Canada Fitness

Ban These 'Fitness Phrases' From Your Vocabulary... Forever

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I'm not under any false assumptions that our society's completely unrealistic, unproductive and unhealthy beauty standard will change anytime soon, but I do think that we can start by calling it something different in our own lives. We can change our script, our vocabulary, our vernacular; change our own points of view, if not that of others.

5 Healthy Habits I Adopted in my 30s

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I've always touted myself as a health conscious person with a passion for fitness, but it is only in the recent years that I realize I've been doing things and thinking about things all wrong. Here are a few of the good health habits I've adopted in my 30s.

This Thanksgiving I Count My Blessings

Shannon Skinner | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

Then, I started my gratitude rowing. Now going to the gym is something I look forward to rather than dread. Furthermore, as I progress in my new good habit, I see a universal truth: the more I am grateful, the more I have to be grateful for. This Thanksgiving, here are some of the many things I am grateful for:

A Workout You Can Do From Bed

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Let's be honest, some days it's hard just getting out of bed, let alone hauling a** to the gym for a workout. So I crafted a workout routine we can all do from the comforts of bed. That's right, an exercise series that openly welcomes eye boogers, pyjamas, night guards and bed head.

From One Extreme to Another: It's Time to Stop This Workout Madness!

Jessica Zapata | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jessica Zapata

There's a big push right now for women to lift weights and to lift heavy. As a trainer I get it. I want to be strong. I want my clients to be strong. But there comes a time, when for the average person, enough is enough. We have once again taken it too far.

How Unhealthy "Health Food" Is Derailing Your Diet

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

If you are struggling to lose weight and / or adopt a healthier lifestyle, you may be inadvertently sabotaging your efforts by making "unhealthy health choices." These less obvious culprits -- what I call "unhealthy health food" -- tend to slide under the radar and inadvertently sabotage progress.

Losing Weight Is as Easy as 1-2-3? Nope

Kelly Coffey | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

Of course we get sucked in when the pretty nutritionist tells us that losing the weight is as simple as 1-2-3! Optimistic, we watch her video. But despite what we want to believe, we know that being told what or how to eat isn't the solution. Being told what and how to eat does not help us lose weight and keep it off. It just doesn't work. Period.

Canadians Take Care of Their Retirement...But Not Their Health

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Most Canadians have taken steps to prepare for their retirement, but ironically, the vast majority of Canadians have not spent much time or effort investing in the most important asset that will help them live comfortably through their golden years...their health.

Fall Means Back To Striptease School

Tristan Risk | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tristan Risk

I feel like my autumn will have slightly more structure as I look forward to mastering my disrobing technique. My reading will consist of classic pillow books, and I'll continue to expand the vocabulary of my body language.

There's a Right and a Wrong Way to Do a Cleanse

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Thinking rationally, I know that the feeling of control that a cleanse offers is fleeting, even false, but I wanted to feel like I was closing the door on old (less than ideal) habits, and opening the door to new (more ideal) habits. I wanted a clean slate.

Getting Messy in the Mud Is Good for You, so Jump in

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

I can not begin to describe my excitement for the onslaught of people who are putting together things like Tough Mudders, Mud Runs, and anything else that has people outside, running and performing obstacles. This is what we were designed to do. Have fun, be outside, and get messy.

20 Tips For Living A Better Life

Adrian Wesley | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adrian Wesley

I sat down this morning to write out the top 20 things I have learned in my life so far, but after writing down four items, I started to cry deep, intense tears. I released the emotion and it felt amazing. Writing this blog reminded me of the pain and suffering I had endured to awaken to this wisdom. This is my gift to you. Here are my top 20 tips for living a better life.

Want to Get Lean? Don't Carb Load Pre-Workout

Dain Wallis | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

For as long as I can remember, I've been told that it's paramount to load up on carbs before any kind of physical activity. As I've gotten older, wiser and tried things for myself, I've realized that this is complete overkill. In most cases, eating carbs before working out is like filling up a near-full gas tank and watching excess gas spill all over the ground.

Cottage-Friendly Workout Tips

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

So, you've come to grips with the fact that the only workouts you plan on getting are the continuous long treks up the stairs to refill your pitcher of sangria. But before you get too comfortable with this soothing summer schedule, what if you could bring workout equipment to the cottage that will increase exercise intensity, reduce total time AND won't even take up space in your suitcase?

Homemaker Tips That Will Make You More Fit

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

By becoming a better "housekeeper," I've noticed that my dedication to health and wellness has reached a new level and I wanted to share the useful tips I learned along the way. Here's how being more domestic can actually help improve fitness and achieve weight loss.

The Pornographication of Fitness Needs to Stop

Tosca Reno | Posted 09.21.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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 09.16.2014 | 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 09.14.2014 | 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 09.14.2014 | 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 09.07.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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.