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About tracygagnon

Tracy’s life-long passions have intertwined to create an interesting career. Since childhood, Tracy has loved writing, public speaking and fitness. She graduated from Carleton University’s School of Journalism in 1986. Since that time, she has written for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, created and written several newsletters, written award-winning technical manuals, as well as marketing materials, reference check reports, proposals and other materials. She has written for all levels of government, private industry and the not-for-profit sector on a variety of subjects. Throughout her life, Tracy has also found herself publicly presenting various types of information—from teaching small children to swim and adult fitness classes to presenting communication seminars and creative speeches (through Toastmasters International). In order to pull all her interests together, she created Inward Journeys in 1994. Her purpose was to help individuals and groups draw out their potential. She wrote programs on communication, teamwork, self-esteem and motivation. Each program was interactive and very often had a physical element to help participants internalize key points. Some of her experiential team adventures included: rock climbing, whitewater rafting, sailing and dogsledding. The final thread from childhood was a love of fitness, which was already manifest from the days of Participaction and flexed arm hangs (yuk!) to Inward Journeys and finally onto a new challenge at Carleton University. At 42 she became a fitness instructor at Carleton U—a dream she had had since she was 16! Eventually she was offered a full time contract position, where was able to finally put all of her skills to work as a writer, presenter and fitness enthusiast. She created the Fitness Now newsletter, the To Your Health blog, and taught fitness classes to people from all walks of life. After a year and a half, however, her contract wasn’t renewed and it was time to move on to a new adventure. Her passions have never dimmed and because of that Tracy has created a new fitness blog called Along the Fitness Trail. Please join her on her new adventure.

Travelling? Bands Are It!

 Hi All! OK, I know, a lot of people don’t love using bands. But when you see the effect of this routine from Prevention Magazine, maybe you’ll change your mind! I love it most because it’s portable, which means when … Continue reading

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Tricking or Treating?

Hello All Creepy Critters (et al)! Tis another season of tricking and treating. Witch are you doing ghoulfriends and boilfriends? And I don’t mean the lizard you mean to put into Aunt Martha’s apron pocket or the soaping you intend … Continue reading

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EdgeWalk, Follow Me and Other Updates

Hi All! If you missed it, my story on EdgeWalk in Toronto made it’s debute in the Friday version of the Ottawa Citizen’s The Wrap (click on Wrap Oct5 p1 at the end of this post and scroll down). AND, equally exciting, … Continue reading

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Frolicking in the Fall!

Hello Everyone! Yesterday I forced myself to go for a run. I mean, I had to force myself kicking and screaming!! I pulled on my running pants, sports bra, and long sleeve running top. NO!! It’s raining out there!! I … Continue reading

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Everything Old is New Again?

Hi All! I just saw this on the sympatico site and thought you might find it interesting: The vampire trend just won’t die. And now there’s some medical muscle from the Stanford University School of Medicine to back the benefits … Continue reading

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Have You EdgeWalked Yet?

Hi All! After a hiatus, I am finally back. I have so much to write about! The first thing I want to share with you is my trip to Toronto. Two weeks ago I was in Toronto for a whirlwind … Continue reading

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Four Minutes to Fat Loss & Greater Fitness

Hi All! Sounds like a late night TV ad, doesn’t it? But you actually can get great results in four short minutes. If you’re a realist at all, however, you’ll know that any workout this short is going to be … Continue reading

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