Before you bulk up, read this

Both body fat and muscle serve as storage tanks for excess calories – generally unused carbohydrate calories. If you have a good amount of body fat around your mid-section or a thick layer covering your entire frame, now is the time to appreciate that this is a storage vessel of USEABLE energy that you can access. Before you even THINK about […]

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Finding balance

How much of a good thing is too much? At what point does a concern for healthy eating become a burden on the brain? How can an enjoyment of delicious food become such a burden on the body? Is there a place of peace between gluttony and deprivation? When I think about what I do for a living – what […]

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Walk for your weight, wander for your mind.

Daily outdoor physical activity works wonders for your brain. It’s true. In his well-known book Spark, John Ratey writes, “Getting old is unavoidable but falling apart is not.” There is an intricate connection between physical and mental health. Mental health will decline rapidly without physical activity. For your mental health alone, you must move everyday – especially as you get […]

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Bouts of activity through the day boost the brain.

In Canada, school kids are sitting at a desk for more hours a day than ever before. “Sitting idle for long periods of time is a biologically bad idea,” says Harvard’s Dr. Tremblay. A few of the physical perils of sitting too long include: poor leg circulation, decreased bone density, weak glut and abdominal strength,strained neck and upper back, tight […]

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Raggedy Ann was flexible. And she had no joints.

Raggedy Ann Doll

Being flexible is not as useful or healthful, as being strong. Raggedy Ann was very limber. She also lacked a spine, knees and hip joints. Muscle moves our joints within their proper range. While flexibility of muscle will certainly allow movement to happen more freely, stability and safety of joint movements are the first priority. Is stretching the answer? When […]

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A daily dose of nature for vitamin “G”

In the Netherlands, getting a dose of nature everyday, is believed to be as vital to one’s wellbeing as any other micronutrients. So much so that is now termed as Vitamin “G” or vitamin “green”. Its benefits are as profound on our health and happiness as any other dietary supplement. We instinctively know, though may not want to believe that […]

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To make the brain happy, get moving

Anxiety and depression are two of the most widespread mental health concerns. Whether or not they are diagnosed and medicated, mood disorders are becoming more and more prevalent. While drugs and psychological therapy may both be necessary, physical activity – especially when done outdoors in nature – is the most direct route towards positive change . When you start moving, […]

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Small habits have big impacts

100 calories a day can have a staggering influence on our weight. Do the math – burning off 100 extra calories a day adds up to ten pounds a year. That’s walking up a few flights of stairs instead of taking the escalator or elevator. Many people steadily gain ten pounds a year, while neglecting the small thing, like taking a […]

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Weights first, then cardio

Which to do first, weights or cardio ? The ideal order is strength training…THEN aerobic activity. You can burn FAT during aerobic activity (cardio), but you CAN NOT burn fat during anaerobic activity (weights), and since you will ALWAYS burn whatever glucose is available in your bloodstream FIRST, you want to ensure that once that runs out, the next thing […]

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The body is made to work.

 The amazing thing about the body is that it can and will adapt. When I give people an eating plan, they will see weight loss over a period of time…but eventually it will hit inertia. Why is that? Well, the body adapts. It will, in time, be fine on less food and become more efficient at using that food. The […]

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Slow and steady cardio can win the race

• Weight loss STAYS OFF with physical activity. Diet alone is not enough to keep weight off. Those who lose weight and keep it off permanently exercise 3 to 5 times per week.  • The key to weight loss… is to be burning more fat fuel then we are taking in. As it is body fat that you are trying […]

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The body is a machine – Learn how it works

As people on the go, you have full schedules and overworking minds. Your days are spent running from one thing to the next, inhaling food when you are starving and snacking on whatever you can find. You spend the time on things that are for other people, for family, for financial gain. You take very little time to take care […]

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Choose habits wisely

If we keep doing what we are doing, we will keep getting what we are getting. This is the plain and simple reality food and the outcomes of your eating habits. The only way to really get a more desirable outcome – that will last forever – is to recognize that the way that you -and MOST people you know- […]

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Start walking. Stop waiting

You can spend an entire lifetime wishing for more time, and then wasting the precious time you DO have fretting, feeding, and finding excuses for why you aren’t exercising. Part of the problem is that people undermine the value of the simplest activity that fits easily into any day – WALKING. Not only can you walk to and from work […]

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Build leg muscle, boost metabolism

Fact: The more muscle you have on your frame, the more calories you burn in a day. Your largest muscle groups are the best calorie burners. Performing strength training exercises that tear and repair your legs, butt, and back will substantially boost the amount of fuel your body burns in a day. Let’s be clear here that building “strong” legs […]

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