Fitness and Exercise

Mental Health Literacy Can Potentially Save Lives

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

We should be talking about brain health the same way we do, say, heart health. In school, we're taught about heart disease and stroke, and how healthy eating and exercise can help us combat and prevent these diseases. And that's very important, but we should be doing the same when it comes to mental health.

What Science Actually Says About Taking 10,000 Steps A Day

Leigh Vanderloo, PhD | Posted 04.18.2017 | Canada Living
Leigh Vanderloo, PhD

10,000 steps a day is a trendy goal. We humans like big, round numbers like that. They feel right. But does taking 10,000 steps a day really have anything to do with good health? We should resist the urge to latch onto the big, round, trendy number and instead aim to lead an active life filled with a variety of activities.

Kids Only Need 10 Minutes Of Intense Exercise A Day

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada Parents

We can all manage that.

You Are Not Your Cravings Or Your Unhealthy Thoughts

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I am not arguing that to be successful you need to eradicate unhelpful thoughts, cravings, and urges altogether. That goal is unrealistic and simply sets you up for failure. Having desires makes you human. I love training and I still sometimes want to skip it. Instead, learn how to manage cravings and urges.

The Biggest Lie In Fitness Is Sabotaging Your Workout

Margot McKinnon | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Living
Margot McKinnon

In a fitness culture that still toes the "bigger, faster, farther and heavier is better" line, many of us end up pushing ourselves far beyond what is necessary to achieve functional strength, often risking injury to do so. How can we evolve our mindset to optimize our exercise routine?

Keep On Keeping On: The Exercise Edition

Elena Murzello | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada
Elena Murzello

As March draws to a close, you may find your well-intended thoughts to "get healthy" this year take a curbside retreat, due to a plethora of unmotivat...

The Key To Long-Term Fitness Success Is Leaning Into The 'Fall'

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

What I am saying is, when you make a choice that your future self will not be proud of, lean into the fall and learn from every choice -- both positive and negative. Work to understand your personal triggers and coping mechanisms so that you evolve into the healthier and fitter future self you want to be.

My Favourite Things: The March Edition

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

In February 2016, I compiled my first "favourite things" blog -- a list of current favourite exercises, nutrition tips, recipes, and health mantras. This edition includes a workout format, helpful tips for eating out, a mindfulness trick for improved posture, and a life mantra that has profoundly improved my daily existence.

Walk To Make A Difference

Simona Flumian | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada
Simona Flumian

This year marks the 15th anniversary of walking to conquer cancer in this lifetime in support of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. What better way to h...

Transition Into Spring With A New Fitness Routine

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 03.17.2017 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Transitions aren't always easy, in fact, many people are resistant to change. Take some time for yourself to envision your goals and the changes you are wanting to make. This will help you incorporate those small changes into your routine, both in and out of the gym.

Have A Plan And Make Bad Habits Utterly Inconvenient

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

To lose weight, help lower blood pressure, improve energy or decrease anxiety, you need to change your preferences - your daily habits - so that more often than not you are making healthy choices. You need to be consistently healthier. It sounds obvious, but consistency falls into the life category of "simple, but not easy."

Unbend: Pain-Free And Productive Cooking

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Standing for hours on end -- as a professional chef, bartender, butcher, home economist or cheese monger -- is hard on the body. Standing, lifting, bending, and twisting for hours on end, often with less-than-ideal posture, frequently results in achy legs and feet, a sore back, and stiff almost arthritic-feeling hands.

How Many Steps A Day Should You Be Taking?

Jamie Logie | Posted 02.24.2017 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

We've spent a lot of time off our feet and this hasn't been the healthiest thing in the world. You might think the idea that sitting can make you sick is weird but when you realize adults are sedentary for 60 per cent of the day and the average person sits six hours a day you can see how inactive we really are.

How Lifestyle Changes Can Affect Breast Cancer

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 02.24.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I have treated patients with breast cancer for more than 30 years as a medical oncologist. And I have found that most of the women in my practice are desperately looking for things they can do beyond standard treatment to increase their chance of cure. Unfortunately, many fall prey to false claims they read over the Internet or hear from well-meaning friends and relatives. They adhere to extremely strict diets -- no meat, no dairy, no sugar -- or turn to various "supplements" with unproven effectiveness and often even unproven safety.

How Exercise Is Good For Our Brains

Lifetime Daily | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Lifetime Daily

Overall, the benefits of regular exercise aren't that surprising. We know it's great for weight control, strength and cardiovascular health. However, there's another key benefit that's very important to us as we age: the neurological benefits of exercise.

10 Kathleen-Approved Fitness Hacks

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

I am going to admit something. I didn't know "fitness hacks" were a thing until Lisa Davis asked me to chat about them on her show Talk Healthy Today....

The Definitive Guide To Working Out At Home

Kia Khadem | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
Kia Khadem

Working out at home might be just what you need to get back into the workout groove if work or life has started to get in the way. The convenience, privacy and comfort it offers kick a ton of "can't workout because X" excuses in the can and lets you take control of your health on your own time.

5 Ways To Celebrate Canada's 150th In The Great Outdoors

Marissa Schroder | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Living
Marissa Schroder

If ever there was a time to take a Canadian stay-cation and explore the Great White North, 2017 is it. From coast-to-coast Canadians will be celebrating Canada's sesquicentennial -- a grand party for our nation's 150th. And what better place to mark the celebration than in the great outdoors?

Show Your Heart Some Love With These Exercises

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Heart exercise, simply put, is aerobic exercise--a form of physical activity that causes you to breathe harder and your heart to pump faster, circulating blood through your veins so oxygen can get to the working muscles -- your heart is a muscle, see the connection?

How To Create A Health Strategy For Long-Term Results

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Are you constantly on and off your fitness horse? Instead of getting back on and hoping for different results, rethink your strategy. Ask yourself, "What has and has not worked in the past?" Pinpoint the valuable lessons and work to reproduce successful approaches. Abandon anything else.

My favourite things -- the 2017 edition

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.10.2017 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

My 2017 goal for you is to put yourself at the top of your "favourite things" list; make 2017 the year of YOU!

This Might Be Why You're Not Seeing Results From Your Workout

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Living

After all, variety is the spice of life.

This Hollywood Fitness Trainer Says Abs Are Made In The Kitchen

Andrea Chrysanthou | Posted 01.05.2017 | Canada Living
Andrea Chrysanthou

Harley Pasternak, a Canadian-born trainer is adamant that what you eat is more important than how you exercise.

Achieve Your New Year's Fitness Resolutions With These Tips

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Have you previously made New Year's resolutions to lose weight? This year, let's make it more about what's on the inside: improving your physical fitness and increasing your levels of activity. Mandana Jam-Modarai, an Occupational Therapist at St. John's Rehab, offers tips to help you keep your fitness resolve.

Your Microbes May Help Your New Year's Workout Resolution

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For years, researchers have been examining how microbes help us stay healthy through exercise. Over this time, several mechanisms have been identified and shared across the scientific literature spectrum. While beneficial to scientists, this scattered route has not been particularly helpful to most Canadians.