5 Fun Ways to Get In Shape

The market is saturated with low-fat, low-carb and sugar-free foods. But despite the popular diets, “magical” pills and the latest, greatest fitness machines that all promise to melt away the pounds, more than half of Canadian adults are overweight.



A Better You” Your 7 days program to self-improvement”

I seem to lost count on how many times I’ve read and heard of celebrity marriages failing almost left and right. Not that I care (and personally I don’t), it seems strange that we often see movie and TV stars as flawless people, living the fairytale life of riches and glamour. I suppose we all have to stop sticking our heads in the clouds and face reality.

There are many ways to lose your sense of self-esteem despite of how trivial it could get. But whatever happens, we should all try not to lose our own sense of self.

So what does it take to be a cut above the rest? Here are some of the things you can think and improve on that should be enough for a week. (more…)


Change What You Crave By Changing How You Think: The 5 Step Mental Method

If I were to ask you which foods temp you, most likely they wouldn’t be ones that are very healthy. I bet they would be ice cream, potato chips, pizza, or something along those lines. In fact, in your mind right now as you’re reading, you are probably thinking about a food that isn’t healthy. Well, aren’t you? Stop for a moment and think about it……………….. The point I’m going to make in this article is that you can change what you crave by changing how you think.

Every new client that comes to my office for weight-loss has a “craving problem.” But I don’t see it as a problem at all. I see it as a solution. Cravings are over-rated. They are hodge-podge and we don’t have to be controlled by them. We don’t have to feel temped by ice cream, cookies or 20-ounce prime ribs. Instead, we can be tempted by watermelon, pineapple, oranges or apples; foods like that. Think that sounds crazy? Well it isn’t and you’ll see why. (more…)


Fitness DVDs remain hale and hardly over the hill

As people seek to live healthier, it remains the go-to workout aid for many who like their exercise accessible, inexpensive and private, according to a recent report.

“Consumers are getting more and more advice from doctors to exercise,” said Agata Kaczanowska, industry analyst for IBIS, which conducted a market research study of the $264 million-dollar fitness DVD industry.

Nearly one-third of Americans who visited a healthcare professional in 2010 were advised to exercise, she explained. (more…)


Fitness trends for the new year

Stretch out your core, cue the music and get ready to follow the beats. Zumba and other dance workouts are debuting on the list of the top 20 predicted fitness trends for 2012. Lack a little rhythm? Well, there’s a trend on the list for just about every person, preference and body part. The trends were selected through an annual survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine. The survey was completed by 2,620 fitness professionals worldwide who ranked their selections into a list of 20 trends they believed would be big in 2012. “The survey attempts to show a distinction between fads and trends and is a good representation of what’s occurring in the health and fitness industry worldwide,” said Walter Thompson, Ph.D., the lead author of the survey and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. (more…)


Why So SAD?

Wondering why you feel down in the dumps when the cold months show up each year?

Believe it or not, it’s not strange to feel a bit sad during the winter months. In fact, feeling blue during the late fall and throughout the winter is so common that it has a name: seasonal affective disorder. SAD for short, this condition is often called the Winter Blues. But if you think these feelings should be ignored, you’re wrong.

Inside SAD

As innocent as SAD may sound, it is a serious condition that can have some serious complications if not dealt with properly. Though the exact causes of SAD are currently unknown, it is thought that the change of seasons may mess up the levels of serotonin and melatonin in your body. These chemicals are responsible for your mood and sleep patterns. Additionally, the change of seasons may also throw a curve ball at your internal clock, making it difficult for your body to know when to be awake or asleep. (more…)


10 Ways to Complain Less and Be Happier Editor’s Note: This is a contribution by Lauren Stewart

“Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.” ~Proverb

We all complain. Even if you argue that you are the happiest person in the world, you still complain sometimes.

Sometimes we complain without even realizing it, but rarely is it ever helpful. Sure, a common complaint can bond two people who may have nothing in common, but too much complaining would just break down the relationship.1 (more…)


Why You Need a Personal Trainer

Wondering if a personal trainer is for you? Wonder no more.

You’ve been in the gym for days, weeks, months, or years, and for some reason, you’ve never sought the assistance of a professional trainer. Now you’re wondering if you’ve made a mistake. Should you have enlisted the help of a pro a long time ago? Maybe.

Here are a few reasons to get a professional trainer on your side.

You Want to Get Fit (Safely)

Anybody can walk into a gym and start slinging weights around or sprinting on a treadmill. However, doing any kind of exercise without having someone to tell you if you’re doing it properly or not can put you at risk for all sorts of injuries. On top of the potential for getting hurt, using improper form also reduces your likelihood of getting the full benefit of the exercise you’re performing. (more…)


15 minutes of fitness a day can add 3 years to your life

Even a little bit of physical activity helps, study confirms

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HONG KONG — Doing just 15 minutes of moderate exercise a day may add three years to your life, a large study in Taiwan has found

Women who ate a big breakfast lost 21 percent of their body weight after 8 months, a recent study shows. Not hungry? Try fruit or yogurt to amp your metabolism. Click for more of TODAY’s “Back to reality” do-it-yourself tips.

