5 Ways to Work Out in Vancouver if you Hate Working Out

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Image courtesy of Damon West | Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Now that we’re a few weeks past New Year’s it’s time to reflect on your resolutions. Still going strong? We’re you planning on setting up a new work out regimen that went really well the first week but has since fallen off the wayside?

Life is tough for those of us who want to work out, but really hate actually doing it. The crowds! The confusing equipment! The tight clothes! Ugh. Sitting and watching Netflix definitely sounds a bit more appealing.

But, if you want to actually stick to a resolution to stay in shape or get in shape, but you really don’t want to wait in line for the next treadmill at the gym, check out a few of the ideas below to trick you into having fun during a work out. Imagine that!

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5 Ways to Work Out in Vancouver if you Hate Working Out

BMO CHL / NHL Top Prospects Game: Team Cherry vs. Team Orr, Jan 28 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Photo: Orr and Cherry

The Vancouver Giants will host the 2016 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at the Pacific Coliseum on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 6:00pm!

The 21st annual game will feature the CHL’s top-40 NHL draft eligible players as selected by NHL Central Scouting in a best-on-best showcase including talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

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How to Meet New People at a Gym in Vancouver

Sourced from the Mount Pleasant Community Centre website

Sourced from the Mount Pleasant Community Centre website

Once upon a time, I had a gym crush. He was incredibly good-looking and fit – as well as completely oblivious of my existence. Each time I went to the gym, I tried to muster the nerve to talk to him as I laboured on a nearby StairMaster (believe me, it wasn’t sexy). Eventually, I managed to start an awkward, halting conversation, only to discover that he was taken. Darn.

In the New Year, you might be (once again) aiming to incorporate more physical activity into your life. If you’re single, making romance more of a priority could also figure in your resolutions. The question is: how can you achieve both goals simultaneously? As evidenced by my story, my own strategies are not the best. Instead, I sought out a gym expert in order to find out more about socializing while working out.

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Brrrr …. 2016 Polar Bear Swim Returns to Vancouver, Jan 1

Photo credit: City of Vancouver | Flickr

Photo credit: City of Vancouver | Flickr

Ready to join 2,500 other hardy swimmers this New Year’s Day for a dip to remember?

Vancouver’s 96th annual Polar Bear Swim will take place Jan. 1 at English Bay. Water temperatures are expected to be, well, on the chilly side – but that shouldn’t stop the crowds from ringing in the New Year in style.

The event is free to participate in, but you do have to register at English Bay between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on the day of the swim. If you’re in the giving mood, donations are encouraged and go to help the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

At 2:30 p.m. sharp, a flag and siren signal the assembled swimmers to race into the frosty waters. If past years are any indication, many will be dressed in festive costumes, from Santa Suits to mermaid getups and more.   Continue reading:
Brrrr …. 2016 Polar Bear Swim Returns to Vancouver, Jan 1

Boo!

photo courtesy of Rene Gauthier aka Divernutbar

photo courtesy of Rene Gauthier aka Divernutbar

Take one scuba diver, add an ocean, a pumpkin, a knife and wait until dark… and what do you get?

All the ingredients necessary for an annual tradition in Vancouver – underwater pumpkin carving!

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Boo!

Work off Those Thanksgiving Calories at the Turkey Trot 10K in Vancouver, Oct 12

Image from turkeytrot.ca

Image from turkeytrot.ca

Ready to burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories? Put down that turkey leg and head to Granville Island on Monday, Oct. 12, for the annual Turkey Trot 10K.

Now in its 18th year, the Turkey Trot has been described as a “run/walk/stroll.” In other words, if you don’t feel like doing sprints after a weekend of stuffing your face with pumpkin pie, then you don’t have to. The uniquely family friendly race is equal parts competition and community get-together. There’s even a special Tot Trot, where moms and dads can push junior in a stroller. Continue reading:
Work off Those Thanksgiving Calories at the Turkey Trot 10K in Vancouver, Oct 12

New Ironman Triathlon May Be Coming to Stanley Park and Coal Harbour

Participants in a triathlon. Photo from Pixabay

Participants in a triathlon. Photo from Pixabay

Attention Iron Men (and Women): A new triathlon may be coming to downtown Vancouver.

The Vancouver Park Board is considering bringing a version of the iconic Ironman triathlon to the heart of the city this July. The competition would see athletes complete an Olympic-distance triathlon consisting of a 1.5-kilometre swim in Coal Harbour, 40-kilometre bike ride and 10-kilometre run through Stanley Park. Events are completed back-to-back, with no break in-between.  Continue reading:
New Ironman Triathlon May Be Coming to Stanley Park and Coal Harbour