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Struggle
When was the last time you were dangling fifteen feet in the air in your local gym, holding on to dear life with nothing more than two fingers? Probably never. Because unless your gym is fitted with a climbing wall,...
Hot Yoga- Cranking Up The Temperature Of Your Workout
As with most things in life, the key to a fit and healthy body is balance. While strength training alone may give you the physique of a Greek god(dess), it isn’t going to do a lot of good for your flexibility. In fact, all lifting and no stretching will make you as rigid as the marble the Greek gods are chiselled from. Not only will this affect other sports you may practice, but it could also hinder you in your everyday life functioning. The problem is however, that most people already have difficulties finding the time to go to the gym, let alone to add another 20 minutes for stretching....
running
Several years ago, I spent several months training for the Montreal half marathon, which takes place every year in September. With my background in sports nutrition, I was readily able to adapt my meals and snacks to my workout schedule. I’m well aware that not everyone has such a background. However, there are great resources out there to help seasoned pros and novices alike tweak their meal plans to their training routine. As a runner, it’s your responsibility to keep an eye out for that important information! Why?Simply because the food you eat can give you a jump start. Eating the right things at the right time can help your...
Put Some Heart Into Your Gift Giving
Gift giving means indulging and pampering those we love. But why not give a gift that encourages a heart healthy lifestyle? Don’t press the snooze button yet! Here are five great ideas that are fun and thoughtful. Cooking Lessons: Start with a basic class for the kitchen-shy. Encourage your giftee to start making their own food—or even just packing their own lunch. Every small step will help put cholesterol control into their hands. Or think of a class focused on cooking fish—it’s heart healthy but sometimes intimidating so a few solid tips about grilling and poaching will inspire. Dance Classes If you know someone who needs to find time to...
CrossFit
Walk into a commercial gym today, and chances are you’ll find an uninspiring environment filled with rows of cardio equipment with built-in TV screens, set up for mindless exercise. Machines that have been designed to mimic human movement, but ultimately do everything but. Some people work out staring at screens, repeating the same movements over and over again. And while it may keep you in shape, it sure isn’t very motivating or fun for everybody. Luckily there are other more entertaining and effective ways to help you stay fit and healthy besides your standard gym routine, and one of them in particular is taking the health and fitness world by...
Keeping Active In College And University
Even if you’ve played on high school sports teams or maintained an active lifestyle the change that accompanies arriving at college or university can put a halt to your previous exercise habits. Luckily, the school environment also offers a lot of new ways to get moving—opportunities to meet new people and integrate into the new life. Exercising at university ensures that your heart keeps getting a work-out but it also helps you keep mental health strong (helping release stress) and is great for healthy weight management. Keeping up activity at school will strengthen healthy exercise habits for life. If you’re a hard-core sports addict you’ll welcome the greater challenges found...
Apps To Help You Stay Healthy
I can’t even imagine working out in the age of Walkmans and portable CD players, but somehow we did it. Today, however, the average fitness enthusiast is much more aware and craving knowledge about physical activity and diets. I’m definitely one of those people. These days, I can’t hit the gym without my gloves, skipping rope and iPhone in tow. It’s like a piece of equipment all on its own. I use my iPhone for everything from playing music to keeping track of my workout and training progress. I’ve even seen people bring their iPads to the gym in lieu of a clip board or fitness journal—times are changing in...

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