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Kinetic Family in the Yukon: Fish On

August 3, 2014 in Events, Exercise, Outdoor Activity

With its awesome natural beauty, the relatively short flight, and the opportunity to visit family, Whitehorse, Yukon has been a choice summer vacation destination for us time and time again.

Our summer trips are often filled with many wonderful activities and over a series of blog posts we will share our experiences and highlight some of our favourite things to do in the area – perhaps a quasi ‘list of things to do’ for future travelers considering a visit to the land of the midnight sun.

Catch of the Day - Lake Trout at Dezadeash

Catch of the Day – Lake Trout at Dezadeash

FISHING DAY

I’ve gone fishing a few times in my life and and I’ve been lucky to catch a few fish here and there but I wouldn’t call myself an angler, not even close. Plus, all the fish that I have ever caught have been nothing to write home about. Well, that all changed on August 1st, 2014 when Dawn and I were guided on a fishing expedition by “Fish On” in the Yukon blogger, YukonTony (Dawn’s brother). An avid and experienced angler, YukonTony taught us the ins and outs of fishing in the Yukon. He also guided us on a fishing trip to one of the most picturesque fishing spots I have been to yet.

About a 2 hour drive outside of Whitehorse, Lake Dezadeash offers some of the best fishing in the region. Set against the majestic backdrop of the Kluane mountains the scenery alone makes this one of the most beautiful places on earth. I would have gone home happy to have just been there. The tranquility and the surrounding scenery is so awe-inspiring that no picture or video can do it justice.

The sun beaming down on Lake Dezadeash.

The sun beaming down on Lake Dezadeash.

As a beginner and first-timer to Dezadeash, I was pleasantly surprised when within just 10 minutes and a few casts of the line I had already hooked a couple of Lake Trout. And big ones, to boot! After releasing my first couple of fish (too big to keep), I went on a bit of a cold streak with my line but Dawn caught fire with hers and landed fish after fish as she caught and released 5 Lake Trout by the end of our 3-hour fishing adventure.

1 of 5. Dawn led the way landing five Lake Trout during our 3-hour trip to Dezadeash.

1 of 5. Dawn led the way landing five Lake Trout during our 3-hour trip to Dezadeash.

This particular expedition did not go without exerting some effort as the trek to the lake itself required a bit of hiking with all our gear in tow (food, equipment, waders, etc.). As we stood wearing waders in the lake the activity required constant core stabilization to prevent falling into the water, especially if the wind picked up and the waves got bigger. The most physically demanding part was reeling in the fish, especially if it was a big one. Apart from that, if a couple of wannabe anglers like us can catch a fish, I’m pretty sure anybody can.

Lake Dezadeash has been the best fishing experience I have had so far and I’m already thinking about the next time we go back. Lake Dezadeash = pure awesomeness.

Read more about The Secrets of Dezadeash (and other great fishing spots in the Yukon), how to get there, and all the gear you’ll need to fish at this lake by visiting YukonTony’s “Fish On” in the Yukon blog.

Watch our fishing video courtesy of YukonTony. Thank you.

Links:
Yukon Angling Licences (2014-2015)

 

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Push-up for the Philippines

December 2, 2013 in Events, Exercise

We wanted to give a shout out to everyone who got up very early on a Saturday morning to break a sweat and support our fitness fundraiser for the Typhoon Haiyan relief in the Philippines. The incredible amount of destruction the typhoon has caused most certainly deserves, not only ours, but the world’s attention. As the media focuses on other headline-grabbing news of the day (Rob Ford, Black Friday, whatever Miley Cyrus is up to, etc) and as we head into the hustle & bustle of the holiday season, let us not forget the victims of Haiyan. There is still a lot of recovery and healing needing to take place as the people affected by the typhoon try to put their lives, homes, families and hopes back together. If you encounter an opportunity to help, please consider doing what you can to support. If you don’t encounter one, create your own! We’ve been blessed to know many good people who have put forth their own efforts to help, whether its money, clothing, food, or just helping to spread the word of need. Bless your heart. Special thanks to Chris Tsao and Fitness 2000 for their unwavering support.

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Three’s Company at Femsport Vancouver 2013

September 16, 2013 in Events, Exercise, Race

Femsport 2013 - Tire Flip; Photo Credit: Rick MacDonald http://flyintheeye.zenfolio.com

Femsport 2013 – Tire Flip; Photo Credit: Rick MacDonald http://flyintheeye.zenfolio.com

I participated in my second Femsport Women’s Strength & Fitness Challenge on September 7, 2013 in North Vancouver. I competed in the open division having previously competed in the novice division (first time competitors only) in 2012. While last year’s experience was nothing short of special and memorable, my overall experience and performance this year was markedly different than last…

First off, I competed both as an individual and as part of a team this year. My 3 person team was formed about 2 weeks prior to the event so I must give kudos to my teammates Michelle and Jessica for enthusiastically entering the open division with me considering they have never done this before. On top of that, they did very well in every event. I really enjoyed the camaraderie that comes with being part of a team. In addition, my younger sister, May, and friend, Mary, decided to enter the (novice) competition as well. Together, we supported and cheered each other on along with the many other competitors who were giving it their all.

