Category: Fun & Fitness

10 Fun Activities You Can Do With Your Dog

When it comes to caring for a dog, keeping them active is key. Aside from walks and fetch, how do you keep your dog entertained and in good shape? We’ve rounded up ten dog-friendly ideas that are fun for both man and his best friend.   Take them hiking. There are some trails that allow dogs […]

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Stroller Exercises for New Moms

Finding exercises to do while taking care of a baby has proven difficult for parents. A new spin on the classic stroller has made it a lot easier for families to get outside and workout. The Bugaboo Runner is designed specifically for people who want to go for a jog and need to bring their […]

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10 Simple Lifestyle Changes That Decrease Your Risk of Heart Attack & Stroke

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, “An estimated 1.6 million Canadians are living with heart disease or the effects of a stroke.” That said, up to 80 percent of heart disease and stroke can be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes.   Get sufficient exercise and engage in activities that involve large […]

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5 Trending Workouts for Fall

Studies show that getting a little exercise can greatly improve mental well-being. If you need a little extra push to get moving, consider an out-of-the-box regime that is not only fun but will help you work up a sweat too. Try these five trendy workouts to get out of your workout rut and have fun […]

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5 Injury-Prevention Tips for Weekend Warriors

Compensating for a sedentary week with a couple of intense workouts on days off is a recipe for injury, but experts say weekend warriors can take some preventative steps to reduce their chances of getting hurt. “Heel pain, ankle sprains, and Achilles tendon damage are some of the most common lower limb injuries weekend warriors […]

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4 Ways to Get 30 Minutes of Exercise Daily

As the days get cooler, it’s easy to get off track from your daily activity goals with fun summer activities such as swimming and beach volleyball no longer an option. However, accomplishing 30 minutes of exercise per day can be easy with the right motivation and equipment. Here are some easy ways to get your […]

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Top 6 Tips for Preventing Back Injuries

The last thing you want to happen whenever you leave your home, for anything from work to a much-anticipated faraway vacation, is an injury. Whether you’re going near or far, take the time to consider the weight you are carrying. Here are some valuable tips from the Ontario Chiropractic Association on avoiding injuries from carrying […]

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Pole Dancing, Zumba and more… 7 Unique Fitness Classes to Try

Zumba Getting a little bored with your morning jog or your mid-day gym session? Zumba is a great way to shake things up a little, by injecting your workout with fun and music. Combining Latin dance and aerobic movements, Zumba is a great way to burn calories, tone your physique and improve your confidence. Surfset […]

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6 Reasons Why You Should Try Pole Dancing for Exercise

For decades, pole dancing has had a reputation that precedes it. In the past, pole dancing has been exclusively affiliated with shady adult entertainment clubs. In recent years however, it has also become a fun, not to mention effective, form of exercise. With celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Emma Watson admitting to having taken classes, […]

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Fun Fitness Hacks to Try

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6 Free Fitness Apps to Try Today

In the realm of fitness and weight loss, your smartphone can be an invaluable tool for newbies and gym buffs alike. Whether you’re on a mission to quickly shed some of that leftover winter weight or are simply trying to maintain a simple before-work routine, the right fitness app can help. Check out these six […]

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2 Common Fitness Myths

Are you working out the right way? Alistair Hopper, fitness expert, debunks two prominent fitness myths:   Myth: Lifting weights will make a woman look muscular like a man. Truth: The reality is that men and women are physiologically different. In addition to their metabolisms generally being higher, higher testosterone levels allow men to build muscle a lot easier compared […]

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5 Common Fitness Myths You Need to Stop Believing

Where do you get your fitness advice? On the internet? From friends and family? Between the web and word of mouth, we have a frenzy of advise available to us. In some cases that advise is helpful and thorough, but unfortunately not always. If you’re killing yourself at the gym, but not seeing the results […]

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Taking the Fear out of Camping

Going camping can be an adventure but a lot of people are scared to give it a try. Here are 7 tips to help take some of the fear out of camping! 1. Don’t let it overwhelm you. It seems like a big thing to undertake at the start but once you get out there, […]

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Simple Campsite Etiquette

Summer is on its way and it won’t be long before we’re dusting off the air mattresses, checking the tent for missing poles and heading out to enjoy the great outdoors. Like any subset of society, campgrounds have a certain form of etiquette to make sure all visitors get to make the most of visiting […]

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Creative Camping Hacks

Camping is fun, isn’t it?  There is nothing like waking up in the morning to a beautiful sunrise or hearing the sound of hot dogs being grilled over a campfire.  Here are a few ideas to help you make the most out of your camping experience. Reading Lamp:  Fill a 4 gallon milk jug with […]

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Stretching Tips with Alistair Hopper

Working out seems to be on everybody’s mind these days, which is why it’s critical to not underestimate the importance of stretching beforehand. Stretching has its obvious benefits: performing stretches correctly can increase flexibility and mobility, as well as reduce the potential for injury. Alistair Hopper, from Flex Fitness, shares some tips and tools you can use to […]

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The Importance of Consistency in Your Exercise Program

It’s common knowledge that missing a day – (or three) – of your daily exercise regime makes it harder to maintain that routine in the future; but as it turns out, the consequences of inconsistency in your workout can be farther reaching than that. By skipping a day or two, you actually might be diluting the benefits you reap from […]

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Post-Workout Smooth Recipe

Your post-workout meal should include: A lean protein source A whole grain Plenty of produce A healthy fat source Fluid An easy way to get all five of those things in in one step is a smoothie! Try this smoothie recipe courtesy of Alistair Hopper, Winnipeg-based personal trainer for Flex Fitness: In a blender, combine: 1 […]

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Fitness Tips for Bride-To-Be’s

An approaching wedding day can mean a bevy of stress for the bride-to-be. Between planning your wedding, your honeymoon, and maybe even hunting for a place to live after the big day, not to mention work – (why haven’t they implemented paid, pre-nuptial leave yet?) – who has time for the gym? Here are a […]

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Exercise Tips for Seniors

Exercise is pertinent practice at any age, but as you get older especially! As you age, you may start to feel a natural slow down of your body, and keeping active is a great way to combat that. Staying active in your old age can yield surprising results, such as an increase in mental capacity, […]

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5 Ways to Kick up Your Workout Routine a Notch

One of the great things about working out is that it forces you to develop a routine. While the habitual nature of a fitness regime can be effective and often comforting, it can also get redundant if you’ve been at it a while. Try these five ways to kick your workout routine up a notch […]

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Women’s Health: Push, Pull, Bend and Twist Your Way to a Stronger Body

Why do most women avoid strength training? According to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, less half of female gym members use strength machines, and only 30 per cent use free weights or barbells for strength training. Strength training is one of the core pillars of physical activity and has many health benefits for […]

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5 Tips for Reducing Post-Workout Soreness

In the realm of exercise, it is totally normal to experience some muscle soreness post-workout, especially if you are new to gym-ing or aren’t as regimented as you’d like to be. That said, feeling achy after exercising can quickly become a dissuading factor from working out the next time, so here are five tips for reducing muscle tightness and […]

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The 20-Minute Fitness Plan

Most of us don’t exercise enough but the good news is that experts agree you only need 20 minutes each day to achieve long-term fitness success. According to the Canadian Health Measures Survey, only 20 per cent of Canadians are getting the recommended 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week. Doing so […]

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