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The 5 Cardio Zones Explained

Cardio zones are, essentially, levels of exertion as measured based on a percentage of your maximum heart rate. Many wearable fitness devices and apps can easily measure this for you, such as the Zones app for the Apple Watch.Knowing which cardio zone to target when you engage in cardiovascular activity will ensure your workout is effective and safe. It can […]

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How to Make Fitness Resolutions that Stick

It’s that time of year again.  The most common New Year’s resolution for Canadians is to get fit.  Unfortunately, the vast majority do not succeed.  Here’s some practical advice for making your fitness resolutions stick – once and for all. 1. Set small, specific goals Choosing to “get fit” isn’t nearly specific enough; instead, pick smaller and more achievable goals […]

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Can I Still Workout After a Fall?

Falls happen – especially in winter – and can leave you with an achy shoulder, bruised hip, or even more severe injuries (like broken bones). Generally speaking, you’ll want to err on the side of caution when it comes to picking your workout routine back up after a fall, but it may be possible to get back to it sooner […]

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How to Increase Bone Density

Did you know after 50 your bones break down faster than they rebuild? This goes for women and men. When bones become less dense, they also become weaker and more brittle. That’s why for most people, a hard fall in their 30s can be much different than in their 80s. The good news is it’s never too late in life […]

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Is it Possible to be Overweight and Healthy?

It can be confusing to know what being “healthy” means and what it looks like – because, in reality, healthy does look different for everyone. We’ve discussed previously such as the ‘skinny-fat’ phenomenon, illustrating the misconception that many have that thin = healthy. And, as many have said before, it is entirely possible to be overweight, yet healthy ‘under the […]

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Is Personal Training Worth It?

“I can’t afford it.” Sounds familiar? Many people claim they can’t afford to invest in their own health. In some circumstances, this is entirely valid; however, for most people, the issue is that they don’t believe in the value of hiring a trainer or that their health is worth investing in.Well, we are here to tell you that you are 110% […]

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How to Say Goodbye to Self-Doubt

Doubting ourselves is completely normal. However, it’s one of the biggest reasons we don’t achieve our dreams or goals – and, in many cases, never try in the first place. The truth is that no path to success is linear. We all face hurdles and challenges along the way – it’s part of the process. They key to success is belief […]

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How Exercise Can Help Fight the Winter Blues

​Winter is tough for a lot of people – an estimated 1 in 5 (yup, that’s a full 20%) of North Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, known as SAD.According to Psychology Today, the symptoms of SAD include sleepiness, carb cravings, difficulty concentrating, feelings of depression, anxiety, irritability, weight gain, lethargy, decreased libido, and hyperphagia (increased consumption of food).The prevalence […]

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3 Fitness Tips for Enjoying the Holidays

Many people find themselves out of sync with their regular fitness habits over the holidays. In addition to missed workouts, there are food treats galore, indulgent office parties, and – often – wine to wash it all down.Here’s what we tell our personal training clients who are worried about all their hard work going out the window during the holidays. […]

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Is It Safe to Exercise with Arthritis?

According to the Arthritis Society Canada, one out of every two seniors aged 65 years and older has arthritis. With over 100 different types of arthritis, the most common types include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.Osteoarthritis takes the top spot, impacting about 3.9 million Canadians. The Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI) defines this condition as the result of the body’s failed […]

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Avoid Holiday Weight Gain With These Three Tips

At this point in the holiday season, you’ve probably already done some indulging – and there’s lots more to come. Although studies show that the average holiday weight gain is only a couple of pounds, they also show that most people never end up losing them – instead they accumulate year after year. Here are a few ways to get through […]

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