With a better idea of what I needed to improve on from last year, I focused on establishing goals for each particular event. For example, I wanted to do the the (50) box jumps in 47 seconds or less and I set the bar real low for the obstacle course by simply establishing a goal of not falling or tripping on the course (I stumbled 3 times last year).

The challenges on event day started with the tire pull, kettlebell lift, box jumps, tire flip and obstacle course. Inverted rows and the car push were not included in Femsport Vancouver this year. While tire flipping (flipping a 270 lbs. tire six times) was my most challenging event of the day, it was also the most rewarding and enjoyable.

After the final event was completed, I was filled with a strong sense of pride and accomplishment to have achieved my personal best in all of the events with a relatively sound mind, as I was a nervous wreck the previous year. Placing 2nd place overall in the individuals open division and 3rd place in the team category was just the icing on the cake. Click here for the final results.

I was thrilled to have my daughters in the crowd to cheer me one for the final event, the obstacle course. When I asked my 2 year old what she remembered from the event, this is exactly what she said, “When you roll through the wheel; that my favourite part. Then you run, run, run and put the stick in.” and then she gave me a big kiss :). I hope that one day, my daughters will recognize that I did this event (among other things) not only for myself, but also for them. I hope to be for them, what my mother and many inspiring women have been for me.

The supportive and empowering atmosphere that surrounds Femsport and the athletes within it has inspired me, and many other women, to continue to strive towards personal bests, have fun, and support those who want to do the same.

Tire Pull:

Kettlebell Liftt:

Box Jumps:

Tire Flip:

Obstacle Course:

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Just Dance

February 27, 2013 in Dancing, Exercise

When we’re at home and looking for something to do that will get us and the kids moving…we just dance!

You may remember that Malaya loves to get moving to Beyonce’s ‘Move Your Body’, 

and we all know how Mahal gets down to Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Call Me Maybe’.

I’m afraid to say that these days the girls are into their boy bands and biebers.

This past Christmas, we received Just Dance 4 (Nintendo Wii edition) as a gift and although the game was intended for Dawn and I, the children have clearly taken a liking to it and if there was one video game I would let them play, it is this one. 

The authorities recommend 180 minutes of physical activity per day for children in their younger years and probably don’t recommend that it be done through video games like Just Dance. Active video games like this are no substitute for playing outside but when it’s cold, wet and dark out, you gotta find something to do at home. We find it is a great supplement to all the other activity we do and a lot of fun too.

Even as adults, we find that the game is a great way to get your heart rate up (assuming that you actually dance the dance). Dawn and I find often find ourselves sweating and out of breath when dancing to some of the songs (eg. Tribal Dance, We No Speak Americano, Superstition). Check out this test done by the University of Toronto’s kinesiology centre to determine whether there are health and exercise benefits to playing this game. Keep in mind, the guy in the video has nothing on the kineticfamily girls when it comes to dancing!

Despite all the Bieber, One Direction, Beyonce & Carly Raes the kids listen to, they are still down with the hip hop. When I saw Blackalicious in concert at Richards on Richards nightclub in Vancouver when I was in college, never did I imagine I’d be watching them again in concert 10 years later with my little daughters! Here’s a clip of the Gift of Gab spittin’ some Alphabet Aerobics at the YoGabbaGabba Live! show.

Thanks Yo Gabba Gabba!

Now, go dance!

 

 

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Learn How To Do Burpees from a 4 Year Old

October 2, 2012 in Exercise

The burpee is regarded by many as one of the most highly effective exercises you can do. It’s perfect if you’re short on time or space and want to fit in a quick and effective workout. It’s a full body exercise that doesn’t require any equipment and works your core, legs, butt, back, abs, arms, chest and cardiovascular fitness.

It’s so simple, even a 4 year old can do it. In this video, Malaya & Mahal will take you through the simple steps of how to do a burpee.

There are dozens of burpee variations you can do to make it more challenging, depending on your fitness level. Dawn will show you some variations you can try.

Try challenging yourself by seeing how many burpees you can do in one minute, or set a goal of doing x number of burpees and time yourself. See if you can beat your time on your next workout. A popular challenge is seeing how long it takes you to do 100 burpees without taking any long rest breaks.

Go ahead and try it. Post your results in the comments.

Have fun!