Shrink that spare tire by swinging a real one

As your friendly neighbourhood Olympic has-been, I’m often asked to share my favourite exercise routines. My first suggestion is always the same: pursue joy in movement, and joy in effort. The more you look for these two sources of joy, the fitter you will become. Plus, you’re much more likely to stick with a joyful … Continued

Harness the Power of Loneliness

loneliness |ˈloʊnlin1s| A complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship How do you handle your feelings of loneliness? I was reminded of the power of loneliness when I once picked up a hitchhiker in northern Saskatchewan. After weeks of solo travel, I was driving on a snowy highway through the bleak … 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

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

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

PTSD therapy turns Canadian veteran into 2-sport Invictus Games athlete

Adam Cyr was on his final infantry patrol in Afghanistan when his unit sustained enemy artillery fire. “We were going home the next day,” the two-sport athlete recalled. “We got knocked around pretty good,” said Cyr, who is ready to compete for Canada in archery and rowing at the 2016 Invictus Games this week in Orlando. Three … Continued