Canada Exercise

If You Want to Get Healthy, Create the Right Environment

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

April is in full swing. January 1 is a distant memory. The year you promised will be devoted to health is disappearing. Have you done what you promised yourself you would? If you are looking to get healthy, create the environment.

If Your Health Is Important to You, Stop Making Excuses

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Is your health important to you? Don't answer any other question, and don't think about anything else. Very simple: is your health important? Now make a list of every excuse you have to: Not eat healthy; Not be active everyday (simple walk at the end of the day); Not get enough sleep; Not reduce stress. Actually make the list, then look it over.

Of Course You're Busy, But Are You Really Too Busy to Work Out?

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I know that we all need to go to work, pay the rent, grocery shop, sleep and negotiate the demands of life. If you are not a fitness professional, whose job it is to be fit, training can't (and shouldn't) always take first priority. That said, I think what the quote highlights is how people sometimes use "lack of time" as a dismissive catch all for abandoning their health goals.

You Can't Get Healthy Without Planning Your Meals

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Stop me if this sounds familiar. Wake up in the morning, late. Grab a coffee and a bagel (they're healthy, right?). Run out the door, get to work. Surprise meeting at 11:30, work through lunch. Decide a salad is the healthy option, but it's a Cesar salad. You had intended to be active during lunch, but because of the meeting, you won't be...

Five Cardio Workouts to Make You Sweat

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Vesna Dodevska

If you are asking why you should be doing cardio again then think of increasing your endurance so that when walk up a set of stairs in your high heels, you won't be out of breath. Also, if you want to get lean, cardio is a MUST. So here are five options for you!

If You Want That Bikini Body You Have to Do the Math

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you have started to panic because the summer is right around the corner and you want to look "bangin' in a bikini" then this article is for you! So what am I asking for to get bikini-ready? Effort. This is not easy, it takes preparation and planning. Here is the math part on why people fail.

Don't Worry About That Box of Cookies You Just Ate

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada
Vesna Dodevska

You start your day right. Wake up. Shower. Make up. Get dressed. Eat breakfast. Arrive at work. Work. Do a lunch workout. Then Lunch. Feel great s...

Think About Your Relationship With Your Body, Not How It Looks Today

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I was an unhealthy teenager. I hated my body, and I didn't think that much of the rest of me either. I always felt awkward, so I gorged on things like ultra-cheesy pasta to escape life. I have gradually built self-confidence and slowly replaced most of my bad habits with better ones, but the old me, or at least the memory of the old me, still exists and will always exist.

Are We Taking "Motivational" Fitness Too Far?

Lee Boyce | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

Push yourself in the weight room. If you want results, you have to. No argument there. But where do we draw the line? I can't say I'm eager to see the results of pushing far beyond typical thresholds on someone's body.

What Taking the Polar Plunge Taught Me About Exercise

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

You have to be Canadian to understand the right of passage known as "The Polar Bear Plunge." I jumped into the freezing cold water to raise funds for Special Olympics. That inspired me to write this blog on how important heart rate is, and the joy of sport.

How to Become Your Own Olympian

Jane Dummer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Passion and hard work are recurring themes when you ask people how they achieve their success. Supporting your inner champion with an optimistic mindset is also key. As the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia it's a great time to reflect on your own fitness and nutrition goals and aspirations.

Do Personal Trainers Need College Degrees?

Lee Boyce | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

Lack of degrees or certain certifications sometimes can bar very competent individuals from receiving promotions or raises, regardless of how many years of experience and industry-specific accomplishments they may have achieved. It's not about the certs or degrees, but about the experience and practical application of foundations of personal training as they're found specific to each client on a case by case basis.

If You Hate Cardio, Try These 3 Sly Ways to Fit it in

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
Vesna Dodevska

Cardio is soooo boring! And if you hate it, I don't blame you! But, if you are looking to burn off some fat and work your heart then cardio is essential. So you gotta do it somehow. Here are some suggestions for you to squeeze it in without too much mental battle while reaping the benefits.

Don't Be Fooled By the Instagram Personal Trainer

Lee Boyce | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

As unregulated an industry as personal training is, the world of social media has made things even more...interesting. This public eye-candy "showcase," as it were, is only popularizing the cosmetic superficiality of exercise and fitness training.

Why Running Makes Me Feel Like a Rock Star

Ben Kaplan | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Music
Ben Kaplan

Lately I feel like I'm more emotional than ever. It's incredible, even ridiculous, pathetic, how personally I take this book. Every slight, every non-mention, every email that goes un-returned, I'm ready to rage. And I have a 6 week-old son. This kind of self-involvement is embarrassing.

When it Comes to Health, Listen to Your Body (Not Your Friends)

Kelsey Matheson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Kelsey Matheson

Many people may tell you that their way is the "right way," and it may be for them, but you need to listen to your own body and do what's right for you. At every corner we are bombarded with messages of how to lose weight, have perfect skin, and defy the aging process. Let 2014 be the year that we decide to tap into our own bodies.

How To Use Weights Without Bulking Up

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada
Vesna Dodevska

You don't want to have huge traps protruding through a beautiful cocktail dress. So I want to show you that if you exercise the right way, you won't have to worry about gaining muscle and you can lose weight faster without losing your mind on cardio machines.

I Keep Working Out But I Stopped Losing Weight!

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Vesna Dodevska

Are you working out but stopped losing weight? This can be very frustrating. But it can happen when you've mastered your existing workout. So don't beat yourself up rather be happy that you are ready to move to the next level. So what's the answer to losing weight again?

Exercise "Propaganda" Has You Training Too Hard

Lee Boyce | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

A simple Google image search of fitness photos, will net you a plethora of motivational sayings and quotes that encourage trainees to push through pain, fight for the extra rep, and basically beat yourself to a pulp in the gym, while reminding yourself that "pain is weakness leaving the body". But what is the end result of our fitocracy fascination? Lots of injuries, for starters.

Charting Your Health And Fitness Progress

Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living

Exercising or generally eating well is a healthy pursuit, but if you truly want to make progress, monitoring what your regimen entails and marking mil...

Convincing the Kids of Today to Stay Healthy for Tomorrow

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

What do we do with this new generation? How do we inspire the desire for health when there is no need for physicality past high school? How do you convince someone they need to be energetic and healthy for life when their life and work requires next to zero physical effort?

Can You Outrun Your Demons By Signing Up To A Marathon?

AskMen.com | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
AskMen.com

Within 24 hours of the explosions at the Boston Marathon last April, another, more powerful one went off: Marathon registrations surged all over the country. The message was clear: You can't take this away from us.

Why Personal Trainers Have a Bad Rap

Lee Boyce | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

If you log on to forum pages of any major gym chain, it's a safe bet that you'll notice a collection of posts from unhappy clients that talk about their bad experiences in the gym. Now, it's understandable that with large fitness chains, it's expected that 100 per cent of the clients will not be satisfied. But the umbrella of the commercial gym often gives personal trainers a bad rap too.

How Germs Can Get Into Your Fat and Make You Miserable

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The problems occur when germs happen to find a home in places where they don't belong, such as the sinuses or the feet. The microbes release signals into the body that come into contact with the fat underneath the skin. The fat, in turn, realize something's not right and spark inflammation.

Are Schools Snack-Shaming Children?

Lydia Lovric | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

One Toronto school recently has banned the holy trinity of confections: candy, chocolate and pop. From a child's perspective, it can feel like snack-shaming. It almost seems as though the principal is leading a group of lithe bullies, chastising the embarrassed student for unknowingly smuggling a contraband item.