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There are a myriad of massage styles to choose from.
Learning to relax can be a good defense against colds, the flu and stress. But if flying to a tropical island to unwind isn’t in the cards, massage therapy could be the answer. Massage has long been hailed as endorphin...
Bixi bikes in Montreal
We all remember the thrill of the wind in our hair as we cruised on our bikes as kids. Now, even in the city, you can get back to some carefree fun. Whether you have your own bike or rent one, the health benefits of regular biking are numerous; from getting the heart pumping to helping lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Ride, share, pedal away! Cities across Canada are embracing cycling as a green mode of transportation. Vancouver has more than 300 km of on and off street bicycle routes to get you around the city. Toronto is creating “bike boxes” which are pavement markings that give cyclists a safe...
Spinning is a great sport
Have you heard about spinning? Spinning is a form of exercise that uses specialized stationary bicycles to simulate road bike routes, like climbing Mount Royal or traversing a legendary bike trail in Europe. When you practice spinning, you can opt for power or speed depending on whether you want to simulate a climb, descent or a race. The bikes can be adjusted throughout the course to offer more or less resistance as you pedal, and can be adjusted according to your current fitness level. Spinning—a complete workout Spinning works every muscle in the body because it incorporates all kinds of exercises—like doing push-ups as you pedal, for example. Depending on...
happy at the gym
So you’ve just joined a gym—good for you, you’re on the road to fitness! And there are so many advantages to getting in shape. You’ll have more energy and will feel better in your day-to-day life, your digestion and cardiovascular capacity are also likely to improve, giving you a better overall quality of life … bliss! Except that every time you go to use a machine in the gym, you find someone’s left a towel there to reserve the spot … but the owner is nowhere to be seen! So you go to another machine only to find it covered in someone else’s sweat! It can be frustrating to say...
find time for yourself
Improving cardio fitness requires flexibility for a woman juggling multiple responsibilities. Here are 10 tips to help fit activity into a hectic schedule. Start with stretching: Get limber and wake up leisurely by stretching for five minutes each morning. Eat breakfast: A nutritious start with a heart healthy meal including oatmeal, drinkable yogurt with plant sterols and fresh fruit provides energy to get active. Exercise in spurts: Your exercise doesn’t have to be done all at once. Improve cardio health by breaking up 30 minutes of activity throughout the day. Get support: Ask your partner to watch the kids for 30 minutes, so you can power walk or invest in...
Choosing a good yoga mat is important
So, you’ve decided to start practicing yoga—fantastic! The next step is to choose a yoga mat to suit your needs. Yoga is a great activity to improve strength, flexibility and endurance, and to find your “Zen.” Yoga also increases blood flow to the digestive system and stimulates the bowels to aid digestion. To practice yoga, you’re going to need a yoga mat and comfortable clothes. Here are 5 things to consider before buying a yoga mat: Type of yoga Choose a mat according to the type of yoga you’ll be practicing. For example, Ashtanga yoga calls for a mat that offers good grip when you move; for Bikram yoga, practiced...
ski
The spring season is upon us, which means springtime skiing! It’s the time of year skiers look forward to—after spending all winter wrapped up in layers upon layers of clothing, they can finally take it all off and enjoy the great outdoors! In fact, some of skiers stay away from the mountains all winter and wait for the warm weather to hit the slopes. Many ski resorts offer special activities during the spring, like outdoor concerts and barbecues. The atmosphere is festive and everyone seems to have a smile on their faces. It’s the perfect opportunity for families to get active and play sports, and to enjoy a family picnic...