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Globe & Mail: Should you buy a Fitbit? A trainer’s opinion

The question: I am thinking of investing in something like a Fitbit or Jawbone. Are they worth the purchase? The answer: Well, they are by no means a necessary investment, but depending on your personality and individual circumstances, fitness gadgets … Continue reading

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Why going (really) slowly during exercise is actually good for you

The question: My trainer makes me do things like pause at the bottom of an exercise and go really slowly. Why? The answer: Your question made me smile (possibly a little mischievously). I also “torture” clients (in a friendly way … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: New to lifting weights? Eight tips every gym rat should know

The question: I am just starting to lift weights and I am overwhelmed. Can you explain what reps and sets are? Plus, how do I determine what my reps, sets and rest periods should be? So confused. Help! The answer: … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: What’s the most efficient workout I can fit in at the office gym?

The question: My office has a gym. I want to do weights and cardio on my lunch hour, but I only have an hour to work out, change and eat. So, I have about a 35-minute window for the actual … Continue reading

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I’m nervous about my first 10K. What exactly happens on race day?

The question: I have signed up for my first 10K race. My training is going well, but I am scared about race day and of being overwhelmed by all the lingo. What is a “race expo” and what are “running … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: I want to wear strapless dresses this summer. How can I get toned arms?

The question: I am bored with my arm workout – I am no longer seeing results. I would love to feel confident in my strapless dresses. Any tips? The answer: Try to modify your program every four to six weeks. … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: Should I be worried about injuries if I’m a heavier runner?

The question: I run regularly and love it. I consider myself a heavier runner. Is running at a heavier weight causing my body long-term damage? The answer: I love running too much to tell anyone who is injury-free to stop. … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: I lost 30 pounds for my wedding. How do I keep the weight off now that it’s over?

The question: I lost 30 pounds before my wedding. I don’t want to slip back into old habits now that I am married. I want to lose a final five pounds. Any advice? The answer: Going forward, try not to … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: How much does a standing desk really help my health?

The question: I am thinking of investing in a standing desk. Do you think it is worth it? The answer: Standing desks seem to be the current health rage. As a rule, I don’t love promoting It products. That said, … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: Can shows like The Biggest Loser provide healthy motivation?

The question: I am curious about your take on The Biggest Loser controversy last month. Everyone was saying the winner lost too much weight. There was so much backlash against her. I tend to like the show and find it … Continue reading

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