Health and Fitness Roundup: In the News

Two of the Coast Mountain Cycling Club guys – about to experience a little pain in the name of fitness – headed out for a ride on a recent trip to California.


Pain, and powering through it 

Globe and Mail, June 2, 2012

"As Canadian Ryder Hesjedal clawed back from a 31-second deficit in the final stage of the 3,500-kilometre Giro d'Italia to win by 16 seconds last weekend, the country was left to marvel at one man's ability to push through the pain. It's the intangible element that sets world beaters apart from the middling competition."

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Why is walking in the woods so good for you?

Globe and Mail, May 27, 2012

"In Japan, they call it shinrin-yoku – literally, “forest bathing.” Here, we might just call it a walk in the park. Either way, people around the world have an intuitive sense of the restorative power of natural environments. The question is: Why?"

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David Suzuki: Adding a daily dose of nature can increase health and happiness

Georgia Straight, May 22, 2012

"Do you want to be happier, healthier, and smarter? I have just the prescription for you: add a daily dose of nature to your routine."

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The Surprising Shortcut to Better Health

New York Times, May 4, 2012

"For more than a decade, Gretchen Reynolds has been writing about the science of health and fitness. Her weekly column, Phys Ed, is one of this paper’s most popular features, regularly appearing on top of the “Most E-mailed” list. Now Ms. Reynolds has distilled the knowledge gained from years of fitness reporting into a new book, “The First 20 Minutes: Surprising Science Reveals How We Can Exercise Better, Train Smarter, Live Longer,’’ published last month."

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How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain

New York Times, April 18, 2012

"The value of mental-training games may be speculative, as Dan Hurley writes in his article on the quest to make ourselves smarter, but there is another, easy-to-achieve, scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. Go for a walk or a swim. For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn’t just a relationship; it is the relationship."

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