Canada Fitness

Don't Let Age Come Between You And An Adventurous Life

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

What is it that holds us back? Sometimes it's something quite practical -- like the two herniated disks in my lower back -- or the fact that I've had four children and even a sneeze can result in something embarrassing. But sometimes it's not wanting to get out of our comfort zone.

5 Ways To Stay Fit While On Vacation

Jamie Logie | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

We are right into the swing of things with summer and many are underway with vacations and travelling. It's a good time to relax and explore but it doesn't mean you have to leave your fitness behind. Follow these tips so your trips abroad won't lead to regret once you're back home.

How To Stay Healthy Over The Summer

Jane Dummer | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

We wait all year for long summer days filled with BBQs, pool parties, cottage weekends and food festivals. But these endless social events can have you overindulging in food and drink more than any other time of year. So how can you stay healthy over the summer? We asked our experts for their advice.

Pick Your Food For A Better Mood

Michelle Vodrazka | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Living
Michelle Vodrazka

There's been lots of discussion recently about the gut microbiome, an ecosystem which consists of several hundred different species of bacteria. An imbalance in this ecosystem (an overgrowth or 'bad' bacteria or a lack of diversity), can lead to negative symptoms connected to a range of diseases, including autism, obesity, depression, anxiety, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and other digestive and mental health issues.

For A Healthier Lifestyle, Make (And Own) Your Priorities

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

You need to become conscious of how often you mindlessly say you are "too busy" to make healthy choices. Then take a moment to ask yourself what is really going on. You may be busy, but are you really too busy?

Spice Up Your Core Workout With Add-On Sets

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

When it comes to working out, boredom is the kiss of death. It is hard enough to make yourself train at the best of times -- and almost impossible when you feel like yawning! Core workouts can be particularly yawn-worthy. Front planks, crunches, bike kicks... snore. The great news is, your workout doesn't have to put you to sleep!

15 Songs To Push You Through A Tough Summer Workout

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living

Push harder, run faster and feel that stretch.

10 Tips To Help Train For An Ironman

Melissa Jovanoski | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Melissa Jovanoski

Preparing and completing an Ironman is one the greatest physical challenges any human can endure -- but one of the most rewarding. So that's why we talked to Toronto native Lynn Tougas, who has competed in several to date. If you're planning to compete, check out her 10 tips for success!

The Unexpected Things That Happen When A Klutz Tries Barre Fitness

Kendra Hagerman | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Kendra Hagerman

Barre is hard to describe, but I would say it's a fitness class based on small movements, core strength, using muscles you don't even know you have, and perfecting your form. After just one class, I discovered that barre has much more to do with yourself than the people or even the music around you.

Simple Tricks For Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle This Summer

Abigail Keeso | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Keeso

The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and summer planning is in full effect. For most of us, this means an increase in beach days, barbecues, backyard parties, weddings and drinks on the patio. All of this fun can make it really hard to maintain healthy habits.

5 Fun Nutrition Facts You May Not Know

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Ditch the "drink as much water as possible when exercising" and "always drink eight to 10 cups of water during daily life" mentality! Fitness professionals used to be told to advise everyone to drink as much as possible when working out, and to always drink a minimum of eight to 10 glasses of water per day. Turns out, neither guideline is ideal.

Bad Fitness Advice Isn't The Problem, You Are

Lee Boyce | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

People actively search for a second opinion or at least do their homework on the guy they're about to hire to do their accounting, their surgery or their drywall. Strangely, in the fitness world, all it takes is a six pack and a grin to make consumers reach for their pocketbooks to buy the new AbCrusher off a TV infomercial.

A Few Of My Favourite Things -- The May Edition

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Instead of understanding health as all the things you have to give up, adopt what I call the "find your kiwi" approach. A "kiwi" represents something healthy that you truly love -- or at least something healthy that you don't despise; one is always more apt to continue a program when it includes foods and activities one likes.

A Busy Schedule Is No Match For These Super Quick Exercises

Inessa Radostin | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Inessa Radostin

I've adapted to include regular exercise into my week. I find that using some of the free hours I have in the week to incorporate short workout routines helps me direct my focus more, and by performing them several times a week I am able to separate myself from the clutter of daily life.

How A Young Teacher Lost Almost 80 Pounds

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Living

She's such an inspiration!

Moms Who Make Time For Exercise Set A Healthy Example

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Not only is it important for mothers to talk the talk and help instill these values into their children, but they need to be prepared to walk the walk. Many mothers are so busy taking care of their family they neglect their own well-being. In order to be at your best in every aspect of life, you need to invest in yourself first!

Your Missing Health Link Is Recovery

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Being under-recovered is just as bad as being under-trained; being under-recovered leads to exhaustion, lethargy, muscle aches, trigger points, and stiffness, and left long enough it will lead to injury. Recovery allows the body to become stronger, leaner, and generally healthier; it puts that extra little energetic pep in one's step. It is not something "extra" you do when time allows.

There's A Reason Running Culture Is Exploding Across Canada

Bonnie Doan | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Living
Bonnie Doan

Whether the motivation is fitness, mental health, being part of a community or supporting a great cause, everyone has something to gain from a sport as simple as putting one foot in front of the other.

Wellness Retreat Etiquette 101

Lisa Orr | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Although wellness retreats can vary in activities and in ethos, every retreat has a common purpose, which is to help their guests recharge. What I learned on my recent retreat was that in order for every guest to have their best experience, all of the guests have to abide by a few rules of retreat etiquette.

12-Year-Old Girl Accidentally Runs Half-Marathon

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Parents

She ended up running an extra 10 miles after getting onto the wrong road race.

A Healthy Biosphere Means Healthier Humans

David Suzuki | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Living
David Suzuki

The human body evolved over millions of years, long before cars, escalators, laptops and remote controls. It's built to expend effort. Gas-powered vehicles enabled us to move over long distances or get somewhere quickly, but they're bad medicine when they're used to go two or three blocks. Our lives are easier but not necessarily healthier. It's time we put more thought into keeping our bodies active and well, minimizing sickness.

The Solution To Childhood Obesity Is Nothing New

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Childhood obesity is a huge societal file that continues to get tossed around errantly -- as it quietly and not-so-quietly lines the purses of many along the way -- and yet we have seemingly not advanced the dial on it one iota in decades. Instead, we've collectively made it so much worse.

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!

Taking A Run Outside My Comfort Zone Saved My Life

Mark McDonald | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Mark McDonald

It was the spring of 2005, I was an overweight smoker and on the fast track to an early grave. I was 23-years-old, weighed 260 pounds and smoked a pack a day. My eating habits were poor with little to no exercise. Changes had to be made.