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Breaking One’s COVID-19 Training Routine


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As confinement measures are being eased for sports throughout Québec, we can now vary our physical activities and thus avoid getting bored! Here are three alternatives to your now habitual walks or runs:

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Running: Planning Is the Key to Performance


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By Mylène Poirier
Olympe Kinesiologist

So you’ve decided to sign up for a running event, maybe a fund-raiser like À vos masques, prêts, bougez! ? If you haven’t done so yet, it is now time start your preparatory training. But first, you need to plan your training sessions in order to progressively get yourself ready while reducing the risk of injury.

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À vos masques, prêts, bougez! Kick-off: Get Moving with Us for the Breakfast Club of Canada!


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Born of the initiative of three of Québec’s leading fitness enterprises that care about Quebecers’ health, À vos masques, prêts, bougez! is a virtual run organized to raise funds for the Breakfast Club of Canada while encouraging children to achieve their full potential and inviting Quebecers to move despite the (de)confinement imposed onto them by the COVID-19 public health crisis.

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Perspiration Is Good for Your Health!


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By Mylène Poirier
Olympe Kinesiologist

As your body’s temperature increases, your sweat glands work harder. These produce sweat that evaporates through the surface of your skin to keep your body’s temperature down. To make this process possible, the water molecules in your body need energy, which they draw from your organism, thus reducing your body’s temperature.

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Three Factors Influencing Your Motivation


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By Stéphanie Boivin
Olympe Kinesiologist

Everyone has tried adopting a better lifestyle at least once. Without having to consult an expert, most of us are aware of bad habits that we would benefit from changing. Nonetheless, despite our best intentions and strong social support, not all of us manage to achieve the desired changes. Indeed, there are a plethora of factors that can negatively impact a person’s motivation and make it hard for them to reach their goals. Today, I will present you with three such factors, namely genetics, treatment-induced motivation and deprivation level.

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Maintain a healthy and active lifestyle while working from home


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By Alexandra Fournier-Gonthier
Olympe Kinesiologist

One of the biggest problems from working at home is inactivity. Our main reaction to a busy workload is to sit for as long as possible until the task is done. Before you know it, hours have gone by and you have not moved from your chair.

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How to Defend Yourself against Contagious Diseases like Coronavirus


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Coronavirus is spreading worldwide, causing people to worry. Many don’t know how to protect themselves, so they cancel their overseas trips. Big food chains like Tim Hortons and McDonald’s now refuse to fill clients’ reusable cups The former even cancelled its “Roll Up The Rim” contest! Hence, today I will be discussing the various ways to defend yourself against Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and all other contagious diseases.

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Relaxing to be well at work


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By Mylène Poirier
Olympe Kinesiologist

Did you know that in Quebec, 40% of sick leaves are linked to mental health problems? And what is most people’s main source of stress? Their workplace.

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Technology Has Your Back


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No matter the field of activity we work in, it is quite likely that our work features ergonomic constraints. Whether we are sitting at a desk all day or performing demanding manual tasks, our work often involves constraining postures. While there are several ways to limit the impact of our work on our body, it is also possible to make our environment more ergonomic thanks to… technology! Indeed, some innovations are especially designed to help us achieve a better posture at work. Here are three products that retained our attention:

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The Social Courage to Exercise


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By Stéphanie Boivin
Olympe Kinesiologist

I was inspired to write this article by a participant in the last Fitness-Ballet class I gave in one of our Olympe centers.

She did not know anybody in the group and had no idea what to expect from a class with a name like Fitness-Ballet. Would she be the only one who had never done ballet? Would she have the physical strength, the flexibility or the coordination needed for such an activity? Would she feel ridiculous?

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