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Fitness dance class
Winter blues getting you down? Then it’s time to get active! Exercise is a great way to lift your spirits, so we’ve come up with a few ways to stay active during the dark winter months. Dance, dance and more...
Male runner stretching
2012 marked the arrival of the smartphone and its many applications into our lives. Here are five applications that will help you stay in shape. Couch to 5k: to get back into sports As its name suggests, Couch to 5K is an application that will make you get off your sofa and help you run your first five kilometres without suffering and without stopping. Thanks to different progressive and motivating training plans (from 20 to 30 minutes), the application will support you as you progress over a nine-week period. Couch to 5K is ideal for beginners and those wanting to get back into sports activities and gradually build up their...
winter running
This year, you’re determined not to lose your motivation when winter arrives. You’ve decided to continue running throughout the winter. This is a great idea, but you have to make sure you have the right gear. Here are five essential items for running comfortably in cold weather. 1) Winter running shoes Even though some people use their summer shoes for winter running, it’s preferable to have better footgear when the snowflakes start to fly. First of all, the soles of winter running shoes are better adapted to snowy conditions and provide better grip. But it’s also about comfort: snowflakes that come into contact with shoe uppers can melt and soak...
breath better
Many years ago, while studying to be a yoga teacher, I spent several hours in a course called “How to Breathe” in hopes of bringing some additional insight into how to get the most from my breathing practice. At first, I thought the course would be redundant and cover things I learned in previous yoga courses, but this course, as it turned out, was different. It not only introduced me to new breathing techniques and methods, it introduced me to effective ways to breathe, including how to bring more consciousness to my breathing in order to better use it as a tool for healthier overall living. From that course, here...
Walking
If you’ve ever been part of a book club you know how motivating a deadline can be (you might actually finish that Giller Prize winning novel!) The social aspect of a club is also a draw; you can regularly catch up with friends and have a real conversation about topics outside of work or household chores. Neighbourhood walking clubs work the same way—you can be motivated to stay fit by having partners who encourage and even challenge you to keep healthy and active. Other than keeping your exercise schedule in check, walking clubs can also foster friendships, strengthen your community ties and provide a sense of safety if you are...
Running in Style
When it comes to sticking to a workout routine, environment can mean everything. Since we spend so much of our waking hours at work, I spoke with a few people who benefited, physically or otherwise, from having a workout buddy at the office. Sarah and Kevin Confidence. They met at work and eventually fell in love. Although that’s not how it always turns out, Sarah and Kevin shared a mutual love of running marathons, which eventually made them realize that there was more between them than just a friendship. Above all, however, Sarah said that she and Kevin felt confident in each other’s company when they were training for a...
Summer Sports
Here’s a little overview of some summer sports myths and facts that often come up during the season.   It’s best to work out an hour after supper. Myth. If you’re looking to work out after a big meal, you should wait at least 3-4 hours, to give your body the time it needs to digest. After that, the workout is all yours! High-fat foods are perfect for a high-endurance workout. Myth. Fat slows down digestion. So you should limit your intake of these foods or eat them in moderation before exercise. You should never swim after eating. Myth. There’s nothing wrong with recreational swimming (low intensity) after a snack...

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