samples. The National Cancer Institute says despite the studies, more research […]

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CUSA hosts Sex, Health and Well-Being week

Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) hosted their Sex, Health and Well-Being Week from March 1-3 with various events held in the UniCentre. Maddie Adams, CUSA’s vice-president (student issues), said the week is designed to remind students to pay more attention to all aspects of their health. “Essentially, the Sex, Health and Well-Being Week is meant to bring awareness to looking into your mental health, your sexual health, and just your overall health as a human being,” said Adams, who planned and oversaw the week’s events. March 1, the health day, consisted of the option to visit a therapy dog in the UniCentre. Several students took advantage of the opportunity to hang out with a greyhound that made its way around […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Get your daily nutrition quota in a smoothie

I don’t know about you, but I used to find it really hard to get the full recommended servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Health Canada recommends seven to eight servings of fruits and vegetables for adult females, and eight to 10 for adult males. For some, this may be an easy task. But for students who have so many other things to worry about, eating enough fruits and vegetables can be low on the list of priorities. My suggestion is to incorporate smoothies into your daily routine. Not only can one smoothie satisfy at least half of the recommended serving of fruits and vegetables, but it can also help keep you full longer, tastes great, and can be a great energy […]

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