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Have you ever planned to work out before work, only to snooze your alarm? Or, bailed on an evening training session last minute? I know that I have. Even the most motivated exerciser will occasionally lose the internal “will I or won’t I train” debate. I LOVE being active, but sometimes I feel like going home and curling up on the sofa.The million dollar question is, how do you set yourself up for training success? What steps can you take to ensure that training ‘wins’ more often than the sofa? Read More.
Don’t be afraid to strength train! As a (partially reformed) endurance junkie, I speak from experience! Strength exercises, and the muscles that come with them, are a good thing! I am sure most people could benefit from infusing more true strength work into their routine, but from personal experience I know that both women, and endurance athletes, REALLY need to learn to embrace weights. Read More.
Stop trying to find the “perfect” week to start exercising, or assuming that every workout has to unfold perfectly as planned. If you can’t make your spin class, or do your entire gym routine, don’t abandon ship altogether. Go for a walk, do a modified gym routine, or do a few body weight exercises at home. No one is perfect, no diet can be perfect, not every workout has to be perfect. Read More
Recently, a number of people commented that they envied my “discipline” and “dedication to my health.” The comments caught me slightly off guard — to be honest I don’t really consider myself particularly disciplined. I have structured my life so that I make healthy choices fairly unconsciously. After reflecting, I decided that I have taken three main steps that allow for my fairly effortless and unconscious dedication to health. Read More
One of my favorite annual events is the Can-Fit-Pro fitness conference and trade show – I hang out with friends, attend heath related lectures and buy new fitness gadgets. A fitness instructor’s heaven! Every year I think “fitness enthusiasts would want to know this stuff!” So, I decided to compile a list of the top “fit facts” I learned and share them with you, my fitness-curious readers. This article was posted in both the Huffington Post as well as YourWorkoutBook!
Every individual, depending on their age, gender, exercise history and genetics will respond to exercise differently. Genetics, although by no means ‘destiny’, do predispose us to react to exercise in specific ways. Read More
Anyone who reads my work regularly knows that I LOVE helping people adopt a healthier, more active lifestyle. One of the most important things to remember when you are trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle is that your age, gender, activity level, nutritional habits, genetics, and fitness and health history will affect how you respond to exercise. No two individuals react to an exercise regime in the same way. Read More.
Recently a client confessed to me that she loves running because it “makes her feel free.” One of the reasons she is successful at being and staying active is that instead of viewing running and training as something she has to do, she thinks of them as things she “gets” to do. Our conversation solidified my belief that, to successfully become healthier long-term we should focus on what we can do and what we can have instead of focusing on what our body can’t do and/or what we can’t have. Read More
I seem to regularly offer up the same pieces of advice. One of them being that improved health doesn’t “just happen”. Everyone needs to find ways to set themselves up for health and fitness success. The more ways, the better! One method of setting yourself up for success is to find a health buddy to help you stay motivated and accountable. Read More
Simple techniques to engage the muscles you want to use and avoid a superficial workout. The difference between ‘costume jewellery’ and the real thing. Read More.