Do Your Happy Dance! Make Celebration a Habit

Not too long ago I was sitting in a café in downtown Toronto enjoying a late lunch. It was quiet, in that lull between the lunch and dinner rush, so I had a table all to myself right by the street level window. It was a cold day (even by Toronto standards!) and people were passing by at their usual crisp city clip, despite or perhaps in defiance of the slippery slushiness of the sidewalk outside.

Suddenly a woman passed across the window and through my field of view. She had huge headphones planted on her ears and was sauntering, strutting, twirling and dancing down the sidewalk as if she were parading across a theatre stage. And I’ll tell you – this woman had some serious moves!

What the Heck?

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Don’t Overdo It. Beware the Overtraining Energy Drain

Where it comes to exercise and reaching your fitness goals it may seem sensible that doing more is better for you. That maybe working out harder, longer and more often will allow you to see improvement and get results faster and more effectively.

But the truth is our bodies aren’t designed that way. In reality, overdoing it can actually PREVENT you from reaching your goals and do you more harm than good.

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12 Reasons To Start Rocking Those Squats

There’s absolutely nothing glamorous about them and – not gonna lie – they’re really hard work. But, love them or hate them, if you’re going to perfect a single exercise THIS is the one to focus on.

Here are at least a dozen reasons why you want to start rocking those squats.

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How Doing Nothing May Change Everything

Your fitness mission this week, in at least one short 5 minute burst every day, is to DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

I’m sorry… what?

Yes, you read that correctly. In the name of embracing ease to improve your health and fitness, I want you to spend 5 minutes every day doing nothing. As in nada, zip, zilch, zero. Absolutely diddly.

All this nothingness is not for naught though. There is a method to this mindless madness.

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A Healthy Dose of Colour(ing)

The world has been pretty heavy of late and I’m sure you’ve got a lot on your mind and heart. We all do. But in the midst of it all, let me ask you this:

When was the last time you did something just for the pure fun and enjoyment of it? Can you remember?

It’s an important question.

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What’s Your Exercise Sweet Spot?

Does your body feel a little lackluster when you work out? Is your energy when you exercise regularly falling on the low end of the scale, like your batteries are only half-charged?

This can get really discouraging and make it tough to stay consistent with your fitness program. You may even start to think there’s something wrong with you.

The good news is that the fix to this problem can actually be super simple. You may just be exercising at the wrong time of day!

So what’s the best time of day to exercise?

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8 Simple Ways to Combat Emotional Eating

Do you find yourself snacking more than usual? Are you suddenly craving and indulging more regularly in sweet or salty foods? Eating a lot of junk you’re normally pretty good at limiting? Taking multiple trips a day to stare into the fridge or pantry?

I’m going to go out on a limb here and venture a guess that the answer to one of more of these questions is probably yes. If social media during this pandemic is any indication, the entire world is on a serious junk food binge.

In the hope that we all don’t come out of quarantine 50 pounds heavier, here are 8 things to try to help curb or at least limit these emotional eating habits.

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3 Ideas For Cardio At Home When You Don’t Have Equipment

I know it’s not everybody’s favourite, but don’t go hating on cardio.

Regular cardio exercise is essential for maintaining a healthy heart and lungs. It also helps you burn fat and calories (which helps you lose weight), reduce stress, sleep better and improve your mood. Other “side effects” can include lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol, boosting your immune system and decreasing your risk of some diseases. What’s not to love about that?

You look better, you feel better, you’re healthier and more resistant to illness. Um. Yes please! Especially in our current reality.

But what happens when you can’t go to the gym or get outside and you don’t have any equipment at home?

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How Big Is Your Brave?

Getting fit takes courage. For some of us a great deal more than others.

Wherever you fall on the health and fitness scale, the decision to make changes in your life is a radical act of self-belief and courage. It’s one that most people never take, let alone stick with.

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