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Greg's Globe and Mail Column: The Power of Focus

It’s Fall and that means one of my favourite time periods in the sporting year is underway: the baseball playoffs. There are very few moments in sport that completely capture my attention like the precision and excellence on display when an elite pitcher and clutch hitter square off with a game on the line.

Globe and Mail:  Want to work out more? Defend yourself against decision fatigue!

Enjoying the summer? I’m loving it. Summer makes it so much easier to get outside and get active. But despite no longer having the weather as an excuse, Canadians still don’t come even close to getting enough physical activity.

Want to boost your brain power? Three ways getting physical can help.

You know that exercise is good for your body. What you might not realize is that exercise is just as good for your brain as it is for your muscles. We are now learning how exercise can improve concentration, learning, focus and memory, and can even prevent and treat mental illnesses.

Why getting fit gets easier on a good night’s sleep

A couple of years ago I had the bad luck to catch a virus that my two year old daughter picked up at her daycare. Thankfully she only got a mild cold. I got viral myocarditis – basically the virus went into my heart and caused loads of very painful inflammation.

Until that point I was doing reasonably well with sticking to an exercise routine. But after the illness I could barely walk up a flight of stairs. And if I did make it up the stairs I’d have to rest for a few minutes to recover. Suddenly I was in the worst shape of my life.

So as an exercise physiologist I decided to use myself as a test subject and experiment. I went back to my research and explored what was needed to get back into good physical condition as fast as I could, and to lose as much body fat as possible. I wanted to get fit and get lean.

Farther, Faster, Fitter?

On the eve of the Winter Olympics we’re asking  - can sport products make us push farther, run faster, become fitter?

We’re holding our own trials and asking some of Canada’s greatest Olympians what works for them. Clara Hughes and Simon Whitfield join co-host Tom Harrington as Marketplace digs into the world of sports drinks, performance foods and specialized athletic gear.

Sports drinks unnecessary, counterproductive for most people

Drinks replenish electrolytes, but most of us don’t need them

By Megan Griffith-Greene / Marketplace, CBC News Posted: Jan 31, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 31, 2014 3:54 PM ET

If you’re grabbing a sports drink to replenish your electrolytes after exercise, you could actually be working against your workout.