Workout to Conquer Cancer Blog



How to Get (and Stay) Energized

Wednesday, May 24th

By Emma Andrews

Energy. We all want more of it…and life seems designed to zap it. You may have already noticed the positive impact of getting active this month. So where does nutrition fit in?

Strictly speaking, food provides energy measured in calories. We burn up the chemical bonds in food to provide energy that our body can use to breathe, think and run.

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Participant Spotlight: Matthew Cervi

Tuesday, May 23rd

Matthew Cervi didn’t understand the importance of raising funds for cancer research until it hit him directly.

His father passed away from lung cancer at the age of 80 just last year. Watching him go through the treatment process was a life-changing experience, he recalls, and that’s when he knew he had to do something to give back.

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Recipe: Watermelon Mint Chia Fresca

Friday, May 19th 

By Desiree Nielsen

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Making Hydration a Habit

Wednesday, May 17th

By Emma Andrews

This is it! The long weekend, AKA the unofficial start of summer, is almost upon us. You can practically hear the patio umbrellas popping.

Three weeks into the challenge, you might have noticed that you are sweating a bit more as the days get warmer… and that means thinking about hydration.

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Recipe: TURMERIC, GINGER AND MANGO SMOOTHIE

Friday, May 12th 

By Desiree Nielsen

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Inflammation and its Role in Recovery

Wednesday, May 10th

By Emma Andrews

Not all inflammation is bad. Surprised? A healthy inflammatory response is necessary to speed recovery. Acute inflammation is a short term biological response, directing immune cells and blood vessels to damaged tissues which help accelerate repair. Providing our body with anti-inflammatory nutrients can help ensure an acute response doesn’t become chronic, aka. long term inflammation that is unabated and doesn’t subside.

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Recipe: Glorious Green Soup 

Saturday, May 6th 

By Desiree Nielsen

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Adding vs Subtracting: Simple nutrition strategies to get you started

Friday, May 5th 

By Emma Andrews

With a shift in our daily habits - making more time in our day for physical activity - it's important to not overwhelm ourselves with dramatic changes in our diets too. Sure, you may have an intention to “eat clean” this month, eat out less, or eat less of a food you’ve been overindulging on, but starting with simple changes that are easy to integrate, means you’re more likely to be consistent with your new habits throughout the month.

That goes for both fitness and nutrition!

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Participant Spotlight: Meaghan Hagerty

Wednesday, May 3rd

Meaghan Hagerty knows the power of community when it comes to supporting a cause. For her, that cause is cancer research.

Both of her grandparents, as well as her father, brother and a close friend were diagnosed with the disease. The experience puts life into perspective, she says.

“It made me realize nobody is invincible to this disease,” she says. “It doesn’t really care who you are or what kind of person you are. It hits everyone.”

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Participant Spotlight: Lisa Riobo

Thursday, April 28th

For Lisa Riobo, working out is one of the best ways she can deal with a disease that has affected her many times over.

The Langley-based office manager was first diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer in 2011, five years before her best friend was diagnosed with and underwent surgery for breast cancer last year. At the same time, her boss grappled with prostate cancer a condition he’s now facing a second time following surgery.

 

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