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Check Yourself (Workout Checklist)

Check Yourself (Workout Checklist)

In honour of January being the month that more people than usual have fitness on their minds, I’d like to round that out with some details of working out that I will hope you remember to apply. Many of you will know these things, but some don’t, and some will have simply forgotten. I know this because when I run into people at social gatherings or when people tell me what they do for their workouts, as they love to do, I have that internal battle of “Do I risk sounding annoying and correcting them so that they aren’t wasting their time in the gym?” Ooh, I hate that circumstance. So I’ll use my platform here, and then when I run...

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Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 16: Health Food Store

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 16: Health Food Store

Essence of Life is one of my favourite health food stores in the city. It is inexpensive, the staff are helpful, and it has everything I am looking for when it’s time to stock up on groceries, supplements, beauty products… you name it. Yesterday I had the perfect snowy Sunday afternoon simply taking my time perusing through the tight yet super-stocked aisles, putting a basket together of both things on my list, and things that jogged my inspiration while there. Moonbeam coffee in hand. Head over to Kensington market and check out this little gem of a shop. You won’t be disappointed! Plus, it has wonderful health-inspired stocking stuffers....

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Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 4: Nutrition Resource Meghan Telpner

Jess’ Favourite Things, Dec 4: Nutrition Resource Meghan Telpner

Meghan Telpner is a no-fuss holistic nutritionist based in Toronto. She is the author of Undiet, a nutritional concept of eating clean and whole foods with no artificial de-fooding, basically. And as this is a Christmas countdown of sorts, yeah, it makes a great gift for anyone interested in feeling great (which is – duh – everyone)! Meghan just speaks and teaches sensibly, explaining the science and telling it like it is. You all know how much I love to keep things simple, and this gal really does this. Her website is an endless resource for all things wellness – including to-die-for recipes and even tips on swapping to natural beauty products. It is...

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Jess’ Favourite Things Dec 3: My Favourite Yoga DVD

Jess’ Favourite Things Dec 3: My Favourite Yoga DVD

Because of my workouts needing to be snuck in around my clients’ appointments, I can rarely make an appointment myself.  So, yoga classes, although they happen once in a blue moon, are primarily out of the question. I LOVE power yoga, so what is the ultimate solution? Rodney Yee’s Power Yoga: Total Body DVD. I’ve had this DVD for years.  Even if I just have 20-30 minutes at the end of an exhausting day, its repetitive vinyasa and hip stretches are exactly what I need to wind down, and to get into bed feeling refreshed and taken care of. I’ve recommended this DVD to many of my clients who have all enjoyed it as much as I have. You can buy it at...

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Satch on Superfoods – Your Challenge for this Week

Satch on Superfoods – Your Challenge for this Week

Satch tells us a couple more super foods to include into our diets. Hemp Seeds – Hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. A three-tablespoon serving of hemp seeds provides a whopping 10 grams of protein. More importantly it is considered a complete protein, meaning they contain all the essential amino acids, making the protein comparable to ones found in eggs and meat. How to eat it: Sprinkle a serving over any stir-fry, salad or oatmeal dish. They are also a great addition to any to any fruit salad. Jessica likes to sprinkle it on her gluten-free toast with almond butter :) Oatmeal – When it comes to...

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Common Injury: Tendonitis

Common Injury: Tendonitis

The injury I see more than most in my clients who partake in other repetitive activities is tendonitis.  Tendonitis is stress and inflammation of the tendons, typically seen in the wrists, elbows, knee, ankle or shoulder joints. Tendonitis has also been referred to as “tennis elbow,” “frozen shoulder” or in the case of a good friend of mine, “drummer’s elbow!”  The point is, any repetitive movement can cause strain or stress to the tendons, and can result in chronic pain, and a need for decreasing the frequency of that activity. I thought to write on this today because I am, for the first time, suffering from some tendonitis in...

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