Fitness & Health

All athletes, professional or recreational, risk injuries when they’re training or playing on the field. Certain maladies are more common than others. Who can forget about the Sidney Crosby concussion saga of last year?

If outrageous prices alone don’t stop you from guzzling any of the aforementioned drinks, maybe reading up on the calorie counts of these liquids will convince you to stick to what Mother Nature is serving up: good old H2O.

“No big deal,” I thought as I swung open the door. Looking back at me were some extremely fit women, and I was intimidated, to say the least.

What your body needs is food packed with nutrients and energy to keep you going without crashing after a few hours.

I’m not suggesting you go to Morisset and run up and down the giant, echoing staircase. I’m talking about the public library.

You may have heard of it as the “lemonade diet”, but no matter what it’s called, I have one word to sum it up—gross.

But if you’re sensitive to their pungency, here’s a fun way to sneak radishes into a sweet fruit smoothie.

I trained. Trained! Me, the girl whose co-worker asked incredulously, “Wait—you’re athletic?” as I explained to him I was running a 5K while simultaneously using my teeth to rip into a tub of Ben & Jerry’s.

It’s easy to see how kale can be intimidating—it’s large, leafy, and near impossible to stuff into a plastic produce bag—but you won’t regret picking up a bundle at the grocery store.

If you’re flirting at the gym, chances are you’re hovering alongside the machines, lingering on the mats, or chatting at the water fountain for a prolonged period of time. Essentially, you’re getting in everybody’s way.

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 …

One student sweats it out at U of O Zumba class THE GEE-GEES’ WEBSITE makes a pretty hefty promise regarding their Zumba classes: “This cardio fitness class, inspired by Latin and international dance, will guarantee smiling and sweating the whole way through!” I went into the experience with high expectations, and wasn’t let down in …

  Ultramarathons take competitive running to a new level ABBOTSFORD, B.C. (CUP)—IF YOU’RE A longtime competitive runner, what hap- pens when you have conquered the marathon? An ultramarathon, by definition, is any running race over the marathon distance of 42 KM. The most common distances are 50 KM, 100 KM, 50 miles (about 80 KM), …

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