Intuitive Eating in Sports Nutrition

by Jen Rawson, RD

The philosophy of Intuitive Eating encourages people to throw out the diet rulebook and instead use the body’s inner signals of hunger, fullness, and satisfaction to make food choices. In contrast, sports nutrition is made up of formulas and guidelines that tell us what, when, and how much to eat. So, can an an athlete or active individual eat intuitively? Absolutely! It just may take some guidance on how to combine to two concepts. Continue reading “Intuitive Eating in Sports Nutrition”

Summer Fun

by Don Zabloski

Summer is finally here, bringing unlimited options for outdoor activity “play time” with the family. If you’re looking for inspiration, here are some outside-the-box ideas:

Be a tourist in your own community by visiting new locations in your neighbourhood or across town. Travel on foot or by public transportation, which requires more walking than taking the family vehicle. Discover public parks, visit a zoo or explore other outdoor attractions. Continue reading “Summer Fun”

Pain in the Butt

by Dr. Richard Beauchamp, M.D., FRCSC

Recently, we invited readers to send in topic suggestions for this column, and here is one of the replies we received:

“May I suggest an article about butt pain? In my case, it is probably a glute issue, which may or may not have been caused by years of running without adequate stretching. It is certainly inhibiting my running now. Is there anything I can do?” Continue reading “Pain in the Butt”

Why Race?

by Lawrence Xie

Although my collegiate running career ended nearly half a decade ago, I can still feel the cycles of the running seasons as they pass. It leads me to wonder: “Why do we race at all?”

On the surface, the most obvious reason for running is the fitness and health benefit. Serious training does make the physical demands of normal life seem trivial in comparison, when stairs can be bounded with ease and when one can save time by comfortably jogging without fatigue. However, at competitive levels, injuries are inescapable. Every collegiate runner I have known has been injured at one point or another through training. When an injury occurs, it is difficult to view running as a “healthy” activity and the unfortunate athlete is reminded of his impairment whenever he sees others being active. Given the prevalence of injuries, I conclude that health is not a strong enough motive to train at high intensity. Continue reading “Why Race?”