Monthly Archives: February 2014

Eat, sleep, train, crash

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Eat, sleep, train, crashThis is the life of a school athlete – eat, sleep, train, crash. You try to get schoolwork done when you can, and you only wish you had enough time for a life beyond that. The thing is, this kind of pattern takes its toll on both your physical and emotional health, and can leave you in a state in which you simply can’t succeed.

Does any of this sound familiar?

  • Using your pencil case as a pillow in English class;
  • Collapsing under the weight of your 2 backpacks;
  • Missing a friend’s party because you have back-to-back training sessions you just can’t miss;
  • Feeling buried under the weight of all of the demands on your time.

So how can you …

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Redefining family in the 21st century

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Redefining family in the 21st centuryThe 20th century challenged us to think more broadly about what it is to be a member of a family. Traditionally, when you heard the word “family,” the image of a mother, father and children came to mind. In other words, our biological families that tie us together by our bloodlines and ancestry have traditionally been the most common view of family. We’ve all heard the saying “Blood is thicker than water.” This term means that no other relationship is more important than blood-related relationships.

In the 21st century, this view has changed, especially from a sociological perspective. Family now extends way beyond our blood relations and captures a much broader sense of what it means to …

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The unconditional love of pets

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The unconditional love of petsWhile the debate rages on between dog people and cat people, one thing we can be sure of is the unconditional love we receive from our pets is good for our health.

Whether you’re met at the door with a wagging tail and canine mumblings or you’re met with an aloof, “Oh, it’s only you,” from your too-cool-for-you feline, pets give us as much love as we can handle and more.

Many studies have looked into the health benefits of owning pets and the outcome is always positive. If you live on your own, the comfort a pet can bring is the same as a friend or family member. Even thinking about your pet will elicit feelings of warmth and

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Get inspired by the Olympics

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Get inspired by the OlympicsWith the Sochi Olympic Winter Games well underway, we can learn a lot from our Canadian athletes about how  to set and reach goals. Let’s use this knowledge to apply Olympic-level savvy to your own fitness goals this year.

Often people fail because they don’t set the right goals. Take some time to think about your goals and choose ones that make sense to you that you know will keep you motivated. Here are some basic principles that athletes use to set and achieve their goals.

1) Set precise goals

If you know your goal is to lose weight, try to be more specific by saying something like, I will reduce my body mass index to under 25 by eliminating

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When friendships no longer work

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departureWe have endless ways of talking about and understanding romantic breakups. Because most love relationships and marriages are monogamous, it is necessary for one to end for another to begin. This means that there’s a lot of attention paid to how to break up, and how to manage the emotional pain at the end of relationships.

What our culture doesn’t pay much attention to is the end of friendships. It’s almost as if friendships are expected to last forever, in some cases from kindergarten into late adulthood.  Even as people grow farther and farther apart, friends can feel pressure to stay in touch, meet for monthly lunches, and feign interest in getting together when they run into each other …

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