Canada Exercise

Longer Isn't Necessarily Better When You Work Out

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living

If you think you don't have time to get fit, think again. A Canadian study has found that just a single minute of high intensity exercise can give the...

A Healthy Biosphere Means Healthier Humans

David Suzuki | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living
David Suzuki

The human body evolved over millions of years, long before cars, escalators, laptops and remote controls. It's built to expend effort. Gas-powered vehicles enabled us to move over long distances or get somewhere quickly, but they're bad medicine when they're used to go two or three blocks. Our lives are easier but not necessarily healthier. It's time we put more thought into keeping our bodies active and well, minimizing sickness.

The Solution To Childhood Obesity Is Nothing New

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Childhood obesity is a huge societal file that continues to get tossed around errantly -- as it quietly and not-so-quietly lines the purses of many along the way -- and yet we have seemingly not advanced the dial on it one iota in decades. Instead, we've collectively made it so much worse.

Building A Better Mind And Body With Kickboxing

Edwige Despres | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Edwige Despres

Kickboxing helps building muscles and discovering some muscles that you were unaware of. Arms and thighs are refined; shoulders and buttocks are shaped; the lap belt is reinforced; the torso is raised. The most pleasant is with no hesitation the endorphin release and improved cardio-pulmonary resistance.

6 Simple Habits For Boosting Your Energy Levels

Kathy Smart | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Smart

Anyone can have more energy; they just need to know what to do to cultivate it. It isn't a special pill or a magic powder. It is found in some really basic things that I have discovered that consistently keep my energy level high, regardless of what I have going on in my life.

7 Tips For Running Your First 5K

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

There are so many great benefits of running and it can become a healthy lifestyle addiction. It's an easy (once you get the hang of it), inexpensive sport that will help you get fit and also get you outside of your normal exercise routine. Trust me when I say, if you can walk, you can run!

Here's How Exercise Haters Can Fall In Love With Fitness

Alicia Jones | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Jones

No matter how beneficial fitness can be, the pain, the time consuming effort and the negative sensations have ironically created a very unhealthy relationship between you and this very healthy activity. Truthfully it's not your fault. There are some very legitimate reasons you may have grown to hate fitness, but there is hope.

A Few Of My Favourite Things -- The March Edition

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Crunches have traditionally been the "go to" abdominal exercise; but I am on a mission to change that! Why? First, crunches round you forward, which promotes a hunched-over posture. So, even if you manage to sculpt your abs, no one will see them because you will be bent over. Plus, we all sit too much anyway, and sitting already rounds us forward... Ditch crunches and instead do functional exercises.

Forget These 4 Excuses Preventing You From Getting Fit

Colin Blayney | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living
Colin Blayney

The way I look at it, our bodies come with a warranty. Like any warranty, you must follow the guidelines. Page one of our warranty says: you must exercise on a regular basis in order to maintain optimal health.

The 4 Best Health And Life Tips For The Insanely Busy

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

Being busy is great, but not if it lacks direction, passion, and makes your health suffer. Finding easy, productive health solutions that fit your life can be the difference between living and living well and there are easy things that you can incorporate into your routine without having you spinning your wheels.

The 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make In The Gym

Jean Luc Boissonneault | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Living
Jean Luc Boissonneault

We've all seen the blooper videos of people doing things completely wrong in the gym. Well, I asked 10 health and fitness experts from Free Form Fitness personal training studios to give us their thoughts.

Good Genes Or Bad, Your Health May Be Influenced By Your Partner

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

A new study claims that those we share our lives with, our spouses and partners, have a much greater influence on our health- and fitness status, regardless how genetically programmed we are. The more decisive factors, it seems, are the choices we make in connection with other adults.

'Manopause' Is Real And Should Not Be Ignored

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A 65-year-old man notices he's feeling more tired lately. He's gaining weight and losing muscle. He can't get as many erections, and generally feels foggy and unwell. His family doctor takes some blood tests and rules out thyroid problems, high cholesterol and blood sugar issues. The only finding is low testosterone -- but that's a normal part of aging, right?

12 Ways To Turn Housework Into A Workout

Lyda Mclallen | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
Lyda Mclallen

You might be surprised to learn that you don't just need to go to the gym or bundle up for a power walk to stay fit. Your daily chores can help burn calories and can add up to a personal fitness routine as well. There is a reason they call it housework. You can burn some serious calories during a marathon cleaning session.

You're 50, Why Aren't You Working Out And Getting Fitter?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Instead of losing weight or keeping it where it should be, you notice a change in the distribution of your fat. Congratulations. You're probably a woman in her 50s, in peri-menopause or full-on menopause. I know this, because I live it. I'm 52 and I work out at least six days a week, count calories and still struggle with maintaining and losing weight.

5 Critical Exercise Guidelines For People Living With HIV

Allison Webel | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Living
Allison Webel

Recent studies indicate that people living with HIV have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Although a number of pharmacological strategies under investigation should help minimize this risk, behavioral interventions, such as physical activity and exercise, also can lower the risk. However, as with anyone living with a chronic disease, questions will arise whether or not it is safe to exercise with HIV. The answer is a resounding YES.

5 Reasons Why Working Out With Your Valentine Is Sweet

Heather Gardner | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Heather Gardner

Working out with your partner is a great way to spend quality time together, be motivated to actually hit the gym and have a ton of fun. Research shows that working out with your partner will motivate you to work out longer and harder. So, grab your loved one and do something good for each other.

How To Train For A Healthy Heart

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

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.

A Few Of My Favourite Things This Month

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

One of the best things about my job is that I get to have so many interesting health and fitness conversations; I am constantly discovering new yummy recipes, kick-ass workouts, and motivational tips and tricks.

5 Easy Ways To Find Time For Fitness During The Workday

Heather Gardner | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Heather Gardner

In an ideal world we'd each have a full hour for physical activity every day. But if your workday keeps you moving less and you end up like the 47 per cent of us who are sitting more, short rounds of exercise can add up over the course of your day and have you feeling more energized and alert.

15 Exercises That Will Turn Your Butt Into A Booty

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Living

But don't just do it for the belfie!

Weight Loss Tips From Around The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living

England serves up food in smaller portion sizes.

Mental Health Is The Key To Workplace Wellness

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Exercise, active living and healthy eating are not the first step in living a healthy lifestyle. The base needs to be set before anyone can live a healthy lifestyle. This is the problem -- most people are not equipped to live healthy. Education is important to health, and more than anything, mental health is critical.

8 Ways To Keep Yourself Motivated To Exercise

Brent Bishop | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Living
Brent Bishop

I find that the obstacles most mentioned are lack of time and lack of motivation. Often times, it is the "getting started" that's the hardest part. To get started takes a trigger, something that provides a source of inspiration. Once action has taken place, it becomes more about staying motivated to follow through.

This Resistance Band Workout Targets Your Entire Body

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Living

Put down the weights and pick up the bands instead.