30 things to stop doing to yourself

June 5, 2014

stop-signI came across this blog when I was feeling a fair bit of turbulence in my life. I personally was doing great. Everything was in line, I was working at my best, and being my best self which warrants recognition as that’s something I have failed to do in my past, and can image others feeling something similar in their lives. This was affecting my life from the outside and I had the choice to sit there and take it or stand up and step to the side. I had made some tough decisions to try to keep myself on a healthy path but I couldn’t help shake the pain in my heart. Sometimes clarity of the mind doesn’t mean you’ll find peace in the heart right away. Sometimes the aches in the heart are real but just growing pains we must endure for our own personal growth as a person. Every time I look back at times this has been true I can feel peace in my heart now, but wasn’t so in the moment at that time. This blog brings to lights some of those tough self-questions we need to be asking ourselves to see if we are on our true path. So many of the points highlight quite directly some of the fears about myself I had to face and to accept if I was to move forward on my path. Hopefully they can bring some insight onto you as they have re-affirmed in mine.

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Mario De Negri

Fitness Coordinator

Spring tune up

May 20, 2014

We never hesitate to spend on vehicle maintenance, from new brakes to oil changes to tunes ups we invest money in our cars every day, month and year.  Yet when we talk about investing in the most important vehicle we own, our body, we hesitate.  Gym memberships are a luxury, and forget about personal training sessions.  Our bodies carry us through life all day – every day.  How we go through life in our body vehicle depends on how well we maintain it. Don’t hesitate – invest in your body.

Bring your body in for a spring tune up and get in top running condition in time for summer. Recreation Services here on campus offers a number of different options from imagespersonal training to lifestyle assessments. Sign up as an individual or with a partner and let us help you get on track to a healthier active lifestyle.

No matter what your age or fitness level, everyone can benefit from a personal trainer at one time or another. Working with a personal trainer, you can achieve your fitness goals – goals as modest as touching your toes again or as ambitious as preparing for a marathon. Each of us is unique; we all have different goals, ambitions and desires. A personal trainer can help you attain your aspirations – how?  Your personal trainer will:

-Assess your current level of fitness

-Listen to you and your goals and then;

-Devise a personal training program to achieve these goals in a safe environment,

-Educate you about the fundamentals as well as the proper and safe use of all the equipment.

-Organize your training sessions according to your schedule

-Continue to encourage and motivate you through creative and fun exercise programming

Life just seems much easier when you are active – and it’s not just the body that benefits from exercise. Exercise triggers chemical changes in the brain that can have a powerful and positive effect on mental health. The ability to deal with the daily demands of hard work and play more effectively is one of the most underestimated side effects of fitness – and one of the best!




Stephanie Morris: Another Top Recruit for Rebels Women’s Soccer

May 12, 2014

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Red River College Women’s Soccer is pleased to announce the commitment of Stephanie Morris for the 2014 MCAC season.  Stephanie played her youth soccer with South End United Premier and Regional teams where she contributed to 3 League Championships.  She graduated from Vincent Massey Collegiate in 2009 where she also played high school soccer for three years.  Stephanie is now in her third year with the Titans in the WWSL where she is a co-Captain.

Stephanie plays Wing and Midfield.  “Stephanie is an experienced player who is looking forward to competing in the MCAC.  With her senior clubs she has always been a steady goal scorer and I look for her to make a similar contribution for our team,” says Head Coach Doug Lawrie.

After high school Stephanie attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree majoring in Graphic Design in 2013.   Stephanie will be enrolling in the Digital Media Design program at RRC.

Rebels Add New Recruit for Women’s Basketball

May 12, 2014

susie wbballRebel Women’s Basketball head coach Jae Pangilinan has announced the commitment of local recruit Susanna Namgung for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

Namgung was a member of Team Manitoba at last summer’s Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec and has been a member of our Manitoba Provincial Teams U14 – U17.  She also played this past April in the 2014 Graduating All-Star Game.

“I first saw Susie play 3 years ago when she was in grade 10 in an alI-star game, the following year she was already a Winnipeg Sun Top Ten Player.  She stood out then and has always been a player I knew I would recruit.  I truly believe she’s a top three recruit this year that has gone unnoticed.  She is a scoring point guard who doesn’t need a lot of touches to score.  She is a complete guard who can affect the game offensively and defensively, with or without the ball, on offence or on defence, because of her great basketball instincts.

