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Globe & Mail: Will menu calorie counts really make you more healthy?

The question: What do you think of Ontario’s proposal to list calories on chain restaurant menus? The answer: Exercising discipline at a restaurant takes so much self-control. No one needs the frustration of picking the “healthy” option only to learn … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: I’ve heard that Pilates is bad for your back. Is that true?

The question: Some people tell me Pilates is good for my posture, but others have told me all the crunches in pilates are actually bad for my posture and lower back. Which is correct? The answer: At the risk of … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: I hate when people look at me when I go to the gym. What can I do?

The question: I am trying to go to the gym regularly, but I am extremely anxious about people looking at me as I train. Any advice on how I can feel more confident? The stress and anxiety of people watching … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: How do I get my golf game back after a long winter?

The question: I am about to go on a golf holiday, but it’s been months since I’ve last played. What are some exercises I can do get game-ready again? The answer: To improve your game in any skill-based sport, you … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: Thinking of doing a Tough Mudder? Read this

The question: I am thinking of signing up for a Tough Mudder this summer. What can I do at the gym to prepare myself? The answer: Good for you! I have heard great things about Tough Mudders. Doing one is … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: The best way to encourage your teen to exercise

The question: I really want to encourage my teenage daughter to be more active, but I don’t want her to think I am being critical of her. Any advice? The answer: On this particular topic, I have firsthand experience. As … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: I’m much slower than my running buddy

The question: I have started running with a friend. I am really happy she asked me to run with her because it makes me run, but my friend is faster than I am and I feel guilty holding her up. … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: Weak ankles? Seven easy exercises that will save you from rolling them

The question: My ankles are not strong. I always roll them when I run and play sports. They feel wobbly. Can you give me some strength exercises for them? The answer: Absolutely! A close friend of mine struggles with a … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: New Year’s goals not going so well? Here’s how to stay on track long-term

The question: So far I have managed to accomplish only part of my New Year’s goal. I have lost four of the 10 pounds I vowed to lose, but I am losing motivation. Any advice? The answer: First, congratulate yourself … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: How to use gliders to get fit – anywhere

The question: My gym recently got these purple disks called gliders. What do I do with them? Should I go to classes that incorporate them? The answer: I like gliders. You can use them to work your entire body, plus … Continue reading

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