Health and 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.

Let's Have a Grown Up Discussion About Obesity

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Living
Nadeem Esmail

Experience suggests that policies like fat/'junk food' taxes, vending machine bans, menu labelling requirements, reduced availability of particular foods, simplified or directive food labels, graphic warning labels, zoning restrictions, and advertising restrictions, will not be successful at reducing the prevalence of excess weight.

If You Could Have More Energy, Would You Want It?

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If everyone took care of those pillars of health, it would take less than 2 and half hours a day to change. A few more minutes to eat and grab health meals. That extra hour of sleep instead of TV, and 40 minutes to make your body and mind switch into a new gear to be ready to interact with friends and family.

Just Going to the Gym Doesn't Make You 'Healthy'

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Somewhere along the way the lines got blurred. You are either in a hospital sick and dying, or you are a pro athlete and cover model. No one gives praise to the middle ground. No one talks about the family of five who are all healthy body weight, active but not stand outs on a sports team, and who eat healthy everyday.

Should We Assume Overweight People Are Lazy or Excessive?

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

With obesity the die is usually cast early. The results of a major study in the US have established that a third of children overweight in kindergarten are obese by the eighth grade. Almost every child who was very obese stayed that way as they grew older. An individual should not be easily blamed for conditions that result from their childhood when they have little control over their well-being.

Don't Judge an Eating Disorder By Its Cover

Jay Walker | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jay Walker

The image of what often comes to mind, and what is often publicized for people with eating disorders is a younger female who is skeletal in frame. In my case, I was a young man who was albeit thin, also quite muscular. I worked in health in fitness. I helped people get fit. I was supposed to be the voice of healthy living.

Almost One Month into 2014...Are Your Goals Holding Up?

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Are you struggling to follow through on your New Year's resolutions? Don't be discouraged. Believe me, you are not alone. The further it gets from the start of any goal, the harder it can become for most of us (including myself) to stay on track.

How I Kept My New Year's Resolution and Lost 70 Pounds

Jenna Em | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

The year I turned 40, I felt like I was having a health crisis. After having had five babies back-to-back, I was at my heaviest weight ever -- and the most unhealthy self I had ever been. On December 31 2012, I made a New Year's resolution to myself and my family. In these 12 months, I have lost 70 lbs, four clothing sizes and I am looking and feeling much better. I am now lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight nine years ago! True to my word, my family now eats in a healthy fashion and we are regularly active as a family!

Read This Only If You Want to Reach Your 2014 Health Goals

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Break your dream/resolution down to goals, work toward the goals with daily plans of action. Stay on track, and make sure you absolutely know what's important. For me, it's staying out of the hospital when it comes to my health journey. Tell friends and family what you are doing, and hire a trainer or a team around you.

Ladies, You Can Strength Train Without Getting "Bulky"

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Don't be afraid to strength train! Pretty much daily one of my clients tells me that "I want to strength train and tone up, but I don't want to get too strong, or too bulky." But it is almost impossibly for women to "get big" unless they really try -- it is just not in our genetics.

What It's Really Like to Live as a Fat Person Every Day

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I don't believe that acceptance means that I'm making excuses. Who are you to decide if my experience is an excuse? That's derailing and dehumanizing. When you present your fitspiration article and ask me, a fat person, why I don't look like you and what my excuse must be, you're asking a question that is none of your business. I get that it's supposed to be inspiring and make me think, but you have no idea what I do for myself and what I'm working on personally. I don't owe anyone explanations, excuses, or anything else. I only owe myself those things.

3 Tips For a Fun Workout

Carolyn Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Williams

Have you found yourself working out less than used to a year, or even a month, ago? Will any excuse do to keep you off of the trail or out of the gym? This is of course not uncommon and something that plagues even the most motivated of workout fiends. What I have found is that the feeling creeps in whenever I stop enjoying my regular workout regimen. Over my 20 years of working out, being running, lifting weights or doing the Bar Method, I have found that these are 3 fool proof ways to shake the exercise 'blahs' and get me back out there, sometimes even with a smile on my face.

Don't Blame Genetics For Your Body

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 10.19.2013 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

In my last blog, among other things, I problematized the "30 Day squat challenge." In retrospect, although I stand behind my arguments, I wish instead of simply being critical, I had argued the same points by quoting a writer's work that I admire. I would rather try to live my life acknowledging both the positives and negatives of any situation, theory, or decision.

Want to Get Healthy? Think Positive

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Who wants to feel constrained as well as deprived of what they love? My advice, flip your mindset, try and find the positive! Instead of "I can't eat cake," think "how great it is that I can eat these delicious berries?" Instead of, "I don't want to go for a run" think, "how great it is that I can run."

Find Fitness Success by Getting a Health Buddy

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

One method of setting yourself up for success is to find a health buddy to help you stay motivated and accountable. I suggest to my clients that they get a gym buddy, an accountability buddy, and/or a nutrition buddy. Plus, a gym buddy can make working out more fun.

How to Be More Active Outside the Gym

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

Going to the gym and doing other forms of institutional exercise doesn't adequately address the reality that most of us live a primarily sedentary existence. Desk jobs are a necessary evil, but complete inactivity throughout the day doesn't have to follow.

Exercise Doesn't Always Mean Weight Loss and That's OK

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 06.23.2013 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

In big bold type on the cover of Health magazine is the statement, "Lose 12 pounds this month. Fast! Safe! For good!" News flash -- it is not healthy for everyone to lose 12 pounds of weight. Obviously, I strongly believe everyone should exercise, but exercise should not be synonymous with weight loss.

How My Family Got Fit in Two Months

Jenna Em | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

On January 1 I decided to make some major changes to my family's nutrition and physical activity. I began to think of our five young children, all the proper body weights--but with a frequent propensity to eating desserts and exercising too rarely. They also learned by example, and noticed when I would snack.

How I'm Making Every Workout an Adventure

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

About a week ago I decided I needed to try something new to help get myself out of my fitness rut. I went to a boxing class. It did the trick. It put a giant smile on my face. After the class I felt energized and accomplished (as I always do post workout). More importantly, I had fun.

Why "No Pain No Gain" Is No Gym Motto

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Living
Vesna Dodevska

How many times have you heard this expression: No pain = no gain? This isn't necessarily true. You can still get great results from a decent workout without killing yourself. Don't believe me? Take a look at fit people. They have don't kill themselves in order to be fit. They just workout regularly.

10 Ways to Get Your Family Healthy

Jenna Em | Posted 03.20.2013 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

This year I resolved to get my family more healthy and active, by employing 10 simply strategies. I had taken inventory of my family's daily nutrition, and realized that there was room for improvement in both the quality and quantity of food that my family consumed. So here are the 10 simple strategies.

15 Everyday Ways To Burn 150 Calories

Everyday Health | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada Living

By Dennis Thompson Jr.; Medically reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD The rate at which you burn calories depends on the specific physical fitness a...

Jacob's Ladder: A Story of Community Building

Bernie Farber | Posted 09.05.2012 | Canada Living
Bernie Farber

Jacob Schwartz is a lucky 15-year-old boy. Though he was diagnosed at birth with Canavan disease, a usually fatal illness that targets the central nervous system virtually robbing its victims of most basic human functions such as sight, speech, cognitive abilities and mobility, Jacob is still a lucky boy.

7 Exercises to Look Better in the Buff

Ali de Bold | Posted 06.02.2012 | Canada Living
Ali de Bold