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Running and walking are activities of discipline, of will power, and of overcoming discomfort, particularly in the initial stages of training. Lack of motivation can happen to the best of us. There will always be days when it is difficult to take those first steps out the door. Perhaps you are pressed for time, or the weather is cold and rainy. Perhaps you just don't feel like it. In most cases, try to remember that you'll almost always feel better once you get started into your workout. Think about how good you will feel after completing your training! Usually you feel better and are...
Ski season has arrived. . .but it’s not too late for a little fitness and condition to help prepare you for challenging the BC trails and slopes this winter. We have provided you with some sport specific preparations for the upcoming ski and snowboard season. Hill sprints, hopping and bounding are sport specific drills that will help prepare you for the ski and snowboard season. Hill sprints work on energy systems and power. Hopping and bounding are low to medium intensity plyometric drills that will prepare your body for the dynamic and eccentric movements needed for optimal...
As we turn the page on 2017 we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support. We look forward to continue providing British Columbians with the Best People, Best Practices and Best Programs in Sport Medicine, Exercise Science and Health Promotion this coming year. From all of us at SportMedBC, we'd like to wish you a wonderful holiday season and all the best in 2018. Happy Holidays! Please note that SportMedBC will be closed from Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 to Tuesday, January 2nd, 2017...
An annual preventive health checkup is intended to assess health and look for medical diseases, but for most athletes and active individuals, the status quo isn’t enough. While it is essential that athletes remain healthy, many are also seeking data that can help prevent injury and enhance performance. If this is you, here are five athlete-based enhancements to consider adding: Body composition testing : Body composition testing is the act of measuring height, weight, girths and body fat percentage. This data can be compared against norms to assess health status and risk, or used as a...
Peter Twist, M.Sc., CSCS Many people reflect to their youth and remember playing several sports and spending their spare time in spontaneous play and pick up games. Today, many youngsters specialize in just one or two sports and spend their remaining time on sedentary activities - television, video games, computers and the web. The unhealthy aspects of this trend are further compounded when you factor in the startling growth of fast food chains and the many "quick-fix" food choices that are aggressively marketed to youth. The cumulative result is a generation of kids who are less...
In partnership with ISPARC, this fall SportMedBC hosted five leader training sessions across the province to 315 leaders equipping them to deliver the Aboriginal RunWalk or Honour Your Health Challenge programs. With ongoing support provided by SportMedBC, 122 Aboriginal RunWalk leaders will launch their programs in January 2018. Highlights from this year included learning more about addictions from a harm reduction approach, the importance of self-care and mental wellness, and hearing from experienced leaders who shared their inspiring stories filled with challenges and successes...
It’s often said that the easiest things in life are a “Walk in the Park”, and this couldn’t be any more accurate! Walking is a simple, effective, and fun way to increase your daily physical activity. We have it in all of us to be great walkers! This low-impact activity can be done indoors or outdoors, and all you need is a good pair of walking shoes. Whether your goal is to improve your heart health, move more throughout the day, or just take some time for yourself…walking works! Starting November 27 th , join SportMedBC’s RunWalk Coach & Olympian,...
One only has to turn on the radio or open a newspaper to learn about the importance of proper nutrition. We, as North Americans, are acutely aware of the health risks resulting from trans fats, sedentary lifestyle, and poor diet. In an effort to make good food choices for our families, and ourselves many people look to nutritional experts for advice and guidance. In an attempt to meet the increased demands for nutritional expertise, health enthusiasts with varied training and education have gravitated to the nutrition field leaving consumers confused regarding the level of care they receive...
BC Games feature article in Recreation & Parks BC Magazine . For the past 40 years the BC Games Society has delivered exceptional experiences through sport championing a movement that ignites a passion for sport and physical activity in young athletes and our communities. The BC Winter and BC Summer Games have brought together thousands of British Columbian’s for the experience of a lifetime where memories, friendships, spirit, and pride are abundant. Founded in 1978 by Premier W.R. Bennett, the BC Winter and BC Summer Games were created as an opportunity to “bring all parts...
The Vancouver Sun Run InTraining Program , presented by Sun Run Stores and SportMedBC is back again for 2018! The tried & true programs are designed to prepare participants of all fitness levels to safely and comfortably walk, Nordic walk, or run 10K. With exciting additions for 2018, including a NEW RunWalk10K Program designed for those who have completed the LearnToRun10K Program but aren’t quite ready for the Run10KStronger plan, an exclusive long-sleeve tech shirt from RYU, and more sponsor giveaways – this year is sure to be the best InTraining season yet! Programs begin...

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