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Stay healthy and happy with science-backed articles to promote an active lifestyle. From tips on injury-prevention to mental health strategies, these stories educate and motivate.

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Get Back to Sleep for Back to School

Sleep, a vital contributor to cognitive function and memory consolidation, holds the key to unlocking successful learning experiences but is often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of preparations to go back to school. Research...
Keep your life healthy and free from toxic PFAS forever chemicals

Understanding Forever Chemicals and Their Impact on Health

In recent years, concerns have arisen over a large group of man-made chemicals known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), often referred to as "forever chemicals" due to their persistence in the environment. Research...
Open Water Swim for Mental Health

Finding Solace in the Waves

Nature’s touch is healing. Who hasn’t enjoyed walking on a forest trail in fresh air while hearing a gurgling brook or the musical conversations of birds hidden among the mossy branches overhead? Whether it...
Katy Bowman, movement expert, solves your downhill knee problems

Fix Your Downhill Knees

A couple of weeks ago our family hiked with another family from up high in the Olympic National Park to the town below—4,230 vertical feet over eight miles (or 9.5 if you want to...
Air Quality and Exercise -- is it okay to workout in bad air quality outdoors.

Clearing the Air on Air Quality and Outdoor Exercise

When the WeatherCan air quality alert flashes the number seven, a heavy feeling in my stomach takes hold. It clearly doesn’t understand me or my circumstances when it tells me to consider rescheduling strenuous...
Dan Burden, Blue Zones Fellow, takes an image of pedestrians in a walkable city in the U.S.

How Walkable Cities Impact Health

Think back to when you were eight years old. What was your walking range unaccompanied by an adult? In the 1920s, it was often nine kilometres. For the next generation, it was less than...
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Travel Tips for the Athlete

Travelling overseas for a race or a sports tournament can be exciting and daunting for an athlete. Giving yourself adequate time to prepare is key to ensure a safe and successful time abroad. Check Out...
natural remedies for first aid kit for the great outdoors hiking

How to Make a Natural First Aid Kit

The truth is, a lot of the products on the market that are designed to keep bugs away or heal cuts are not the most health-friendly. In fact, many of these products contain nasty...
Matthew Taub talks about his experience with addiction and his journey to sobriety

Sobriety Through Fitness

I recently had a conversation with someone about their experience with alcohol and addiction. They expressed excitement about just finishing a workout, which is a common theme in recovery.  As a personal trainer with 25...
Working out in a gym with dumbbells

Strength Training: Pump Iron to Boost Mood

The positive effects of exercise on mental health have been well established — exercise promotes both cognitive function (especially as we age) and psychological health.  In keeping with our models of understanding, though, much of...

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