Olympic moments will leave big impact on community in Rio favelas

I wanted to get outside the fence and ended up watching the opening ceremony in the Vidigal Favela. I was looking for a rawer view of the Olympics and wondered how deep into the favelas the Olympic movement would reach. We arrived at the community celebration in our VW taxi van. A few girls were practicing their … Continued

Olympic Professionals: Find your grit, Be a Pro

Amateur ˈ|amətər| A person who engages in a particular activity simply for the love of it, and is not paid for their work. – Professional |prəˈfeSHənl| A person who is competent and skilled in a particular activity, and is paid for their work.   Are you a Professional? When the modern Olympic Games were founded … Continued

Welcome, Stress.

eustress |yo͞oˈstres| Psychological stress interpreted as being beneficial for the experiencer. How do you experience stress? A recent study tracked the death rates of 30,000 adults over eight years. The researchers asked, “How much stress have you experienced in the past year?” They also asked, “Do you believe that stress is harmful for your health?” Researchers … Continued

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Russian Doping Scandal: 6 Ideas for Justice

The McLaren report gives more evidence to verify corruption within the Russian Olympic system. We know for a fact that state-sponsored doping occurred in Russia. So, what do we do? My stance has always been to protect the rights of athletes and keep their health in the highest regard. I encourage temperance in the face … Continued

Focus on your Kung Fu to thrive

Kung Fu – ˈkəNG ˈfo͞o Any skill achieved through hard work and practice; the effort of self mastery. ORIGIN: In Chinese, Kung Fu (功夫) is a compound of two words, combining 功 (gōng) meaning “work”, “achievement”, or “merit”, and 夫 (fū) meaning “man”.  A literal translation could be “the achievement of man”. The word is … Continued

Goals that Boost Well-being and Productivity

Toxic – ˈtäksik Poisonous. Relating to or caused by poison. Very bad, unpleasant, or harmful. In finance, denoting debt that has a high risk of default ORIGIN: Greek: toxikon (poison for arrows) from toxon (bow) Are your 2016 goals toxic? Of all places, it was a yoga workshop. Maybe the scene shouldn’t surprise me. Many Yogis … Continued

Increase your influence through grounding

  Grounded – ˈgroundid Well balanced and sensible. An electrical circuit that is connected to the earth.   How do you visualize the feeling of being grounded? Bob Babinski told me about his airport experiment, and I leaned in to hear more. He’s been practicing a subtle technique that influences the behaviour of strangers. On my … Continued

Lunch hour workout tips can boost your work day

Summer is officially here, yet here I am, staring out the office window at the beautiful weather. The good news: I’ve made a commitment to get outside more, and I’d like you to join me. To put my plan into action, I’ve compiled nine ways to get outside during lunch hour. 1. Walk. Eat. Walk … Continued

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Garage workouts cut costs, build muscle

Jerred Moon, 28, has a lofty goal: To squat-lift 500 pounds — in his garage. Moon’s garage gym was born out of necessity after he got married in 2010. Despite dreams of becoming an officer in the United Stats Air Force after graduating from military college, he found himself out of work for a few months. … Continued

Doping scandals continue to raise the question: Why?

The Russian doping scandal continues to develop, recently implicating the Russian wife of Canada’s Dylan Armstrong. Thankfully, the IOC has announced more funding to enforce the rules of the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA). Canadian champions like Beckie Scott, Andréanne Morin and Hayley Wickenheiser continue to carry the torch of clean sport. All too often in the … Continued