Fitness and Exercise

8 Fitness Trends To Look Out For In 2016

Colin Blayney | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Colin Blayney

The world of fitness is one that seldom stays the same, and for good reason. As we get closer to the New Year, a time when many of us vow to make exercise a priority, here is my forecast on fitness trends that will get you pumped to try something new and turn your resolutions into reality.

5 Ways To Make Cold Weather Training More Bearable

Jean Luc Boissonneault | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Living
Jean Luc Boissonneault

It's getting dark and cold here in Canada. Cold weather and less sunlight changes your body in a few different ways. Here are five tips that can help you conquer the cold weather and stay on track with your fitness goals.

Get Ready To Hit The Slopes With These Exercises

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Whether you are a veteran on the slopes or a newbie braving the hills for the first time, the exercises below will strengthen your body so that you can ski and snowboard with (relatively) fewer aches and pains.

A Healthy And Full Life Can Start At Work

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you want to be healthy, and you work for a large corporation answer me this. Do you use your benefits package? If you want to get ahead at work, use your benefits program. The healthier and more energetic you are, the better your performance.

'Lack Of Time' Is A Valid Excuse When Getting Fit

Jamie Logie | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

The average gym workout tends to be around 45 minutes, that may include some strength training, cardio or a fitness class. I'm not big on spending more than 40-45 minutes in a gym but if you factor in a warm-up and cool-down you are usually at an hour.

Fascial Stretch Therapy Is Awesome For Your Sex Life

Carlen Costa | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Our genitalia experiences pleasure because of the interaction with our nerve endings. When experiencing pelvic zone pleasure in particular, much like osteopathy or yoga, FST helps to decompress your pelvis and open your hips to help expand not only range of motion, but the sensing of pleasure as well.

How To Make Weightlifting A Little Less Intimidating

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living

And no, lifting won't make you bulk up.

Running Is Not The Best Exercise To Get Fit

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

For some reason everyone thinks that it is OK for anyone to go running in an effort to improve their health. This is simply not an appropriate recommendation. Running is not the BEST form of exercise. It is simply a form of exercise and one that requires preliminary strength and mobility prior to starting.

11 Fall Running Tips

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently, I spoke with Ian Adam Smith MacNairn, an ultra runner from Calgary, Alberta, and a The North Face athlete. Ian shared his tips on how to start running, how to pick the best shoes for your feet and much more.

5 Workout Habits to Get Ahead of the Winter Blues

Colin Blayney | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Living
Colin Blayney

Winter Blues: the loss of motivation and productivity experienced during the long winter months, especially in northern countries. Winter presents a challenge for many people to stay on top of their fitness regimens.

Save Time With the 'Minute Workout'

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

My current favourite workout is the "Minute Workout." It is effective, but more important, it is both efficient and convenient. The Minute Workout provides an intense full-body workout in 20 to 45 minutes, and since you are not married to any particular pieces of equipment, you can do it anywhere.

Get a Cardio Workout While You Clean

Lindsay Gee | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Living
Lindsay Gee

Cleaning. It's a necessary evil. It's also one of the top excuses given when people are asked why they didn't fit a workout in. Too many chores. Vacuuming to be done. Dishes to wash. Loads of laundry to fold. The list goes on. Certainly those chores do indeed need to be done, but the incredible thing about fitness is that you can fit it in while you complete your household chores.

6 Bike Safety Tips for Fall and Winter

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Rainy days, sunny days, I will ride in pretty much any weather (except maybe when it's icy). I always feel better after riding my bike. As I pedal down the road, my mind and heart are open, and I am able to be creative and think of some of my best ideas. To find out the latest tips on how to keep safe and cycle in the fall, I spoke with Jim Adams, MEC Toronto Cycling Staff.

Mandy Gill: Building Muscle and Business

Alison Tedford | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

Mandy Gill is a survivor and a dynamic entrepreneur. She recovered from anorexia and found strength in Crossfit and landed a sponsorship with Reebok. ...

10 Ways to Reclaim Your Willpower

Jean Luc Boissonneault | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Living
Jean Luc Boissonneault

Did you know that your willpower depends on a limited psychological resource. That means that the more willpower you currently have to exercise the harder it will be to make a change. What you need to do is try to change your environment to remove as much need for willpower as possible.

3 Tips for Losing Those Tricky Last 10 Pounds

Jean Luc Boissonneault | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jean Luc Boissonneault

We all tend to gain a little fat where we don't want it to be as we age. For some people, that means losing the extra padding over the abdominals. For others, it may be on the butt and thighs. Getting rid of this stubborn fat is one the hardest challenges of a weight loss journey. It's like watching the finish line move away from you as you fight to reach the end.

Why It's Important to Work Out When You Have Kids

Lindsay Gee | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Parents
Lindsay Gee

Moms are riddled with guilt. Guilt about lack of time. Guilt about the food we're putting on the table. What happens next? The workout you planned to do gets waylaid because you feel guilty about leaving your kids once again. Here's the thing, though. There are so many benefits to making fitness a priority in your life when you have children, and many of them benefit both you AND your children.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Gym Session

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

You should feel tired by the end. You should be breathing hard and a sit down rest should seem like the best idea ever. You shouldn't have enough energy left to add another 15 minutes of exercise. Your clothes should need to be washed because they smell like a gym locker.

You Can Master the Art of Active Aging

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Embracing the aging process is important even though at times it may be challenging. There are many measures we can take to age more gracefully and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle but the key factor is fitness.

Fitness Doesn't Take a Vacation Because You Do

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Travel
Kathy Buckworth

"But I'm on vacation!" This is just one of the excuses we give ourselves when we decide to forfeit our fitness routines while traveling. But whether you're traveling for fun or for work, it can be one of the best times to change or ramp up your exercise.

How to Prevent Sabotaging Your Own Fitness Goals

Mandy Gill | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Living
Mandy Gill

Have you ever wondered how empowering it would feel to make a commitment to yourself in fitness and/or nutrition and fully follow through with it? Forget resolutions, forget starting Monday. You are fully capable of becoming fitter, faster, losing weight, gaining weight, running a half-marathon.

Elderberry: a Workout Partner with Triple Benefits

Carl Thompson | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Living
Carl Thompson

Looking for a great workout partner who can get you through bouts of low energy, help you recover faster and keep you healthy? Elderberry's got you covered. Concentrated elderberry extract has long been known for its immune-boosting, cold and flu-fighting abilities -- an athlete's best ally for keeping healthy all season.

Try These 2 Exercises for Tight and Strong Abs

Kia Khadem | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Living
Kia Khadem

A strong core not only looks good but also helps you get more out of your workouts. You're only as strong as your weakest link. So when you're core is weak, you're weak. Getting tight, strong abs doesn't need hundreds of sit-ups and five minute planks. I'm all about efficiency and I don't want to spend half a workout just working my abs.

How Exercise Can Help Your Posture

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

In my most recent blog, "4 Strategies to Improve Posture," I outline ways you can become mindful of your posture during your daily life. Read the full...

Free Weights Offer a Safer, More Efficient Workout Than Machines

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 09.15.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

You shouldn't use machines because they make no sense for your body. You are designed to work as a smooth, coordinated unit. You are your own machine. You don't want some metal contraption forcing you into positions and angles that you would never encounter in real life. What sense does that make?