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Johanna Ward visits Core Concepts Wellness and talks to Mike Howard about the benefits of fun and functional training sessions.

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Opinion: Seven tips to get off the resolution merry-go-round

Mike Howard is the owner of Core Concepts Wellness in Vancouver.

Originally published in the Vancouver Sun.

Insanity = doing the same thing in 2014 as you did in 2013 but expecting a different result.

But this year will be different, you insist. You’re more determined. You received some awesome workout gear for Christmas, bought some trendy athletic shoes and knocked the dust off that gym membership you haven’t used since last February.

You’ve seen this movie before. It’s time to re-write the script and with a little honest self reflection, you can.

Here are seven ways to turn your resolution into a revolution.

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Keeping Fit When It’s Not Fun

Bailey Saguin, 16, survived cancer and now plays football for Vancouver College.

Originally published in the Vancouver Courier.

Although he always wanted to, Bailey Saguin had never played football.

At the age of nine, he was diagnosed with leukemia and after more than three years of treatment, including chemotherapy, his body was heavy-set, stiff and weak.

A childhood cancer survivor and suddenly a teenager enrolled at Vancouver College, Bailey was as determined as ever to be part of the prestigious Fighting Irish program. It was May 2010 and Bailey had to convince his parents.

“He talked me and my wife into it,” said his father, Julian Saguin.“We were hesitant at first, but who are we to say no to a boy who just survived cancer?”

Now 16, Bailey is a linebacker at Vancouver College and played in the opening varsity game last Friday at O’Hagan Field. It took a lot of work to reach this point. He trained weekly, changed his diet and over the months, shed more than 65 pounds. He also grew and now stands five-foot-seven.

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The 6 Worst Fitness “Motivational” Posters on Facebook

Being Facebook friends with so many fitness enthusiasts is for the most part great. Idea-sharing, knowledge bombs, studies, inspiration – the wonders of social media. One trend I don’t particularly care for, however is what I deem to be the overuse/misuse of “motivational posters” which usually include a nice picture with a fanciful catchphrase of some kind. And while most of them are cute and harmless, there are those posters that are somewhere between inane and deplorable.

Without further ado, here are the worst “motivational” posters I’ve seen so far making the rounds on Facebook.

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The Sensible Middle Part #1: In Defence of Calories

The Sensible Middle Part #1:  In Defence of Calories

Context… If I had to use a single word to describe the most formidable missing link in just about every nutrition and training claim, it would be “context”. Truth be told, context requires longer, more complex explanations and hence doesn’t sell very well, whilst bold proclamations, blanket statements and polarization does. Read about any hotly debated topic in the realm of nutritional and training and you get an either/or proposition – a dichotomous framework that oversimplifies at best and gives erroneous and false information at worse.  

My aim then is to dawn the neutral coloured goggles, sift through the murky waters and poop-slinging and provide some evidence-based and practical nuggets to take with you. Call it a “teach you how to fish” kind of series – instead of throwing information at you; I will attempt to guide you on how to think critically about these issues.

Without further ado, let’s get started on one of the more intensely debated topics in the world of diet and nutrition; the role of calories.

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