Fitness & Health

If someone asks you what you would bring to a desert island, your answer should be blueberries. You can eat them with everything, and they are guaranteed to make your meal better.

With OC Transpo and my bicycle as my only means of transportation, I always thought Gatineau Park was way too far. I was also certain nothing could live up to my expectations of the beautiful mountains of Alberta. But this spring, I decided I had to make the trip out to Gatineau Park and cross it off the bucket list.

High, low, medium, slow, jolly ol’ pepper and away we go! Photo credit: Marta Kierkus  When you think of a jump rope, you may think back to the days at the playground when you might have double dutched with the girls and sang along to cheesy songs. “Strawberry shortcake, huckleberry pie, who’s going to be …

All-around benefits from the sour yellow fruit Photo credit: Keith Tsuji (cc) Water is boring, and I am tired of being dehydrated from my two cups of coffee every day. I overuse my Chapstick, and I’m constantly in need of lotion. So what’s a better way to stay hydrated, especially when spring and summer are …

Photo credit: Marta Kierkus The top four places to run this spring and summer It’s summer, and that means it is time to emerge from your winter hibernation and start running again. For some, running is a relaxing pastime, and for others it is more of a cardio catastrophe. Luckily, Ottawa has a plethora of  …

Dancercise: free Zumba fitness on campus Photo credit: Mico Mazza The cold may seem like it’ll never go away, but students at the University of Ottawa are heating things up with a little taste of Latin flavour. The tagline for Zumba sessions on campus is “ditch the workout, join the party,” and the dance fitness …

Peer Help Centre offers belly dancing for beginners Photo credit: Karishma Chopra The Peer Help Centre usually offers tutoring, essay editing, and presentation critiquing – but recently, they started a ladies-only beginners’ belly dancing class. The class is running twice a week to help students start moving their bodies and swaying their hips. Mariam Alshammari, the …

Maybe it’s this reckless eagerness for warm weather that’s the reason why the dreaded March cold and flu season exists, but by the end of the month most Gee-Gees are asking: Is it over yet?

For some (including this writer), the temptation to sit inside, eat chips, and stream online TV shows is still overwhelming. But whether you kept active or turned into a couch potato, the Fulcrum has collected a few suggestions of enjoyable activities that will help get you moving again before spring.

They picked this mountain for the second year because they were so successful raising funds last year. I think next year they will do a different mountain, maybe Everest. They pick the mountain, I pick to climb.

fter a few consecutive weeks of stuffing your body with a whole lot of cookies, ham, turkey and all the trimmings, it’s time to get back into the swing of another semester. The average student diet can often seem like a relief from our holiday extravagances. Often students come back to residence, apartments, and roommates …

It’s too cold. I don’t have time. I can’t afford that. We’ve heard just about every excuse in the book for why health and fitness is the first to-do item on the list to fall by the wayside in university (that is, if it even makes it to the to-do list).

You know what I’m talking about: Those long days in the library, at home in front of your laptop, or up late with your head in that ridiculously large textbook counting the pages until you’re done.

The idea of fitting a regular workout into one’s schedule can be a daunting task for students bombarded with school, work, and extra-curricular activities. But the benefits of regular exercise include improved stress levels, increased energy, and improved sleep and digestion.

Fitness is an important aspect of our lives. In university it’s easy to get distracted by class, studying, homework, and part-time jobs—all of which can lead to feelings of anxiety.

You may not have had time to stop by some of the booths during Club Week but don’t worry The Fulcrum lists four of the top alternative athletic clubs so you can stay active and social during the year.

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