Health and fitness blog: Four tips for the beginner yogi

This one goes out to all my yogi-wannabes who are a little hesitant about diving into the world of yoga. Just a couple of months ago I had little to no knowledge about the practice of yoga or what to expect, and can honestly say I was scared to step barefoot into my local studio. But #NoRagrets right? If you’re currently wanting to get some feel-good exercise in and maybe de-stress a bit, but are intimidated by your amateur moves, consider these four tips to get you on your way to becoming the next yoga guru. Watch yoga tutorials on YouTube This is the first (and cheapest) step to figuring out if yoga is truly for you. Yoga videos are […]

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Health and fitness blog: Self-care for back to school

Being a student is great for two reasons. The first is student discount days at Bulk Barn and Loblaws. The second is the opportunity to get a fresh start in September. Now is the perfect time to reevaluate your habits and start making changes for personal health and happiness. And if you’ve been (relatively) less stressed out during the summer, it’s best to arm yourself with tools for good mental health before the onslaught of assignments makes your brain explode. I preface this list by apologizing for sounding like your mom, but this stuff really is good for you. As obvious as most of these tips are, they are not as obvious when you’re neck deep in assignments and exams […]

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Health and fitness blog: Five tips for pounding the pavement

Ah, fall. When the leaves change colour, the school bells ring, and new routines begin. If you’re anything like me, you might be looking to hit up a healthier lifestyle, but have no idea how to go about it. The following tips helped me when I began running in May. Since then my head is clearer, I feel happier, and although I can still struggle with motivation, overall I’ve improved a lot. While these are specific to running, with a little adaptation you can relate them to any fitness activity. 1. Don’t worry about the scale My goal for any workout routine would always be to “lose weight”—how much weight, I wasn’t really sure (maybe 20 pounds?). This was pretty […]

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Health and fitness blog: Break out of the gym this summer

The sun is finally out and you should be too! Outdoor fitness has so much more to offer than the gym, and summer is a great time to break out of the indoors and experience all the different ways you can stay fit. Here’s a list of activities to try this summer that will burn calories, with the added bonus of providing vitamin D and great memories. Beach volleyball: Heading to the beach? As relaxing as it is to just throw down a towel and soak up the sun, why not grab a bunch of friends and a volleyball to stay active? Playing a game of volleyball will help work a variety of different muscles. Hiking: Unlike running on a […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Cut out ‘clean eating’ from your diet

We rinse our apples before slicing them or wash our lettuce before making a salad, but when did referring to our eating habits as “clean” become such a fad? Clean eating is a trend that has been picked up by celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba. It involves a strict diet where processed foods, gluten, dairy, and excess sugar do not belong. Since when do we take advice from celebrities on what to eat? It’s become a fad that has generated millions in book deals, and countless hashtags. No nutritionist will disagree that avoiding processed foods and excess sugar will reap benefits for your health. Almost every diet on the planet recommends at least cutting back on processed and […]

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