Fitness & Health

As flip-flop tans fade and thought patterns begin to shift to deadlines and exams, it is not uncommon for students to experience symptoms of low serotonin in the brain—commonly referred to as anxiety or depression.

If getting in shape or looking better in the mirror isn’t enough of a motivator for you to get your butt to the gym, maybe one of these workout perks will do the trick.

ON MARCH 16, THE University Centre was transformed into a track and stadium as the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) held their annual Relay for Life. The event helped raise $25,850 for cancer research, but the relay held a larger importance for the organizers and participants. “Relay for Life is a unique …

Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff WHAT’S IN YOUR fridge? That’s the question Health Services has been asking throughout the month of March. In partnership with the Dieticians of Canada, Health Promotions under the University of Ottawa Health Services have been travelling across campus trying to expose common nutrition myths and inform students about healthy eating. …

AFTER 13 YEARS of teaching various fitness classes for the University of Ottawa’s Sports Services, Siobhán Rock taught her last class in May 2011 after noticing some surprising physical changes while pregnant with her third child. “I started tripping at one point, I tried running after my two year old and I couldn’t run. I …

WITH AN OVERWHELMING variety of energy bars out there, it’s hard to choose the best protein-packed snack for you. Picking the right one can provide a slew of benefits, but an analysis of those choices is necessary when standing in the goodies aisle. “The ingredients matter, as well as the time of consumption,” explained Eric …

The benefits of yoga Katherine DeClerq | Fulcrum Staff THE STRESS OF a student is never-ending. Between school, work, and the pressure of everyday life, an hour of physical activity can do wonders. While a power walk or a session on the elliptical may only distract you from the problems at hand, yoga—a discipline known …

Tae cardio workout packs a punch “PUNCH, KICK, AND block your way to a great workout,” promises the Gee-Gees website. “Using martial arts and boxing techniques, your instructor will guide you through an intense cardiovascular training session.” The intensity left me gasping for breath, and will become a regular part of my workout routine rotation. First impressions I brought along a …

Weight management program offered by University of Ottawa Health Services STUDENTS ARE WARNED by family and friends about the freshman 15—those dreaded pounds that tend to pack on when you start sacrificing gym time for study sessions and veggies for vending machine treats. According to Canada Health, serious consequences can arise when you become overweight or obese, and for some, the easy addition of …

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