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The Active Vacation Experience

If you’re planning a vacation getaway but are wondering how you can maintain the fitness level you’ve worked so hard for, why not make exercise your vacation? I love to travel and explore new places, but lazing around on a beach all day isn’t my cup of tea. So Charles and I were delighted to discover uTracks, one of several companies that specialize in planning active European vacations. Their self-guided walking trips looked… Read More »The Active Vacation Experience

7 Things Women Should Do Before age 50

Today is the first day of the last year of my 5th decade of life. In other words, Happy 49th Birthday to Me!  When I was younger, I dreaded reaching this age. I couldn’t imagine what it would look and feel like, being almost 50. It just sounded so old. But now that I’m here, and I’ve never felt happier and healthier, I’m actually excited about growing older.  A few life events –… Read More »7 Things Women Should Do Before age 50

New Download Available: Guided Meditation For Better Sleep (10 min)

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SAVE 20% UNTIL JAN 2! Lots of my friends have been requesting a guided meditation download – and here it is! This 10-minute audio download is designed to help you release the stress and tension of your day. Listen to it in bed and allow yourself to drift off into a delicious, sound sleep.

How Not To Fall Off The Exercise Wagon: 5 Stick-to-it Tricks Hint: Make It Fun!

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Happy New Year! This is traditionally one of the busiest months for gyms. Every January, hordes of people emerge from their cozy, eggnog-laced, chocolate-soaked, couch-shaped stupor, put on neglected workout gear and sign up for a membership. They come thinking they’ve gotta suffer to get fit; some have wildly unrealistic exercise goals (like one gentleman in my class who asked me to help him lose 26 lbs in four days!). They… Read More »How Not To Fall Off The Exercise Wagon: 5 Stick-to-it Tricks Hint: Make It Fun!

Over 50? 6 Reasons You Need To Start Lifting Weights NOW! Already Lifting? Read This Anyway

If you’re over 50 and don’t practice full body resistance training exercises at least twice per week, you need to start. Now. Here’s why. When we’re around 30, the untrained body starts to lose muscle mass. This process – medically known as sarcopenia – continues as you age: make it to 70 and you’ll have lost around 25% of your strength. If you’re lucky enough to hang on until 90, nearly half of… Read More »Over 50? 6 Reasons You Need To Start Lifting Weights NOW! Already Lifting? Read This Anyway

Healthy Recipe – Black Bean Avocado Coconut Cupcakes. Low Carb, High Protein, Flour-Free and Delicious!

Here’s a recipe for yummy, chocolaty-yet-healthy cupcakes that are Low Carb, High Protein, Flour-Free and Delicious! They’re a perfect, small and balanced meal that fits in your bag. A great pre- or post-workout snack! 1 (15 oz) can of black beans, rinsed and drained 2 eggs 1/2 a large ripe avocado 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon… Read More »Healthy Recipe – Black Bean Avocado Coconut Cupcakes. Low Carb, High Protein, Flour-Free and Delicious!

Inspiring People: Teresa Maria Muñoz

This is Teresa Muñoz. Teresa and I first connected on Facebook, when she commented on a post I wrote on another inspiring person, Germana Viani. Motivated by Germana’s story and vivacious health, Teresa – who hadn’t exercised regularly for many years – began attending my Body Sculpt classes at Spartacus Gym. One class per week turned into two, and then three. Now, just 5 months since her first visit, Teresa… Read More »Inspiring People: Teresa Maria Muñoz

Healthy Recipe: Chocolate cherry almond granola bars

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Hey Fitness friends! I just created my new favourite on-the-go snack food, and couldn’t wait to share the healthy recipe with you! These ridiculously easy, no-bake bars are simply the tastiest whole-food snack ever. They’re vegan, high in protein and fibre, packed with nutrients and have no added sugars (the dried fruit does contain lots of naturally occurring sugar though, so if you’re on a low-sugar diet, they should be… Read More »Healthy Recipe: Chocolate cherry almond granola bars

How Alcohol Affects Your Workouts

There’s no denying the pleasure of a cold beer after a long hot hike or bike ride. One of my favourite summertime indulgences is a chilled glass of white wine on a Vancouver patio. But how does that craft lager or Pinot Gris impact your workouts? The answer isn’t simple: factors like gender, genetics, body mass and amount consumed will vary results from person to person. In a nutshell, booze can… Read More »How Alcohol Affects Your Workouts

Healthy Recipe: Coconut-Almond Cacao Nibbles Flour- and added sugar-free!

Looking for an easy, healthy whole-food snack? Look no further! These tasty treats are flour-and added sugar-free, and high in protein and fiber. They are the perfect pre- or post-workout fuel and can be made at home in under 45 minutes. Best of all, they’re delicious! Ingredients 1 1/4 cups whole almond meal (I like Bob’s Red Mill brand, available at Choices Markets.) 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut 1/4 cup cacao… Read More »Healthy Recipe: Coconut-Almond Cacao Nibbles Flour- and added sugar-free!