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Is It Safe to Exercise Outside When the Air is Smoky?

August 10, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Is It Safe to Exercise Outside When the Air is Smoky?

Poor air quality is an issue in many parts of BC with wildfires burning and emitting smoke that is getting blown around much of the province. How do you know whether or not it’s safe to exercise outdoors?

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Choosing the Right Hike For Your Group

August 3, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Choosing the Right Hike For Your Group

Nothing beats a hike in the wilderness. Connecting with nature is so refreshing and a fantastic way to be aerobically active.

Sometimes there is a misconception that hiking is only for those with supreme stamina, those who wake up at the crack of dawn and wear hiking boots with high socks. Truth is, everyone can enjoy hiking regardless of sock length preference!

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Make Sure Water is Safe to Drink When Camping and Hiking

August 2, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Make Sure Water is Safe to Drink When Camping and Hiking

Summers are wonderful for exploring BC’s beautiful wilderness. With a little knowledge and some preparation, you can make sure the water you drink during your outdoorsy vacation will be safe and clean.

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What Can We Learn From an Attempt at Breaking the 2 Hour Marathon

July 27, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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What we can learn from the 2 hour marathon attempt

The limits of human endurance have recently been pushed.

On May 6, 2017, Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya attempted to break the two hour mark for running a marathon. The attempt was unofficial (it was not sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federation) and unsuccessful. Nonetheless, Eliud’s time of 2:00:25 is no small feat! And it was well under the current world record of 2:02:57 ran by fellow countryman Dennis Kimetto at the Berlin Marathon in 2014.

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Surround Yourself With an Active Lifestyle

July 27, 2017 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Surround Yourself With an Active Lifestyle

The environment in which you live, work and play can have a great influence on you. For example, it’s easier to eat well when you have access to fruits and vegetables, are confident in the kitchen and at prepping meals, and have a supportive family. We can also think about this in terms of ways to increase physical activity.

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