10 Rules of Gym Etiquette

January 13, 2017 • Written by

The new year is upon us and getting in shape is often high on the list of new years resolutions. Make sure you’re not the one who’s turning heads for all the wrong reasons by following some simple rules of gym etiquette. RRC Recreation Services has put some tips together to help everyone have a good experience. Read More →

What’s love got to do with it? Getting started on being active

December 30, 2016 • Written by

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.       Read More →

30 things to stop doing to yourself

December 16, 2016 • Written by

I 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. Read More →

Exam and Holiday Stress: 7 Stretches You Can do at Your Desk.

December 9, 2016 • Written by

It is December and the stress of exams and the holidays can take its toll.  The day can get by without noticing how long we’ve been sitting. From the breakfast table at home, driving in the car, to sitting at the desk, our bodies spend a lot of time seated and are not designed for this.

stretchSitting for too long can cause muscle imbalances where it can cause weak and tight muscles. Our backs suffer from weak abdominal muscles giving the back poor support and the forward pull of gravity to flex it forward. With so many ailments today of tight hamstrings and lower back pain we need find some balance to being seated so much in today’s culture.

Here are seven stretches that can be done at your desk and don’t draw too much attention to you for doing them. They take only few minutes and doing them a couple of times a day can dramatically change how you feel. Start with going through them once then take a break and go back to what you were doing. As you become more comfortable you can repeat them and do a couple of sets to get a longer lasting response from the body. Enjoy.

Mario De Negri

Fitness Coordinator at RRC


The Awesome Workout-Part One of the Rebels Rec Home Work Out Series

November 25, 2016 • Written by

With winter upon, our thoughts turn to indoor activities. With the stress of exams and holidays right around the corner make sure you take some time to look after you.  Taking a few minutes each day will help combat the stress and make the season more enjoyable.  Even though we are inside more than we like, no reason why cannot continue to exercise and be active. Rec Services has asked each of our fantastic fitness instructors to provide an exercise routine that anyone can do by themselves in the gym or at home. First up is Cameron:

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Lunch and Learn Workshops at Roblin Centre!

January 14, 2016 • Written by

Tired College Student Girl Studying For University Exam WorriedAs a student, college is incredibly busy! This lunch and learn series will bring students together to share challenges and develop ways of managing successfully! Over these five weeks, we will discuss issues such as work/school/life balance, coping with stress & anxiety, dealing effectively with emotions, “being well” in a relationship, and developing communication skills.

Bring your lunch, gain mutual support and learn healthy ways to have a meaningful experience at Red River College.

All sessions are free and located in room P310 from Noon to 12:50 at the Roblin Centre. Drop by with your lunch and an open mind!

  • When:   Workshops are every Tuesday
  • Time: 12 Noon – 12:50 p.m.
  • Location: P310 at the Roblin Centre


  • January 12 – Balancing Everyday Life and College
  • January 19 – Effectively Coping with Stress and Anxiety
  • January 26 – Dealing Effectively with Emotions
  • February 2 – Being Well in Relationships
  • February 9 – Developing Communication Skills

The Ways of Gratitude

January 2, 2015 • Written by

By Mario De Negri, Fitness Coordinator for Athletics and Recreation Services


I’d like to take a few blogs and talk about ways to achieve gratitude. If you were at the “Say YES to Everything” talk we spoke briefly about how this applies to the work of acceptance. Gratitude is a very selfless state. Different actions can be ways to gratitude but we are ultimately looking to be living the state. When we exercise these actions they strengthen us to see things that we might not be seeing given we’ve choose to block them or not be aware of them. These actions when practiced on a regular basis start to become the new “normal” and within this state we see things the way they are and that becomes more frequent.  

Seeing things for the way they are makes it feel difficult to be grateful. How can I be grateful when my girlfriend dumps me, or when my friend doesn’t seem to have to work as hard as me to make more money? All of this can be true only if we resist seeing the real picture. I’m not saying these things don’t make happy feelings but what I’m saying is that with practice of gratitude when these things happen we are better equipped to manage these feelings.

