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Why Running Should Be Part of Your Boxing Regime | By: Jo-Anne Sheffield

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Jo-Anne Sheffield: Running for my physical and mental health

Why Running Should Be Part of Your Boxing Regime | By: Jo-Anne Sheffield


Humans are built to run. As hunters we survived by running to catch our prey and biomechanically, we are built to run. Just look at the shape of our feet, bodies, spine and our ability to sweat making us able to run long distances.

There are many physical benefits to running like improved cardiovascular output, building muscular strength, burning calories and with-it fat, but for me, the benefits are more mental. You see, when we run our brain releases a chemical called endorphins which helps our nervous system cope with pain and stress. And after running long distances some people (me included) have a ‘runners high’. It has also been proven that running can improve your mind at any age and fight age-related cognitive decline plus spending just 30 minutes on a treadmill is enough to lift the mood of someone suffering from major depressive disorder, according to a study published in the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

There are many ways to add running to your fitness regime, especially if you’re a boxer. Just think Rocky. He didn’t walk up those stairs in Philadelphia he ran them, over and over again.

Run-Walk Method

If you’re new to running, it’s best to start with a run/walk plan. This method was created by US Olympian Jeff Galloway and the concept is to not walk when you feel tired but to take a short break and then stay at the same pace throughout the run.

Ideally you want to start running longer and walking less. This is an effective way to start getting your cardiovascular output up without leaving you winded and discouraged.

Improving Run Performance

If you’re already a runner and want to improve your pace or distance, consider finding a run coach or online plan to help guide you through the process and set realistic goals. There are also run groups if you need the comradery and accountability of group to push you to the next level.

Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss running or any cardio/fitness related topics.

Jo


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Jo-Anne Sheffield | High Performance Instructor | Personal Trainer

Jo-Anne is a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor who brings a commitment to health and fitness, combined with enthusiasm and experience to create fun, high energy and athletic classes.

An avid runner and marathoner Jo-Anne believes cross training is an important part of developing overall fitness and her classes are designed to strengthen muscles, maintain a strong core, increase cardiovascular output and promote flexibility.

Jo-Anne’s moto is “Just keep moving” and while she has run many races she is particularly proud of her two Boston marathon finishes.

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JENNIFER HUGGINS | NOTABLE YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR

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Jennifer Huggins: Notable Young Entrepreneur

Photographed by Dan Lim (http://danlimphoto.com) Image: Jennifer Huggins (Kingsway Boxing Club).
Photographed by Dan Lim (http://danlimphoto.com) Image: Jennifer Huggins (Kingsway Boxing Club).

Fight To End Cancer is proud to announce that its Founder & Executive Director, Jennifer Huggins, was recently featured on Notable.ca’s prestigious “Notable Young Entrepreneur” list.

Being featured on this list is an incredible opportunity for young professionals, both here in Toronto and nationally across Canada!

This bestowed recognition of Jennifer’s hard work by Notable.ca for being a driven, entrepreneurial force in the philanthropic and professional sports industries, is a true honour for her and Fight To End Cancer, as a whole.

Congratulations Jennifer! Very well deserved.

You can read her interview with Notable.ca below:


1. Describe what you do in less than 140 characters. Go.

CEO, Founder and Serial Entrepreneur. Gym Owner, Boxing Referee, Director. All titles help describe what I do for work – barely touching on what I hope to achieve.


2. What was the inspiration for your career route?

My peers, community and mentors are constantly inspiring me. My career has been heavily influenced by my life in the sport of Olympic boxing. However, it was where I started as a competitive figure skater that inspired me the most and developed my competitive drive.


3. What is the most memorable milestone in your career so far?

The most memorable milestone in my career to date happened only last month. I was selected to work two back-to-back Olympic boxing tournaments – the European Championships in Bulgaria and the American Continental Championships in Venezuela. Both of these tournaments served as qualifiers for the World Championships, which are the qualifier for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Another memorable milestone that ties in very closely to these tournaments was the accomplishment of working in Taipei earlier this year at the Women’s World Championships. What made this milestone so special was the fact that I managed to be halfway across the world while my team was home in Toronto executing the official media day for my annual fundraiser, Fight To End Cancer. This was the first time in my career that I was able to plan and delegate successfully with the outcome being such a positive experience for all who were involved.


4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years?

Somewhere… Anywhere… Everywhere – hopefully in that order! Many entrepreneurs would agree that a question like this is very difficult to answer. Our success, ambitions and, sometimes, happiness is heavily hinged on the ever-changing world around us. Five years can be a generation – 10 years a lifetime – 20 years a blessing. I guess if I had to make a prediction, or even just a wish, I will hopefully be working with the youth of the community inspiring change, encouraging community involvement, and trying to have a positive impact on the world we leave for future generations to come.


