health and fitness
Time to end that summer slump.
A moment of weakness in agreeing to foster the little monster has shaped how I now talk about health. Gracie is a half border collie and half husky; that's the educated guess, but no one actually know for certain. Gracie was thrown out of a car window with her litter mates; that's about all we know about her start to life.
In February 2016, I compiled my first "favourite things" blog -- a list of current favourite exercises, nutrition tips, recipes, and health mantras. This edition includes a workout format, helpful tips for eating out, a mindfulness trick for improved posture, and a life mantra that has profoundly improved my daily existence.
What if we came back around to something simple? Our goal needs to be to eat real food for what it does for our energy, immune function, and cellular function. The gym should be seen as one of many tools to build strength and get exercise.
I am going to admit something. I didn't know "fitness hacks" were a thing until Lisa Davis asked me to chat about them on
Are you constantly on and off your fitness horse? Instead of getting back on and hoping for different results, rethink your strategy. Ask yourself, "What has and has not worked in the past?" Pinpoint the valuable lessons and work to reproduce successful approaches. Abandon anything else.
If you've been on top of your health and nutrition throughout the year how do you navigate this minefield of Toblerone and gingerbread dwellings while not depriving yourself?
When you were growing up, your parents or teachers probably told you to sit and stand straight, instead of slouching your back and shoulders. They themselves may not have exactly known why that was important, it just seemed that way. But more recent science has found that they were actually right in many more ways than they imagined.
Cardio is hard-io but oh so important. And not for the reasons you might think. In fact, when most people think about cardio they think weight loss but it's time to change that mindset -- weight loss is a nice side effect but it's not the main reason for you to break a sweat.
Focus on duration first, intensity second.
As a new pelvic health physiotherapist, I am eager to educate, communicate and change the way pelvic health issues are currently addressed. It is not until we openly talk about this important health issue, that change will start to happen.
The reason I want to talk about this today is because believe it or not our behaviours surrounding toileting can oftentimes lead to pelvic floor dysfunctions, including urinary and/or fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, not to mention decreased muscular strength, endurance and coordination of the pelvic floor muscles.
Barre is hard to describe, but I would say it's a fitness class based on small movements, core strength, using muscles you don't even know you have, and perfecting your form. After just one class, I discovered that barre has much more to do with yourself than the people or even the music around you.
The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and summer planning is in full effect. For most of us, this means an increase in beach days, barbecues, backyard parties, weddings and drinks on the patio. All of this fun can make it really hard to maintain healthy habits.
HIIT, which consists of small bursts of all-out, maximal and vigorous activity followed by short periods of rest, has been used by athletes since the beginning of the 20th century . Yet these quick workouts, ranging from four minutes to 10 minutes in length, only recently gained popularity.
Here is what really concerns me -- it's infected my social media feed. Instagram is full of half naked fitness models of both genders, all fighting for my attention by showing as much skin as possible. If they are in my feed, chances are they are in your feed, and worse yet, they are in your kids feed.
Kickboxing helps building muscles and discovering some muscles that you were unaware of. Arms and thighs are refined; shoulders and buttocks are shaped; the lap belt is reinforced; the torso is raised. The most pleasant is with no hesitation the endorphin release and improved cardio-pulmonary resistance.
No matter how beneficial fitness can be, the pain, the time consuming effort and the negative sensations have ironically created a very unhealthy relationship between you and this very healthy activity. Truthfully it's not your fault. There are some very legitimate reasons you may have grown to hate fitness, but there is hope.
It feels like it's impossible to eat healthily. Once you've decided to eat carbohydrates or not, a super fruit is found. If you track down the superfruit, you need to know if it's GMO on Non-GMO. Or maybe you should become vegan and figure out what has animal products or not.
Paleo. Atkins. Zone. Dukan. Bodybuilding. Raw. South Beach. Weight Watchers. If It Fits Your Macros. Carb Backloading. It's fair to assume that every diet you hear about has indeed worked for some people, for without success no diet would ever gain the traction necessary to be known the world over. With that being said, here's the dirty little secret that nobody ever talks about: There is no diet that works for everyone.