Canada Fitness

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.

5 Reasons Why Working Out With Your Valentine Is Sweet

Heather Gardner | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Heather Gardner

Working out with your partner is a great way to spend quality time together, be motivated to actually hit the gym and have a ton of fun. Research shows that working out with your partner will motivate you to work out longer and harder. So, grab your loved one and do something good for each other.

A Few Of My Favourite Things This Month

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

One of the best things about my job is that I get to have so many interesting health and fitness conversations; I am constantly discovering new yummy recipes, kick-ass workouts, and motivational tips and tricks.

How To Balance Wellness And Family

Lisa Davidson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Davidson

I know that feeling of saying goodnight to your little one and just wanting to collapse on the couch... As parents we are so busy taking care of everyone else that we let our own health slide. That needs to change.

How To Get Started With Snowshoeing

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

The most important part of choosing a snowshoe is picking the right size. All snowshoes sink. The ideal size of shoe is the smallest size that supports your weight on the snow that you'll typically be snowshoeing on. It's not an exact science.

5 Easy Ways To Find Time For Fitness During The Workday

Heather Gardner | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Heather Gardner

In an ideal world we'd each have a full hour for physical activity every day. But if your workday keeps you moving less and you end up like the 47 per cent of us who are sitting more, short rounds of exercise can add up over the course of your day and have you feeling more energized and alert.

Food Should Be Fuel, Not What Makes Us Fat

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Food has become what makes us fat or skinny -- acceptable levels of fat or skinniness are determined by sex appeal, not by doctors, physiologists or experts in health. We hand select beautiful people who won a genetics lottery, put them on a pedestal in social media, TV and magazines. We covet their qualities, and then we blame bread when we are fatter than them.

Surprise! You Can Have Kids And Still Work Out

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

"I'd work out if I didn't have kids." Many of us have thought this, or possibly said it out loud... and actually believed it. While there is no denying that adding "raising a healthy and functioning human being" into your life schedule adds a bit of pressure, the fact is that exercising is one of the best things you can do because you have kids, not in spite of them.

How To Choose The Best Personal Trainer

Jamie Logie | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

You don't need a personal trainer or coach to get fit and healthy, but it sure does help. This is why elite level athletes and Olympians need trainers and coaches, their work ethic is second to none but at some point guidance, motivation and the ability to progress is required.