You should be doing Pilates

Yes, that is right. You should be doing pilates on a regular basis. Here’s why: It will change the way you move. You see, it’s all about posture. Poor posture produces pain. Most of us have bad posture. We live in an anteriorly based world. Just imagine sitting at a computer 8 hrs a day and what that does to someone’s posture. Or standing over a table preparing meals all day. Or driving a truck all day. Gardening. Everything we do is forward based. That can all lead to shoulders that round forward, heads that drop forward and rounded upper backs. Take that posture and keep adding age to it. Oh, and don’t forget gravity pulling you forward and down. Bad posture can lead to a whole host of health problems. Migraines, chronic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis & golf elbow, spine misalignment, poor circulation, and even depression. Pilates to the rescue! Pilates is based on the proper alignment of the spine. Basically one goes from slouching forward to standing up tall. When your body is in alignment, everything falls into its proper place. Shoulders roll back, the head rests on top of the neck, not forward, the back is tall and not slouched. Pilates does this by… deeply strengthening the abdominal muscles. A strong core is important for stabilizing your spine. Maintaining a strong core keeps the back strong and keeps the body in proper alignment. Through Pilates, you learn how to engage the core to strengthen the abdominal muscles through a series of small, isolated movements using mainly your body weight. improving posture. With Pilates, you practice proper spinal alignment...

Time To Get Your Shit Together:)

Okay, people…..the kids are back at school and settled, summer is clearly over and so now that leaves you. It is time to get your shit together and set up your fall fitness & health routine. Those of you who know me know that I LOVE September. Not for the weather or the changing colours and all that other poetic stuff people wax on about. Yes, the leaves are pretty, I’ll give you that but I am perfectly happy with summer weather all year round. I LOVE September because, for me, it’s OPPORTUNITY! September signals new and fresh. It’s the beginning of a new year and it’s when I feel most creative and productive. Yes, January is the actual ‘new year’ but September has always been more of the new year to me than January. This September is especially exciting for me because I moved from where I lived for 18 years to the city. I took a leap of faith and literally jumped from the pond to the ocean. And I’m super excited about it. (Sometimes I feel nauseous about it too but mainly excited;) Anywho….after a summer of no routine, alcoholic beverages (hello Nudes!), yummy BBQs, chips, chilling & beaching it, it is time for us to get our shit together! Have you registered for fitness classes yet? Or have figured out in your schedule where you can fit fitness in? Have you hired a personal trainer yet? Or a life coach? What are you doing to work toward your health & fitness goals this fall season? If you want to be really successful with your fitness &...

Workout at Home!

Yay for summer! It’s my favourite season because…..SUN & HEAT! Living on the West Coast makes me feel pretty soggy by the end of winter/spring. I just love how summer warms up my bones and gets me ready to handle another wet, cold season. Plus I LOVE the bright mornings and longer evenings. I can really only come up with positive things about summer except for one thing…. the lack of routine. Once the kids are out of school and the days get longer and you spend more time on the beach, it’s almost impossible to stick to a dedicated fitness routine. Not to mention all the extra delicious snacky food and beverages that are everywhere. Oh, and patios! How fun are patios??? So what can one do to maintain their fitness routine? Workout at home! Here’s a truth bomb: It’s more important that you stay consistent with your routine than what you do during your workout. Do you get that? If you just drop exercise altogether, getting back into it is way harder than before. BUT if you keep working out consistency, it doesn’t matter what type of exercise you’re doing. With that in mind, I have created an at-home no-equipment needed workout you can do in under 30 minutes. It’s flowy and fun and will make you sweat. Don’t think this will be some easy workout. Nope. It’ll challenge you  to work your body and even sweat a bit;) Here’s what you get with this package…..a workout sheet so you can keep track of your workouts, a video to accompany the workout sheet so you know exactly how...

