DR. ADRIENNE LESLIE-TOOGOOD, 43
Director of sport psychology for the Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Toogood combines the healthy mind and healthy body philosophy in both her life and her career. Since playing four seasons (1989-1993) for the University of Manitoba Bisons women’s basketball team and then earning her doctorate in clinical psychology (2001, U of M), she provides mental performance coaching services to Team Canada athletes. Based at the U of M, Toogood has worked with several national teams, including the men’s and women’s volleyball teams, as well as the women’s wheelchair basketball team. Internationally, she worked most recently with Canadian athletes at the 2012 Paralympics in London.
As the busy mom of two children, aged 8 and 10, Toogood said she made a promise to herself about two years ago to find ways each week to look after own health.
"I felt a bit guilty about it but then I thought, ‘Wait a sec, I need my health to do anything I do in my life,’ so why wouldn’t I take that pocket of time to make sure that I’m active and healthy."
Toogood is the chair of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and an adjunct U of M faculty member.
1. Favourite workout?
I love hot yoga and trying to incorporate activity into my day, whether it be walking to the bus, biking to work, or skiing with my kids.
2. Favourite workout song?
On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons, Happy by Pharrell and Pompeii by Bastille.
3. Fitness tip?
I think the biggest tip is to be proactive in prioritizing it as a component of your week. Maintaining health is important and not something to be taken lightly.
4. What’s in your fridge?
I love smoothies with Greek yogurt, veggies with hummus as dip, and lots of salad. I am vegetarian and have been for many years.
5. What’s your guilty pleasure?
I like sweets. Cheesecake or chocolate would be up there.