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Discover salsa dancing and get fit
Do you like to dance and stay in shape? Then salsa may be the perfect activity for you! The salsa movement started in the sixties, as a blend of Cuban rhythms and jazz. The name “salsa” carries connotations of the...
Fall Colors Get the Heart Pumping
A fall hike can have your heart pumping if only from the breathtaking glory of Canada’s scenic landscapes. If you’re looking for enjoyable ways to fit exercise into a heart-healthy lifestyle look no further than a local trail. And if you plan to travel in the fall explore the outdoors across the country at some of our best National Parks. Kootenay Rockies, BC Incredible hiking opportunities exist in the Kootenay region of BC. Trails range from novice to pro and you can even hire a guide to take you through around old-growth forests, winding rivers and cascading waterfalls. Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta September is still a beautiful month in...
water sports
Water sports can get you out of the gym and exercising your body in different ways, using different muscles. Gather some friends at the cottage or head down to the local beach and get active. People surf on the St. Lawrence river in Montreal so there’s no excuse to be too far away from a water sport. Here are a few heart-healthy options: Surfing: You might immediately think of the balance, core and lower body strength needed to stay upright on a surfboard. But this type of exercise is compliment by the cardio you’ll be doing paddling in the water and, jumping to your feet on the board. Don’t forget...
rumba
Did you know that the word Rumba derives from the Spanish word for “road?” This style of dance was born in the courtyards and docks of Havana, Cuba in the eighties. They used to meet up and celebrate by dancing and singing. At the time, they would use furniture drawers or crates as percussion instruments. Today they use the congas, but the rhythm is still as infectious! Sometimes festive, sometimes sensual There are several versions of Rumba. The original version is a festive dance; others practiced in dance halls are slower and more romantic. What they have in common is a sensuality of movement, with a lot of swaying—hence Rumba’s...
Ballet Slippers
We all know how good dancing can be for the body and soul. It’s a great way to get your body moving, to learn to accept and transcend your limits, and to simply let go and lose your inhibitions. Your body is an amazing tool for expression, and there’s no better way to express yourself that through dance. If you envy the grace, flexibility and suppleness of world-class ballerinas, and you have zero experience in classical ballet but would love to enjoy the benefits it brings to your body (without having to put in 15 years of hard work to get them), don’t worry…there are solutions! Ballet classes for beginners...
Hip-hop dancing is fun and a great way to get some cardio in
Originating in the black ghettos of New York, hip hop emerged in the seventies and has been going strong for more than 40 years. More and more dance schools now offer hip hop classes, as the style and culture of hip hop continues to gain momentum around the world. Often associated with break dancing, hip hop dancing is impressive when practiced by people who know what they’re doing. If you haven’t already, you should watch hip hop dancers compete in shows like Dance Fever… Who knows, it might even inspire you to give it a try! So what does a hip hop class involve? Just about anyone can dance hip...
Make the most of the hotel gym
Exercising during business travel can be a challenge. You’re off your routine, the days are packed and it’s easy to ignore that your heart needs a workout wherever you are. Luckily many hotels have a gym which includes cardio equipment and free weights. Making a plan to use the gym facilities before you travel is key. Call ahead and find out the hours of the fitness room and which equipment is available. You’ll know if you can squeeze in a treadmill session before breakfast or a stationary bike ride after dinner. Pack a bathing suit if the hotel has a pool. Some hotels offer fitness videos for rent. Work out...