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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

Go Play Outside! The Awesomeness of Outdoor Exercise

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I love gyms. I love the variety of equipment, the communal workout atmosphere, the predictable and familiar environment. Gyms are also guaranteed to get you hot and sweaty when it’s 4 degrees and raining on a dark January night.

But lately, I’ve been taking my clients – and myself – outside to exercise.

Even a 5-minute walk outside can improve your mood and self-esteem

Some of the great things about outdoor workouts are obvious: being in the sun on a nice day; breathing the fresh air. But research suggests people who exercise outside have more energy and positive feelings, feel more revitalized, and have less depression, anger and stress. We tend to exercise longer and harder when we’re outside as well.

Head for a park, a trail in the forest, the beach. Even a small green space with a park bench will do. Step ups, push ups and tricep dips can all be done with a stable chair, bench or step. Playgrounds offer lots of fun ways to get fit while feeling like a kid again! Ask your trainer to take part or all of your workout outside, or join an outdoor boot camp class.

Each spring as the weather gets warmer, I look forward to training my clients in the park near Spartacus Gym. Partner exercises are especially fun as they infuse a sense of play into what can sometimes be a pretty gruelling workout.

Here are some outdoor exercises you can do with a weighted ball, but a single hand weight would work too.Read More »Go Play Outside! The Awesomeness of Outdoor Exercise