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After my second marathon, I could not walk off a small curb for four days without my legs buckling due to damaged muscles (quadriceps). Waiting patiently behind baby strollers for the next available sidewalk ramp was very humbling. This experience made me ask myself, why does running require so much recovery? Although it may seem counter-intuitive, physical improvements to your muscles and cardiovascular system do not occur while running. Improvements occur between runs, following the stimulus of running. In other words, if you don't give yourself enough time to repair after a run, you will...
Celery and cigarettes? Where has Ski Jumping Canada’s chairman been for the past few years?? An article in today's Province newspaper titled "Canadian Ski Jump Officials Say Team Too Fat" raises some eyebrows as the 2010 Winter Games are so quickly approaching. Fortunately for the athletes, smoking is not being “openly” encouraged by the national association as a weight loss method like celery is but why are program administrators only now sending their athletes to see the dietitians at the Canadian Sport Centre – Calgary? says Lynda Cannell , SportMedBC’s President and CEO. Sound sports...
Hey! Congrats on choosing to become a SUNRUNNER. Amongst other sports interests, my active life has taken me from being a competitive track and cross-country runner in my younger years, to soccer in Europe. Recently, I have been in training to take part in a 200km Speed Skating Tour in Holland known as the Elfstedentocht. My hope remains that the weather patterns and ice conditions will make this event happen this year. If you are interested in seeing some fabulous pictures of other skating tours that have already taken place this year, check out, Molentocht 2009. In kick starting your...
Hi Gang: CONGRATULATIONS on deciding to follow SportMedBC’s InTraining program and prepare to walk or run the Vancouver Sun Run ! It’s a much better idea than simply deciding to jump into the event at the last minute as so many thousands of people do- I’m super passionate about walking and running - I stood on that starting line myself as an elite runner *25 years ago, and these days, with all the chaos life has to offer, I can tell you that I’ve never enjoyed my own running more. A walk or a jog in the fresh air brings a balance into my day and I truly look forward to helping you enjoy this...
The 13 week countdown to the 2009 Sun Run is on, and so are SportMedBC's popular Sun Run InTraining clinics, featuring SportMed’s talented RunWalk team lead by Olympian Lynn Kanuka joined by a team of 8 area managers, 84 clinic coordinators and over 1,000 volunteer leaders. Besides hosting live training clinics throughout the Lower Mainland and in Penticton, Kelowna and Kamloops, SportMedBC also offers an online version of the training program. It's never too late to get on-board, click here to register for the Sun Run. For more on SportMed's RunWalk Programs including the Sun Run InTraining...
Dr Jim Bovard , member of SportMedBC's Board of Directors and Medical Manager of Primary Care/ER for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, is a longtime runner and will be one of the "Experts" Sun Run participants can ask advice of by visiting here . Here is Jim's latest blog entry: With the start of the new year many of you have made training for and participating in the Vancouver Sun Run your new year’s resolution. Congratulations! Great idea! For some this is an annual event but for others this is the first time and everything is new. I have been running for 32 years. I did my...
Dana Lis , RD, SportMed BC Sport Dietitian weighs on the best way to properly fuel your body - whether you are a first time run/walker or wily veteran . Dana writes... Whether your goal is to complete the Sun Run walking or to run a sub 40-minute 10K; what you fuel your body with can make or break your success. You may have some of the following nutritional questions: weight loss, energy intake, fuelling pre, during and post training, hydration and making healthy food choices when eating out. Let’s kick off this nutrition segment with choosing good convenience foods before training! Paying...
As detailed in a recent article in the Globe and Mail, the move towards healthier food choices, which has already appeared in many schools across BC and Canada, has now it is has spread to community ice rinks in Montreal. We asked SportMed Nutrition managing dietitian Jennifer Gibson for her comments on the need for sport venues locally in BC to get healthier food choices for their patrons. Canadians have experienced this ironic situation at their local sport venue. In venues which promote exercise, sport and getting active, the food choices seem to promote artery clogging, cavities and...
As BC residents resolve to make a healthy start to 2009, we asked SportMedBC's Sport Dietitian Dana Lis for her comments on Leslie Beck's recent column in the Globe and Mail that focused on some of 2008's biggest issues and topics that made the nutrition news headlines. Menu Labelling: Menu labelling is growing increasingly important as more and more Canadian rely on convenient or restaurant foods for daily nutrition. With busy lives many people seem to be eating out on a more regular basis. Often healthier meals are made less healthy with the higher fat restaurant recipes. Kelsey’s fajitas...
SportMedBc member Dr. Don Hedges is being saluted in the news thanks to his holding a camp for Costa Rican national lacrosse team and staff in San Jose while he is on his annual winter trip to the country. Read Tom Berridge's article in The Record here .

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