4 Myths That Are Keeping You FAT!

Are you working your butt off but still fat? I hear so many people complain about doing all the right things but not losing weight. This all leads to major frustration and overwhelm and eventually the whole ‘fuck this’ attitude that then leads to eating the whole bag of chips.  Sound familiar? If so then maybe you’re buying into these four myths. Myth #1:  If I eat fat, I’ll get fat. Truth:  Incorporating healthy fats into your diet will actually help you lose fat. Eating fat from sources like avocados, olives and coconuts can actually help you increase your metabolism, keep you full longer and teach your body how to burn fat when you remove sugar from your diet.  Choose fats like nuts, seeds, fatty fish, eggs, full-fat yogurt and grass-fed beef. Remember, that non-fat foods actually have crazy high level of sugars and it’s sugar that makes you fat. Myth #2: I need to do tons of cardio to burn fat. Truth: While cardio burns calories, if you want to burn fat, choose HIIT (high-intensity interval training).  Incorporating HIIT into your workouts will make your body and metabolism function at a higher rate of burned calories for hours and hours afterward. So yes, you could be reading AND burning fat at the same time! Lifting weights will also help you increase your resting metabolism. When you have more lean muscle on your body, your metabolism increases. This basically means you could be burning fat while sitting and watching Netflix:) Myth #3: I need to significantly reduce my calorie intake. Truth: This is actually partially true. The reality is, we eat...

3 Myths about Female Fat Loss after 40

The most common complaint I get from women over 40 is how hard it is to lose fat and weight as we age. Sure, there is a bit of truth to that because our metabolisms do slow down BUT it does not have to be that way. First things first, is you have to stop bullying your body into fat loss. It’s another thing I see all the time is women start HATING their body. I’ll tell you right now that will screw with your head in the worst way. You don’t want to hate your body as it ages! We are so lucky we get to age, we must LOVE the changes and love our body for it. It’s time to treat your body better than you ever have! The reality is, you can lose weight and burn fat even after age 40! So let’s get to it and bust some myths about fat loss after age 40! 1. I have to do hours of cardio to burn fat Yes, the body requires cardio to keep fit and healthy but copius amounts of steady state cardio won’t be an effective fat-loss tool. Ladies, if you are on the elliptical for hours or walking on the treadmill for hours, you are wasting your time. AND if you can carry on a conversation while doing cardio….forget about it! Not only is it boring AF, it just won’t get at those stubborn fat stores you so badly want. What you need to focus on is HIIT – high intensity interval training. Adding short bursts of intense sprints into your workout will...

Welcome September & Welcome Routine!

I hope you’re having an amazing weekend:) The weather is unbelievable and it’s hard to think that on Tuesday kids go back to school & life settles back into a routine. My routine totally changes this year as all 3 of my girls are in high school. That means they are all on the 7:30am ferry and back on the 3:30 which literally gives me 2 extra hours a day (morning & afternoon) to do what I want. Shit like that gets me excited! Two extra hours!!!!  Woo hoo!!! What’s your routine looking like this September? As your Healthy Living Cheerleader, it is my job to help you get back into routine so that you can attain your health & fitness goals:) To help you out, I’ve listed some goals you may have and the solutions to those goals. Take a read through! I want to lose weight: Best classes for you = Group Personal Training:  One of THE best ways to stay motivated, get in shape & do it all on a budget. Maximum 4 people to a group ensures individual attention for a fraction of the cost of one-on-one personal training. Experience commraderie, motivation & a kick-ass workout all in a large, private studio. Classes available: SHRED – Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:30am – 8:15, WOMEN ON WEIGHTS Mondays & Thursdays 1:30-2:30. These are pre-registered programs. I love to move my body to music: Best classes for you = Barre Workout: This super popular fitness class combines ballet inspired moves with pilates, yoga & core conditioning for a wicked workout! Set to music (don’t worry..no choreography!), it targets every single muscle you have, all in 55 mins! Small, targeted movements...