Canada Exercise

Cottage-Friendly Workout Tips

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

So, you've come to grips with the fact that the only workouts you plan on getting are the continuous long treks up the stairs to refill your pitcher of sangria. But before you get too comfortable with this soothing summer schedule, what if you could bring workout equipment to the cottage that will increase exercise intensity, reduce total time AND won't even take up space in your suitcase?

Watching the World Cup Is Shortening Your Life Span

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

With the competition in full swing, millions spend hours sitting in front of TVs and computer screens, while their teams engage in grueling matches. Even if you discount all the drinking and snacking that typically comes with watching games on television, the fact that people sit for extended periods of time is disconcerting enough.

4 Easy Ways To Start Enjoying Your Workouts

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I realize that not everyone is going to look at exercising as the highlight of their day or the passion of their life. Although there are things about working out that some may never enjoy there are a few things that will make the experience a little easier to digest. Here are some small, easy changes we can all make to start enjoying the gym a just a little more.

Don't Show Me Before and After Photos, Show Me 'Durings'

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

An "after" photo implies the journey is finished. But health as a journey is never over, it's what you do daily. It's something to be worked on and focused on because it is your life and how you enjoy it. It's what you do DURING the journey that's the key to your success.

Bored of Your Exercise Routine? Add a Spin Class to the Rotation

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

If you're getting tired of your usual workout, try a spin class instead. The instructors play high-intensity songs with dedicated rest periods to deliver an amazing and energetic work out. You sweat. A lot. At least, if you're doing it right.

Being Healthy Should Be Your Goal, Not Losing Weight

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Healthy should be the goal. As a nation, we are caught up in a thought process and mission to get skinny, or muscular. We lost sight of healthy. We should care more about feeling healthy and being stress-free, than about how we look. Here is how to make the paradigm shift from losing weight to staying healthy.

I Think I'm Going to Break Up...With Running

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

For the past two months I have been seriously debating breaking up with running. If you know me, you know, that is a big deal. This experience has caused me to believe, now more then ever, that health is a process. Getting into a routine takes time and patience -- even for a trainer!

10 Ways to Feel Great During Your Pregnancy

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

I am jealous of anyone who says they LOVED being pregnant. I can't say I felt the same when I was carrying my two. From the nausea and vomiting, to endless heartburn I found it less than enjoyable most of the time. I did however manage to feel well enough to work and exercise until the day I delivered by following these tips.

Why the Fitness World Needs Tracy Anderson

Lee Boyce | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

The truth is, if it wasn't for people like Tracy, there would be no one left in the fitness industry to break boundaries of fitness training. The studies I've done in class, the practical learning I've done with hundreds of clients, and the training I've done as a competitive athlete has proven futile now that we've been exposed to the painful reality of what fitness training should be all about.

If You Want to Get Healthy, Create the Right Environment

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.11.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 05.31.2014 | 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 05.24.2014 | 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 05.23.2014 | 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 05.20.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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.