30 Day Challenge but with a Twist: You could win $300!

We've revamped our 30 day challenge and made it bigger and better! Instead of an initial weigh in or tape measurements we decided to focus on an even more important factor: improvement in overall fitness. Here's how we're going to do it: On February 4th, we will be having a timed circuit of six exercises: Station 1: Weighted squat jumps (holding weight at chest) Station 2: Thrusters (90 degrees or more for range) Station 3: Burpees (Chest to ground) Station 4: V-sit press, heels on … [Read more...]

Benefits of a Fit Pregnancy

A year ago I was pregnant with my first child. During those 9 months, I can attest first hand to the many benefits of exercising while pregnant. Thanks to exercise: I had very little physical discomforts such as back pain I stayed within the healthy weight gain guidelines I had a speedy postpartum recovery I was happy! Pregnancy is an emotional rollercoaster, exercise reduced any anxiety or depression, and increased my confidence and self-esteem! But I also want to mention 3 … [Read more...]

Boyscout Wisdom: Be Prepared

At this point in December, you should be aware of your festivity obligations for the rest of the month and possibly into January. If you are not aware, now would be the time to figure out when and where you are expected to be since this can play a huge role in your emotional or physical health. I know, planning isn’t sexy or exciting but some form of planning is the key to success in many areas of life and it is a strategy I often recommend. We will discuss planning events for less stress & … [Read more...]

Holiday HIIT workout

The holiday season is notorious for being overly busy and packed with various obligations. I put together a quick HIIT workout that you can do at home that can be done in about 15-20 minutes. So make time for yourself during this busy season and try out this workout! Check out this video with all of the exercises:   Equipment: One flat resistance band One circle resistance band (if you only have a flat band you can tie it into a circle) Go through all the exercises … [Read more...]

Permission to Mindfully Indulge.

The most wonderful time of the year can also be one of the most stressful, busy, and expensive times of the year with additional obstacles for health or nutrition. The holidays are complicated enough without adding even more pressure on ourselves by trying to lose weight too. The goal for most of us this holiday season is maximizing your satisfaction from food with the added benefit of weight maintenance. My advice isn’t exactly revolutionary but hopefully it is presented in way that will … [Read more...]

The Effect of Exercise on Breast Cancer and How to Get Started on a Workout

Many are aware that including exercise in to your every day life can help to reduce the risks of chronic illnesses and can also help to manage chronic illness. So what are the benefits of exercise on breast cancer? Statistics In Canada alone it is estimated that 25,700 women will have been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016; making up 26% of new cancer cases found in women. This means that 1/9 women are expected to develop breast cancer. 230 men in Canada are also expected to become … [Read more...]

Global TV Edmonton: exercises you can do with one weight.

We covered a few more exercises you can do with one weight today on Global TV and here they are: Lunge to Shoulder Press: Weight is resting in one hand at shoulder height. Step forward with the opposite leg into a lunge and press the weight above your head at the same time. Keep your core tight throughout the entire movement. Place most of your body weight on your lead foot. Return back to the original position. Repeat on the same leg. Alternating Dumbbell … [Read more...]

A New Mom with New Fitness Goals

I am back! I am back as a new mom with new fitness goals! Three months ago I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and since then I have spent my days bonding with my little guy! But I have also been slowly adding exercise back into my life. Back when I pregnant I was blessed with no morning sickness and no serious health complications. This allowed me to continue leading all my fitness classes and stay fit throughout my pregnancy. And thanks to my active job, I am a living example of the … [Read more...]