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Pride in Your Body

As the city ramps up to host an estimated 1.2 million Pride Week enthusiasts, we chatted with Montreal-born Gabriel Campo, a certified personal trainer and first-time World Pride attendee about some quick-tips for getting active and taking pride in a healthy body. 

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Supernatural-ish Bike Thing

Some things need little to no introduction; the video we posted in this blog entry (and really think you should watch) is one of those phenomena.

For the sake of good old-fashioned chivalry, we’ll do a super speedy intro: Tom van Steenbergen is a mountain biker extraordinaire and the course at Whistler Mountain Bike Park just opened on May 16th.

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Fed Up: Documentary Review

People constantly say they are fed up about things: the traffic they drive through to commute to their jobs; their strained relationships with people, money and their health; the government who seems to operate in a completely different vortex than the average person… etc. On average, we hear people complain day in, day out, but rarely do we see action.

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The Clean Bin Project

The Clean Bin Project is a documentary film about Jen and Grant, a fun-loving, unapologetically competitive couple, who embark on a yearlong contest to reduce their garbage output. Their rules are simple…

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AHAA Living: blog, soap, balm, product test

Superhero Skincare to the Rescue!

We’re definitely cup half full types. Though, when we hear a company make claims, like you will not find any chemical preservatives, artificial fragrance or color, phthalates, betaines, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates, phosphates, silicones, EDTA, glycols/PEG’s, parabens, gluten or petroleum based ingredients, our curiosity piques. Let’s face it: hundreds of companies spend more time greenwashing than they do sourcing natural products.

So when we saw the Ella’s Botanicals tweet asking for product reviewers, we jumped at the chance. A couple of days later, we received a care package that we could skin-test.

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AHAA Living: Footloose blog, pedicure, spa, feet

Footloose!

Most of us are almost doing all the right things, life-maintenance of every sort, except fine tuning our feet. Yes, that’s right, the two pivotal things at the bottom of our legs. Those two silent and obedient beauties that don’t complain when they spend entire days on end trapped in ski boots, or pounded on mile after mile for entire ultra-marathons. Let’s be honest, most of us take them very much for granted – until we need to do something about an ingrown toenail that has started to create performance issues.

 

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Secrets of a Cycling Champ

Are you absolutely, 100%, determined to become a champion of cycling?

Well then, here’s your chance.

You can either make a lasting donation, sponsor a seat, or purchase a virtual plank that will assist in the completion of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre (Milton Velodrome).

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AHAA Living: Protein Shmotein Blog Post

Protein Bars, Shmotein Bars

McCarthy’s descriptions of each ingredient get to the core of what their functions are, why our bodies don’t actually need these functions, why they’re unhealthy, and how marketers get away with promoting these bars as ‘healthy’ when in fact there are no health-promoting properties in most of their ingredients.

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AHAA Living: blog Hope documentary 300 Miles to a Cure

Hope

In October of 2012, Jenny Mulligan was diagnosed with brain cancer and told she would likely live 18 months to two years. Family and friends feverishly looked for treatments for brain cancer and found lots of research showing great promise, however very few of these experimental treatments seemed to make it to human clinical trials because there just wasn’t enough funding. The space between academic research and human clinical trials is rightly called “the valley of death”.

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AHAA Living: blog Mission Bicycle Company LUMEN

Why Didn’t We Think of That???!!!

WARNING: After you watch this video you will be in a ‘why didn’t we think of that’ haze, and you may develop a temporary obsession with watching this promo clip over and over…

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AHAA Living: Blog, Chocolate is the New Caviar

Chocolate Is The New Caviar

How does one prove sustainability? Well, the easiest way to recognize it seems to be via certification methods. These methods provide information about how a product is grown and/or produced. One of the most controversial products is none other than chocolate. Chocolate has become the status symbol of our day and it’s fascinating.

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AHAA Living: Blog, Passport to Keeping Fit while on the Road

Your Passport to Keeping Fit While on the Road

We are rain or shine, snow or sleet, heat wave and blizzard-proof. Our no excuses ethos is a no-brainer when we’re living our lives in the comforts of our homes; but on the road, it hasn’t always been easy. Getting our mileage done has often taken some pre-planning and fancy footwork. Here’s some outside-the-box ideas for you to consider when you have to head out of town for business or pleasure.

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AHAA Living: Blog, Music, Achieve

Music Can Help You Achieve Anything!

Outside of the box office, many of us spend countless hours pairing music with our activities. If we’re stressed out, trying to make a deadline, we might listen to instrumental jazz or classical. If we’re training indoors on our bike trainers, we’ll definitely be loading up the playlist with explosive raps and rock to help energize us from start to stop. If we’re at the starting line of a competitive race, we’ll often hear the race producers pumping upbeat tunes.

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AHAA Living: Blog Klink Coffee Bulldog

This Coffee is a Saint!

“DRINK KLINK. CHANGE LIVES.” That’s what it says on KLINK™’s coffee bean packaging and on their travel mugs. Sounds like what all the other ethical coffee bean producers are selling, so we thought we’d dig deep and ask the KLINK team some questions.

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AHAA Living: Success 101, computer, coffee, notepad, inspired

Success 101

For those of us struggling to juggle it all, the good news is that the achievers have a secret, and it’s a secret most of them don’t hide. Ready for it? They have mentors; they have support teams; they read inspirational books; they take leadership courses; in a nutshell, their success is a team effort.

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AHAA Living: Food Matters, eating healthy

Food Matters

The opening quote of the 2008 documentary FOODMATTERS reads: “Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food” (Hippocrates said that). In the 2010 documentary FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD, a gentleman weighing 429.6 pounds confesses to the camera that he thinks when people look at him that they probably see an angry man, but he says ,“I’m not really angry, I’m just in pain”. He’s in pain because of his food choices.

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