Maureen (Mo) Hagan
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Maureen (Mo) Hagan is licensed physiotherapist, director of education for canfitpro, a vice president at GoodLife Fitness, author, and an international award-winning group fitness instructor and program director

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Walk Your Way To Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2017 | 3:24 PM

Around this time last year I wrote 7 tips to running your first 5K and now, as the warmer weather returns, I'm sure outdoor exercise is once again top of mind for many people. Lately I've been thinking that while there are copious amounts of running tips online,...

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Transition Into Spring With A New Fitness Routine

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2017 | 5:22 PM

Spring signifies a time of transition and welcomed change as we say goodbye to winter and hello to warmer and sunnier days ahead. As you begin to shed winter layers it's the ideal time of year to switch up your fitness routine too.

I often preach 'if nothing changes,...

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Show Your Heart Some Love With These Exercises

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2017 | 10:03 AM

You may recall from last year's post, How to train for a healthy heart, that February is heart month. I provided a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout that was an effective exercise for maintaining heart health. While HIIT style workouts are a great option, this year I...

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Start Now - Setting Goals For The New Year

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2016 | 1:44 PM

Each year when January 1 rolls around weight related resolutions are set with good intentions. Unfortunately, after a few months pass, the vast majority of people will have given up on their goals. This year, transform your resolution into a lifestyle by starting now. Get a head start on the...

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How To Best Manage Your Stress

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2016 | 9:58 AM

Stress -- it's that feeling we know all too well when things get busy at work, you're balancing what feels like a million different tasks at home and you still have to find that time to squeeze in a workout. It can be overwhelming, there's no denying that. The reality...

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Strike A Balance As You Get Back Into Routine This Fall

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2016 | 2:29 PM

September is here, and with the arrival of the cooler crisp air and changing colours we are adjusting to getting back into the comfort of our familiar routines. Getting back into the swing of things can be quite hectic after a summer of relaxation -- holidays are over, kids are...

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5 Traits Of Successful Business Women

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2016 | 9:32 AM

Last year I wrote From Barbells to Boardrooms: Career Advice from Women Who Influenced Me. In the article I listed all my top female influencers and it was something that was very near and dear to my heart. Well, it's that time of year again, the

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Moms Who Make Time For Exercise Set A Healthy Example

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 3:27 PM

Mother's Day is a day where we can show that extra bit of appreciation for our moms and everything they do. When we say thank you to our moms, it's so easy to recall the numerous times our mothers stayed up late with us when we were sick, or picked...

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7 Tips For Running Your First 5K

(1) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 11:03 AM

Running season is upon us! I have always loved running -- it's a therapeutic exercise that allows you to be alone with your thoughts and reflect while getting fit. It's what I crave after a long day, it's what I do when I have energy and when I don't, and...

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Add The Principles Of Functional Fitness To Your Exercise Routine

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 5:23 PM

If you were to type the words "functional fitness" into your favourite search engine, you'd receive more than 15 million results. And based on the annual survey by canfitpro, which surveys thousands of fitness professionals across Canada, functional fitness was number one on the list of most effective...

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How To Train For A Healthy Heart

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 12:07 PM

February is heart month, which means there is no better time than now to focus on your heart health. It's easy to take your ticker for granted -- you go about your daily life and probably don't think much about the organ that makes it all possible. The heart pumps...

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The Most Effective Fitness Trends To Try This Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 3:53 PM

As we begin another year, many Canadians enter 2016 with a renewed enthusiasm towards achieving their fitness goals. Even though many nay-sayers will joke about short-lived New Year's fitness resolutions I think we need to look at it in a more positive light.

To those Canadians who are motivated by...

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You Can Master the Art of Active Aging

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2015 | 8:52 AM

September 27 marks the beginning of Active Aging Week. This week long campaign calls attention to and celebrates the aging process, and more specifically, aging actively.

There is often a negative preconceived perception around the concept of aging. People dread getting older because of the limitations associated with it....

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From Barbells to Boardrooms: Career Advice from Women Who Influenced Me

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2015 | 8:53 AM

June marks the time of graduation and new beginnings with many fresh faces eager to enter the workforce. What an exciting time, especially for our own young Canadian women. According to a recent study by Randstad Canada, Canadian women are playing an increasingly important role in the fabric of Canadian...

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How to Stay Fit on Vacation

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 12:55 PM

'Tis the season -- summer vacation season that is filled with travel and day trips, journeys abroad and vacations to your local beach. It's no secret when summer holidays take place we tend to let our fitness routine and diet fall by the wayside. But a vacation is no excuse...

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The Benefits of Physiotherapy Go Beyond Treating Injuries

(7) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 1:17 PM

Given that May is National Physiotherapy Month I wanted to share three separate, yet connected, topics about physiotherapy to help you understand the incredible benefits it can provide, including: how to prevent injury using a technique known as "prehabilitation," what exactly is physiotherapy and what it can do for you...

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Six Tips to Improve Your Self-Confidence

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 1:17 PM

Self-confidence is not something that comes naturally for a lot of people. For some, it's a constant internal battle that they face every day. According to an article on Simply Psychology, "Research has shown key differences between individuals with high and low self-esteem. For example, people with high self-esteem focus...

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Top 10 Most Effective Fitness Trends to Try in 2015

(7) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 12:12 PM

On January 1 many Canadians will make a New Year's resolution to start, or renew their commitment to a healthy lifestyle. However, with the surplus of fitness tips and articles available, it can be challenging to understand what types of programs and exercises will make the biggest positive impact on...

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Advice on Minimizing Health Risks From a Breast Cancer Survivor

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 5:06 PM

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with my good friend Theresa Carriere. Theresa is a fitness instructor, avid runner, wife and mother of four. At 43, she decided to have her first mammogram. She thought it would give her a starting point to managing her health....

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Canadians Take Care of Their Retirement...But Not Their Health

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Most Canadians have taken steps to prepare for their retirement, but ironically, the vast majority of Canadians have not spent much time or effort investing in the most important asset that will help them live comfortably through their golden years...their health.

There is ample evidence that Canadians are too sedentary....

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