Turn off the screens. Turn up the play!

My all-new “playground workout” for parents. Get fit while the kids play!

Today I’m thrilled to share my newest creation… a workout designed with busy parents in mind. For all the parents, caregivers, and grandparents who take their children to the park or playground to enjoy the active play they need for good health, this one’s for you! It’s also ideal for those who like me, prefer to exercise outdoors. I do many of these move before, during and after my many weekly runs; while cheering on my youngest daughter at her soccer...

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Our blog is written by our Active Living Ambassador, Catherine Cameron.

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Start a workplace walking group – it’s easy!

Jennifer Wheeler is a 43-year-old mother of three who lives in Toronto. I know her personally — we met when I consulted with her workplace and helped them launch an employee wellness program nearly three years ago. Understanding that happy and healthy employees are more productive, committed, and incur less absenteeism, her company wanted to invest in building the healthiest workplace and workforce they could. With thousands of employees located in several major Canadian cities, they called upon me to...

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Employers should encourage employees to move more

It’s time to take a close look at a major lifestyle threat to our health – the sedentary behaviour that’s become a big part of the work day. Indeed, evidence suggests the time we adults spend chained to our desks is damaging to our health, perhaps even killing us. While some Canadians are using height-adjustable desks that enable standing and working or the use of a pedal device underneath, what we really need is a movement that extends beyond “walk to...

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Beware the chair

Did you know Canadian adults are sedentary for approximately 9.5 hours each day? In large part, this can be attributed to the increase in desk jobs and to the amount of time we spend in our cars (fewer than 10 per cent of people walk or take public transportation to work). It also stems from the time we spend seated on breaks, at meetings, and at lunch. Research now tells us more about the dark side of sitting: you may...

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Sneak in a mini workout at work!

Happy Sneak It In Week! This week is all about wearing your sneakers to work and discovering how easy it can be to sneak it some physical activity as part of the workday. Add a couple of brisk 10-minute walks or activity breaks and you’ll be on your way to better health. But why 10 Minutes? We’re glad you asked! According to the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines, adults need 150 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity per week, but this does...

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Join us for Sneak It In Week next week… and boost your health and happiness at work!

Next week is Sneak It In Week – please join us — and check out and share our new #SneakItIn Week video clip too! We all know physical activity is good for us. The challenge for a few is finding the time, and for many, the perception that they don’t have the time. You don’t have to hit the gym every day to get the physical activity you need for health benefits. In fact, for many people, sneaking in a...

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Your challenge? Add a 10-minute active break to each workday

Did you know getting active, even for periods as short 10 minutes, can enhance your health? Need a little convincing? Here are some of the benefits, along with a few “how-to” suggestions: Benefit: Exercise improves your mood –and there are days (we all have them!) where we can all use a little lift. Physical activity stimulates certain brain chemicals that can leave us feeling happier and more relaxed, and can even help prevent and treat mild to moderate depression. Enjoy...

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How to give your bike a tune-up

Many Canadians cycled their way through the late fall and into winter, while others parked their bikes for the colder months and are now eager to spring them loose. Treat your bike to a spring tune-up and get ready to enjoy the warm-weather cycling season ahead. What you’’ll need: Allen keys, bike lubricant, degreaser, dish soap, a wire brush, a tire pump, a patch kit, rubbing alcohol, fine steel wool, a towel and a rag. Now that you’’ve got your tools...

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I remember Reebok high-tops, lime green spandex, and the 20-Minute Workout like they were yesterday!

I hardly know where the years have gone, but 2014 for me, marks 26 years of teaching fitness classes. I taught my first class at 18, so do the math and you’ll quickly know that I’m twenty-five + a few years! Just as I often joke that I can hardly remember my life before I had my kids, so too is it a struggle to remember a day when physical activity wasn’t a big part of my life. I get...

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Physical activity as an investment in health – it’s a bit like saving for retirement

In my opinion, all too often, people exercise for the sole purpose of physical appearance. I’m not discounting this as a valid reason, because it’s a good one, and it factors into my own rational and motivation. However, time and time again, I meet people who have started and stopped activities and exercise programs because they haven’t seen results fast enough. I met one woman the other day who wanted to gain upper body strength and stuck with a program...

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