Canada Fitness

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.

How the Government Can Make Kids' Sports More Affordable

Bill Bogart | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Bill Bogart

The idea is simple: children need to be more active. Governments have a role to play in encouraging kids to exercise more. A survey found that parents who had children enrolled in activities spent, on average, $1,000 a year for each child. But here let's look at the Canadian Children's Fitness Tax Credit (CFTC) as one important means of lowering costs and increasing access for kids' participation.

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.

How I Found Inspiration In A Blue Disney Fish

Jessica Zapata | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jessica Zapata

"Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming." Yup, I chose to call on the wisdom of an animated royal blue tang fish named Dory to get me through this.

Watching the World Cup Is Shortening Your Life Span

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

With the competition in full swing, millions spend hours sitting in front of TVs and computer screens, while their teams engage in grueling matches. Even if you discount all the drinking and snacking that typically comes with watching games on television, the fact that people sit for extended periods of time is disconcerting enough.

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!

Don't Show Me Before and After Photos, Show Me 'Durings'

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

An "after" photo implies the journey is finished. But health as a journey is never over, it's what you do daily. It's something to be worked on and focused on because it is your life and how you enjoy it. It's what you do DURING the journey that's the key to your success.

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

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 06.09.2014 | 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!

Why the Fitness World Needs Tracy Anderson

Lee Boyce | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

The truth is, if it wasn't for people like Tracy, there would be no one left in the fitness industry to break boundaries of fitness training. The studies I've done in class, the practical learning I've done with hundreds of clients, and the training I've done as a competitive athlete has proven futile now that we've been exposed to the painful reality of what fitness training should be all about.

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.

Redefine Your Own Beauty

Darlena Cunha | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Quite a few years ago, now, I had a slight moment of fame. I was driving to work (yeah, I used to work!) and on my 45-minute commute, I heard the morn...

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.

Five Cardio Workouts to Make You Sweat

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Living
Vesna Dodevska

If you are asking why you should be doing cardio again then think of increasing your endurance so that when walk up a set of stairs in your high heels, you won't be out of breath. Also, if you want to get lean, cardio is a MUST. So here are five options for you!

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.

Yoga Studio Decorum 101

Karen Cleveland | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Don't know your Hatha from your Ashtanga? One of the best things about yoga is its intrinsically welcoming nature -- your practice is really just that, your own. And while everyone is welcome, certain behaviours are not.

Real-Life Diet, Fitness Tips From A Guess Model

Ashley Diana Morris | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley Diana Morris

Before I started modelling, I was about 30 pounds heavier. Losing the weight was extremely difficult and was brought on by my first modelling job. I had dropped about 20 pounds by the time I tested for Guess and it had taken me about two and a half months.

Don't Worry About That Box of Cookies You Just Ate

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada
Vesna Dodevska

You start your day right. Wake up. Shower. Make up. Get dressed. Eat breakfast. Arrive at work. Work. Do a lunch workout. Then Lunch. Feel great s...

Why Dress For the Life You Want? Because it Works

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.21.2014 | Canada Style
Sarah Vermunt

If you've ever watched an episode of What Not to Wear, you can recall fashion expert Stacey London telling women to "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." I'm not sure who first coined that phrase, but it's a good one.

Are We Taking "Motivational" Fitness Too Far?

Lee Boyce | Posted 04.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

Push yourself in the weight room. If you want results, you have to. No argument there. But where do we draw the line? I can't say I'm eager to see the results of pushing far beyond typical thresholds on someone's body.

Five Ways To Lose Belly Fat

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Vesna Dodevska

There is usually a tie between thigh fat and belly fat as a "disliked trouble" spot for most ladies. Both areas can be stubborn but blame it on nature -- we are designed for protection and survival! Here are 5 tips that have helped my clients lost fat off their bellies.

How to Become Your Own Olympian

Jane Dummer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Passion and hard work are recurring themes when you ask people how they achieve their success. Supporting your inner champion with an optimistic mindset is also key. As the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia it's a great time to reflect on your own fitness and nutrition goals and aspirations.

Do Personal Trainers Need College Degrees?

Lee Boyce | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

Lack of degrees or certain certifications sometimes can bar very competent individuals from receiving promotions or raises, regardless of how many years of experience and industry-specific accomplishments they may have achieved. It's not about the certs or degrees, but about the experience and practical application of foundations of personal training as they're found specific to each client on a case by case basis.

Being Super Fit Doesn't Mean You Don't Have an Eating Disorder

Lauren Messervey | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lauren Messervey

My friend's foray into the world of fitness modelling inspired me to take a look at the term "eating disorder" in my trusty dictionary. I am completely shocked and saddened that the fitness model craze is not only unrecognized as another eating disorder, but is also encouraged by the hardcore fitness community.