Healthy Lifestyle

If You Want to Get Healthy, Create the Right Environment

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

April is in full swing. January 1 is a distant memory. The year you promised will be devoted to health is disappearing. Have you done what you promised yourself you would? If you are looking to get healthy, create the environment.

If Your Health Is Important to You, Stop Making Excuses

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Is your health important to you? Don't answer any other question, and don't think about anything else. Very simple: is your health important? Now make a list of every excuse you have to: Not eat healthy; Not be active everyday (simple walk at the end of the day); Not get enough sleep; Not reduce stress. Actually make the list, then look it over.

If You Eat Less, Do You Live Longer?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Studies on longevity in connection with diet and lifestyle were undertaken as early as the 16th century. Two relatively recent studies tested independently from each other the impact of calorie restriction on health and mortality in rhesus monkeys. Both came up with opposite results.

You Can't Get Healthy Without Planning Your Meals

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Stop me if this sounds familiar. Wake up in the morning, late. Grab a coffee and a bagel (they're healthy, right?). Run out the door, get to work. Surprise meeting at 11:30, work through lunch. Decide a salad is the healthy option, but it's a Cesar salad. You had intended to be active during lunch, but because of the meeting, you won't be...

How Lifting Weights Saved My Life

Adrian Wesley | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Adrian Wesley

In 2008, the financial meltdown hit and my business was destroyed. Two years later, my then-wife got up one day and left our marriage without warning. I was devastated. I fell into a depression, faced the huge challenge of pulling myself back up. So I turned back to what saved me once before: lifting weights.

Healthy Living Is Not Just the Body on the Magazine Cover

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Healthy living means proper portion sizes of food, living active (not needing the gym), hydrating, and getting proper rest. Healthy living is not the body on the magazine cover.

How I Use Instagram to Keep Me Honest in the Gym

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you look through my Instagram, right next to a workout photo you'll see a wing night, or something to do with me having fun. The reality is, I use my social media as a tool to stay honest with myself, and really try to help fill the void for inspiration.

Maintain Your Body - You Can't Just Replace the Engine

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

I have run out of gas in my life. If I didn't know the gas gauge was on E, and had you said a block before I ran out of gas I'd be dead at the side of the road, I'd never believe it. Our bodies are just like that. We ignore the problems, or don't feel them starting. One day we are golden then next we call an ambulance.

When Getting Healthy, You Must Look Beyond the Scale

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

"I'd be happy if I lost 10 pounds." No greater lie has ever been spoken in the health world. I'm guilty of thinking it. I'm guilty of trying it. Happiness, and your reason for changing your diet, working out more, or doing anything health related can not be linked to weight loss. Not long term.

Take Charge of your Aging

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

The new science of aging is shedding light on the coveted fountain of youth. It is at this critical time that we have the most important opportunity to take charge of our aging. Forget aging gracefully, our generation can choose to age proactively and design the second half of our lives.

How to Become Your Own Olympian

Jane Dummer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Passion and hard work are recurring themes when you ask people how they achieve their success. Supporting your inner champion with an optimistic mindset is also key. As the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia it's a great time to reflect on your own fitness and nutrition goals and aspirations.

Don't Abandon Your Fitness Resolutions Just Yet

Kelly Murumets | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Murumets

It's time to stop and question your family's reliance on the car. Yes, many of us live in suburbs or rural areas where destinations tend to be spread out, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to choose people power as an option. It may be easier to incorporate more steps into your day than you realize, if you just take a look at where you have to be in a week.

The 4 Most Common Mistakes People Make at the Gym

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Don't let someone else dictate why you live healthy. Once you have decided, don't fall prey to the common pitfalls that most people make. Here is what I see as the four most common mistakes made at the gym and when people decide they want to improve their health.

When it Comes to Health, Listen to Your Body (Not Your Friends)

Kelsey Matheson | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Kelsey Matheson

Many people may tell you that their way is the "right way," and it may be for them, but you need to listen to your own body and do what's right for you. At every corner we are bombarded with messages of how to lose weight, have perfect skin, and defy the aging process. Let 2014 be the year that we decide to tap into our own bodies.

Simple Ways to Live a Healthier Life

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Weight loss. It has been made out to be some kind of strange math equation mixed with will power no one has, and a little genetic luck. So let's demystify it. It's all about maintaining a diet, exercising, sleeping and drinking water. This is what you need to do if you want to live that healthy life.

Want to Lose Weight in 2014? Make Your Own Rules (But Stick to Them)

Theresa Albert | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

If you don't want to get the "you said that last year" eye roll from your friends or spouse, you have to change it up. Stop making resolutions that are too broad and that fizzle by February. If you really want to change your life, make rules. Make the goal clear.

How I'm Living My Life With No Regrets

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

With anything negative in life you have to find the positive. For me, the positive from being in a hospital and being sick as a child was finding the value of health. Not only health, but using that health to make memories. The inside of a hospital is not fun. I want to live a life with #NoRegrets.

Ditch the Halloween Candy and Let's Get Fit Together

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Seeing all the bags of candy out for Halloween and post-Halloween can be tempting, especially when you're a self-confessed candy addict, but visualizing myself entering 2014 as a more fit, stronger and healthier me...both mentally and physically (in my size 6 skinny jeans)...is all the motivation I need!

Do Organised Sports Interfere With Healthy Living?

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

It is perhaps time to consider public health discourse on whether or not any putative benefits from participation in organized sports are largely cancelled out by the ensuing time pressure that not only seriously cuts into time for healthy eating but also sleep and other activities that should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

You Want to Be Healthier? Make it Non-Negotiable

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Recently, a number of people commented that they envied my "discipline" and "dedication to my health." The comments caught me slightly off guard -- to be honest I don't really consider myself particularly disciplined. I responded that most of my choices don't seem like choices -- I have structured my life so that I make them fairly unconsciously. The way I live my life no longer seems particularly special, it is just the way I live my life.

Fighting the "Freshman 15"

Lindsay Jang | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Lindsay Jang

Heading to university for the first time can bring up a lot of mixed emotions. For many, it's a step into freedom -- whether it's living away from home for the first time or choosing the right courses that will help you pursue your dreams. But a new environment can throw off your eating habits, leading to the dreaded Freshman 15. Here's how to combat those extra pounds.

5 Sneaky Ways You're Sabotaging Your Diet

29Secrets | Posted 10.07.2013 | Canada Living
29Secrets

We all know the ingredients of healthy living: eating nutritious, good-for-you foods, laying off the junk and leading an active lifestyle. It all seems pretty simple, but the truth is, there are little habits we've all been guilty of that could be sneakily undoing all your best efforts.

5 Healthy and Refreshing Summer Drink Alternatives

Marni Wasserman | Posted 09.19.2013 | Canada Living
Marni Wasserman

Hot summer days beg for cool, refreshing drinks. Typically, people reach for beverages like juices, sodas, or lattes that are highly sugared, empty-calorie drinks. Now if after reading this, you are still thinking "but water is boring," then it's time for you to get a hold of just a few simple ingredients to make your own homemade summer refreshments that you can sip on with a smile.

The Best Way to Prevent Dementia

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Three independent studies from Europe confirmed what experts suspected all along but had not been able to say with certainty, namely that both physica...

Why Working Out Is the Cherry on the Healthy Living Sundae

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Working out can sometimes be, well, not fun. Long days at work, kids going crazy, family emergencies. It all adds up to a mentally drained and exhausted you. What if I told you, as an honest trainer, the gym was the fourth most important thing to take care of in your healthy living? In fact, getting into a gym is the icing on the cake or the cherry on top of a sundae.