Fitness and Exercise

There's a Right and a Wrong Way to Do a Cleanse

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Thinking rationally, I know that the feeling of control that a cleanse offers is fleeting, even false, but I wanted to feel like I was closing the door on old (less than ideal) habits, and opening the door to new (more ideal) habits. I wanted a clean slate.

Cottage-Friendly Workout Tips

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

So, you've come to grips with the fact that the only workouts you plan on getting are the continuous long treks up the stairs to refill your pitcher of sangria. But before you get too comfortable with this soothing summer schedule, what if you could bring workout equipment to the cottage that will increase exercise intensity, reduce total time AND won't even take up space in your suitcase?

Homemaker Tips That Will Make You More Fit

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

By becoming a better "housekeeper," I've noticed that my dedication to health and wellness has reached a new level and I wanted to share the useful tips I learned along the way. Here's how being more domestic can actually help improve fitness and achieve weight loss.

The Pornographication of Fitness Needs to Stop

Tosca Reno | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Living
Tosca Reno

What most women don't realize is that when they are looking at the faces and bodies of women in physique magazines, most of them have dieted for months to look that way. Or most of them are just days prior to a contest where they have put themselves through rigorous training and dieting to get lean enough.

The Secret Beauty Benefits of Exercise

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Regular activity is shown to help everything from increasing hair growth to reducing acne. So before you go spending hundreds on skin care, spa treatments and hair products, take a gander at what the gym has to offer in the cosmetic department!

5 Reasons You Should Step on the Scale Post-Vacation

Jessica Zapata | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jessica Zapata

Yup, there's no typo there. It says should. You 100 per cent should get on the scale and weigh yourself post summer holidays. In fact, I think you should be weighing in weekly (but that's a whole other blog post). Let's focus on why after a week or two of vacation, you should get on the scale.

5 Crucial Fitness Tips I Wish I'd Known When I Was Younger

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 07.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Every year, I don't run or bike for roughly a month. Transitioning back into in-season training initially seems impossible. I used to feel so frustrated and overwhelmed by how hard this transition was. Now I remind myself that after about two weeks working out, sleeping, eating well and getting regular massages, I will feel normal again.

Fitness Is as Simple as Putting on Your Shoes and Heading Outside

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Go run, walk, bike, or hike. It doesn't matter, just don't spend your life in front of a TV. You miss the most amazing thing, and that's your body doing what it's designed to do. Move and make memories. If you are parents with kids, encourage them to move and stay young. It's when we stop moving that we age fast, lose creativity and the confidence that we are in control of our destiny.

Confessions of a Recovering Runaholic

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

My name is Carolyn and it's been one week since my last run. It's the first time in years that I haven't been running at least every few days, barring when I was pregnant. And even so, I ran up til 28 weeks with my first. I am literally in rehab.

Exercise Your Way to a Hotter Sex Life

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Sex is good. Good sex is great. And great sex... well that's the dream right? While I can't promise that the next guy you bring home will be a God in sack, I can all but guarantee that sweating it out at the gym will help turn up the heat in the bedroom. Now that's what I call an effective incentive!

4 Easy Ways To Start Enjoying Your Workouts

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I realize that not everyone is going to look at exercising as the highlight of their day or the passion of their life. Although there are things about working out that some may never enjoy there are a few things that will make the experience a little easier to digest. Here are some small, easy changes we can all make to start enjoying the gym a just a little more.

Spend More Time on the Patio and Less Time at the Gym

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I'd say we've all more than earned the right to park ourselves on a patio, soak up the sunshine and sip that chilled Chardonnay. But, just because there's now a far more appealing after-work option than going the gym, doesn't mean our fitness has to suffer! Here's everything you need to know about minimizing your time in the gym so you can maximize your time on the patio.

Bored of Your Exercise Routine? Add a Spin Class to the Rotation

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

If you're getting tired of your usual workout, try a spin class instead. The instructors play high-intensity songs with dedicated rest periods to deliver an amazing and energetic work out. You sweat. A lot. At least, if you're doing it right.

Exercise: You're Doing It Wrong

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Living

Research conducted at York University's facility of health in Toronto suggests a vast misunderstanding of how much exercise is necessary to maintain g...

I Think I'm Going to Break Up...With Running

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

For the past two months I have been seriously debating breaking up with running. If you know me, you know, that is a big deal. This experience has caused me to believe, now more then ever, that health is a process. Getting into a routine takes time and patience -- even for a trainer!

Want to Stay Active? Get Out of Body Debt

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 07.12.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

It is no wonder that so many of us consistently feel slightly stiff, achy or tight. We all have used up our "body credit" and gone into "debt." When you push your body, and you don't recover at an appropriate rate, you go into "body debt." Debt causes you to grow increasingly stiff, sore, achy, tired, cranky and generally run down.

Prepare To Be Fitness-Shamed By A 98 Year Old

CP | Marilynn Marchione, The Associated Press | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living

MILWAUKEE - The fitness instructor is about to start pushups, but first she has to move her walker out of the way. The exercisers at this suburban apa...

Your First 5K or Marathon Is Just a Few Steps Away

Simon Whitfield | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living
Simon Whitfield

In the beginning of my career, I tried various over-hyped protein supplements, and eventually I settled on an old tried and true favourite -- chocolate milk. I find that chocolate milk is an ideal post-workout recovery drink, even more so than water and sports drinks, because it contains the fluids, carbs and protein I need to recover after exercise.

How Loving My 300-Pound Body Keeps Me Thin

Kelly Coffey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

We're tormented by our obsession with weight. Losing weight is hard to do, and the overwhelming majority of us gain back whatever weight we lose (and then some). Every failed weight loss effort drags us deeper into depression. Loving thoughts breed acceptance and patience. Sometimes I stray from my chosen path and eat something that triggers my food addiction. Because I love the body I once had and don't fear returning to it, I'm able to respond to these slips in a healthy way. I accept that I've gone off the path. I forgive myself.

Of Course You're Busy, But Are You Really Too Busy to Work Out?

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 05.31.2014 | 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 05.21.2014 | 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 05.20.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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.