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Get Out There Magazine: To Polar Bear Dip or Not to Polar Bear Dip

We were curious: what happens to your body during a polar bear dip? Is it safe? Our resident expert Dr. Greg Wells explains.

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.

Three Tips for Running Downhill

Descending feels easy aerobically, but each step triggers muscle-damaging eccentric contractions in the quadriceps and lower legs, says Greg Wells, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist at the University of Toronto and the author of Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World's Best Athletes. On level ground, these muscles shorten as they fire; on declines, they elongate while under tension as they work to control your speed. This creates more micro-tears in each fiber, which stimulates muscle growth but leaves you fatigued and sore. That's one reason the Boston Marathon, with its four-mile downhill opening stretch, is such a hard course.