Most people struggle to stick to the standard guideline of 30 minutes a day of exercise, five days a week, and experts hope that by identifying a lower dose, more people will be motivated to get off the couch. (more…)


Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Tired of having a bad attitude? Do something about it.

In life, there are some things you can’t change: your family history of cancer, the grades you made in elementary school, your lopsided smile. But your attitude is something you can give a complete makeover to – if you’re willing.

What can you do to take your poor attitude and flip it on its head? You’re about to find out some of the tricks of the happy trade!

Believe It

Want to kick your sour ways to the curb? You’ve got to know you can do it! Only when you’re confident in your ability to change your attitude will you be prepared to change your attitude. Don’t feel capable of such a modification? Then you’ve already lost the fight. Feel good about your likelihood of changing your attitude for good? Then keep reading.

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”Winston Churchill (more…)

13 Reasons To Exercise

Let’s face it, some days you just don’t feel like exercising.

You get too busy, too stressed and quite simply too tired.

Here’s a list of 13 of the top reasons to exercise. Pull out this list and read it when you’re having one of those days.

1. To Prevent Disease
Exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of just about every single health problem known to man, from stroke to heart disease to cancer and osteoporosis. Exercise is also a great defense against type 2 diabetes, which is one of the most widely growing diseases of our time.

2. To Look Great
Exercise firms your body, improves posture and even makes your skin glow. Looking your best is a wonderful result of regular exercise. (more…)


Choosing the Perfect Swimsuit

Okay, girls, let’s face it, finding the right swimsuit can be stressful! Here’s some help!

How are you supposed to find one that enhances your bust, tucks your tummy, slims your thighs, and downplays your bottom? Practically impossible, isn’t it? While these concerns are valid, you don’t have to be doomed to wearing a cover-up every time you visit the beach this summer. Just follow these tips and you’ll feel comfortable and sexy in your suit selection.

1. Buy a swimsuit that fits.

Don’t shy away from a suit that you love just because you have to buy a size or two bigger than you normally wear. It’s not uncommon for swimsuits to be sized a little smaller than streetwear. Besides, who says you can’t cut the tag out when you get home?

2. Save bright colors for later in the summer.

While many dark-skinned women can pull off bright colors at the beginning of swimsuit season, women with lighter complexions should add color gradually. If you have paler skin, start your summer with a mocha or chocolate suit and work up to bolder shades as your skin bronzes. (more…)


Simple 50 Pound Slim Down

How would you like to be 50 pounds lighter 12 months from now?

50 pounds comes out to about 3 pants sizes.  Can you image how you would look 3 sizes smaller? You’d look like a whole new, younger person.

It’s actually much easier than you think.  I’m not talking about invasive, costly surgery, dangerous pills or potions, or grueling routines.

All it takes is losing one pound each week. One measly pound.  Hang with me for a minute and I will break it down mathematically. A pound is 3,500 calories—spread that over 7 days and you need a 500 calorie deficit each day to lose 1 pound in a week.

Your 500 calorie deficit can be done by a combination of increased calorie exertion (exercise) as well as a decrease in calories consumed (eating less). (more…)


Want to Play an Instrument?

You’ve got to get the right teacher.

Right now, you’ve hit a wall. Day after day you’re going through the same routine, and you’ve got to shake yourself out of it, find something fresh and new to add to your existence. So you’ve decided to learn a new instrument.

Whether you never learned how to play the recorder in fourth grade or have played banjo at the Grand Ole Opry, your ability to learn a new instrument is only as good as your teacher.

How can you find a teacher who will catapult you into success with your newfound instrument of choice? Look for someone who… (more…)


That White Flaky Stuff

Get the real deal on dandruff.

Whether it’s on a commercial or your shirt collar, dandruff is always embarrassing. But should it be? What really causes it, and what can you really do to get rid of it? You’re about to find out the answers to all your flaky questions.

The Dry and the Oily

Unfortunately, there isn’t one single cause of dandruff. In fact, dandruff can actually come from completely opposite causes: dry skin and oily skin. When you’re stuck inside for long periods during the winter months, the dry heat can cause your skin to dry out all over your body—including your scalp. The result? You guessed it: dandruff. On the other hand, if you don’t wash your hair enough, the oil and skin cells on your scalp can pile up and also result in dandruff.

Other causes of dandruff include eczema, certain hair products that you may be sensitive to, a fungus on your scalp, or conditions that result in oily skin. And while you may think you can beat all of these flake-inducing causes of dandruff, most folks across the globe deal with dandruff at one time or another. So you’ll more than likely have some on occasion. (more…)