Health and Fitness

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.

7 Strategies For Successful Weight Loss

Dr. Deidre Macdonald, ND | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Deidre Macdonald, ND

Do you want to lose weight, but have trouble sticking to a plan? No matter what diet you are on, these strategies will help you get your head in the game and set you up to succeed. Taking charge of your eating habits is an essential step to taking charge of your health.

Try This Warm Winter Buddha Bowl Recipe

Abigail Keeso | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Keeso

It is the perfect time of year to take advantage of local and seasonal root vegetables and this Warm Winter Buddha Bowl will help you do just that! We're roasting up cauliflower, carrots, parsnips, turnips and beets and serving it with sautéed kale, chickpeas and quinoa.

Fitness At 50: Minding The Middle

Theresa Albert | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

There is a massive market out here of women who have crossed the finish line. We are successfully "middle age." A phrase that struck humour in me when I was 20, interest when I was 30 and fear in the 40s. And you know what? It's not so bad, there's lots going for it but there is the downside.

AMRAP Training: A Workout That's Anything But Boring

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

AMRAP stands for "as many rounds as possible." AMRAP is an example of time-based training. With AMRAP, you aim to fit in as many cycles of a circuit as possible within a set time frame. The faster you get through the reps of each exercise, the more times you will complete the entire circuit.

Working Out Has Made Me Better At Sitting Down

Safa Jinje | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada Living
Safa Jinje

Last year, during a busy period of work, I found myself unable to control my posture at my desk. I'd try to sit up straight with my feet firmly planted, shoulders back and tummy tucked, but my body wouldn't support me. As a healthy 28-year-old woman, I knew it wasn't OK to feel this way.

Make Healthy Living A Lifestyle, Not A Resolution

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you are going to make the "be healthy" resolution, let me help you with a few thoughts. Make the resolution something you can absolutely make happen. Here's four simple ways to make 2016 a healthy year, and 2017, and all the years to follow.

Small Daily Changes Are The Key To Long-Term Lifestyle Improvement

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

So often in the fitness industry the message is extreme. Our industry is committed to improving people's lives but we forget in order to change lives we have to provide a community that is welcoming, educational and non-judgmental. The key is to start with small daily changes.

A Healthy And Full Life Can Start At Work

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 11.11.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you want to be healthy, and you work for a large corporation answer me this. Do you use your benefits package? If you want to get ahead at work, use your benefits program. The healthier and more energetic you are, the better your performance.

The Dangers Of Health Obsession

Jamie Logie | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

Health obsession might not seem like a bad thing, but when a person is reaching the point that they have created stress over missing a certain healthy food item, or that they had to cut their gym session short, they might be heading in the wrong direction in regards to finding true wellness.

Why People Give Up On Diet And Health Advice

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Nutrition counselors have arguably the lowest success rate among all health-care professionals. We have plenty of repeat customers, especially after the holidays, but we are also faced with a large percentage of "drop-outs," meaning clients who eventually give up on weight control, regular exercise, and improving their lifestyle choices.

Running Is Not The Best Exercise To Get Fit

Taylored Training Fitness | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Taylored Training Fitness

For some reason everyone thinks that it is OK for anyone to go running in an effort to improve their health. This is simply not an appropriate recommendation. Running is not the BEST form of exercise. It is simply a form of exercise and one that requires preliminary strength and mobility prior to starting.

11 Fall Running Tips

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently, I spoke with Ian Adam Smith MacNairn, an ultra runner from Calgary, Alberta, and a The North Face athlete. Ian shared his tips on how to start running, how to pick the best shoes for your feet and much more.

5 Workout Habits to Get Ahead of the Winter Blues

Colin Blayney | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Living
Colin Blayney

Winter Blues: the loss of motivation and productivity experienced during the long winter months, especially in northern countries. Winter presents a challenge for many people to stay on top of their fitness regimens.

6 Bike Safety Tips for Fall and Winter

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Rainy days, sunny days, I will ride in pretty much any weather (except maybe when it's icy). I always feel better after riding my bike. As I pedal down the road, my mind and heart are open, and I am able to be creative and think of some of my best ideas. To find out the latest tips on how to keep safe and cycle in the fall, I spoke with Jim Adams, MEC Toronto Cycling Staff.

Eat, Sleep, Walk and Repeat With These Fitness Trackers

Takara Small | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Living
Takara Small

If one were to believe the ads found on TV there are a million ways to get in shape: whether it be gross tasting health drinks, expensive personal trainers or unusual sounding miracle drugs. Although a quick fix might seem like the easiest way to drop lbs and get in shape, they have dramatic consequences.

Breathe Better This Summer With These Five Tips

Dr. Howard Levine | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Howard Levine

The summer season brings its own unique challenges, but we take measures to limit their impact--sunscreen prevents sunburns, citronella keeps bugs at bay, water keeps us hydrated. But what are we doing to arm our respiratory systems against low-quality summer air?

From Barbells to Boardrooms: Career Advice from Women Who Influenced Me

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada Business
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

Ladies, you have a lot to offer any industry. You are intelligent, nurturing, and have so many great qualities that are the corner stones of success. So hold your head high, know your worth, learn from each other and show 'em what you're made of!

10 Lifestyle Tips to Help You Look and Feel Younger

Jay Bradley | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada Living
Jay Bradley

Many of us will admit that we want to look younger. Almost all of us want to live longer provided we do it with zest, happiness, and good health! All this talk about anti-aging and wellness can be overwhelming at times. Is there a simple way to turn back the clock and get more bang for our buck while we're here?

Travel Should Be the Motivation to Live a Healthy Life

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

I truly believe that the offer to awaken ones soul with exploration, and the discovery of new cultures and the experience of immersion in something brand new will get people to live healthy. To truly live for the moment. Nothing inspires me to go out and be active like the thought of climbing Machu Picchu in South America.

Are You Pregnant? Get Moving to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

If you're pregnant and wondering if you can still hit the gym, recent research answers with a resounding "yes." Researchers looked at 2,800 healthy pregnant women who enrolled in exercise programs. By exercising moderately, the women reduced their risk of gestational diabetes by more than 30 per cent.

How to Stay Fit on Vacation

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

A recent study published in Journal Obesity found that after just five days, eating a high-fat diet can lead to problems such as weight gain, obesity and other health issues. Here are a few of my tips to help maintain diet and exercise while on vacation.

4 Great Father's Day Gift Ideas to Keep Your Dad Healthy

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

This week is #MensHealthWeek, you'll see it around the social media scene a lot. The idea being that it all culminates on Father's day with men getting motivated to do small things to take care of their health. Your health matters, not your weight. Your activity level matters, not the gym.

Get Off Your Butt and Take Your Kids Outside

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

ParticipACTION unveiled their 2015 Report Card On Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The results are pathetic, with a D- for overall physical activity, in part because just nine per cent of five to 17-year-olds meet daily recommendations of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

Tackle Frequent Cravings Using Mindful Eating

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Cravings are, for better or worse, a normal part of life. This means learning to deal with them in a healthy way is a big part of weight management. The goal should not be to eliminate cravings but to understand what triggers them and how to ride out the "wave of the crave."