Canada Fitness

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.

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.

Fitness Tips to Help You Stay Sane Over Easter

Lindsay Gee | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Living
Lindsay Gee

While most holidays are centered around food and family, I urge you to consider focusing this weekend around getting active together. And really, what better way to be active than as a family, surrounded by magic eggs?!

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.

3 Natural Ways To Spring Clean Your Gut

Kathy Smart | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Smart

Your gut is such an important part of keeping your immune system strong. Some 70 to 80 per cent of your immune system tissue is located in your digestive system! That's why ensuring that you are supporting your gut is so important for increased energy, ability to fight colds and flus and to keep your energy levels at their optimal capacity!

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.

A Solid Recovery Routine Is A Runner's Secret Weapon

Canada Running Series | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Living
Canada Running Series

Do you find yourself squeezing in workouts around the rest of your life -- before work, during lunch breaks and in the evening? While your workouts are important, it is also critical to take your recovery seriously -- the little details have a bigger impact on your training quality than you might think.

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.