These images are as unrealistic as ever.
Do you find more pleasure in wearing a new workout outfit than actually doing the workout? You're not alone. Studies show that by simply putting on exercise gear, you are more likely to get into the right frame of mind to start exercising.
It was the spring of 2005, I was an overweight smoker and on the fast track to an early grave. I was 23-years-old, weighed 260 pounds and smoked a pack a day. My eating habits were poor with little to no exercise. Changes had to be made.
When Julian Backhouse ascends the CN Tower in April, he'll send his wheelchair up the elevator and climb the 1,776 steps to the top. The 63-year-old grandfather of four from Mississauga, Ont., has Wilson's disease, a rare genetic disorder that affects his physical strength and coordination.
Last week I took a sledgehammer to our scale at my fitness studio and smashed into tiny little pieces. Why? Because I hate it. I really, passionately hate it and I don't believe it is best practice for health and fitness professionals to use the scale with clients and patients. I just don't.
There is a massive market out here of women who have crossed the finish line. We are successfully "middle age." A phrase that struck humour in me when I was 20, interest when I was 30 and fear in the 40s. And you know what? It's not so bad, there's lots going for it but there is the downside.
So often in the fitness industry the message is extreme. Our industry is committed to improving people's lives but we forget in order to change lives we have to provide a community that is welcoming, educational and non-judgmental. The key is to start with small daily changes.
When someone tells me "I want to get skinny" I can't help but think about the girls you see on the fashion runway. With a little more digging I usually find out that what they would like to have a body with curves. How do you achieve a look of low body fat with curves?
Have you ever told yourself, "If I can just get through the next day/week/month/year, things will calm down and I'll be less busy?" Trust me on this -- you're never going to find time for a fitness program. If you want time, you have to make it, then take it.
We didn't want to talk about the boring and obvious mistakes such as binge drinking, skipping meals, and not eating enough vegetables so we're focusing on a few of the more current diet fads that are trending among 20- and 30-somethings.