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Try something new

16 February 2018

Have you ever wanted to try something new when it comes to exercising, but just didn’t know what was offered out there? Well here are some great alternative forms of exercise that can simply be found in your own community.

Try drop-in yoga, Zoomba class, spin class, rowing class, water aerobics, or even get outside for some inexpensive recreational hiking or biking.

Trying new ways to exercise can be really fun and help you stay motivated. Get out there and try something new to help improve your overall fitness!

New goals for a new year

25 January 2018

Start the year off right and create a fitness “game changer” for 2018. What is the one thing you could do in 2018 that would make the biggest difference to your health? This could be drinking more water, quitting smoking, or cutting down on sugary foods and drinks.

Develop steps that will help you reach your game changer. At the end of each week, check in and reflect on your progress. If you are having trouble reaching your goals, think of some new steps to help get you back on track.

Don’t let cold temperatures freeze your fitness progress

12 December 2017

When exercising in winter conditions, it is important to stay safe and avoid injury. When running or walking outside, choose fresh snow over ice or packed snow. You will get better traction on fresh snow and reduce your chance of slipping. You can also try shortening your running stride and keeping your feet lower to the ground. You will run more efficiently and reduce your risk of slipping, falling, or straining muscles.

Shake up your fitness routine by making it a game

22 November 2017

It can be hard to stick to a training routine, so it’s important to find new ways to make fitness fun! Why not try taking some of your favourite games and giving them a fitness spin?

Get a good night’s sleep to improve your athletic performance

25 October 2017

Did you know that sleep plays an important role in making sure you are ready for competition? The quality and amount of sleep an athlete gets can have a big impact on athletic performance. Deep sleep, otherwise known as REM sleep, provides energy to both the brain and the body. If sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to process your memories and release hormones that are key to physical recovery.

Here are some tips to help you sleep better: 

Add resistance bands to your fitness routine

21 September 2017

Free weights and weight machines are great, but the key to any effective sport-specific training program is diversity. Resistance bands provide a different type of resistance than free weights and weight machines and should be used in your training to promote a well-rounded program.

Resistance bands provide variable resistance – the more you pull on them, the greater the tension. This is also true when you release the band, since resisting its pulling action puts a great amount of stress on your muscles.

Strike a pose with yoga

25 August 2017

With yoga, you can have a great workout, improve your mobility, and focus your mind all at the same time! Yoga can help you develop muscle strength, lose weight, avoid injuries, enhance your circulatory health, and improve your athletic performance. It is also a great stress-reduction tool and it can help you practise focus and visualization techniques. Try a free online class or drop into a local studio!

Take small steps for big results

25 July 2017

You can incorporate fitness into your routine by walking or jogging to places you need to go instead of driving or taking the bus. Consider purchasing a pedometer so you can set goals for yourself and track your steps.

Before you know it, doing things that increase your step count – such as taking the stairs instead of an elevator – will become second nature to you. This regular rhythm of physical activity will become a habit and it will make you want to continue to be active and exercise.

Stay hydrated in the summer heat

21 June 2017

As hot summer temperatures hit, here are some tips for staying hydrated and healthy:

Variety is the spice of fitness

23 May 2017

Vary your workouts to create a well-rounded fitness routine that is less likely to result in burnout or plateaus. Change up the intensity and duration of your training sessions from day to day. No matter what your pace or goal, your training program should include a mix of different types of training days.