Category Archives: Column

Are flip-flops bad for your feet?

The question: I love wearing flip-flops, but I have been told they are not good for my feet. Please say it isn’t so! The answer: I hate to say this, because I used to love relaxing in flip-flops or wearing … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: What’s the best way to tone my abs?

The question: I have been training all summer. I want to tone my abs, so I have been doing crunches, bike kicks and planks but they don’t seem to make a difference. Help! The answer: First, congratulations on training regularly. … Continue reading

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Globe & Mail: Here’s how to super-size your lower-body workout

The question: I want to mix up my leg routine for summer. Currently I do three sets of 12 reps of lunges, leg presses and a few others on the leg machines in the gym. I am bored. Any suggestions? … Continue reading

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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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