You’ve Reached the Finish Line. Now What? A Retired Olympian’s Tips for Lifelong Fitness – Series in the Globe and Mail

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As I sat relaxed with a coffee in hand watching all of the amazing winter athletes at this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, it brought back memories of my career as competitor. Having competed in four Games myself, I know how much work goes into getting there – that ultimate goal of standing on a podium representing your country. It’s one of the hardest things to do, both physically and mentally, and when it’s over – no matter where you placed – there is an interesting comedown. Something you’ve been working toward for so long is now passed and the question is, now what?

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Simon Joins Advisory Board for Local Adventure Therapy Organization, Power To Be

I have recently joined the advisory board of Power To Be, a not-for-profit organization which provides outdoor, adventure-based programs designed for youth and families in need of support. Based in Victoria and Vancouver, the organization is celebrating 15 years of inspiring connections with nature and getting kids and families outdoors. I’m really looking forward to working with an organization with a mandate that fits so well with my outlook on health and wellness, and you can’t ask for a more beautiful location to run programs than the West Coast! 

You can find out more about Power To Be and the programs they offer here.

Some wise words from Michael Moore on going for walks and being happy

I came across this post today on Facebook from the highly esteemed filmmaker/author/activist, Michael Moore, and it struck a chord. He’s got an interesting outlook on fitness and body image. Quite simply, it’s a great read about feeling good about yourself…

[EXCERPT FROM FACEBOOK] I am now in Week 42 of my walks. Each day, 30 minutes, that’s it. Thousands of you have joined me since that Sunday night on March 18 when, as a joke, I said I was going for a walk. I had read that morning in the paper that there were now more people in the U.S. on anti-depressants than those who go to the movies. I tweeted out that maybe that’s the problem — perhaps if people got out and went to the movies more they might feel better. This unleashed a lively conversation about mood-aletering drugs, the lousy movies these days in theaters, the rip-off prices for 3D films, etc. Finally, someone wrote: “Sometimes I think what I need is just a brisk walk.” I tweeted, “Hey, there’s an idea! I’m putting my shoes on right now.” I went out and came back home after 30 minutes — and a few hundred of you had amazingly joined me where you live.

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