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boxing
Compared to prehistoric times, being a battle-hardened warrior isn’t a crucial characteristic you need to make it in today’s western society. Back in 10,000 BC however, a lack of fighting skills typically meant your neighbour caveman would beat you up and run off with your hunting spoils, and you would starve. If you couldn’t stand up for yourself, chances were you would not last long out there. Luckily, times have changed. But while being a good fighter is no longer a must-have trait to survive in the 21st century, it is a very good way to stay fit—and a fun way at that. Boxing in particular is a discipline that...
Kicksledding
What sports equipment have the Finnish been using for over 100 years and Canadians only five? The kicksled! This new take on sledding is popular among the young and old alike in the great white north. “Like I always say, it’s an activity you can do from 3 to 83 years of age, jokes Paul-André Moisan, co-owner of the specialty store La Glisse. It takes anywhere from one to fifteen minutes to learn how to use the kicksled; it’s a very stable piece of equipment, one which lets you move at your own pace.” Exactly like its version with wheels, you just have to kick the ground by foot over...
ski joe ludo2
Nothing beats mixing up your exercise routine. Have you ever heard of skijoring? This hundred-year-old sport is hugely popular in Scandinavia, but has yet to make a big splash here in Canada. “The second you’re being pulled by an animal, it’s skijoring, explains Ludovic Coulaux, French vice-champion and specialist in the sport. This can be done by a pony, a horse or a dog. The sport originated in Norway and is very popular there, where most kids have a dog that takes them from point A to point B.” When pulled by dogs, skijoring is quite similar to cross-country skiing. “You can practice skijoring with one or two dogs, says...
ice skating
As winter is upon us, we hide away in the warmth of our homes, avoiding the cold dark days outside. Harsh temperatures and a ground covered in snow and ice prevent us from most outdoor sports activities. But if you’d like to keep up your alternative exercise routine in the cold winter months instead of resorting to the gym, it’s time to embrace winter and explore some of the great sports it has to offer. From skiing to snowboarding, from cross-country skiing to ice-skating—winter has excellent potential to keep you fit all the way to spring. One of the most versatile winter sports is ice-skating. Few sports are beneficial for...
Sharon Devellis
Sharon DeVellis has been the hilarious and poignant voice of the Inside Scoop at the Yummy Mummy Club for four years. But it is her role as Speed Skating Mummy that has really ignited her passion and made her stronger—inside and out. She took up speed skating in 2010 on a whim, and her story has been motivating mums across the country to try something new for their physical and mental health. So, why speed skating? Sharon: If you had told me a year ago that I would be speed skating and loving it, I would have told you that you were crazy. But I tried it once and it...
cross-countryskiing
While skiers and snowboarders rule the high grounds of the alpine arena, cross-country skiing is often regarded as winter sport’s lesser sibling. It’s said to be slow, boring and reserved for your grandparents. Well, anyone making these assumptions has clearly never tried it. Because what cross-country skiing may lack in breakneck speed and raw excitement, it makes up for in all-round health benefits. As it works your shoulders, back, chest, abs and legs, it is a great workouts for your whole body. It can burn up to nine hundred calories per hour depending on intensity and body weight. It’s no coincidence the cross-trainer is such a popular cardiovascular machine in...

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