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GMC Week 2 Prize Winners

February 14, 2019

For the entire month of February, Red River College staff and students are meeting the challenge of reaching 7,000 steps per day! This month long challenge encourages you to be active and reduce sedentary behavior in your life. Need more incentive? No problem! We have some great prizes lined up for participants. The more days you reach 7000 steps, the better the prizes! Think reaching 7000 steps in one day is too difficult? Think again…Here are some simple ways you can do it: Walking, running, sports, fitness class, have a walking meeting, working out, take the stairs, park further away, walking lunch hour… Read More →

Monica Morin is Week 1 Prize Winner of Get Movin Challenge

February 8, 2019

For the entire month of February, Red River College staff and students are meeting the challenge of reaching 7,000 steps per day! This month long challenge encourages you to be active and reduce sedentary behavior in your life. Need more incentive? No problem! We have some great prizes lined up for participants. The more days you reach 7000 steps, the better the prizes! Think reaching 7000 steps in one day is too difficult? Think again…Here are some simple ways you can do it: Walking, running, sports, fitness class, have a walking meeting, working out, take the stairs, park further away, walking lunch hour…

Weekly Prizes

During the challenge, we encourage participants to send in a pic of you and/or your co-workers, fellow students, friends and family being active and achieving your daily 7,000 steps to coskinner@rrc.ca along with a brief synopsis and be entered to win a weekly prize! Your pic may make the blog and inspire other participants to Get Movin!

Week 1 Prize Winner: Monica Morin

Here is a pic after I shoveled some heavy and some soft snow, it’s a bit of a trail for my small dogs and also to get to the fire pit of course. It took me about 45 minutes which translates into 8775 steps.

It’a great way to keep moving!

 

Congrats Monica on being our week winner! Monica will receive a Rebels Prize Pack courtesy of Rebels Athletics.

 

 

 

 

Given up on your New Years resolutions?

February 8, 2019

By Mario De Negri

Fitness Coordinator, Rebels Athletics and Recreation Services

It’s come to that time of year where most of us have not only given up on our New Years resolutions but more importantly just recalled we had some. What’s so fascinating about this is that now that we have brought it back to the forefront of our thoughts, most, and I’m saying close to all of us will still not do anything about it.

So I ask what is it that would stop me from implementing an action towards that resolution I had. I would like to think its distraction. When I am focused and I know what I want I usually do what is necessary to get it. Read More →

Tips for Being Active When Sick

February 1, 2019

The brunt of winter is here and the classroom or office has a cold running through it.  You’re coughing and sneezing but your active living routine has achieved a nice rhythm and you don’t want to lose momentum. There are two voices in your head—one encouraging you to rest—the other urging you to get up and go. Now what do you do?

It’s the toughest call and it’s usually made under duress. Read More →

Sign Up for the Get Movin Challenge!

January 28, 2019

For the entire month of February, Red River College staff and students are meeting the challenge of reaching 7,000 steps per day! This month long challenge encourages you to be active and reduce sedentary behavior in your life. Need more incentive? No problem!
We have some great prizes lined up for participants. The more days you reach 7000 steps, the better the prizes! Think reaching 7000 steps in one day is too difficult? Think again…Here are some simple ways you can do it: Walking, running, sports, fitness class, have a walking meeting, working out, take the stairs, park further away, walking lunch hour…

Join us in February 2019 to participate in the next challenge by signing up below! Fore more information on the challenge, please view below or email any questions to coskinner@rrc.ca.

Get Movin Challenge

Contact Information

Logging your Steps Each Day
All participants will be self-reporting, and at the end of February you will be invited to submit your results electronically on this page.

Free exercise bands are also available, on a first-come-first-serve basis, at the in-person sign up days!
Jan 29th at EDC atrium, Jan 30th library hallway at NDC. 11am-1pm

Counting Your Steps!
It’s easy! Use your smartphone, fitness band or a pedometer
Smart phone Apps Examples:
IPhone – Steps, Pacer, Pedometer
Android – S Health, Google Fit, Pedometer
BlackBerry – Casca/Sports Run Tracker Pro, Sports Tracker, Endomondo

Step Conversion Chart
Some activities do not allow for a pedometer to be used, or perhaps you would rather count your steps/exercise/activity without one. No problem. You can use the following Step Conversion Charts to mark your progress! Below are to separate but similar conversion charts, use whichever one that works best for you and get active!
Purdue University Activity Converter
Step Conversion Chart

Prizes
There are three huge prize categories that can be entered depending on how many days you achieve 7,000 steps! The more days you achieve your goal, the better the prizes. All participants will be self-reporting.

Incentives/Prize Structure: Participants will gain entry into each prize category if they complete a specific minimum number of days in which they achieve 7,000 steps per day. There will be 3 prize levels:
Here are some the prizes for this year’s challenge, check back often as more prizes are added to the list. (prizes subject to chance)

Bronze Level: 10 days completed: Rebels Gear, Fitness Class Pass, Utility Wagon

Silver Level: 15 days completed: GC for the Real Escape Canada, GC for Bad Axe Throwing

Gold Level: 20 days competed: CCM Bike, Family Membership to Fort Whyte Alive

Example on how prize leveling work: If Jill reaches 7,000 steps in 21 days, she is entered once in each level draw. If Joe reaches 7,000 in 17 days, he is entered once into the Bronze and Silver levels.

The Draw
After the results are collected, a draw will be held March 7th 12-1pm in the Cave to determine the various prize winners, you do not have to be at the draw to win a prize.

Weekly Prizes
Send in a pic of you and/or your co-workers, fellow students, friends and family being active and achieving your daily 7,000 steps to coskinner@rrc.ca along with a brief synopsis and be entered to win a weekly prize! Your pic may make the blog and inspire other participants to Get Movin!

Weekly Prizes: Rebels gear, GC for Ciniplex, Free Fitness Pass

Sign Up for the Feb.1st Inservice Sports Camp!

January 8, 2019

Next school inservice day, keep the kids active and bring them to work with you. While you work, they’ll be taking part in a fun-filled day of sports activities!
Participants will partake in various sports and recreational activities during their day at the RRC Notre Dame Campus including soccer, curling, basketball, ultimate, low-organized games and other fun activities* Read More →

What’s love got to do with it? Getting started on being active

January 4, 2019

For many people exercise presents a special set of challenges. Here’s a realistic guide for getting started and not getting discouraged.

What’s love got to do with it? When it comes to fitness, in the end, love is all that matters. Exercising in public when you’re out of shape can be an emotionally bruising experience. Huffing and puffing to keep up, you feel inadequate and self-conscious, hating every moment you spend on the treadmill or pacing the track maybe you’re trying to tell yourself something.       Read More →

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.