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Fun, Live, and Move: Fitness is for Everyone!

A few posts ago I mentioned that one of the exciting things about my new job is meeting my wonderful new colleagues in the College of Arts at Guelph and finding out what they’re up to, where they’ve come from, and what they’re passionate about. See here. But because it’s me, I’m exploring a bit more broadly than that. I’m meeting a new physiotherapist. Hi Jeanette! And a new personal trainer too. Hi Meg!

Meg’s got a lot of cool things going on in her life. And she’s an amazing personal trainer. She works for the university fitness centre part-time but is also pretty busy parenting. When we’re at the gym, we’re doing lots of fun leg things that don’t hurt my knee. Thanks Meg!

She’s also got a special interest in working with clients with disabilities. One of her projects–currently on pause–but I am blogging about it because it’s so cool is called “Foov.” It’s an app for the iPad that makes moving fun. You can read about it more on their Facebook page. While the project is still under development you can download the free app from the iTunes store.

Here’s a description: “The special needs community has been taken with the iPad for learning and intellectual development. Sylvie and Meg, co-founders of Foov Fitness, combined their expertise in e-learning design and fitness to create Foov’s first life-script based workout for the intellectually disabled. When interacting with “FOOV at the Ballpark” participants don’t just passively watch the iPad, tap and swipe at it, they experience and learn the life-script of going to a baseball game at Wrigley Field, and move with the device through a complete workout program. Meet the founders, Sylvie and Meg, and their partners in this venture: Brian from NogginLabs and Harriet from the Center for Enriched Living in Riverwood.”

Go watch the video!

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