Fitness and Exercise

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.

Should I Hit the Gym With a Baby Bump?

BabyPost | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Living
BabyPost

It's the age old question ... well maybe not the age old question, but it has to be in the pregnancy top ten: Should I exercise while I am pregnant? And, what is "too much" when it comes to working out with a baby bump? Not only will exercising keep you in top condition for when baby arrives, but it can also improve the health of your baby.

Common Health Misconceptions Debunked By a Dietitian

Jane Dummer | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

As a dietitian, I'm often posed nutrition and fitness questions by my clients, friends and family. Free and mainly confusing advice from non-food and nutrition experts and often the media makes my role as a communicator both interesting and challenging at times. Let's explore the top three subjects I'm frequently asked about, in order to set the record straight on some common questions.

Exercise Buddy Program Could Help Cancer Research

University of Toronto News | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Inspired by the popularity of online dating, Associate Professor Catherine Sabiston is hoping to help cancer patients find their perfect exercise "match" post-treatment. "One of the biggest barriers that women with cancer identify is lack of social support," said Sabiston. "They say that if they just had someone to knock on their door and pull them out of the house, they'd exercise. It made me wonder how to match these women with other women so that they can get that social support and hopefully exercise more."

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.

Peanut Butter And Honey Oat Balls Are Perfect Post-Workout

Carolyn Berry | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Berry

I was trying to come up with the perfect high-energy snack for my 28-kilometre run this weekend, so I decided to combine many of my favourite snack food ingredients: peanut butter and honey! These little granola bar-like bites are perfect for breakfast on the run, as well as for pre- and post-workout.

Why Dress For the Life You Want? Because it Works

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Style
Sarah Vermunt

If you've ever watched an episode of What Not to Wear, you can recall fashion expert Stacey London telling women to "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." I'm not sure who first coined that phrase, but it's a good one.

Are We Taking "Motivational" Fitness Too Far?

Lee Boyce | Posted 02.17.2014 | 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.

Making Strides On World Cancer Day

Andrea Paine | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Andrea Paine

February 4 was world cancer day. For the average cancer patient or survivor, it brings up mixed emotions. It's not really something we want to think about, but we can't really help it, with all the newspaper and television headlines there to remind us.

Being Super Fit Doesn't Mean You Don't Have an Eating Disorder

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

My friend's foray into the world of fitness modelling inspired me to take a look at the term "eating disorder" in my trusty dictionary. I am completely shocked and saddened that the fitness model craze is not only unrecognized as another eating disorder, but is also encouraged by the hardcore fitness community.

How To Salvage Your New Year's Resolutions

JC Deen | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Living
JC Deen

Here we are at the beginning of February 2014. How are you doing with your freshly etched New Year's Resolution? If you're on track, great. If you're feeling burnt out already, or like you bit off more than you can chew, the following ideas might give you some hope.

Almost One Month into 2014...Are Your Goals Holding Up?

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Are you struggling to follow through on your New Year's resolutions? Don't be discouraged. Believe me, you are not alone. The further it gets from the start of any goal, the harder it can become for most of us (including myself) to stay on track.

Tone Your Abs While Stuck in Traffic

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Vesna Dodevska

What else would you rather be doing while stuck in traffic or while standing at Starbucks behind a 10 person line up? How about an exercise that will tone and target your most inner ab muscle called the TVA? Convinced yet? Here is how you do this exercise.

Want to achieve your 2014 health and fitness goals? You may need to do things you don't want to do!

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

It has been a while since I posted a blog. I have been trying to formulate my 2014 New Years fitness "thoughts". If you regularly read my blogs, you k...

Hey Maria Kang, I'm a Size 0 But I'm Not Healthy

Lauren Messervey | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

I was born small, grew up a size 0, and am still a size 0 today. I have friends that are slender, and I have friends that are curvy. I have friends who you would consider to be overweight. The truth of the situation is that every single one of them is in better health than I am.

7 Ways To Stay On The Right Track

Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

You're pumped. You're ready. You're going to do this! The first few weeks of a new, healthier lifestyle are so exciting; anything seems possible! ...

If the Couch Is Winning Out Over Exercise, Consider This

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Have you ever planned to workout before work, only to snooze your alarm? Or, bailed on an evening training session last minute? I know that I have. But about six months ago I decided this cycle of "skipping and then feeling annoyed" was ridiculous.

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...

How to Keep Energized as the Seasons Change

Jane Dummer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Were you happy to get that extra sleep with Daylight Savings Time, only to find yourself feeling sluggish for weeks after? You're not alone. Changing clocks shifts our circadian rhythm -- the principal time cue of light which sets our natural cycle for sleep. As such, not all of us adapt well. Here's a deeper look at how time changes not only impact our sleeping cycles but also our meal and activity plans.

Four Reasons Exercise Isn't Enough to Keep You Strong

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

As we get older, simply hitting the gym and using the elliptical a few times a week just won't be enough. Here are a few of my favourite tricks to ensure that you keep your metabolically-active muscle mass through the years.

Ladies, You Can Strength Train Without Getting "Bulky"

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Don't be afraid to strength train! Pretty much daily one of my clients tells me that "I want to strength train and tone up, but I don't want to get too strong, or too bulky." But it is almost impossibly for women to "get big" unless they really try -- it is just not in our genetics.

Do Organised Sports Interfere With Healthy Living?

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

It is perhaps time to consider public health discourse on whether or not any putative benefits from participation in organized sports are largely cancelled out by the ensuing time pressure that not only seriously cuts into time for healthy eating but also sleep and other activities that should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

As Days Get Darker, Run Safer with Reflective Gear

Marissa Schroder | Posted 12.24.2013 | Canada Living
Marissa Schroder

As fewer daylight hours are available many of us are forced to get our runs in before dawn or after dusk. Running in the dark has its challenges, the most important of which is staying visible in low-light conditions. Fortunately, there is a plethora of choices when it comes to reflective gear and apparel.

How Trying to Control Your Weight Is Like Running Down the Up Escalator (Part 2)

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 12.22.2013 | Canada
Arya M. Sharma, MD

It makes a lot of sense to first deal with what took you to the top before beginning your journey down that up-escalator. Clearly, simply jumping on that escalator without first dealing with the underlying problem will make losing weight and keeping it off so much more difficult -- remember, running down the escalator with no baggage is already hard enough.

How Trying to Control Your Weight Is like Running Down the Up Escalator

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 12.20.2013 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

One of the games I used to play as a kid was to run down the up escalator. To get to the bottom, I had to run down faster than the escalator was moving upwards. If I ran any slower, the escalator would take me back to the top. I use this analogy with my patients to help them understand the incredible challenge of losing weight and keeping it off.