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fitness

Become a Ninja Warrior at these Calgary gyms

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

These aren’t your average monkey bars! Ninjas-in-training test their grip strength as they grapple through this obstacle at Cor.Fit’s WinSport location. (Photo courtesy of Alex Zabel.)

It goes without saying that working out is hard—heck, just gathering up the motivation to go to the gym can stop you dead in your tracks before you even break a sweat. But in recent years, reality TV competition shows like American Ninja Warrior and Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge have raked in viewers by the millions by turning incredibly difficult workouts into entertaining nighttime television. (more…)

3 Sweet Canadian Rockies Spas

By Whitney Oliver & Jen Groundwater

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Treat Your Feet

Achy feet benefit from a Hikers Foot Therapy massage at The Spa at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise that zeroes in on foot, shin and calf muscles to relieve tension from the trails.

The Mountain Mint Pedicure at Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Banff Springs beautifies and nourishes feet and legs with an exfoliating scrub, massage, paraffin treatment and polish. Both spas offer foot grooming for men with nail work, massage and soak or scrub to get feet looking and feeling good.

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8 Ideas for Shoulder Season Fun

By Where Staff

Although the Canadian Rockies is a fantastic destination year round, we admit, sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate when we want to ski or hike. Don’t let shoulder season conditions get you down! Here are some ways to ensure fun times, any time of year.

Photo: Banff Gondola

Photo: Banff Gondola

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Essential Apps for On-the-Road Fitness

By CARISSA BLUESTONE

Photo: lululemon athletica

A good hotel gym is hard to find, and if you’re stuck in a spot without a decent health club, jogging path or lap pool, it’s easy to write off your fitness regimen altogether. But a travel-sized workout can be much more than a few half-hearted sit-ups in front of the TV—these apps will help you keep up with your training wherever you go. (more…)

8 Ways to Stay Fit While Travelling

Ottawa is great for joggers, offering many scenic pathways.

Travel can easily sideline your exercise routine, but physical activity is a great way to relieve stress and adjust to a new time zone. Founder of Best Body Bootcamp (and Ottawa boy) Roger Nahas shares his tips for staying on track while on the road. As told to Misa Kobayashi.

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Fitness on the Go:
3 Places to Get Your Workout on in Ottawa

When you’re travelling, it’s easy for your fitness regime to slip up.  All of a sudden you’re no longer hitting the gym – and all the eating out and afternoon drinks start to add up. Luckily for you, Ottawa has no shortage of fitness options, so we’ve rounded up three great ones with drop-in rates that will get you moving. By Erin Morawetz. (more…)

Canada’s Best New Attractions for Summer 2011

Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

For travellers planning their summer trips in Canada this year, the regional editors of Where magazine have released their top picks for summer travel. The winners of Where Canada’s Best New Attractions for Summer 2011 represent the most exciting attractions – new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones this year. A diverse group of attractions from coast to coast, this year’s winners offer a wide range of activities and events suitable for any family, art lover, sports fanatic, nature lover or adventurer. Together, these attractions serve as the top must-see and must-dos for anyone travelling in Canada this summer. (more…)

Hot Shopping: Fitwear

Bhavana Yoga Lifestyle Store on Quinpool Road.

What do you get for the yogi who has everything? Odds are good you’ll find it at Bhavana Yoga Lifestyle Store on Quinpool Road. It boasts Canadian made yoga clothing, books, mats, yoga inspired jewellery and clothes, aromatherapy services and earth-friendly gifts.

Hot Shopping: Perfect Fit

Sure, that holiday bingeing was fun but now it’s time to whip your butt back into shape. And you might as well look good doing it. You’ll find a unique selection of Canadian-made fitness wear at Bhavana Yoga Lifestyle Store on Quinpool Road, as well as accessories and gifts for casual practitioners and devoted yogis.

Hot Shopping: Sweet Sports Bag

The Bon Voyage Duffel from lululemon

Keep those New Year resolutions on track with great gear from lululemon. This Canadian company has made a name for itself with technical athletic apparel that is as fashionable as it is functional. The cheery “Bon Voyage Duffel” is a perfect example: with a washable pouch for sweaty clothes, interior mesh shoe pockets, and a place to put your laptop, it will make working out on grey mornings that much easier. $108. Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-230-6633, and 340 Richmond Rd., 613-761-1839.