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Neck Pain during Pilates Exercises? This Will Help Question of the Week

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Many people experience some neck pain during Pilates, especially those newer to the practice.  In my classes I’m asked regularly about how to prevent or eliminate this unpleasant tension in the neck and shoulder area.

Weak neck muscles can definitely contribute to neck pain. But so can weak abdominals.

Here’s a look at some of the factors contributing to neck stiffness or pain and how you can correct the problem.Read More »Neck Pain during Pilates Exercises? This Will Help Question of the Week

Floating: How To Experience Nothing – And Love It Read on for a chance to win a free float!

Photo from NASA, via Wikimedia Commons

Photo from NASA, via Wikimedia Commons

I’m lying naked in complete and utter darkness. I can hear nothing but the sound of my own deep breathing. I’m unable to sense where my skin ends and the space around my body begins. Suspended in a dreamlike trance, I’ve lost all awareness of time passing.

Where have I reached this blissfully altered state? During a 90-minute session in a flotation tank at Pure Float in Vancouver. (Read on for your chance to win a free float session at Pure Float!)

Read More »Floating: How To Experience Nothing – And Love It Read on for a chance to win a free float!

“I Want A Six-Pack!” Who among us (myself included) hasn't craved that magazine-cover beach body?

When I ask clients about their long term fitness goals, defined, washboard abs – the six-pack – often makes it onto the list. christie_absWho among us (myself included) hasn’t craved that magazine cover beach body?

Take my client Jen for example. Jen is fit and athletic, and determined enough to schedule regular gym workouts into her busy week. I meet with Jen every few months to re-evaluate her targets and adjust her fitness routine accordingly. Like so many of us, Jen would love to have a ripped stomach. But although she is noticing an increase in her muscular strength and visible tone, the six-pack remains elusive.


So what’s the best way for us to achieve that toned, trim tummy?

Read More »“I Want A Six-Pack!” Who among us (myself included) hasn’t craved that magazine-cover beach body?

Should I keep my core engaged all the time? Fitness Question of the Week

Do you have a question about your fitness routine? Is there an exercise you just don’t “get”? Or maybe you’re curious about the benefits of one workout versus another. Every week I’ll post a question submitted by a reader, and answer it right here.  If your question is chosen as Fitness Question of the Week, your name will be entered into a monthly prize draw!  So if you’ve got something to… Read More »Should I keep my core engaged all the time? Fitness Question of the Week

Snowshoeing: Healthy and Fun (and Cheap Too!)

Looking for a fun, easy way to stay fit during the winter season without spending tons of cash? Try snowshoeing! Snowshoeing is very inexpensive compared to alpine skiing. Once you have shoes & poles, it’s practically free, and there are no line-ups! It is easy to learn and requires no special training. Snowshoeing can burn between 420 and 1,000 calories per hour. That’s more than walking, running or cross country skiing… Read More »Snowshoeing: Healthy and Fun (and Cheap Too!)

My Favourite Three Exercises That Require No Equipment At All

You don’t need tons of props and equipment to get fit. man_greenSimple exercises using only your body weight can help you achieve strength gains, boost your cardiovascular fitness and strengthen you bones. Plus, you can do them anywhere – at home, on the beach, maybe even in the office!

Here are my 3 fave bodyweight training exercises and tips on how to do them properly.Read More »My Favourite Three Exercises That Require No Equipment At All

Raw Food. Paleo. Atkins. Popular Diets Not As Healthy As You May Think

They sound like the perfect diets. Eat “ancient” like our ancestors did, before we ruined things with additives and preservatives. Or, eat “natural” like our primate cousins do: raw foods only, no newfangled notions like, well, cooking. But instead of promoting health, a new American report finds these diets — along with other popular diets like Atkins — could actually cause more harm than good. In avoiding dairy, grains and… Read More »Raw Food. Paleo. Atkins. Popular Diets Not As Healthy As You May Think

When You Burn Off That Fat, Where Does It Go?

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So here’s a question I never really thought about before: when you lose weight, where does it go? I mean, fat cells are made up of atoms and atoms can’t just disappear. So when your love handles start to shrink or you lose an inch off your belly, what happens to that fat? Turns out, you breathe it out! Through a complex chemical process, when a fat molecule is burned within your… Read More »When You Burn Off That Fat, Where Does It Go?

Who has time to work out? You do!

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A lot of people have trouble squeezing a workout into their busy day. And no wonder. Add up how long it takes to get to the gym, change, do your workout, hit the shower, change again — no surprise it’s tough to find the time! What if I told you there was an effective, scientifically proven workout that you can do in just seven minutes — in the comfort of your… Read More »Who has time to work out? You do!