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I’ve been trying to think about a theme for this post. Looking out from the upper windows at the Kind Living Yoga Studio, I can see the receding skiff of snow on the ground. The word that pops into my head for the hundredth time recently is transition. Out my window, the snow is competing…

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Ziggy and Kula on a fall leaf trail

A New Trail

Last month in this blog, I said “I will have a lot more to say in the coming weeks about the changes to the Up and Out business model.”  Well, the coming weeks came quickly, and here we are: at a new trailhead in this journey. It feels like we’re leaving the busier, more popular trail for one less travelled, but…

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Kind Living Barn in the Fall

Journey of Renewal

September. For many, it is the ‘real’ beginning of a new year. Rooted in our Canadian end-of-summer, back-to-school ethos, September is often a time for excitement, anticipating what lies ahead. It can also trigger melancholy as people reluctantly relinquish the end of more relaxed summer days. For me it’s both. And although I realize this is not the…

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Canada Flag. trees and mountains

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day! Okay, so I’m a couple days behind. Those who know me (especially my family) know that belated birthday wishes from me are not unusual. In fact, they’re more the norm than the exception. This Canada Day didn’t bring a lot of cake and fireworks. However, I did wear what I thought was…

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An article in Trail Runner last week by David Roche, entitled “Just Say No to FOMO [Fear of Missing Out]” really got me thinking (again/more) about my own tendencies and the double-edged sword that is the digital world. Roche points out that it is more than just a digital/social media problem; “it’s more of a…

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No Joke

We’re Moving – and that’s no joke. It’s April 1. To many people, that means just one thing: April Fool’s Day. So, it would be understandable if you thought our announcement that we’re moving was a hoax. But it’s no joke. For those of you who have been to our physical location, you know that…

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Spring Forward

This past weekend, you were probably walking around the house setting your clocks forward an hour (at least those ones that didn’t do it automatically). Stove, toaster oven, clocks on the walls, watches, etc. Or perhaps you’re one of those people who didn’t set some of them back in the fall, so now they’re perfect…

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The Dog Days of Winter

Ziggy, our five year-old Retriever-Husky rescue from Northern Ontario is not a fan of summer. But come winter, the playful puppy re-emerges, and he can’t wait to run. And pull. Ziggy was made for winter activities like pulling while we ski (skijoring), winter trail run (cani-cross) and snowshoe (I don’t know if there’s a K9…

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Slip Slidin’ Away

I’m guessing Paul Simon wasn’t contemplating icy Orillia roads and sidewalks when he wrote Slip Slidin’ Away in the 1970s. Nor was he likely thinking about the risk of falls because of those treacherous winter conditions. But if the shoe fits… But maybe that’s the problem; the shoe doesn’t fit. At least it doesn’t fit…

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Good value(s)

Does it matter what a company’s values are? Does that impact how you buy and whom you buy from? Or is it more simply about the best price for the best quality – a different type of value? From a business planning perspective, I have always worked from the model that the company’s values are…

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Vision Board 2019

2019 Vision Boards

2019 – Brought to you by the letter E Did you know that the second Saturday in January is National Vision Board Day (at least in the United States)? No? Don’t fret; nor did I, and I bet many others didn’t either. It’s not exactly up there with Christmas, New Year’s, or even International Coffee…

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Robb wearing the Up and Out T shirt Black

New Year’s Resolutions

Do you do New Year’s resolutions?   I have read that fewer than 50% of North Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Of those, 80% have given up by February, and, ultimately, only 10% actually follow through with them. Arguably, not a great success rate.   So maybe it’s not surprising that fewer than half of us bother to make them.   But…

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Ziggy and Kula GoPro

A Natural Prescription

It was 1990. I was a grad student at the University of Western Ontario in the Physical Education program. For one of my courses, I had to do a research paper on Canadian sport or fitness policy, and I chose ParticipAction. I remember being intrigued by the history, the social condition (declining rates of physical…

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Giving Tuesday

It’s Cyber Monday. Which follows Black Friday. In a month’s time, it will be Christmas. In other words, buy stuff. Although we’re in the business of selling things to people through both Up and Out and Kind Living, I have issues with over promotion and consumption. At the risk of appearing to yell from atop…

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Robb and sons on the trail

International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day – Do we really need this? Maybe… Looking for inspiration for this blog post, I turned to several observance day calendars. Top for November 19 is International Men’s Day. At first glance, somehow, that just didn’t seem worthy. But I was curious. A quick review of Wikipedia’s description reveals there are six…

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Robb and Sue Talking about injury prevention

Ankle Rolling Prevention

Legal or not, you don’t want to roll these joints  Marijuana just became legal in Canada. Needless to say, pot jokes are popping up faster than marijuana plants on steroids.  One that got my attention and was the impetus for this post was perfect for trail running and posted by a friend on Facebook:  “I don’t always…

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Fall trail with leaves

Gratitude and Choice

It’s Municipal Election Day today in Ontario. As I was pondering what to write about, two words came to mind: Gratitude and Choice. And although there is a lot to be grateful for everyday, today, the gratitude lens is particularly focused on our good fortune in this community, province and country to be able to…

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Women handing a customer his bag

“No Problem”

“No problem.”   Two simple words that say so little and so much at the same time. They seem to say so little because of the ubiquitousness of the expression. I hear it a lot now in stores, restaurants, service organizations…everywhere!   And I think that’s unfortunate because they do say so little in that context, but they also can say…

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Kind Living with Sue Sinclair Yoga Studio and Boutique

Adaptation vs Maladaptation

Each week, Sue writes a short essay in the weekly Kind Living newsletters. This week she shared her research and insights on adaptation and maladaptation: Practicing yoga the other day, I was struck with how the body has the capacity to change. “Isn’t adaptation remarkable?” I said to Robb. As many of you know, I…

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Goal Setting

As a former planning and marketing consultant, working with clients to identify, clarify and evaluate goals was a big part of my work. Virtually every project I was involved with began with a discussion about goals. For some people – and I’m one of them – running is similar. I’m much more disciplined and focused…

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Expanding circles with the words self, family, community, country and world

Orbits of Respect

Sue and I have been talking a lot about the concept of respect the past week or so and what that means in the pursuit of our best selves, whether that’s on the trails, at work, with family and friends or even complete strangers. That begot the question, “What is respect?” Or, more accurately, what…

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Two silhouettes of men running at sunset

Friendship Day 

It was Friendship Day on Sunday, and It’s got me thinking about what that really means.  Of course, because this is a site dedicated to stuff about running and human’s best furry friends, I am thinking also about the connections between these two things: friendship and running (and dogs).  For many people, running is a…

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Collagen – superfood for runners

In this brief video, Sue discusses the benefits of taking collagen for collagen synthesis in our bodies. An interesting article in the Globe and Mail recently looked at benefits of combining collagen and vitamin C for strengthening and building connective tissue. If you’re returning to activity after an injury (or just want to strengthen connective tissue), this…

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Energize with ReKarb, a natural, maple syrup-based energy supplement from Quebec. Yummy!

We’re not big fans of most energy gels because of their processed/synthetic ingredients, but we’re loving this great Canadian product from Quebec-based ReKarb – Carbure à L’Érable. It’s a pure, natural, maple syrup-based energy syrup, great for endurance activities (okay, have to admit…it’s also really, really good as a sweetener in coffee…camping anyone?!). It’s loaded with…

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Grand Opening

We are very excited to announce the opening of Up and Out: Sporting gear for trails & tails! We are located at the Kind Living Yoga Studio & Boutique in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. In addition to information about products we carry in the boutique (be sure to check regularly for new additions), we will be…

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