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Well being for the Week

April 6, 2020

Recreation Services is your hub for well-being activities, info, and tips.  You find all the information by clicking on this link

  • Mindful Monday-take some time do join the following mediation session at 2pm.
  • Tuesday-Send us your song.  Recreation Services is putting together our Spring Cleaning Playlist.  Send us the song you want on the list and you could win a prize! Email us at or connect with us on social media Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Wednesday check in-Text, email or call a friend, family member, student, classmate or staff and ask them “How are you doing”. We are all feeling isolated and disconnected and four simple words can mean the world of difference.
  • Thursday-Potatoe App launches! Sign up to take part in the Potatoe App Activities for your chance to win great prizes.  For more info visit
  • Friday-Join us for live yoga on our Facebok page from 1230-1250 as Holly leads us through a fusion yoga class

Our April Wellness Champion is Holly Bachmeier-Funk

April 1, 2020

Congratulations to our April Wellness Champion – Holly Bachmeier-Funk! 

Holly is a student in our RRC Medical Laboratory Sciences program. Lab Sciences is a comprehensive hands-on program that requires dedication, commitment and attention to detail.  

Prior to the COVID19 outbreakHolly frequented the RRC gym every morning from Monday to Friday for weight lifting and cardio workouts. Commuting from out of Winnipeg, Holly would wake up at 5am in order to drive to school, get her work out in, shower and be on time for class at 8am.  

“Being active positively impacts every other aspect of your life. It improves my mood, increases my energy level, and is a great way to clear my head. I have a really busy schedule with my program and my time at the gym is the one hour a day I get to think about nothing and just have time to myself.” 

Due to the recent events with COVID-19, all gyms and recreation centres have been shut down indefinitely – providing a new challenge for Loft members and students like Holly.  

“I am still doing my regular work outs at home. My usual routine included heavy lifting, but I only have dumbbells at home so I have switched my work out to be more endurance focused compared to strength focused. So, I just do more reps with less weight. I also go for runs and walks to keep me active throughout the day and to break up the time I spend studying.” 

Her studies have also been affected and have moved online. That includes all lectures, labs, tests and finals! 

It is definitely different, and requires a lot of self-motivation, but it has been pretty good so far,” says Holly. “The instructors have been very accommodating. Our class also has a group chat that we use to stay connected with each other. 

Holly thinks that one of the biggest challenges during this quarantine period is to stay mentally healthy – especially when we are isolated and not able to interact personally with people. However, the quarantine has also brought us closer! 

It has been encouraging to see how people are helping others through this time, and how people are really trying to make an effort to look out for their families and communities.” Holly is also grateful that she does not have to take the long commute to school every day! 

Here are some wellness tips From Holly to leave you with: 

Make activity apart of your schedule. No matter what my day looks like I just know automatically that I will be including a workout into it. I like to get my workout done first thing in the morning when I have the most energy (physically, not mentally!) and then I get it done and don’t have to think about it. At the same time, it’s also about balance. Being active and eating healthy are a huge part of my life, but it’s also important to enjoy yourself and not take it too seriously. Find activities that you genuinely enjoy and it makes it a lot easier to stay active. 

Time for a Tune Up

March 29, 2020

As we move into April we start to think of spring, being outside and everything we are going to do.  Does our body agree with our intentions?  We never hesitate to spend on vehicle maintenance, from new brakes to oil changes to tunes ups we invest money in

Multiethnic group of young women do suspension workout together at modern gym

our cars every day, month and year. Yet when we talk about investing in the most important vehicle we own, our body, we hesitate. Gym memberships are a luxury, and forget about personal training sessions. Our bodies carry us through life all day – every day. How we go through life in our body vehicle depends on how well we maintain it. Don’t hesitate – invest in your body. Read More →

COVID-19 Facility Update

March 18, 2020

As of Wednesday, March 18

At this time we would like to inform you that the Red River College Recreation and Fitness Facilities will remain closed indefinitely. This means students, staff, and members will not be able to access our facilities.

Your patronage is valued by us and we apologize for the inconvenience this closure will cause.

We will be extending Fitness Centre memberships for those impacted by the closure.

We encourage you to visit for continued updates that may impact your ability to access our facilities.

We also encourage you to follow us on social media (@rrcrebels on twitter and Instagram) for continued updates regarding this as well.

At times like this self-care is especially important and we encourage you to continue to be active. Over the coming days, we will be sharing a number of different resources on social media and our website to help you continue to be active and deal with your personal wellness

Our March Wellness Champion is Brian Gebhardt

March 4, 2020

Congrats to Brian Gebhardt, for being selected as our March Wellness Champion!

