New beginnings

April 7th, 2016

Happy Spring.
This is a great time of year as it represents new beginnings and renewal. How does this apply to your workout regime or your life? At this time of year we do our spring cleaning so maybe it’s also the time to change other things up in your life. Is there something new you’d like to try? Is it time to go beyond your comfort zone? Maybe it’s a chance to bring some new people or adventures into your life.Join a running group, walk for charity,make your mark.
I think that spring is a great time to take your workout outside. Clean off the inline skates, get the bike tuned up, wake the dog up and get some fresh air. Changing up your workout routine and your life is good fo you. Always move forward- whether it’s on your own two feet, a bike, a kayak or skates.

WE ARE CANADIAN!!

May 1st, 2015

May is known as Correct Posture Month in the U.S. but what about Canada?

We don’t even have a Correct Posture Day. What’s that all about? We have a “neighbour day”, a “no socks” day and a” world turtle” day but not even one day for posture?

US citizens have a whole month to observe, become aware and change their posture. We don’t even give it a day.

You know what that means? That means that for at least one month the Americans will have the awareness to stand taller, walk with confidence and complain less about back and neck pain while we Canadians will be slouching at our desks with our heads hanging forward and APPEARING timid and weak by our lack of stature. You notice that I emphasized “APPEARING”.

We know that we are not weaker than Americans but come on Canada, give us a month, a week or at least a day where we too can become more aware of our posture and how it affects not only our physical health but our mental health as well. Let the world know that we too can walk tall WITHOUT carrying a big stick!

Let’s make everyday Posture Day because your posture shows the world who you are
and …WE ARE CANADIAN

Improving your posture

April 30th, 2015

Improving your posture will not only make you feel better, it will also make you look better as well.

Studies have shown that kids that get bullied tend to keep their heads down and  shoulders rounded forward. They do this this to make themselves seem smaller.

A confident person walks into a space with head held high and shoulders back. This type of posture commands attention.

If you look at super heroes they tend to stand straight with their heads up, chests out, shoulders back and sometimes with fists against hips. This is actually known as the super hero pose.

As a Certified Posture Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer, I can not only assess your posture but also help you correct or improve it with a fitness routine to make you your own superhero.

Now what?

January 5th, 2015

Well, we’re into the first week of January and already the resolutions of getting fitter or starting an exercise program have  started to  fall apart. Typically only about 10-20% of those wanting to become healthier will actually follow through.

I see many new faces in the gym in January with their new fitness gear on ready to go and within a few weeks they all seem to disappear.

They  all have good intentions but as we know the road to a certain destination is filled with good intentions.

What went wrong? They didn’t have a map on their destination.You need to have a plan before you start any journey and becoming fitter and healthier is no different.

The first thing that I always tell people is to hire a Certified Posture Specialist who will assess any muscular imbalances/weaknesses and then a Certified Personal Trainer. It’s important to make sure you are doing things correctly from the start using proper form. It may just take a session or two to get a program going for you or you may find that you like the motivation and the support that comes from working with a fitness professional. Do it right from the start and you will find that you are more likely to stick with your program.

Get A Jump On It

December 23rd, 2014

Most people think of December as the month of winding down. Work slows down for the holidays and except for the running around brought about by the holidays, your energy levels and metabolism seem to wind down as well.  It is the time to eat too much, drink too much and exercise less.

We can always worry about that In January, right?  Well you should at least be thinking about it now. The gyms are filled with new faces with good intentions in January. They have made the usual pledge to get healthier, eat better, quit smoking and so on.

If you are really serious about doing these things you won’t wait until the New Year. You won’t let the calendar dictate to you. You will do it now.

Starting a new exercise or food program is much harder in December with all of the parties, treats and other excesses around. I have great respect for those that get a head start on  positive change.

My clients are with me all year around and know that working out, eating properly, sleeping enough and reducing the stress in their lives are what will determine whether or not they are successful when it comes to their health and well being.

They and I also realize that celebrations in life are important: getting together with family and friends and having fun with food, drinks and laughs keeps the soul happy.

There really has to be a balance in life with everything that you do.

So WHENEVER you’re ready, I’m ready.

My company is called First Step to Maximum Wellness. I believe the first step is commitment.

Are you in a winter slump?

February 26th, 2014

Yikes! It’s cold out there. This has been the worst winter that we’ve had in decades. If it’s not snowing, it’s windy. If it’s not windy, it’s freezing and some days it’s all three.

We are all in hibernation mode; even my doggy doesn’t want to go out for long. How do you keep fit when all you want to do after work is come home and eat your favorite comfort food and snuggle up under your favorite blanket and watch movies for hours until it’s time for bed?

It’s called commitment.

In those dark days of winter no one wants to get out of a warm bed and go to work but you do, right? It’s because of commitment and also the fact that you need money to continue on in life.

Working out is easy when you’re into it but it’s those days when you want to skip it but go anyway that count. That is commitment.

You will always make excuses when it comes to your well- being but you are the most important person to take care of in your life and without your good health and well being then you really have nothing.

