Fitness and Exercise

What You Need to Know if You Want to Start Running

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

There is a wealth of information explaining how anyone can learn how to run. You do not need to be in good shape or fast. To learn more about how any person can take the first steps on their path to running, I spoke with Luis Villagran, MEC Ambassador and ultrarunner. Luis shared his top tips, on how to start running.

How To Make Healthy Eating Simple -- And Fast

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

The "I don't have time for breakfast" excuse is one of my personal pet peeves. Everyone has time for breakfast, you just need to plan ahead. Hard boil a bunch of eggs. Then grab one of them plus a few cut of vegetables for a healthy meal in literally seconds. Make a smoothie the night before. Then drink it as you leave the house.

Six Secrets to Sticking with Your Fitness Goals

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada
Natasha Koifman

Fitness resolutions are just as great because they bring attention to our physical well-being, but they can often become something we do only in January and then forget about. Like most people, sometimes I have trouble maintaining my fitness goals all year, so I'd like to share some tips that help me get back on track. I hope they will work for you too!

5 Ways to Stick to Your Health and Fitness Goals This Year

Daniela Andrews | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Living
Daniela Andrews

First it was low-fat, then it was low-carb, now gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, grass-fed, organic, whatever. There will always be a new food trend on the radar, and if something works for you, then, by all means, incorporate it into your life, but don't be confused or confounded by what to eat. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

9 Hotels Gyms to Satisfy Your New Year's Resolutions

Trivago.ca | Posted 01.15.2015 | Canada Travel
Trivago.ca

If those extra holiday pounds are hanging a little heavy, one of your New Year's Eve resolutions probably includes some serious time spent at the gym. But all workout and no play is no way to spend the next year, and getting and staying fit is not fun when it puts a crimp in your travel plans.

Ditch Your New Year's Resolution Day Is January 17: 5 Digital Tools To Keep You In Check!

Blake Connoy | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living
Blake Connoy

Did you know this Saturday, January 17 is officially "Ditch Your New Year's Resolutions Day"? Most people start the New Year with the best of intentions, but after returning from holidays and getting back into the busyness of life, resolutions have a tendency to be dropped.

Canada Should Follow Finland's Example in the Fight Against Diabetes

Jan Hux | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Jan Hux

But there is an even greater danger with a simplistic understanding of diabetes that focuses exclusively on individual choice -- it diverts attention and resources from other approaches which may be more effective at addressing the diabetes epidemic. It is projected that by the year 2020, one in three Canadians will have either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

7 Tips To Keep You On Track in 2015

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Happy 2015 everyone! It has been over a week since the ball dropped. If you are starting to feel less committed towards your health resolutions, I am here to say "don't give up"! 2015 can be your healthiest year yet, you just have to persevere!! Here are seven tips to help you stay motivated in 2015!

The Many Health Benefits of Snowshoeing

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.08.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I love snowshoeing. It is a fantastic way to be outdoors and is easy to do. Just strap on the snowshoes and start walking. Another part of snowshoeing that I really like is that you can go with a group of friends and all be at different fitness levels or abilities and enjoy nature together.

15 Awesome and Terrible Things About Life as a Fit Girl

Alison Tedford | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada
Alison Tedford

It's January and the gym is full! This is a random sampling of all the awesome and terrible things about being a fit girl.

I Am a Feminist and a Pole Dancer. Got a Problem With That?

Alison Tedford | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

I don't believe a feminist world view requires me to unsubscribe from that which is feminine. I love pole dance for the same reason I love pinup art and vintage clothing: an ability to express playful, exaggerated femininity. I can make shapes and perform movements that accentuate that which I see as feminine about myself. I consider the base architecture of a spin to be a glorious celebration of curves.

New Year's Resolutions That Don't Stand a Chance

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

If your aspiration is to run a marathon by spring, even though you've not been performing on that level for some time (or ever), you're bound to fail. And if you train too hard, the outcome will be equally as frustrating. The best approach is to have reasonable expectations and work diligently towards fulfilling them.