I have had a chance to coach her after her last high school game and am pleasantly surprised how extremely hard working, coachable, and reliable she is. Her quickness, shooting touch, determination along with her great court awareness will allow her to fit in very well with how we play. The Rebel Basketball Program is very excited that Susanna will be joining our Team in Sept. 2014”, said Rebel head coach Jae Pangilinan.

Another Top Recruit for Rebels Women’s Soccer

April 17, 2014

D  WellmanRed River College Women’s Soccer is pleased to announce the commitment of Deidra Wellman for the 2014 MCAC season.  Deidra played all of her youth soccer in Fort McMurray, AB with the Fury select program and won a Provincial championship at U-14.  She graduated from Father Patrick Mercredi HS in 2013 and was a member of the high school’s soccer academy for three years.  In Grade 12 her HS won the city championship.  After HS she played one year of college soccer at Keyano College in the ACAC.  She was awarded Rookie of the Year at Keyano College.

Deidra plays right fullback and wing.  “Deidra comes to us with a strong endorsement from her former coach who describes Deidra as, ‘… great from the right side with plenty of power to play attacking balls out of the back,’ “ says Head Coach Doug Lawrie.  Deidra has also committed to play with Wolves United in Division 1 of the WWSL.

Deidra will be enrolling in Anatomy and Physiology pre-requisite courses leading towards an MRI and Spectroscopy Technology diploma.

What’s love got to do with it?

April 17, 2014

For many people exercise presents a special set of challenges. Here’s a realistic guide for getting started and not getting discouraged.

What’s love got to do with it? When it comes to fitness, in the end, love is all that matters. Exercising in public when you’re out of shape can be an emotionally bruising experience. Huffing and puffing to keep up, you feel inadequate and self-conscious, hating every moment you spend on the treadmill or pacing the track. Maybe you’re trying to tell yourself something.

One of the most common mistakes people make when starting to exercise is trying an exercise program that doesn’t suit them or was designed for someone else. People make the decision that they are going to “Do it right”, they join a health club and get a program and commit to working out four times a week. Most people taking this approach fail and failing makes them even more disheartened. What they don’t realize is that it was the wrong approach.

The first goal is to increase your physical activity and not to punish yourself for being out of shape. Begin by recognizing the benefits of diversity and explore the many options open to you and your individual interests. images-1

Learn to dancetake up a martial art, learn to swimdig a gardentake up wall climbingfind a tennis partner. What’s important is to find something that you enjoy and works for your lifestyle.  Recreation Services on campus offers a wide variety of different programs that will help get you active.  Visit our website at http://blogs.rrc.ca/rebels/ for a complete listing of classes and start dates.

Regardless of what shape you are in, you can derive tremendous benefit from physical activity. Research indicates that exercise can reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease, for example, and can mitigate the effects of stress and depression.

For most people beginning an exercise program, the biggest considerations is losing weight and this in turn can also be the biggest emotional hurdle. An exercise program may or may not lead to weight loss, but it definitely will lead to an improvement in physical, metabolic and emotional fitness. When we learn to let go of ‘losing weight’ as the main goal of fitness training it frees us to focus on the real benefits and achievable goals of exercising.


In their eagerness to get started, the non-active people frequently fall into a pattern of error, which can sabotage the project before it gets off the ground.

Common mistakes are excising too hard and exercising too easy. There are those who try to get started with an exercise program, fling themselves at it only to get exhausted, injured, and realize few improvements in their health and fitness: they try to exercise too hard. Conversely, there are those who spend plenty of time exercising but don’t get their heart rate up enough to realize the benefits they are seeking.

Don’t swim laps just because someone says it’s an ideal exercise even though you hate it. Learn to ballroom dance, fence, ice skate, or snowboard.  Join a sports team.  Many leagues let you sign up as an individual with a free agent team or as team with a group of friends. This type of social(yet physical) activity could be just the thing to get you kick started on the road to a healthy active lifestyle.

Your Options:

  • Find your starting point. Do some fitness tests to see where you are now.
  • Forget the fat. Reprogram your thinking to focus on fitness not fatness.
  • Find fitness goals. Learn about physical and emotional fitness and why these should be your goals. A rounded exercise program takes all goals into consideration and gives you training in all elements of fitness.

The main determinant of whether an exercise program is successful is how hard it is in relation to your current level of fitness. No program will get results unless you stick to it, which is why you have to find an activity you love. One of the main reasons for people not sticking to their exercise plans is lack of time, so don’t waste time with an exercise program that might not work for you. Tailor your program to your fitness level and unique emotional, and physical characteristics and you will be sure to achieve your goals.

