September 2006 Archives

Back in a bit

This blog's taking a bit of a recovery lap but it'll be picking up the pace again in a couple of weeks. There won't be much comment moderation until then.

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Can’t buy motivation

There’s a move afoot to persuade the government of Canada to offer tax breaks for gym memberships – like the tax breaks in the works for kids’ sports programs.

The Fitness Industry Council of Canada wants people who belong to gyms to send a million postcards to Ottawa.

FIC president Dave Hardy says money is a good motivator for those who want to get fit.

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A matter of the heart

For one-tenth of one per cent of North America’s population, this is a very special time of year. Fall marathon season is about to hit full stride.

Every year, more than 400,000 people finish marathons on this continent.

A few will die trying. And those deaths will make headlines, unlike the countless deaths on those same days that will result from bad diets coupled with a sedentary lifestyle. It’s something I’ve written about before, maybe more than once.

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'It don't (always) come easy'

It doesn't matter how fit you are or how addicted you are to staying that way, it can still be tough to persuade yourself to get in your workout.

Take this past Sunday. Ernesto was dumping the last of his soggy load over central Canada. Summer, it seemed, had given way over the course of a couple of days to fall. A definite chill in the air.

It was the kind of morning that you'd hit the snooze button two, three, maybe four times before trying to decide whether the comfort of the covers trumped the growing need to head down the hall.

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