Canada Fitness

We're Confusing Sex Appeal And Six Packs For Health And Fitness

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 05.15.2017 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you struggle with your weight or if you are stuck in a routine that has you emotionally drained, understand you are not alone. Also understand that an entire industry has been created to sell you products, diets and fad workouts that you just don't need and, usually, don't work.

My Secret To Aging Gracefully Is Never To Grow Old In The First Place

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Growing old gracefully is not just a matter of coasting into the sunset - it's constantly treading water. Elite runner and writer Jean-Paul Bedard shares how his philosophy of movement, gratitude and forgiveness helps him to stay young at heart and mind despite a difficult past.

Will Your MP Vote To Label GMOs And Uphold Your Right To Know?

Rachel Parent | Posted 05.02.2017 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

It is all too easy to call those who express concerns about GM food "anti-GM." This is wrong. The real issue is whether we believe in transparency and democracy. Bill C-291 is not part of an anti-GM campaign. It would not inhibit the production of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Canada.

My Favourite Things: The Spring Edition

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I am currently renewing my fascial stretching certification from the Stretch To Win Institute. (Fascia is sheets of connective webbing that encases and connects the entire body; it unites bones and muscles.) I do partner fascial stretching with clients, but attending the course reminded me how wonderful the motions feel in my own body. I am now re-motivated to prioritize fascial stretching after every run.

There's A Point To Exercise, But Weight Loss Isn't It

Leigh Vanderloo, PhD | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Living
Leigh Vanderloo, PhD

Being physically active needs to stop being treated as a means to an end. Our bodies were made to move and that's just what they should do - not to fit into a pair of jeans, or to look good for beach season, and certainly not for more Instagram likes - but because much like eating, breathing and sleeping, it's a vital part of life.

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.

Walk Your Way To Happiness

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Walking, like most aerobic activity, is good for your heart and lungs. It strengthens cardiovascular fitness all while toning your muscles and burning calories. Walking is low impact, so it doesn't have the same potential for injury as jogging or running. It's also a bodyweight exercise, meaning it will help improve your strength, posture, bone density and stamina. Walking aids blood circulation, lymphatic health (to rid the body of toxins and waste products) and helps regulate blood sugar.

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.

What Really Keeps Us Motivated In Life?

Margot McKinnon | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Living
Margot McKinnon

As surely as gyms and fitness studios will be packed with newly motivated men and women every January, they will have cleared out come March. The typical 8-12 week motivation drop-off is a well-documented phenomenon. So if you have made a resolution to get healthy and fit this year and you are already losing steam don't worry, you are not alone.

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.

The Fitness World Is Setting You Up For Failure

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

All those people in magazines, at competitions, and filling instagram with their awesome workout pics are the small percentage of the population who are intrinsically motivated. Who are able to suffer and sacrifice based on some internal psychology. What's important to note is that the majority of the world is not like this, maybe YOU are not like this AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!

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....

It Isn't Health Canada's Job To Put A Positive Spin On GMOs

Rachel Parent | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

GMOs have the potential to irreversibly alter the genetic core of the food supply. It is very worrying that Health Canada seems more concerned about jumping on the industry bandwagon by trying to convince the unwilling public about the perceived benefits of GMOs than actually carrying out its own safety studies.

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!

5 Fun Cross-Training Winter Activities To Keep You Active

Christine Blanchette | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Living
Christine Blanchette

Incorporating cross-training once or twice a week in your workout routine will keep you motivated with your running, build strength and help prevent injury. In addition, cross-training is a good alternative to running when you can't run due to poor weather conditions.

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.

Choose Joy By Choosing To Exercise

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I stay on my fitness horse by reminding myself that movement is a privilege and that the future Me will ALWAYS be happier if I move. The understanding that exercise positively affects my mood has informed my entire fitness philosophy. In fact, improving my mood is typically the primary reason I train.

I Listened To The Stories Of Those Impacted By Monsanto's Greed

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

It was a chance to hear from some of the many victims of Monsanto and how that company has affected every level of our lives: from the food we put into our bodies and the issues associated with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup, to the adverse impacts its corporate greed has on poverty and food security.

Calcium Supplementation Can Slow Bone Loss In Men Aged 55 And Over

Kia Khadem | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Living
Kia Khadem

Osteoporosis. It's the cause of over 80 per cent of all fractures in people over 50 That's more common than having a heart attack, stroke, and breast cancer -- combined. It affects us all at some point. Most of us think it's a problem that only women should care about. Not true.