Three More Recruits for Rebels Women’s Soccer

April 14, 2014


Red River College Women’s Soccer is pleased to announce the commitment of Megan Castro for the 2014 MCAC season.  Megan graduated from Sisler HS in 2012.  In high school Megan was an Honour Roll student from Grades 10-12.  Megan played her youth soccer with FCNW Premier, helping her teams reach the MSA Cup finals twice.  As a youth Megan trained with the CSA RTC for two years and trained at the CSSE Academy for 10 years.  After youth Megan played one year of NCAA Div II at Bemidji State University, MN.  While at Bemidji her contributions on the field were recognized with the Newcomer of the Year 2012-13 award, and selection to the NSIC All-Conference Team.  In 2013 she chose to return to Canada and red-shirted with the UofM Bisons for one year.  Megan currently plays senior soccer with the CSSE Impact in the 1st Division of the WWSL.

Megan plays centre-midfield and centre-back.  “I’m very pleased that Megan has chosen to make a commitment to our program,” says Head Coach Doug Lawrie, “Megan has received tremendous training under Chico’s tutelage at CSSE Academy, and brings two years of post-secondary experience to our team.”

Megan will be entering the Manufacturing Computer Aided Drafting program at RRC.

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Red River College Women’s Soccer is pleased to announce the commitment of Melony Dittbrenner for the 2014 MCAC season.  Melony played youth soccer in Beausejour, MB where she captained her community club team.  She graduated from Ecole Edward Schreyer High School in 2013.  She was the high school soccer team’s Captain for three years running, and led her team to win the District Championships four times and attended Provincials twice.  In Grade 11 she was named Athlete of the Year.  Melony will be playing her senior soccer with her hometown Beausejour Winded of the WWSL.

Melony plays left Wing.  “I’m very pleased to have Melanie join us.  She clearly has leadership skills that are very valuable to any team”, says Head Coach Doug Lawrie,  “she is naturally left footed with a good cross so will improve that dimension of our attacking game”.  

Melanie is currently enrolled in the Business Administration program at RRC and maintaining a 4.0 GPA.  After graduation she plans to transfer to the UofM Asper School of Business and complete her degree.

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Red River College Women’s Soccer is pleased to announce the commitment of Karla Henuset for the 2014 MCAC season.  Karla played youth soccer in the South End United Premier program.  In 2010 she helped her team win the MSA Cup and represented Manitoba at the CSA Club National Championships.

 Karla graduated from Sanford Collegiate in 2013.  She played with her high school team for three years and was selected as the team MVP one year.  On graduation Karla won the Red River Partners in Education scholarship.

Karla plays forward or midfield.  “Karla’s experience with high level soccer will be a  tremendous asset to our team,” says Head Coach Doug Lawrie, “I look for her to be strong combining with teammates to create offensive opportunities and finishing on them.”

Karla is currently enrolled in the Business Administration program at RRC.  She plans to major in Marketing in her second year of the program.

Soccer Training Camp/Tryouts Dates for 2014 Fall Season

April 14, 2014

Men’s and Women’s Varsity Soccer Training Camp/Tryouts for 2014 Fall Season 

Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday starting Monday 11 August until Thursday 28 August.  All sessions are at 5:00 – 6:30 pm at the RRC Soccer fields NDC.

All interested players should contact Head Coaches:

Women’s Soccer – Doug Lawrie 204-832-8452 dlawrie@mymts.net

Men’s Soccer – Jordan Goetting 204-218-0325 jnjsoccerfundamentals@gmail.com

New Recruit for Rebels Women’s Soccer

April 11, 2014

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Red River College Women’s Soccer is pleased to announce the commitment of Brittany Hogeveen for the 2014 MCAC season.  Brittany played youth soccer with Park City CC where she helped her team win the WYSA City Championship twice.  She graduated from Calvin Christian Collegiate in 2012, where she also played on her high school soccer team.  Brittany has also committed to play with the Pirates in the 2nd Division of the WWSL.  Brittany plays Central Defense.  In her first year of senior women’s soccer she was instrumental in helping her team make a significant improvement in their season GA totals, and a strong move up the standings.

 “Brittany’s coach in her first year of senior women’s soccer speaks very highly of her character and skill and determination on the field.  I am very pleased to have the commitment of a player with these qualities in such a critical position on the field”, says Head Coach Doug Lawrie,  “players with Brittany’s positive attitude are crucial to a team’s success, both on and off the field”.

 Brittany will be entering the Nursing program at RRC.