15min To Vanquish Obesity

“Getting Canadians off their butts and physically active for 15 minutes each day would eliminate obesity in about one million adults, while adopting a healthy diet could add another 362,000 to that number, a new report concludes.” The Toronto Star, Health Zone

June 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Health, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

I Did It!

I ran my second 5K on the weekend and I ran the whole thing (stopped 3 times to catch breath for a few seconds) and shaved 10min off my time!  I was so happy.  My cousin and I didn’t get much sleep the night before and we hadn’t been training religously so we were surprised.  We’re doing more 5K this year, and aiming for a 10K next year!

May 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Dear Diary, Exercise. Leave a comment.

Running Workouts

I am running my first 5K of the year on Sunday.  I have to admit that I haven’t been training for it a lot.  When I moved at the end of March I was running 3 or 4 times a week, but then the nice weather came and I did bootcamps, Insanity and biking by the water.  So I have improved my cardio, but running on your feet is quite different then being on a bike or interval training.

MSN.com offers combo training workouts here.  The idea is to incorporate into one workout the goals of 2 workouts…for instance, if you want to work on your race pace and increase your distance MSN offers a workout to work towards both goals.  Also the change up is nice.

And if you are a beginner runner, or returning to running after illness or a injury, read this on how to avoid the early pitfalls of running!  Helpful.  Second week is harder than first….

May 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

Insanity Workout

Anyone else try the Insanity workouts? This is my favourite home dvd workout.  I changed daily, constantly challenges you and gets results.  I am 2 weeks in.  It starts off with a Fit Test, then a schedule of workouts, which are tough but short enough to fit into your day, in the privacy of your home.  No equipment needed!  I tried PX90 but didn’t have a chin up bar or somewhere to secure a fitness band to.  I just did the Fit Test at the 2 week mark and am impressed with how much improvement I have!

I should note that I haven’t been true to the schedule, I do what I can when I can, and also bike and do bootcamps.  That said, I still improved!

May 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise. Leave a comment.

10 Signs That You May Have Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and used to be called adult onset diabetes.  However younger and younger people are developing it.  It’s a killer and can be managed, even prevented if the early onset symptoms are detected.

Click here to see what the signs are and if you show any!

April 21, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Health. Leave a comment.

Resistance Bands

In order to use up all this empty space in my apartment I’ve started working out more at home.  I dusted off my resistance bands and realized how much I like them.  They are light (much easier to store at home then weights) and pack a powerful resistance.  They are very versatile.  All you have to do is youtube resistance bands and you can see how many different exercises you can do with them.  And they are cheap!

April 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

If I’m On My Feet All Day, That’s A Cardio Workout, Right?

I’m on my feet all of my 8 hour shift, and my legs were feeling it the first week of my new job.  So I thought that because I was on my feet and walking all day that that was enough of a workout.  Then I picked up the Women’s Health Training Guide and this question was in it:

Q: I’m on my feet all day.  Do I really need to hit the gym, too?

A: If you’re walking from 9 to 5 and the numbers on the scale are stagnant or heading in the wrong direction, then yes, a more intense workout may be in order.  Even walking nonstop, you wouldn’t burn much more than 500 calories in a typical workday.  Aim for 20 to 30 minutes of strength training followed by 20 minutes of intense cardio, such as intervals, three times a week.  You’ll get a metabolism boost and burn extra calories.

Here is the Women’s Health guide I picked up at the local bookstore/grocery store.

April 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Push Up Variations

Sorry I’ve been MIA but I moved and started a new job.  I have lots of space in my new place so I’ve been doing more home workouts.  I’ve always liked the push-up so I’ve done some research on variations I can add to my home or gym workout.

Check out this link here.  This guy shows 10 variations of the normal push-up, and the last one, the Aztec I’ve never seen before!  Watch the video because he’s kinda cute to :-).

April 19, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise. Leave a comment.

Try Your Hand At Running

This woman made a new year’s resolution was to run the 5K on St. Patty’s Day, and she did it.  How?  She signed up at The Running Room for a clinic on learning how to run.  And it worked.  Some running clinics are free, so check out the site here for your nearest locations.

March 24, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

A Really, Really Good Reason To Keep In Shape

If this doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will. 

“Sudden bursts of moderate to intense physical activity—such as jogging or having sex—significantly increase the risk of having a heart attack, especially in people who do not get regular exercise, U.S. researchers said Tuesday.”

Click here to read the article.

March 23, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Health. Leave a comment.

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