Workout to Conquer Cancer Blog

 

Keep Moving!

Saturday, June 2nd

How are you planning to stay motivated after the challenge? Are you signing up for a race? Are you joining a hiking group? Here’s what some participants are sharing...

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Meet Randy Ferrario

Friday, June 1st

The day before my wife Aprille’s 40th birthday, she found out she was expecting our fourth child. However, shortly after our joyous discovery, I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma.

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Meet Adam Canales

Friday, May 25th

My mom passed away from cancer just over five months ago. It was her second bout with the disease. We thought she was cancer-free, but the cancer had come back and it was worse than ever. It was quick, so quick I didn’t make it in time to see her once more before she passed.

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FUEL RIGHT: HOW TO DEAL WITH COMMON NUTRITION ISSUES

Thursday, May 24th

It is not uncommon for some people to experience an increase in appetite as they begin to workout; you are now burning more energy so the body may compensate by driving you to eat more. However, this isn’t the case for everyone…for some, exercise helps moderate appetite and helps them feel more motivated to make healthy choices.

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POST-WORKOUT EATS

Thursday, May 17th

Food is fuel. But it’s also connection, culture and pleasure. Of course, when we’re engaged in moving our bodies, ensuring that you get everything you need to stay strong all month long is important!

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Empower Yourself by Trying Something New

Wednesday, May 16th

Hannah Fletcher, fitness professional and co-founder of Fit In 30 Minutes, shares her reasons for working out and why you shouldn’t be afraid of failure when trying something new.

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MEET ASHLY HILL

Friday, May 11th

In 2015 my 20 year old sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I remember I received the phone call while I was at SFU walking from one class to the other. It was as if I had just walked into a glass door, I thought to myself "there must be a mistake, there is no way someone so young could be diagnosed with such a life deteriorating disease"...

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SHOULD YOU EAT WHILE YOU WORK OUT?

Thursday, May 10th

There is no better way to celebrate spring than getting outside and moving your body. I love hiking, both for the mental and physical boost. Whether you’re hitting the trails or hopping on your bike for a long ride, you might want to consider packing snacks.

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Raise Your First $100 in Three Easy Steps!

Friday, May 4th

We know it can be hard to get going with your fundraising. Here are three easy steps to help you raise your first $100!

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What Can I Eat Before a Workout? We’ve got answers.

Thursday, May 3rd

Fitting in your daily movement will often mean staying flexible in your routines…so how do you ensure that you’re not hungry pre-workout without also having a full stomach weighing you down?

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Fueling Your Workouts: It's way less involved than you think.

Friday, April 27th

Nutrition and fitness go hand-in-hand. Learn the best ways to fuel up this May with Registered Dietician, Desiree Nielsen.

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What's New?

Wednesday, February 21st

If you're looking for a sign to kick-start a healthier lifestyle, this is it.

Workout to Conquer Cancer presented by RYU Apparel is back, and this year, we’re offering more services and support than ever before.

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Continuing the Momentum Post-Challenge

Wednesday, May 31st

By Desiree Nielsen

You've made it! It's been an amazing month of movement, good food and self-care…all for an incredible cause.

Fitness challenges work because they are a fun way to harness the power of community to motivate change. As our challenge draws to a close, it's important to make a plan to keep those good vibes going.

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How to Get (and Stay) Energized

Wednesday, May 24th

By Desiree Nielsen

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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