What does it mean to struggle?
Katelyn Sander

What does it mean to struggle?

Living Well

I won’t speak for you (though I think many – if not all – of you will agree) but the last 5 months have been a struggle for me. I’ve struggled with not seeing friends and family. I’ve struggled spending long periods of time on my own. And I’ve REALLY struggled being away from our Clubs and all of you…

With everything that’s going on in the world right now, I oftentimes find myself thinking that my struggles are less than. Less than yours. Less than theirs. Just less than. But that’s such a dangerous mindset to find yourself in.

What I’ve been trying to remind myself of is that my struggles aren’t less than, they’re just different. Not better. Not worse. Not easier. Not more challenging. Just different. And they’re mine. And how I deal with them is also unique to me.

Sometimes I struggle with my mental health, so I step away from social media and the news, put on my favourite playlist and get my workout in. Getting sweaty and the repetitiveness of a good workout can really help clear my mind.

When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I just take a few minutes to breathe and take a step back. Sometimes that means going for a walk. Sometimes it means getting up from the computer and spending a little extra time in the kitchen making a delicious dinner.

While COVID has been difficult to deal with on so many levels, uncovering new challenges and struggles at every single turn, it has allowed me to learn more about myself. I’ve learned I can overcome more than I thought I could. I’ve learned that things that used to frustrate me really aren’t so bad. And I’ve learned to stop invalidating the things that I find challenging and that I struggle with, simply because I don’t think they’re as worthy of concern when I compare them to things other people and communities are struggling with.

So, I think it’s time we all reshape how we contextualize our struggles. Your struggles are yours, and they’re valid. My struggles are mine, and even though they’re different, they’re valid too.

Make sure you’re taking care of yourself. If you’re like me, that may even mean you have to carve time out of your day to ensure you get the breaks you need. (I schedule blocks of time for workouts, reading, calling my friends and family…)

Be kind to yourself. You’re fighting a battle too. No matter what that battle looks like.

Inspiration of the Day

“Yesterday I dared to struggle. Today I dare to win.” – Bernadette Devlin

Live Workouts of the Day

Today is going to be a great day because we’ve got our THREE regular live workouts for you to join! PLUS we have a special, pop-up live workout being offered this afternoon!


Join Adriana for your morning pick-me-up! This workout will focus on moving through a full range of motion and develop your full body control, flexibility, and usable range.

Recommended equipment: yoga block or pillow

Join Adriana at 7:30am (45 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the workout.

Meeting ID: 812 2541 6617
Password: 013104


Get an amazing cardiovascular workout on an indoor bike. The workout will simulate an outdoor ride, including a mix of intervals and hills.

Recommended equipment: bike trainer

Join James at 11:00am (45 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the workout.

Meeting ID: 862 7308 7908
Password: 263088


This workout will challenge you to your max! Come out and perform the prescribed workout for the day. This workout utilizes all your skills, from coordination to endurance and strength. No equipment necessary, you’ll just need your body weight!

Join Gavin today at 12:00pm (35 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the workout.

Meeting ID: 842 2984 9491
Password: 510345


Julia is joining us for this specialty pop-up live workout today! Work your core and glutes in a fast and furious 30 minutes! (All levels)

No equipment necessary for this class!

Join Julia today at 1:00pm (30 minutes) from your own living room.

Click here to join the workout.

Meeting ID: 897 6332 4025
Password: 676618


Click here to view this week’s schedule.

To learn more about our virtual live workouts, please reach out to Lauren directly.

Webinar of the Week

TODAY at 2:00pm, Dr. Melissa Cugliari will present Getting to the Heart of Health: A talk on cardiovascular wellness and heart disease.

Here, she’ll discuss the ins and outs of heart health. With heart disease being the second leading cause of death in Canada, this topic is relevant to all individuals. Dr. Cugliari will highlight the naturopathic tools necessary to promote heart health and prevent and manage heart disease.

Sign-up for this important webinar here.

New Face of the Day

The Sport Medicine Clinic is excited to announce that they’ve welcomed a new member of their team - Dr. Tim Rindlisbacher, a sports and exercise medicine physician. Dr. Tim comes to the Clinic with many years of experience working with some of the country’s top athletes, including as team physician for the Toronto Raptors, Toronto Argonauts, Buffalo Bills, and Canada’s World Juniors. To get to know Dr. Tim a bit better, click here to read a quick Q & A.
You can book your appointment with Dr. Tim at the Clinic today.

Superfood of the Day


It’s a challenge to find other plants that can compete with spinach in terms of the range of valuable vitamins and minerals they contain. For example, spinach is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, and iron. It also serves as an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C, niacin and folate.

And did you know that spinach has a very low amount of fat? Researchers have discovered that it contains lutein and other elements that protect against vision loss, as well as promote hair growth.  Another great benefit to having spinach in your diet is it helps to toughen the lining of the digestive tract and this reduces the risks of getting inflammations in this area.

Basically…stay healthy, eat your greens!


Do you have a “Something of the Day” you’d like us to share?! Email Meg.

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