5. Do you have any advice for other young professionals?

Focus on achieving your goals, but don’t put on the blinders. Personal success is defined by your ability to appreciate the impact of your accomplishments. It is important to take a step back to be inspired by yourself more than the approval of those around you. This has always been my recipe to muster up the energy when things get tough… and things will get tough at times!


6. Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is it (or they) important to you?

I support the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation through my annual gala fundraiser, Fight To End Cancer. This foundation means so much to me personally, to my close friends and family, and to the future of the world we live in. It is important to support those who help make an impact, not only in the present but also for the future. The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is making a difference now and has made it their mission to create a brighter, cancer-free future.

Photographed by Vincent Dayrit (http://www.dayritphotography.ca)
Photographed by Vincent Dayrit (http://www.dayritphotography.ca)

7. What does the word notable mean to you?

Interesting to someone – maybe many people. Worth taking note of.


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1. Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?

“Mom and Pop” diners anywhere around the city. I love feeling nostalgic while taking in the warm company of people who live, breath and literally eat what they believe in.

2. What’s the most visited website on your Internet browser?

Google.

3. Who’s one person you think everyone should be following on social media?

Muhammad Ali.

4. What’s your favourite cocktail?

Rye and Ginger.

5. What gives you the greatest FOMO?

My greatest FOMO comes from good weather. Looking out the window on a beautiful day from my office can be a harsh reminder of other important things in life that I may be missing out on. Sacrifice, many times, includes things that are within reach.

6. What would be your last meal? And don’t hold back…

A starter of curry butternut squash soup with sour cream mixed on top with green onion garnish; lamb chops, medium rare, with gnocchi and some sort of gravy with a red wine base; finishing with the biggest ice cream sundae that has every topping (except for nuts because I’m allergic and that would definitely make it my last meal!)

7. What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

eBay Junky – when I can’t sleep, or sometimes it’s the catalyst to my insomnia, I like to buy ridiculously awesome items that cost less than $2 with free shipping from eBay!


Link to article:
http://notable.ca/jennifer-huggins-todays-notable-young-entrepreneur/

FIGHTING CANCER IN THE 2015 PAN AM GAMES


pan para logoThe month of July was an exciting time for the City of Toronto by successfully hosting the 2015 Pan American Games (not to mention the ParaPan Am Games about to begin this week). Toronto proudly accommodated thousands of athletes, coaches, families and supporters from 41 countries internationally.

For many Torontonians, it was a hard decision on which sport to focus on and who to cheer for, as there were so many to choose from. However, for the team at Fight To End Cancer – boxing was our “Main Event”. The sport of boxing remains the headlining entertainment at our annual gala fundraiser in support of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation; however, it was especially highlighted upon at our 2015 edition that took place this year on May 30th.

Our friend, Mandy Bujold, attended Fight To End Cancer 2015 as a special guest and presented an award to our Co-Main Event, which featured two of our female corporate fighters, Erica McMaster and Paige Cunningham. In addition to presenting the award, Bujold took a moment to talk to our guests about her experiences as a female in boxing and the journey she has embarked on towards competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was a truly inspirational moment for the many men and women in attendance at our gala that will hopefully encourage some to take a stronger interest in the sport that she has devoted her life to for over a decade.

51kg Women's Elite Boxing GOLD Medalist posing with Abbey after her fight in the Pan Am Games. Abbey's Mom Dawn Ramsey-Brown fought in the 2014 Fight To End Cancer.
51kg Women’s Elite Boxing GOLD Medalist Mandy Bujold posing with Abbey after her fight in the 2015 Pan Am Games. Abbey’s mom, Dawn Ramsey-Brown, fought in the 2014 Fight To End Cancer.

With an already impressive amateur-boxing resume and a passion and drive to fight in the Olympics, Bujold managed to recently add a major new notch to her belt after capturing the Women’s Elite 51kg GOLD medal for Canada, at this years’ 2015 Pan Am Games.

We would like to send a huge congratulations to Mandy and all of our incredible Team Canada athletes, who continue to inspire greatness! Fight To End Cancer would also like to send a special shout-out to the Boxing Canada team for bringing in 3 GOLD and 3 BRONZE medals! It is these athletes who continue to inspire our corporate, amateur fighters to train to become true boxers, before stepping into our ring to take part in the fight to end cancer.


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When the winner of the 51kg Women's Elite GOLD medalist was announced - Mandy Bujold
When the winner of the 51kg Women’s Elite GOLD medalist was announced – Mandy Bujold

The gold medalists for boxing in the 2015 Pan Am Games Left to Right: Arthur Biyarslanov (64 kg) - Mandy Bujold (51kg) - Caroline Veyre (60kg)
The gold medalists for boxing in the 2015 Pan Am Games
Left to Right: Arthur Biyarslanov (64 kg) – Mandy Bujold (51kg) – Caroline Veyre (60kg)