Top 10 Most Effective Fitness Trends to Try in 2015

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Rather than identifying trends that were going to be popular in 2015, canfitpro reviewed the almost 2,000 responses to determine what is predicted to make the biggest positive impact on the health and fitness of Canadians. Take a look at the full list of health and fitness trends that are going to improve the health of Canadians in the upcoming year.

My Top 3 Breakout Body Image Stars of 2014

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 02.16.2015 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

For the most part red carpets are filled with sad, "hangry" stars, full of fillers and botox and empty of nourishment or self confidence. But, if you dig a little deeper you will find that every year there are a few standout women in the spotlight, who are not afraid to breakaway from the B.S. and send a more positive message.

Make Fitness Fun With These New Workout Ideas

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

One thing that I love about my job is that it is never boring. There is always a new way to mix things up, a new way to "torture" my clients, a new wa...

Three Holiday Foods to Boost Immune Health

Jane Dummer | Posted 02.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

You may think it's more difficult to be healthy over the holiday season, but many of your favourite holiday foods are stuffed with nutrition. When you practice portion control and tweak preparation techniques, you'll cruise through the season with the health benefits and energy to fight off any germs lurking on the scene. Here are three immune-boosting holiday foods to include on your menu all season long.

You Can Have a Healthy Vacation and Have Fun at the Same Time

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Travel
Kathleen Trotter

Too many times people return from vacation having had a great time, but also being down on themselves due to letting unhealthy habits dominate. People tend to overeat, drink more, and skip their work outs. It sucks to get away only to return feeling worse physically and emotionally than when you left! My friend Em and I are living proof that you can go on a vacation that is both healthy AND fun!

Ban These 'Fitness Phrases' From Your Vocabulary... Forever

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 12.27.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I'm not under any false assumptions that our society's completely unrealistic, unproductive and unhealthy beauty standard will change anytime soon, but I do think that we can start by calling it something different in our own lives. We can change our script, our vocabulary, our vernacular; change our own points of view, if not that of others.

It's Not Just What You Eat, But Why and How

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 12.24.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Most diets and nutrition regimes primarily focus on WHAT you should eat and/or HOW much you should eat. Foods gets categorized as "good" and "bad," which often fosters a negative relationship with food, and can lead people to use the rules of the system to justify less than optimal nutritional choices.

Advice on Minimizing Health Risks From a Breast Cancer Survivor

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Fighting cancer can teach you things about yourself. Theresa gained a new appreciation and understanding of her body and her health. Being diagnosed with breast cancer put things into perspective. She learned not to sweat the small things and how important it is to live life to its fullest.

Exercise and Pregnancy Tips From an Olympian

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It's really important to talk to your doctor about what you're going to do. It's good to be in shape before you get pregnant. And doing some form of exercise in pregnancy and after. But enjoy your baby! I wasn't rushing back into training. It's a special moment when your baby arrives and that's your focus.

5 Healthy Habits I Adopted in my 30s

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I've always touted myself as a health conscious person with a passion for fitness, but it is only in the recent years that I realize I've been doing things and thinking about things all wrong. Here are a few of the good health habits I've adopted in my 30s.

A Workout You Can Do From Bed

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Let's be honest, some days it's hard just getting out of bed, let alone hauling a** to the gym for a workout. So I crafted a workout routine we can all do from the comforts of bed. That's right, an exercise series that openly welcomes eye boogers, pyjamas, night guards and bed head.

Hot Cardio Tricks for the Cold Weather

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Summer is OVER, people! At the risk of being a total downer/drama queen straight out of the gates, as of this week, it is officially fall. I've slowly started moving my cardio workouts indoors. So, in order to make my time on the stationary cardio equipment a little less dull, boring, and monotonous, I've come up with a few tricks to make the time go faster and get more bang for my (torturous) buck.

How Unhealthy "Health Food" Is Derailing Your Diet

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 11.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

If you are struggling to lose weight and / or adopt a healthier lifestyle, you may be inadvertently sabotaging your efforts by making "unhealthy health choices." These less obvious culprits -- what I call "unhealthy health food" -- tend to slide under the radar and inadvertently sabotage progress.