Where Calgary - - HEALTH + BEAUTY - —James Young

Af­ter a trail­blaz­ing 23-year ca­reer in Cana­dian hockey, five-time Olympic medal­ist Hay­ley Wick­en­heiser (who calls Cal­gary “home”) an­nounced her re­tire­ment in Jan­uary and looks to chan­nel her pas­sion for hockey and sport into a ca­reer in medicine. With a ki­ne­si­ol­ogy de­gree from the Univer­sity of Cal­gary, she now has her sights on med­i­cal school in the pur­suit of be­com­ing an emer­gency trauma doc­tor.

“[The emer­gency room] is a high-ac­tion, team en­vi­ron­ment, where you are forced to think on your feet un­der pres­sure, which is ex­actly like play­ing hockey in the Olympics,” says Wick­en­heiser of her new ca­reer pur­suit. “I feel like it is a pretty good fit and will fill the void that hockey will leave for me.”

Be­sides ed­u­ca­tion, Wick­en­heiser is look­ing for­ward to ski­ing with her son Noah. “I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to hit­ting the moun­tains again af­ter a long time of stay­ing away dur­ing my ca­reer in fear of in­jury," Wick­en­heiser says. She also en­joys ex­plor­ing and try­ing new restau­rants in Cal­gary, in­clud­ing No­table (page 46) and The Nash (page 46). “I re­ally like the vibes there, they are two of my favourite places to go.”

In re­gards to per­sonal fit­ness, Wick­en­heiser says that while her daily rou­tine will be dif­fer­ent, "one con­stant will be that I will al­ways try to stay in shape.” Her fit­ness tips for your own work­out rou­tine in­clude:

1) “Find a work­out that you en­joy do­ing, be­cause you are more likely to stick with it. “

2) “Get a buddy. Find a friend to do ac­tiv­i­ties with as they will keep you mo­ti­vated and will hold you ac­count­able.”

3) “Al­though it may be hard to start, if you can stick with some­thing for a month there is a re­ally good chance that you will con­tinue it for a long time.”

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