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Exam and Holiday Stress: 7 Stretches You Can do at Your Desk

November 30, 2018

It is December and the stress of exams and the holidays can take its toll.  The day can get by without noticing how long we’ve been sitting. From the breakfast table at home, driving in the car, to sitting at the desk, our bodies spend a lot of time seated and are not designed for this.

Sitting for too long can cause muscle imbalances where it can cause weak and tight muscles. Our backs suffer from weak abdominal muscles giving the back poor support and the forward pull of gravity to flex it forward. With so many ailments today of tight hamstrings and lower back pain we need find some balance to being seated so much in today’s culture.

Here are seven stretches that can be done at your desk and don’t draw too much attention to you for doing them. They take only few minutes and doing them a couple of times a day can dramatically change how you feel. Start with going through them once then take a break and go back to what you were doing. As you become more comfortable you can repeat them and do a couple of sets to get a longer lasting response from the body. Enjoy.

Mario De Negri

Fitness Coordinator at RRC

Join Us for the Rebels Shootout Lunch Time Event!

November 21, 2018

Don’t have the time for a weeknight or weekend Intramural? No problem, join us for one of our fun Lunch Special Events. These events occur on Wednesdays, from 11am-1pm in the North Gym throughout the school year. Pop by with your friends to test your skills, have fun and win some great prizes! Open to all. No registration to be filled, no fees to pay, just come to the gym to get active and participate!

November 28th: Rebels Shoot Out.
Gretzky, Lemieux, Crosby, Laine. Add your name to the list of greats, and test your shooting skills at the Rebels Shoot out. How many targets can you hit! Find out and play for some prizes!

Getting Started

November 19, 2018

Getting started on anything is going to be a constant theme of life for anyone. Whether it’s getting started with a new year, getting started in a new career or even just getting started with our day. Getting started with anything seems to be good in theory but can be much more challenging in practice. The intentions we have to move through change and start on new routines are great until life takes over and creates challenges and barriers which can get us caught up.

One of the key things to keep in mind that with every new thing started it will be met with how our patterns in the past have been. It is unrealistic to expect that starting something will bring on success right away and not have set backs or old patterns present themselves. The process of change will bring up some of the very things you are wanting to change, so when they do it is an opportunity to notice that you are in a place of changing more so then in the times when you didn’t even notice those things come up.

One example of something difficult to change is time. We have only a limited amount of time in a day, and then to try to get involved in something like exercises, time will present itself as a challenge to get up and active. It is when you notice that you are trying to be active but time is causing the pressure of not being able to, it shows you that barrier, which will need to be overcome to continue on with what you truly want.

The Getting Started booklet is designed to help show you the different aspects of our lives that help to create a balanced and well-rounded person. All of these components will have their own barriers and challenges but the practices that are outlined are meant to be used as guides when those challenges present themselves.  It is only through the regular practice of these small changes, that over time the changes start to be felt. So in the example of time being the barrier, once you become active and have worked through that challenge of not having time you will start to find that while being active you find the time to do so but also your sense of time also starts to expand creating what some people have described as having more time. It is only through the process of doing that work that the outcomes are experienced. When we focus on the outcomes, more than the process we miss the point as well as usually fall back into old patterns.

Use this booklet as a guide to help getting a better understanding of yourself, and to learn about where your challenges are and what tools you will need to work on to improve those aspects. There is no final goal, or end when it comes to self-development. It is a continual journey of practice which like all things with practice leads to improvement. Small frequent changes over time shows more reward, over large inconsistent bouts. Notice the dips and challenges and use those as learning opportunities to show you that you are still on the right track.

Sign Up for our Annual Co-Ed Futsal Tournament!

November 14, 2018

Looking for some fun, physical activity and the chance to make new friends?  These one day co-ed recreational events are great way to meet new people, exercise, and have fun!
Sign up by yourself, with a friend or get a group of friends together and make a team to try and win one of the coveted Intramural Champion T-Shirts. Open to all RRC Staff, Students, Alumni and Community members.

December 1st: International Open Futsal Tournament
$30 per team $5 for Free agent
Our most prestigious and longest running intramural event! But don’t worry, the futsal tournament is still all about fun, exercise, meeting new friends and enjoying the global game! This is CoEd tournament (1 person per gender on the court at all times), and persons from RRC and the community can participate.
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To sign up fill out the following form and take to student services for payment. Deadline to register is One (1) week prior to event. 2018-19 Intramurals and Special Events List-1yzi5z8

Caught in the rush of the world – 5 tips to disengage

November 2, 2018

We’ve all been caught in the rush of the world in its quest to be going somewhere. This constant pressure has had us staring at a screen until out eyes are pounding , sitting on our butts until our back hurts…..what’s up with that, and going for hours without eating except for those few cups of coffee….that’s kind of like food right?

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STOP – 30 things to stop doing to yourself

October 25, 2018

by Mario De Negri, Fitness Coordinator for Rebel Athletics and Recreation Services

I came across this blog when I was feeling a fair bit of turbulence in my life. I personally was doing great. Everything was in line, I was working at my best, and being my best self which warrants recognition as that’s something I have failed to do in my past, and can imagine others feeling something similar in their lives.

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Sign Up for our Annual Floor Hockey Tournament!

October 19, 2018

Looking for some fun, physical activity and the chance to make new friends?  These one day co-ed recreational events are great way to meet new people, exercise, and have fun!
Sign up by yourself, with a friend or get a group of friends together and make a team to try and win one of the coveted Intramural Champion T-Shirts. Open to all RRC Staff, Students, Alumni and Community members.

Fall Term Events

November 3rd: Floor Hockey Challenge
$30 per team $5 for Free agent
Grab some buds, find your fav hockey sweaters and sign up for day of passes, saves and cellies! Join us for a full day of floor hockey in the North Gym where you compete for the all important champions tshirt! This is Open tournament, and persons from RRC and the community can participate.
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To sign up fill out the following form and take to student services for payment. Deadline to register is One (1) week prior to event. 2018-19 Intramurals and Special Events List-1yzi5z8

Join Us at the RRC Combine Next Wednesday in North Gym!

October 19, 2018

Rebels Lunch Special Events
Don’t have the time for a weeknight or weekend Intramural? No problem, join us for one of our fun Lunch Special Events. This events occur on Wednesdays, from 11am-1pm in the North Gym throughout the school year. Pop by with your friends to test your skills, have fun and win some great prizes! Open to all. No registration to be filled, no fees to pay, just come to the gym to get active and participate!

October 24th: Rebels Football Combine.
October means fall, and fall means football! Come down to the North Gym and play some football related games for a chance to win great prizes! No football experience required, come and have some fun!

 

 

 

 

Roll for Relief and Relaxation

October 5, 2018

Lets be honest when you read that title you didn’t think you’d be reading an article on foam rolling.  Some of the most common questions we get in our fitness centre are “What are those things? What am I suppose to do with it?  Does it really work?  When we get these question most people are referring to foam rollers.  Read More →