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Benefits and disadvantages of urban greenways

In my Masters research I found that nearness to nature was one of the top three reasons that individuals moved to the suburbs in Edmonton. In terms of climate change, this is not a good thing. The suburbs tend to be fairly distant from, well, everything. Grocery stores might be walkable, for some residents, and … Continue reading

Animal Assisted Interventions

I haven’t written for a while, in large part because my 20 year old cat Willow passed away just over a month ago, and was ill for a short time beforehand. This was tough as she was truly a part of my family; her and I had been together for that full 20 years. Immediately … Continue reading

Why I eat more junk when I hurt

Most days I eat pretty healthy. I actually typically prefer fruits and veggies to gorging on chips and chocolate, but some days I struggle to maintain any willpower and avoid the junk. I’ve often thought that this is associated with my capacity to deal with things beyond my pain and it turns out I’m right. … Continue reading

Differences between low and high mileage runners

I am running more than I have in the past but I’m training for relatively short distances and I have too many other sports and activities to run everyday. As I looked around for training plans I noticed that most of them recommend a heck of a lot of running. This got me wondering if … Continue reading

Dilemma of an outdoor/sustainability enthusiast

In my PhD research my participants, who were all connected to outdoor education, expressed some of the conflict they feel when trying to do the outdoor activities they enjoy. I understand this challenge personally. As an outdoor person I’m inclined to run, bike, canoe, ski, etc. This is awesome. I enjoy the activities and they … Continue reading

Ever notice that kids have way more energy?

Kids have a lot of energy. Anyone who has worked or lived with one knows what it’s like when you’re full out exhausted and a kid or kids asks what’s next. In a recent study Birat et al. (2018) compared the fatigue and recovery rates of a group of boys around age 10 to a … Continue reading

Running with your arms

As I have dealt with the gong show that has been my wrist injury over the past 2.5+ years I have tried to stay active. One of the activities I have kept to some degree is running. But it has been amazing to me how much my running has been affected by my arm and … Continue reading

Storytelling and your brain

It has been a few weeks since I posted. My plan is to get back to once a week. Hopefully this is the start of that. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I participated in a webinar on disruptive storytelling. One of the scientists that they referred to in this webinar was Paul J. … Continue reading

Opportunity and hope

Mark Ideson, the skip of the Canadian wheelchair curling team at the 2018 winter Paralympics talked about how watching skeleton athlete Jon Montgomery win during the Vancouver 2010 winter Olympics inspired him to pursue sport more seriously. The result, for an individual who thought that their sporting days were over has been multiple Olympic medals … Continue reading

Daylight savings time

Originally posted on Connecting with Science:
I don’t like daylight savings time. Actually, to be more accurate, I prefer daylight savings time (DST) but don’t like switching on and off of it. So with the time change this past weekend I decided to look into the benefits, or lack thereof. Switching from DST to standard…

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