Avoiding comparison is a tough one because we are programmed to want to keep up with the Jones’s. That if we don’t happen to have what others have then we are somehow less worthy of receiving. This is very dangerous as this thought process is the very reason we are not receiving abundance. Being able to not compare ourselves leaves us open to focus on the things we do have. This will lead us to more gratitude. I know I want the car with heated seats but if my suffering is coming from a place because someone else has what I want then I am the one who suffers not them. Instead being grateful I own a car at all, or even that I am lucky to know someone who can have a car with heated seats invites more happiness and lets the world unfold for me without my resisting or trying. So by comparing ourselves to others only limits us from our true greatness. When we can accept ourselves for who and where we are then the gates of gratitude will open.

Appreciation is also another action to achieve gratitude. When we appreciate the space we are in presently then we invite more joy into our lives. If we harbour resentment to our situation it will continue us on a path of suffering. It is easy to reject the cold winter, to spend a whole season living for the spring to come without any appreciation for the now. It takes discipline to find appreciation for where we are at. I appreciate the winter as it gives me more cuddle time with my friends and loved ones. I appreciate that the trees can be at such ease, almost unaffected by the cold. I appreciate I can walk freely in the sun without fear of my personal safety or how quiet and calm the winter can be. There are many opportunities to feel appreciation but we must discipline ourselves to the reality of life.

Another thing we can do for gratitude is care for my body. This again is an easy one to neglect as we take it for granted. We expect it to walk and move and breath and heal for us but we so seldom give anything back. We must look at our body as a relationship much like another person and treat it with the same love we want to receive from others. We cannot be in happy relationships if we never do our part to create a feeling of being grateful. We tend to be the worse towards ourselves over everything else. So taking some time to care for my body, with some gentle loving, stretching, and moving, feeding it well will lead to gratitude. When we care for our bodies it will care for us. This is the universal principal to happiness when it becomes a cycle state of constant giving and receiving. We must first be willing to give and be willing to receive.

Try out some of these and just keep them in mind, or write them down on post notes to thank-youleave on a mirror or stove. Do not judge yourself if you forget or move into a state of ungrateful. Just watch it and when you see it gently make the change. Play with it and leave it everywhere so you are consistently reminded of why you can be grateful.




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Get a Grip This Winter with Winter Tires

December 5, 2014 • Written by

Q: Should I purchase a set of winter tires if I plan to drive in Winnipeg this winter?

A: Experts say “yes”. Winter tires, also known as snow tires are designed for winter conditions below 7°C. They are made of a rubber compound that is softer than other tires and therefore flexes better in cold temperatures. By comparison, all-season are not as effective as winter tires or “all-weather tires”, because they use a harder rubber compound that doesn’t work as well in lower temperatures. Also, winter tires have special treads and more sipes (slits) to increase traction in snow.


Q: Do I need to buy four winter tires or only two?

A: Experts advise drivers to always install winter tires as a set of four as only two winter tires (either front or back) will adversely affect the way the car handles. Most people mount their winter tires on a separate set of wheels because changing over a set of wheels twice a year is easier and faster than changing the tires themselves.

Q: How do I know which tires are winter tires?

A: In Canada, a 3PMSF (Three Peak Mountain Snowflake) symbol on the tire means that the tires meet specific snow traction performance requirements and have been designed specifically for use in severe snow conditions.


Q: What about air pressure in my winter tires?

A: Check the air pressure in your winter tires frequently during the winter months as tire pressure drops as temperatures fall.


Extra facts:

  • Winter tires are mandatory in the province of Quebec from December 15 – March 15.
  • Manitoba Public Insurance has a Winter Tire Program that provides low interest financing which can be used for the purchase of qualifying winter tires and associated costs. Find out more.⇒

Sources: – Advice for Owners

Wikipedia – Snow tire

Transport Canada – Motor Vehicle Safety

Appropriate Halloween Costumes

October 29, 2014 • Written by

A friendly reminder from RRC’s Security Services team:

With Halloween this week many staff and students will chose to wear costumes, to get into the Halloween sprit, at many of our campuses.  While it is fun to get into the spirit of the occasion, it is important to remember that costumes must NOT include weapons of any kind, and that includes replica’s and toy weapons.

Accessories which represent firearms of any kind, including pistols, rifles, and shotguns, are not allowed on College property.  In addition, any other weapons such as swords, knives, hatchets, explosives, etc, including toy models, are not allowed.

It is important to exercise common sense when choosing a Halloween costume to wear on a College Campus.

Have a safe and fun time this Halloween season!

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