Fitness and Exercise

Why The Swing Is King To Improve Your Fitness

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

Crushing 20 calories a minute, kettlebell training is one of our favourite tools for fat loss, training muscular endurance and enhancing cardio capacity. As fitness coaches we know, your time matters! When you train it is so important to make sure your time at the gym is well spent.

Why You May Need To Sleep More To Stay Slim

Marc Davis | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

If you're trying to shed a few unwanted pounds in time for summer, you may be sabotaging yourself without realizing it. Scientists have now discovered that a shortage of sleep can make you gain weight, regardless of what you eat and how much you exercise.

High-Intensity Interval Training: Everything You Need To Know

Alicia Jones | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Jones

HIIT, which consists of small bursts of all-out, maximal and vigorous activity followed by short periods of rest, has been used by athletes since the beginning of the 20th century . Yet these quick workouts, ranging from four minutes to 10 minutes in length, only recently gained popularity.

5 Mainstream Health Myths Exposed By Top Experts

Dr. Rhea Mehta | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Rhea Mehta

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to health and fitness. When you follow solid health advice the path to your health goals won't happen in under four weeks, but you'll begin getting closer than you ever did before. And you'll do it in a way that feels almost natural and enjoyable.

Let's Teach Our Children What Health And Fitness Is Really About

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Jordan Cieciwa

Here is what really concerns me -- it's infected my social media feed. Instagram is full of half naked fitness models of both genders, all fighting for my attention by showing as much skin as possible. If they are in my feed, chances are they are in your feed, and worse yet, they are in your kids feed.

Stylish Workout Gear Is All The Fitspiration You Need

Sari Friedman | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Style
Sari Friedman

Do you find more pleasure in wearing a new workout outfit than actually doing the workout? You're not alone. Studies show that by simply putting on exercise gear, you are more likely to get into the right frame of mind to start exercising.

7 Tips For Running Your First 5K

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

There are so many great benefits of running and it can become a healthy lifestyle addiction. It's an easy (once you get the hang of it), inexpensive sport that will help you get fit and also get you outside of your normal exercise routine. Trust me when I say, if you can walk, you can run!

14 Tracks That Will Let You 'Wild Out' During Your Workout

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Living

It's time to go beast mode.

Here's How Exercise Haters Can Fall In Love With Fitness

Alicia Jones | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Jones

No matter how beneficial fitness can be, the pain, the time consuming effort and the negative sensations have ironically created a very unhealthy relationship between you and this very healthy activity. Truthfully it's not your fault. There are some very legitimate reasons you may have grown to hate fitness, but there is hope.

A Few Of My Favourite Things -- The March Edition

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Crunches have traditionally been the "go to" abdominal exercise; but I am on a mission to change that! Why? First, crunches round you forward, which promotes a hunched-over posture. So, even if you manage to sculpt your abs, no one will see them because you will be bent over. Plus, we all sit too much anyway, and sitting already rounds us forward... Ditch crunches and instead do functional exercises.

Action Flicks Can Inspire You To Kick Your Fitness Up A Notch

Brent Bishop | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Living
Brent Bishop

As it pertains to fitness, I've always found action and superhero movies to be very inspiring. The transformations that these actors go through to successfully play their roles is absolutely amazing. There is nothing more inspiring than the super-human abilities of our favourite superheroes.

Add The Principles Of Functional Fitness To Your Exercise Routine

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Being functionally fit means you have the ability to perform life's daily activities with the stamina and strength to get through your day with enjoyment and ease. Moves like getting out of bed, getting in and out of a chair, shoveling snow, picking up groceries or kids, climbing stairs or completing household chores.

Forget These 4 Excuses Preventing You From Getting Fit

Colin Blayney | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living
Colin Blayney

The way I look at it, our bodies come with a warranty. Like any warranty, you must follow the guidelines. Page one of our warranty says: you must exercise on a regular basis in order to maintain optimal health.

The 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make In The Gym

Jean Luc Boissonneault | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Living
Jean Luc Boissonneault

We've all seen the blooper videos of people doing things completely wrong in the gym. Well, I asked 10 health and fitness experts from Free Form Fitness personal training studios to give us their thoughts.

12 Ways To Turn Housework Into A Workout

Lyda Mclallen | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Living
Lyda Mclallen

You might be surprised to learn that you don't just need to go to the gym or bundle up for a power walk to stay fit. Your daily chores can help burn calories and can add up to a personal fitness routine as well. There is a reason they call it housework. You can burn some serious calories during a marathon cleaning session.

The Right Mindset Is The Key To A Healthy Lifestyle

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Virtually everyone knows that adopting a healthier lifestyle is important, and most of us even really want (in theory) to be active and make more ideal nutrition choices. The problem is, wanting and doing are two very different things.

You're 50, Why Aren't You Working Out And Getting Fitter?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Instead of losing weight or keeping it where it should be, you notice a change in the distribution of your fat. Congratulations. You're probably a woman in her 50s, in peri-menopause or full-on menopause. I know this, because I live it. I'm 52 and I work out at least six days a week, count calories and still struggle with maintaining and losing weight.

What Is The Best Diet For You?

Dain Wallis | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

Paleo. Atkins. Zone. Dukan. Bodybuilding. Raw. South Beach. Weight Watchers. If It Fits Your Macros. Carb Backloading. It's fair to assume that every diet you hear about has indeed worked for some people, for without success no diet would ever gain the traction necessary to be known the world over. With that being said, here's the dirty little secret that nobody ever talks about: There is no diet that works for everyone.

3 Mindset Shifts You Need To Start Getting Fit

Jamie Logie | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

I've worked in fitness for a long time and I find the biggest obstacle people face when attempting to get fit is right in their own head. You start coming up with all these potential issues that are going to prevent you from getting started and making progress and that leads to self-sabotage,

How To Strengthen Your Relationship Through Fitness

Brent Bishop | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Living
Brent Bishop

Research shows a positive correlation between participating in a physical challenge or fitness activity and experiencing greater feelings of satisfaction with your partner. There are many reasons why exercising together has a positive impact on how you relate to one another, but physiologically we also know that exercise impacts dopamine and serotonin release (the feel good neurotransmitters) which can enhance your overall mood post-workout.

How To Train For A Healthy Heart

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

February is heart month, which means there is no better time than now to focus on your heart health. It's easy to take your ticker for granted -- you go about your daily life and probably don't think much about the organ that makes it all possible.

This Body Weight Exercise Will Make You Feel Like Dancing

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living

And best of all, no equipment is required.

A Few Of My Favourite Things This Month

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

One of the best things about my job is that I get to have so many interesting health and fitness conversations; I am constantly discovering new yummy recipes, kick-ass workouts, and motivational tips and tricks.

How To Balance Wellness And Family

Lisa Davidson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Davidson

I know that feeling of saying goodnight to your little one and just wanting to collapse on the couch... As parents we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we let our own health slide. That needs to change.

15 Songs That Will Get You Moving This Month

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living

Congratulations, you've made it past resolution month!