Flexibility: Yoga Why it’s essential: Studies show that yoga significantly improves flexibility, balance, and muscular strength and endurance, giving you the ability to exercise longer. Yoga may also help control physiological variables such as blood pressure, respiration and heart rate, and speed up your metabolic rate to help you maintain a healthy weight. There are a number … [Read more...] about The Only 7 Exercises You’ll Ever Need
Fitness rule #1: Keep hydrated Hydration affects energy levels and is essential to your workout performance. Why? Proper hydration regulates body temperature and heart rate. In one hour of exercise, you could lose more than a quart of water, depending on exercise intensity and air temperature. Without enough water for the body to cool itself through perspiration, you could … [Read more...] about The 7 Golden Rules of Fitness: Are You Following Them?
I have a complicated relationship with food. From fruit to frites, dinner parties to five-course tasting menus, I love it all. I have shelves of cookbooks and am famous for my chocolate chip cookies. And yet, food and I have spent years in battle. For the last eight years we’ve had a truce, but I want peace. And not just for my sake, but my daughter’s. She’s not even two … [Read more...] about Eating Disorders: How a Personal Trainer Won Her Battle With Food
Looking for a way to work off that box of chocolate from your sweetie? Try adding a workout for two to your romantic Valentine's Day plans. "Working out with your partner is a great way to spend quality time with someone you care about while doing something good for each other," says Vancouver-based personal trainer Sherri McMillan. "Studies show that working out with a … [Read more...] about Work Out Together This Valentine’s Day
Winter sport-related injuries are common. “Downhill skiers or boarders hurt themselves in falls, and cross-country skiers may develop chronic soreness due to the repetitive nature of the movement,” says athletic therapist Peter Levidis. “The cold is also a factor and warrants a thorough warm-up.” Proper stretching can help. Levidis likes this kneeling quad exercise–which, … [Read more...] about Kneeling Quad Stretch: How and Why to Master It