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The Active Vacation Experience
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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 … Read More

7 Things Women Should Do Before age 50
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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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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

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

Inspiring People: Teresa Maria Muñoz
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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 … Read More

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 … Read More

How Alcohol Affects Your Workouts
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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 … Read More

Healthy Recipe: Coconut-Almond Cacao Nibbles Flour- and added sugar-free!
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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. … Read More

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

What Are You Made Of? This Body Scanner Will Show You
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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 … Read More

Healthy Recipe: Sugar Free Whole Grain Pancakes New Year's Brunch Doesn't Have To Derail Your Healthy Diet!
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Brunch, whether it’s on New Year’s Day or any other time of year, doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Trouble is, your typical restaurant brunch can be a dietary minefield: orange juice? Pure sugar. Pancakes? Filler with no fiber. Serving size? … Read More

6 Surprising Ways Lifting Weights Will Improve Your Life Whether you're already doing resistance training, or you're pondering whether to take the plunge
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Want to be stronger, leaner, sexier? How about better looking? More confident and less stressed out? How’d you like to live longer too? You can, and it doesn’t have to cost a penny. How? Lift weights. Starting in your 30s, your body … Read More

From Gym Newbies To Seasoned Fitness Buffs: Why Everyone Needs Perfect Posture Start Here For A Safer And More Effective Workout
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I recently met with a new client for his first session. His goal is to become stronger and reduce his back pain. When I explained that we’d be spending most of our first session establishing perfect posture and alignment, breathing … Read More

Healthy Recipe: Sweet Potato Pumpkin Soup Warms You Up On A Cold Autumn Night!
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It’s the end of October and it’s blustery and chilly on the west coast. For a healthful foodie this means just one thing: homemade soup! And nothing says autumn like sweet potato pumpkin soup. My most recent soup making adventure … Read More

Five Simple Travel Health Tips How To Go On Vacation And Not Leave Your Health At Home
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There’s nothing more rejuvenating than taking a well-deserved vacation. But going on a holiday shouldn’t mean leaving your healthy lifestyle at home. In fact, taking a break from your healthy habits can seriously hijack the fitness goals you’ve worked so hard … Read More

Burn Fat, Save Time. 7 Reasons You Need To Start Doing HIIT Now! High Intensity Interval Training
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Fitness trends seem to change as fast as the weather. Some crazes are just too ridiculous to stand the test of time (check out those inflatable shorts!) while others top the list year after year. With oodles of scientifically proven benefits, HIIT (High Intensity … Read More

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 … Read More

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

“I Want A Six-Pack!” Who among us (myself included) hasn't craved that magazine-cover beach body?
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When I ask clients about their long term fitness goals, defined, washboard abs – the six-pack – often makes it onto the list. Who among us (myself included) hasn’t craved that magazine cover beach body? Take my client Jen for … Read More

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

Snowshoeing: Healthy and Fun (and Cheap Too!)
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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 … Read More

My Favourite Three Exercises That Require No Equipment At All
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You don’t need tons of props and equipment to get fit. Simple 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 … Read More

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

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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