Core Exercises for Runners

Have you ever felt that by the end of your run your movement pattern is a little less efficient, or that you don’t feel as stable? This could be from a lack of core strength and core stabilization. When a runner lacks core musculature it can lead to less efficient movement patterns, compensatory movements, strain on muscles, overuse of muscles, and potential running injuries (Fredericson, 2005).  By building strength in our core musculature we help improve our posture while running which leads … [Read more...]

Edmonton Oil Kings: Fun for the whole family

The Edmonton Oil Kings have been an institution in our city for over 60 years. One of the greatest things that the franchise brings to the city is an exciting opportunity to see up and coming players in a family oriented environment. Bringing the team to Rogers Place was a great decision that has allowed people to experience the facility without the high prices of other events like NHL games, concerts, and other events. The Oil Kings draw a crowd of high energy kids that will help you get out of … [Read more...]

Life on the Single Track: Learning to Mountain Bike in Edmonton

  Edmonton boasts the largest urban green space in North America, and one of the best ways to experience it is by bike. You can escape the noisy city—even for a little while—on the expansive single and double track trail system that makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. Mountain biking is sure popular here, but watching fearless riders bomb down hills and fly over jumps may leave you wondering if this sport is for you. Trust me when I say that anyone who has a big love … [Read more...]

What does it feel like to run 80km?

A couple of weeks ago, along with 3 others, I ran 80km! I’m not sure I can adequately describe the feelings experienced as Chris Tse, Andre Lessard, and I supported Sean Wingrave and his Really Long Run to End MS. Arriving in Camrose, 12 hours after leaving Nisku with 9 ½ hours of feet pounding pavement, was incredible! I will admit however there were times during the day that I wondered how I got myself into this. How far are you running?! How long will it take you? Why are you … [Read more...]

Baby Steps to Healthy Living

Dear Reader, Are you having troubles getting started with leading a healthy lifestyle? Are you finding it overwhelming to know where you should start? Keep reading. This blog is tailored to you, the beginner. We know that eating a healthy and well balanced diet paired with physical activity is what will classify us as leading a healthy life, however we often have a difficult time knowing where to begin. Changing everything about your routine at once may work for a few days however, we find … [Read more...]

Why I picked the Garmin.

There was a lot if talk last week about sports watches first with Beto’s Pick on the Garmin and then Chris' CBC segment comparing a variety of watches that help keep you fit. It made sense because it is that time of year where many runners dust off their shoes, get off the treadmill and hit the trails. We have entered the beginning of race season where you start to set goals, you begin your training programs and the transition to shorts, tanks and sunglasses is in full affect. It is no … [Read more...]

Head to Head Comparison: Smart Watch vs. Activity Trackers vs. GPS Running Watches

Want to get more activity in during the day? If you walk into any fitness store, or grocery store for that matter, you can now buy an activity monitor like a Fitbit, Jawbone, or a smart watch like the Apple iWatch thinking it's going to change your life. Activity monitors have become pretty complex: they measure steps, distance ran, sleep pattern, calories burnt, measure heart rate, read text messages and emails. But how do these activity trackers actually function? Many of these activity … [Read more...]

Multiple Sclerosis and Exercise

It is well known that exercise can help reduce the risk of chronic illness whether you are pre-disposed to it or not. But, what many don’t realize is the positive effects that exercise can have on someone that is living with a chronic condition. Many people have adopted the idea that they should not exercise because of said condition fearing that exercise will make it worse or that they are not physically able. With the MS bike tour coming up soon, I want to give a brief breakdown of what … [Read more...]

You don’t pick your race day: How Boston didn’t go as planned.

It has been two weeks since the marathon and although this blog was never going to be easy to write - I think this is an important story to share. By now you may have heard that the Boston Marathon did not go as planned, or even remotely how I anticipated. For those unaware, the flu got the best of me and after a week of pretending I didn’t have it, I landed in Boston only to struggle more and more to hide it. I thought mental toughness could outweigh my body slowly breaking down but alas; I … [Read more...]

Boost your running efficiency with this post run band workout

The workout below is designed to work on strengthening common underactive muscles in runners. Strengthening these muscles can help to avoid injury and improve running efficiency.  Here you can find another runner specific workout I created. Running long distances can put a lot of stress on the body. As you tack on the kilometers your body starts to lose form and efficiency when you begin to fatigue; which is often where overuse injuries come from. Adding a cross training routine can be said … [Read more...]