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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

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

Where I Buy My Stylish Workout Gear And serious discounts - just for you!

Splurging on new stylish workout gear once in a while can be so motivating. When a new pair of leggings fits just perfectly, or a new top really spotlights those sculpted shoulders you’ve been working on so hard, you want to run right to the gym and work out in them! Here are my favourite online stores for stylish and unique pieces. Both offer an exclusive online discount just for you, my online… Read More »Where I Buy My Stylish Workout Gear And serious discounts – just for you!

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