Archive for the ‘Excercise’ Category
You’re looking for reviews of Extreme Fitness at Cedarbrae Mall in Toronto (Lawrence & Markham Road) and thus you stumble upon the listing and reviews provided at Gym Toronto. You read a few (they all happen to be negative) and then you read the last one that is posted by Bryan. Well, Bryan happens to disagree with the other posts (more…)
If you’re looking for a nice relaxing bike ride in Toronto, head over to the Toronto Islands (yes, it’s a combination of many islands, but most are easily accessible by bike once you get there by ferry) – or sometimes referred to as Toronto Island Park. You’ll basically forget you were just in the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto and will escape to something completely different, especially when on the south side of the Islands. (more…)
As adults, we need to be stay active and fit to remain healthy and live longer. Using sportaholik.com as a resource helps us do so however, we also need to be an example to our kids. A new study seems to make that even more evident:
Compulsory gym class in school does little to reduce childhood obesity, meaning more must be done after school to curb the growing fat epidemic, according to a study.
In Canada, childhood obesity rates have quadrupled in the past 40 years and now stand at about 30 per cent. The solution to the epidemic, many have long argued, must start at home. More at healthzone.ca (The Toronto Star)
This week the National Post had an article on recreational athletes getting back in the swing of things, mostly starting up sports again for the fall, after a lazy summer.
Basically, there are things you should always be doing during your off season that will help prevent an injury once you begin playing your sport again:
‘Essentially, off-season and pre-season conditioning should have both generalized and sport specific components. Five key elements of fitness are agility/ balance, strength, flexibility, aerobic capacity and anaerobic capacity, and it’s important to address all five.’
Building up incrementally is another important aspect, as is slowly gearing toward your sport:
‘Gradually trend your program toward the specific demands of your sport.’
Off season activities or training should replicate the movements of your regular sport as much as possible. The example given for a hockey player is that inline skating is a better summer option than something like swimming (although there’s nothing wrong with swimming obviously, just make sure you include something that reflects your sport more as well).
Keep that in mind when you start up your fall and winter recreational sports activities.
Biking in Toronto can be a bit of a life threatening affair sometimes but there are many online resources to help you make the most of your journey, whether getting from A to B or enjoying a leisurely bike ride on paths.
Getting Around Toronto on Bicycle
- Toronto Cycling Map: The official map put out by the City of Toronto. The online version (year 2007) is a bit painful (Acrobat PDF format) but you can download only the sections of the city that interest you, if you wish. If you go to City Hall yourself you can pick up the 2008 version. Even during off-hours (nights, weekends, etc.) you should still be able to get a copy from the Security desk located right inside the main doors. Besides the map itself, there is a wealth of information included to get you started biking in Toronto, including:
- Toronto Bike Lane Map: A nice Google Maps mashup done by BikingToronto. If you are looking for an easy to use online map of dedicated bike lanes and ‘shared roadways’ (signed, on street routes) this is one to check out. Since it’s a Google Maps version you’ll find it much easier to use online compared to the City’s Acrobat version mentioned above.
- Toronto biking routes by Toronto cyclists at Bikely.com:If you want to find out what routes others in Toronto are biking, many people have inputted information on where they bike. New Toronto routes are added daily (really!) and include the travel distance and tags (e.g. low traffic, scenic, offroad, safe, difficult, etc.). Route maps are shown on Google Maps, with a step by step tour available. Of course, you can create your own as well! (Update: MapMyRide.com is similar service worth checking out)
Toronto Biking News
There are a number of online resources that you can read to keep up to date on Toronto biking news and events:
- I Bike T.O. blogs about cycling items of importance to Torontonians. You’ll also find events, a forum, and RideMatching. They have an RSS feed so keeping up to date with their posts is eeeeeeeeasy!
- BikingToronto aggregates Toronto biking news mostly from mainstream press organizations, and includes an RSS feed so you can keep up to date easier.They have an online community forum as well.
- bikeToronto posts very detailed Toronto biking news items, including key meeting announcements and details, biking trail changes and improvements, and more. If you’re into the nitty gritty details of cycling happenings in Toronto this site should be on your list. bikeToronto also has an RSS feed to help you keep up to date.
- Spacing Toronto: Cycling section contains news items of note to Toronto cyclists. Most posts are either unique content or highlight items discussed in the mainstream media. Unfortunately there is no RSS feed specific to the Cycling section.
