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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How to Meet New People at a Gym in Vancouver

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

HSBC Canada Sevens Men’s Rugby Sevens Tournament tickets on sale to public; organizers release “The World Hits Town” video

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Tournament passes for the 2016 HSBC Canada Sevens Men’s Rugby Sevens Tournament opened to the general public today at 10am PT.  The tournament will be held on March 12 and 13, 2016 at BC Place.

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HSBC Canada Sevens Men’s Rugby Sevens Tournament tickets on sale to public; organizers release “The World Hits Town” video

Need a Bike? Peer-to-Peer Bike-Sharing Comes to Vancouver

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A screenshot from Spinlister

Uber may not be welcome in Vancouver. But a new service that lets ordinary people rent out their bikes by the day is picking up speed.

Spinlister, a bike-sharing site based in California, is now up and running in Vancouver. The site allows anyone to upload a picture and description of their bike, as well as hourly, daily and weekly prices for rental. Users looking to rent a bike can then browse through the selection and find a ride that fits their needs – from rugged mountain bikes to carbon-fibre racers. A handy interactive map shows which bikes are available and where they can be picked up.

Currently, there are only about 50 bikes listed on the Vancouver site. But overall Spinlister, which started in 2012, features thousands of bikes in dozens of countries around the world. (The most popular city for bike-sharing so far is Brooklyn, with 3,500 bikes featured on the site.) Users of Spinlister are mainly travellers exploring a new city and looking for a fun way to get around on two wheels, according to an interview in the Vancouver SunContinue reading:
Need a Bike? Peer-to-Peer Bike-Sharing Comes to Vancouver