So how do you commit to yourself? Mix it up. You wouldn’t want to eat the same thing all day everyday so why do the same workout, the same way and  at the same time everyday. You will get bored and your body will not be challenged or become stronger.

If you’re a morning person keep working out in the morning but maybe take a class or work out with a Personal Trainer. A good trainer can always mix things up, keep you challenged and wake you up.

If you prefer to exercise after work, take your workout outside, join a recreational sports team or take a Yoga or Tai Chi class to relax your body and mind.

Who knows? You may find something that you never thought would interest you now becomes your favorite thing to do. Be adventurous and just keep moving.

All of my clients make that commitment to show up and I have never had a client feel worse after an hour with me than before they came.

So, take that First Step to Maximum Wellness in any direction and you will end up somewhere different than your usual hibernation spot.

 

 

 

Get a jump on it

December 4th, 2013

Most people think of December as the month of winding down. Work slows down for the holidays and except for the running around brought about by the holidays, your energy levels and metabolism seem to wind down as well.  It is the time to eat too much, drink too much and exercise less.

We can always worry about that In January, right?  Well you should at least be thinking about it now. The gyms are filled with new faces with good intentions in January. They have made the usual pledge to get healthier, eat better, quit smoking and so on.

If you are really serious about doing these things you won’t wait until the New Year. You won’t let the calendar dictate to you. You will do it now.

Starting a new exercise or food program is much harder in December with all of the parties, treats and other excesses around. I have great respect for those that get a head start on  positive change.

My clients are with me all year around and know that working out, eating properly, sleeping enough and reducing the stress in their lives are what will determine whether or not they are successful when it comes to their health and well being.

They and I also realize that celebrations in life are important: getting together with family and friends and having fun with food, drinks and laughs keeps the soul happy.

There really has to be a balance in life with everything that you do.

So WHENEVER you’re ready, I’m ready.

My company is called First Step to Maximum Wellness. I believe the first step is commitment.

 

Improving your posture

November 27th, 2013

Improving your posture will not only make you feel better, it will also make you look better as well.

Studies have shown that kids that get bullied tend to keep their heads down and  shoulders rounded forward. They do this this to make themselves seem smaller.

A confident person walks into a space with head held high and shoulders back. This type of posture commands attention.

If you look at super heroes they tend to stand straight with their heads up, chests out, shoulders back and sometimes with fists against hips. This is actually known as the super hero pose.

As a Certified Posture Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer, I can not only assess your posture but also help you correct or improve it with a fitness routine to make you your own superhero.

Personal Trainers in Toronto

August 14th, 2013

There are many questions to ask when hiring a Personal Trainer The first and most important one is  to make sure that he/she is Certified. If they are not a Certified Personal Trainer, then they will not have liability insurance. In other words, run away.

Someone who is serious about what they do will have education and credentials behind them and their rates will reflect that.

What is their education/background and do they have any specialties or specific populations  that they work with?

How long have they been in this field and do they take continuing education courses and workshops? If they don’t then you are working with someone who is not up to date on the latest research and techniques in fitness and health.

What is their style of teaching and would that work for you?

Is there anything that sets  them apart from the rest? A trainer that is unique in their field and well rounded is a trainer you want to work with. I, for instance am not only a Certified Personal Trainer but I am also a Certified Posture Specialist as well as a Certified Orthopedic  Exercise Specialist

Those are the  main questions that I would ask if I were interviewing trainers. Hope it helps!

If you have any questions regarding this or anything else about me or my services, just ask.

The Dog Days of Summer

August 6th, 2013

I never really understood what “The Dog Days of Summer” were or how many days were given to man’s best friend? A couple? A week? 10? Who knows? It’s one if the great mysteries of life, I guess.

I know my dog thinks that there can never be enough days dedicated to dogs. Apparently she thinks everyday is about her and lucky for her she gets to spend a lot of time outside walking or running around with me.

As you know there is an obesity epidemic in North America and many other countries and unfortunately it’s not just humans who are battling the bulge; it is  also our pets. I don’t know of any dog who has pockets to carry money in so that they can go to the store or fast food restaurant and buy their own food so it must be the humans who are helping them to pack on the pounds. Obesity has the same effects on your pets as it does on you so please don’t feed them human food, give them too many treats and  do make sure to portion their food correctly. They can’t love you the way they want to if they’re not around.

Working out with your favorite furry friend is not only good for you but for them as well. Dogs NEED to play EVERYDAY- just like kids. A bored dog is a destructive dog and letting them out in the backyard to do their business is not enough. They need to smell the smells of the great outdoors and they need to bond with you during long walks and play time . Become your dog’s Personal Trainer or let him become yours.

Taking the pounds off of your dog will also take the pounds off of you and walking 30- 60 minutes a day with your dog will  not only reduce stress for both of you,  but will also improve your sleep and general well being in so many ways.

So grab your shoes, the leash and  water for both of you and go play. Your doggy will thank you.