Other Toronto Biking Resources
- Toronto Bicycling Network: For an annual membership fee you can join the Toronto Bicycling Network and thus participate in their many cycling events in and around Toronto (alternatively, you can pay per event, as a non-member). Events are run for various cycling levels, so there should be something on that meets your cycling style and abilities.Their Web site also hosts a buy and sell forum, bike dealer database, and more. It’s worth checking out if you are serious about biking in Toronto.
- sportaholik.com: Search or post for people to bike with. You can also create a profile so others can contact you at any time.
- Toronto Bike Shop Map: Another great Google Maps mashup by BikingToronto showing bike shops in Toronto.
- City of Toronto Bike Plan: The official plan. If you’re serious about making Toronto more bike friendly, or want to know what’s on the horizon for Toronto cyclists, this will likely interest you.
- Bike Train: Take the your bike on the train. The route is between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
- Bike Commute Tips Blog: It’s not Toronto-based but is a good read for general bicycling news, trends, and more (yep, RSS friendly).
Whew!… What did I forget? Please comment below with any additions or feedback. Thanks!
sportaholik.com connects recreational sport playing adults, however it’s always interesting to see what is going on with Canadian kids and their participation in organized sports.
Canadian children are getting lazier, as participation in organized sports declined significantly among the elementary-school-aged set over a 13-year period, suggests a Statistics Canada study.
New data suggests that only 47% of children in Toronto and Vancouver are sport participants. Also, those of higher income families were more likely to be playing organized sports than those of lower incomes. The top three sports across Canada, for children between 5 and 14 years of age, were soccer, swimming and hockey. More at cbc.ca.
I recently posted the Top 10 Fitness Clubs in Toronto to help you out in finding popular and highly rated gyms in Toronto. Gyms and fitness clubs are great but just like anywhere else where there is a gathering of different people, there are always things that annoy us. Here are the top 10 gym pet peeves:
- Inconsiderate Sweater: Not wiping down the equipment. Yes that’s what those spray bottles and paper towels are for! It’s just plain gross and unhygienic.
- Bad Form: Partial to using wild hip thrusts and out of control swinging. Use of strict form during their workouts prevents injuries and provides the most benefits to working out.
- No Racking: All those free weights and dumbbells are all over the place because these people don’t put them back on the racks. Nothing worse than searching for the matching weight for your dumbbell that is nowhere to be found.
- Cologne Guy/Girl: Never realized that Axe Body spray is so popular in the guy’s change room.
- The Gorilla: The excessive grunter who thinks that screaming while performing his exercise is necessary. Usually the guy just likes the attention.
- The Princess: She’ll just cruise around the gym jumping from elliptical trainer to stair climber. Every once and awhile will do a 2.5lb bench press. Most likely wears strong perfume (see #4)
- Scary Naked Old Guy: Spends 2 hours in the change room strolling around in his sneakers with knee high black socks and nothing else on. If there is a sauna, always be sitting open legged facing the doorway. Even though he has a towel, it is never around the waste. Sometimes carries a newspaper.
- No Room for Imagination: Guys who wear compression shorts or spandex without anything else. Likes doing squats.
- I am Way Too Important: People who carry their cell phones while working out or worse even have a blue tooth headset. They need to make sure everyone knows that they have “important, life saving calls” to make or receive.
- Too Cool to Wear Proper Clothing: Shows up with jeans with flip flops to workout. Probably has a cell phone too (see #9)
Did I miss anything? Feel free to add your own.
I saw this well put together Toronto dodgeball video in my RSS feed reader today. It nicely captures the fun of playing co-ed dodgeball. ‘Scared but confident’ is uttered by a member one team, followed by the dawning of the shades (not sure if that’s recommend Dodgeball gear or not – my guess would be not). Follow the high-paced action of dodgeball taking place in a Toronto gym. Apparently a no-show teammate was ‘scared’ not ‘sick’. This is one excuse for the teams defeat, apparently. One solution could have been to scoop up a Toronto dodgeball sub from sportaholik.com.
Look like fun? We’ve got a list of Toronto dodgeball leagues that may be worth checking out. There are some interesting reviews for you to help you make your decision. Maybe you want to play right away, and not wait for leagues to start up again. Posting a player profile is a good place to start. Enjoy!