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This summer, capitalize on the beautiful weather by taking your workouts outside! Who needs to waste valuable time getting to and from the gym -- or lose fitness ground by slacking on vacation -- when...
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Too many of us let "brain propaganda" highjack our lives. You know what I am talking about: "Who cares if I hit the snooze button and miss my workout just this once?" Or, "I can eat this cake - what does it matter?" Or, "Why even try to lose weight... I am just going to fail. I can't do anything right."
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I am currently renewing my fascial stretching certification from the Stretch To Win Institute. (Fascia is sheets of connective webbing that encases and connects the entire body; it unites bones and muscles.) I do partner fascial stretching with clients, but attending the course reminded me how wonderful the motions feel in my own body. I am now re-motivated to prioritize fascial stretching after every run.
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What I am saying is, when you make a choice that your future self will not be proud of, lean into the fall and learn from every choice -- both positive and negative. Work to understand your personal triggers and coping mechanisms so that you evolve into the healthier and fitter future self you want to be.
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In February 2016, I compiled my first "favourite things" blog -- a list of current favourite exercises, nutrition tips, recipes, and health mantras. This edition includes a workout format, helpful tips for eating out, a mindfulness trick for improved posture, and a life mantra that has profoundly improved my daily existence.
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Transitions aren't always easy, in fact, many people are resistant to change. Take some time for yourself to envision your goals and the changes you are wanting to make. This will help you incorporate those small changes into your routine, both in and out of the gym.
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Standing for hours on end -- as a professional chef, bartender, butcher, home economist or cheese monger -- is hard on the body. Standing, lifting, bending, and twisting for hours on end, often with less-than-ideal posture, frequently results in achy legs and feet, a sore back, and stiff almost arthritic-feeling hands.
All those people in magazines, at competitions, and filling instagram with their awesome workout pics are the small percentage of the population who are intrinsically motivated. Who are able to suffer and sacrifice based on some internal psychology. What's important to note is that the majority of the world is not like this, maybe YOU are not like this AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT!
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I am going to admit something. I didn't know "fitness hacks" were a thing until Lisa Davis asked me to chat about them on her show Talk Healthy Today. Now that I know what "hacks" are -- basically inn...
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Working out at home might be just what you need to get back into the workout groove if work or life has started to get in the way. The convenience, privacy and comfort it offers kick a ton of "can't workout because X" excuses in the can and lets you take control of your health on your own time.
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Are you constantly on and off your fitness horse? Instead of getting back on and hoping for different results, rethink your strategy. Ask yourself, "What has and has not worked in the past?" Pinpoint the valuable lessons and work to reproduce successful approaches. Abandon anything else.
Harley Pasternak, a Canadian-born trainer is adamant that what you eat is more important than how you exercise.
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I stay on my fitness horse by reminding myself that movement is a privilege and that the future Me will ALWAYS be happier if I move. The understanding that exercise positively affects my mood has informed my entire fitness philosophy. In fact, improving my mood is typically the primary reason I train.
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I love sampling different fun fitness classes -- both at home (in Toronto) and when traveling. Trying something new helps me stay motivated, plus booking my workouts before I fly ensures that I always work out. I would never forfeit my money by not showing up.
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I know, we're only in November, but the end of the year is actually a great chance to re-evaluate your goals with enough time to prepare for the New Year ahead of you. So even though it may seem like an unconventional time to take stock of what you were hoping to accomplish this 2016, it's actually a great time to recognize your accomplishments.
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Favourite thing about fall: Running outside. I love running -- it is my bliss! Running in the fall is particularly enjoyable; it is not too hot and not too cold! A few tips... A. You may feel cold at first, but you will warm up quickly. B. Experiment until you find your perfect running attire.... C. Get a jacket with pockets.
Adopting a healthier lifestyle is an active process; no one can force anyone else -- no matter how much they love them -- to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Your loved one has to be at least interested in having the "health conversation." Health is a process, and in order for long-term changes to occur, the person must want to -- and be ready to -- be part of the process... The million-dollar question becomes, how do you support a loved one's journey to become fit, without them feeling judged, belittled, and criticized?
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I am not sure how this is possible, but it is officially fall and this is my sixth "favourite things" themed blog. Time seriously just disappears! If you haven't read any of the past blogs in this ser...
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We all know the benefits of working out and eating well, but when it comes to our health, knowing and doing -- especially doing over the long-term -- are two very different things! Sure, most of us can be dedicated for a few days -- sometimes a few months -- but long-term change is a whole other ballgame.
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September is here, and with the arrival of the cooler crisp air and changing colours we are adjusting to getting back into the comfort of our familiar routines. Getting back into the swing of things can be quite hectic after a summer of relaxation -- holidays are over, kids are back at school, school year activities begin and your personal time is minimal.
Instead of trying to overhaul all of your eating and lifestyle habits at once -- which often is overwhelming, complicated, expensive and sometimes even disgusting -- give your taste buds and life rhythms time to adjust. Find simple, realistic and effective healthy substitutions.
This is my fifth "favourite things" themed blog. I was inspired to start the series this past February; I was sharing a healthy recipe with a client and I thought, "What is the use of constantly learn...
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When you use exercise as a counter for poor nutritional choices -- like my pint of ice cream a day habit during the marathon summer - it is almost impossible to do successfully. It is super simple to consume 100 empty calories, working them off however is a completely different story.
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Making time for the most important person in your life -- you -- is essential for overall health and well-being. But sometimes life gets in the way: work piles up, the kids need a drive to practice, and the household chore list gets unbelievably long. We list five effective ways to take back your life.
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You need to become conscious of how often you mindlessly say you are "too busy" to make healthy choices. Then take a moment to ask yourself what is really going on. You may be busy, but are you really too busy?
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If you tend to nod off by 10 p.m., you need to read this. From the AOL Partner Studio
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Awe-inspiring sports moments that give us goosebumps. From the AOL Partner Studio
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In our twenties we would go to the gym and train hard without thinking twice about the stress we were putting on our joints. Things change as we age and we may begin to experience pain in our joints,...
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When it comes to working out, boredom is the kiss of death. It is hard enough to make yourself train at the best of times -- and almost impossible when you feel like yawning! Core workouts can be particularly yawn-worthy. Front planks, crunches, bike kicks... snore. The great news is, your workout doesn't have to put you to sleep!
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Rediscover your inner child and take part in these activities we played as kids. From the AOL Partner Studio.
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As a trainer, I am constantly coming across new "fun" exercises and healthy recipes, but what is the use of learning all this great info if I don't share it? So, in February I wrote a "favourite thing...
It is summer, and our thoughts and bodies lead us to the great outdoors. When you're outside enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, sometimes the last thing you want to do is pack up a gym bag and head into a climate-controlled (or hot and sweaty!) gym for a workout.