Fitness & Nutrition

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Walking downhill after conquering a large mountain always seems like the easy part. After trekking up switchbacks and steep climbs, it is easy to march back downhill without giving a second thought. However, going downhill puts more stress on your...
Lying on the table, warm water churns around me. Seaweed scrub exfoliates my arms, legs and exposed skin. After spending a weekend exploring the wilderness around Ucluelet, I feel blissfully in tune with nature at Drift Spa. And the closeness...
"Cross-country skiing is an excellent cardiovascular exercise to practice during pregnancy. It causes very little impact on the joints and there is minimal risk of falling. It is also a great activity for beginners; however, you should still be careful...
Whether you are heading out on a weekend camping trip or a long-term road trip, it is essential that you eat meals packed full of nutrients in order to restore your energy. Although we also love the occasional sausage on...
We know how much you love to get outside on a good, long hike. We also know how much back pain that incredible trail can spur. Here are six tips on preventing back pain on outdoor adventures. When it comes to...
Surprisingly, it was a dog that ceased my regular runs. For years, I’d been jogging three to five times per week, mixing up pavement and trails. I ran in Vancouver’s Sun Run annually; my best times were in the low-50-minute...
In the year leading up to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Martin Reader had never been stronger. For good reason. The Vancouver Island-born beach volleyball player was jockeying for a chance to represent Canada at the games. “In the off-season...
The weather isn’t ideal for anything in shoulder season. It isn’t cold enough for snow sports or warm enough for water sports. Hiking trails are coated in mud and, in places, closed altogether. So how can you stay fit and...
One of the most common and annoying injuries hikers suffer on the trails are red, angry, swollen blisters. Luckily, they are also easily avoidable. Consider the below information to avoid getting blisters on long hikes. Most of us understand that new...
It’s fall, and you know what that means: back-to-school, the waning of hiking season and the common cold. If you’ve got autumn ambitions of crisp paddles and crunchy hikes, you don’t have time for a runny nose. While autumn is traditionally...
When I broke my back snowboarding in France, the physiotherapist told me I'd likely never carry a backpack again. Ironically, I'd been backpacking through Europe for the past six months, carrying over 50 pounds in a 65-litre bag on my back.
We are all animals, and I mean that more as a compliment to animals than an insult to humans. But we seem to have forgotten it. For the vast majority of our 200,000-year “human” history, we lived on the land...
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