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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

What Are You Made Of? This Body Scanner Will Show You

Have you ever wondered what your exact body fat percentage is? Whether your muscles are symmetrical or not? If you have dangerous visceral fat? Scoliosis? Osteoporosis? I’ve been curious about my body composition, so I went to see Peter Schwagly at Bodycomp Imaging Inc. for a total body composition scan and analysis. This Body Scanner Will Show You What You’re Made Of Peter uses a machine called a Hologic DXA (dual… Read More »What Are You Made Of? This Body Scanner Will Show You

Lifting Weights: What’s Right For Me? Light Weights or Heavy Weights - Just Lift

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When I was in my early 20s, my friend Jodi announced she was beginning a weight training program. At first I was skeptical. I’d never met any women who lifted weights and I assumed it would make you look bulgy and unfeminine, like the Incredible Hulk. But after a few months, rather than bulking out in all the wrong places, Jodi was looking strong, toned and still very feminine. Intrigued, I joined my first gym and learned how to use the machines, and I’ve been hooked on resistance training since.

Trust me, I’ve been lifting weights for 20 years, and I’ve never once been mistaken for a man.

The benefits of strength training go far beyond aesthetic appeal. The CDC recommends two to three sessions per week for men and women of all ages, to strengthen bones, prevent falls, maintain a healthy body weight, improve sleep, relieve arthritic pain and control diabetes.

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So once you’ve made the choice to add resistance training to your workout, where should you begin? Heavy weights or light? The simple answer is, it depends. What are your fitness goals? Do you have experience with strength training? Are you working with any injuries?Read More »Lifting Weights: What’s Right For Me? Light Weights or Heavy Weights – Just Lift

Free Float Giveaway: And The Winner Is… Subscribing Has Its Benefits!

After a particularly tough workout, I love to go for a float. The combination of weightlessness and muscle-relaxing Magnesium Sulfate soothes my tired body and releases any emotional stress. In fact, the Australian Institute of Sport even considers flotation therapy an essential part of training for Olympic athletes! So, Viv Santi‘s next Pilates workout had better be a tough one. Viv is the lucky winner of our Spring draw for a… Read More »Free Float Giveaway: And The Winner Is… Subscribing Has Its Benefits!

Walk This Way: Three F’s For Better Health Walking to Improve Your Health, Step by Step

Me at Mt. Maxwell, Salt Spring Island

My hike up Mt. Maxwell, Salt Spring Island

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

Thoreau 


My client and friend Annie is an avid walker. She averages 40-60 minutes at a time, strides with a brisk pace and prefers forested areas over city streets. She’s slim and fit, never seems to get sick, and appears to be healthier than many of her peers, even her teenaged children. Annie walks nearly every day, rain or shine, and credits her energy and strong immune system to her daily hike in the woods (and, of course, to the Hatha Yoga class I teach Annie and her friends twice a week!).
Walkers and runners expend roughly the same amount of energy per kilometre; it just takes walkers longer to do it
Annie (right) and her friend Elaine

Annie (right) and her friend Elaine

It might surprise you to learn that walking can be a very effective cardiovascular exercise. In fact, walking provides the same health benefits as running: reduced risk of hypertension, heart disease and diabetes, increased bone density, and weight control. While running appears to be a better bet for those of us looking to shed a few pounds, it tends to put more strain on the body’s muscles, tendons and joints.

 Walking has spiritual, mental and emotional benefits, too. Many of the world’s greatest thinkers walked: Beethoven, Nietzsche, Dickens and Aristotle all walked daily. An outdoor hike in the woods can clear the mind of clutter and increase your attention span. There’s also the very real interaction between the chemicals emitted by trees and plants and our lungs as we breathe them in.


So, what’s the key to effective cardio by walking? Simple — the three F’s!

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