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02 Feb: Why muscle is awesome (things you may not know!)

There was a time when cardio was all the rage. It was the center of the fitness industry for decades, but oh how times have changed! Today, muscle is coveted. And fairly recently, for the first time, women are striving for the athletic, muscular look of an athlete over being thin. And you know what? This is awesome! Not just because it shows how we are evolving, but because there are tremendous benefits to carrying more muscle mass (and less body fat). You see…life has changed A LOT in the last century. Day to day life once involved physical labor, which is great for building and maintaining muscle. But because the world doesn’t work that way anymore, it’s very easy for humans to be low on muscle mass and high in body fat. This not only affects our appearance but can have a HUGE effect on our health, vitality, and…

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30 Jan: Exercise and Arthritis: What you Need to Know

Chances are that in some way or another you are either related to (or personally know/have heard) of someone who is affected by arthritis in some degree. Indeed, in Canada this debilitating disease affects millions of people, most notably as they age and move into retirement. For some, it strikes even earlier. But what is arthritis exactly? And how does exercise benefit those who have it, and likely delay its early onset? It is these questions and more that we seek to look at in today’s blog!

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29 Jan: Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably counted calories. And if you’re a woman, you’ve probably fixated yourself on consuming 1,200 calories per day. (Weird fact: the majority of women I’ve spoken to about how many calories she thinks she should eat per day says 1,200 for no apparent reason). It seems like women have just “heard” over the years this is the goal number, but I digress….

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25 Jan: Pleasure in the Process

There’s a result you desire. Maybe it’s weight loss, maybe it’s to achieve a specific lift, run your first 5k, or maybe it’s to get off your blood pressure medication. Whatever the goal is, what I’m going to talk about applies. If you or someone you know has ever gone to extreme measures to lose weight – HCG injections, diet pills, surgery, starvation diets, etc – the chances are small that they were successful.

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22 Jan: I hope you didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution

So you decide (or set a New Year’s resolution) that you want to improve your health to be able to be more active with your kids, or you want to lose 20 lbs to feel more confident in your clothes, or you want be able to move with less pain and have less limitations. Great! You’re all in… but you set the date you are going to start for sometime in the future. ~ “I will start eating healthier on Monday” ~ “I will start working out next month when things are slower at work”

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05 Jan: 5 Must Have Nutrition Habits

Starting your nutrition journey is never an easy process, and for most of us the “quick fix” diets and fad food journeys are quickly becoming a broken way of the past. Indeed, yo-yo dieting and plenty of misinformation in the nutrition world has left many of us scrambling to sort through what is good for us, and what isn’t. Coupled with a desire for food convenience and lack of planning, the road ahead often appears harder than it should. In fact, it’s fair to say that almost all of us looking to improve our nutrition and live healthier lifestyles need concrete, long term habits for life. Furthermore, finding what works for your personalized nutrition needs can be a challenge based on your food preferences, work/life schedules, and budget (to name a few). Thankfully, there are 5 nutrition “must have” habits that, when introduced over time, can be utilized to effectively…

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26 Dec: How Exercise and the Release of Neurotransmitters can have a Positive Effect on our Mental Health

Have you ever wondered what happens to the brain when we begin exercise?  Have you ever wondered why we feel the way we do when we include exercise in our lives? Many people are aware that regular exercise and physical activity have many health benefits.  Some of these benefits include increased muscle strength and muscle endurance along with increased cardiovascular capacity or in other words better heart health.  Whether your goal is to improve performance, lose weight, get stronger, or live a longer and healthier life, for a majority of people when we begin introducing exercise in our lives we tend to notice an overall difference  in how we generally feel about ourselves and our environment. A lot of people claim that exercising gives them increased energy, are more alert and focused while others claim that exercising makes them feel less stressed and puts them generally in a good mood…

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06 Dec: The Differences Between Cooking Oils: What You Need to Know!

Have you ever had a meal that you expected to taste one way, but came out another? Or perhaps you found that something got burned, came out with a better than expected texture, or even started reducing inflammation in your body? As many foodies know (or may not know) your food is as much a product of how you cook as well as what you cook it with – and with cooking oils, there is so much more than meets the pan! Choosing the wrong amount, type, temperature or even cooking time with different cooking oils can be the difference between a smashing dinner party meal, or a kitchen experiment gone horribly wrong. Today we are going to look at these differences between the various oils out there, and what you need to know while cooking for a healthy kitchen!