Brian is no stranger to hard work. He is well known at the college for his excellent masonry skills and works as the instructor in the Bricklayer Apprenticeship program. He has invested a countless amount of time and energy into his trade. Gebhardt’s dedication has not gone unnoticed, as he was recently awarded “Manitoba’s Instructor of the Year.”

Brian’s success stems from his positive mindset and active lifestyle. When he is not moving and lifting things at work… he can be found moving and lifting things in the weight room at the RRC gym, every morning at approximately 6:45am. Brian puts in work while the rest of the world is sleeping.

“I try to get 7 hours of sleep and get to a gym at least 6 days a week,” he says. “I try to eat right. I am always mindful of my diet, but I’m also known to eat more than my share of doughnuts at a department meeting.”

Balance is key. In addition to lifting weights, Brian also likes to run, bike, skate and ski. He enjoys sharing these activities with his kids. He believes that staying active is important for his quality of life.

“You lose what you don’t use,” Brian continues. “You have to stay committed. You’re not going to see any real results for 8 to 12 weeks. Be patient and results will happen. I remember when I stepped into a gym for the first time and it was somewhat intimidating, but I was committed and got to a point where daily workout activities were just part of my life. Get started and keep going.”

Brian is a great role model who gets up, shows up, and makes the most of each day. He is an energizer bunny in the mornings and his attitude has a contagious effect on those around him. Thank you Brian for leading an inspirational lifestyle and for motivating others to do the same!

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Our February Wellness Champion is Mark Montour

February 13, 2020

Congrats to Mark “Monty” Montour on being selected as our February Wellness Champion!

Mark is a first-year Rebels basketball athlete enrolled in the Social Innovation and Community Development program at Red River College (NDC). He plays an active role in the campus community – as a member of the 4R group and the RRRC. Despite his busy schedule, Mark demonstrates excellent time management skills and makes time to be active and to focus on his overall wellness. He participates in our drop-in ball hockey on Wednesdays and works out regularly at the Loft fitness centre. When he is not at school, Mark loves to go swimming with his sons.

“The biggest thing I did to contribute to my overall wellness was signing up for school,” says Mark. “I tried out for the basketball team and used it as the catalyst to quit smoking.” He also emphasizes the importance of mental health and that we need to strive to have fun and enjoy life. Mark says “There is no more important thing in overall wellness than laughing.”

When asked to share some tips for others, Mark had the following to say: “Just do it. Every journey starts with the first step. Find your motivation. Find a reason and focus on it. I find that I create relationships that help in creating a sense of community. Playing on a team will help force the issue of committing to it.”

Mark values the opportunity he was given to play basketball on the Rebels team and is thankful that students have free access to the campus weight room. He says that the environment at RRC has helped encourage good health and well-being for students.

If you’re ever lacking any motivation to get to the gym – Mark has the following encouragement for you:
“One thing I use for motivation is realizing that you have been blessed with the vessel that is your body. You only have one and you are going to have it for the rest of your life! Better take care of it!”

Given up on your New Years resolutions?

February 8, 2020

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.

For example the fact I haven’t eaten anything for breakfast today, and not really a lunch that when I get home I all I can do is focus on a way to eat or better yet the urgency to have to go to the bathroom keeps me pretty focused.

I think distraction is the cause of non focus. Next time you have to go to the bathroom really bad try to get angry at something in your life that at other times makes you really angry and try to hold off on going to the bathroom. What will happen is that you might start to get the rise of anger but shortly following is the call of nature. So you can persist and keep focusing on getting angry but just around the corner is the sound of the tap being turned on. Eventually you will give in and accept and in that moment your focus won’t be of anger but of relief.

So does this work when not being forced? Try this; Start to pay attention to yourself. Watch to see how you react to things. You see something and it’s making you angry. That anger has taken over your whole body. Stop! Look at the anger. Say to yourself “I choose not to be angry” over and over and over again until one, you’ll say to yourself how stupid this is and that it doesn’t work which will keep enforcing the anger or two, you treat this mantra like the urgency of having to use the loo and you will experience change.

Anger cannot exist if the focus is on not being anger. Just as darkness cannot exist when light is focused on it. If we agree that focus will only exists if there is no distraction then we must continue to keep watching to see if we stay on track to what we want. When distractions arise like I have no time, it’s too late, I don’t know how to do it or whatever the distraction is you accept to yourself we must stop, see it for what it is, and go back to focus.

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Tips for Being Active When Sick

February 1, 2020

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

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 →

23 1/2 hours

January 15, 2020

by Mario De Negri, Rebels Rec Services Fitness Coordinator

Here is an interesting video I came across which speaks to me as I believe movement is medicine and should be taken daily. I think about movement as a pill and ask myself if I took it today or not. I often get caught up in the time it takes to move and why I can’t just swallow it and be done with it.

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

January 4, 2020

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 →