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  • Overcoming The Challenges of Growing Your Fitness Career Image

    Overcoming The Challenges of Growing Your Fitness Career

    At the 2017 world fitness expo, our members were surveyed to determine what their needs and challenges are as they navigate through their fitness careers in this evolving industry.

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    2018 Fitness Trends

    FUNCTIONAL FITNESS IS THE NEW #1 CANADIAN FITNESS TREND EXPECTED FOR 2018 Canadian fitness industry leader, canfitpro reveals top trends expected in the coming year based on results from its annual survey of fitness professionals

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  • Stress Busting Workouts Image

    Stress Busting Workouts

    Written by: Life Fitness

    Exercise is the perfect remedy to alleviate stress. It can release built-up tension and any frustrations in your day. Exercise also provides you with endorphins, which can boost your mood. The more you enjoy the exercises you are doing, the less stressed you will feel. We suggest giving one of these workouts a try, on their own or combined with your usual program, and kick stress to the curb!

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  • Understanding Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy and Omega-3 Image

    Understanding Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy and Omega-3

    Written by: Cheryl Millett, BSc

    According to Health Canada in 2008/09, diabetes was affecting over 2.4 million Canadians, a 70% increase over 10 years earlier. With these statistics, it is most likely that one or several of your client/class participants have this condition. So, what is diabetes and neuropathy?  What are the two medical interventions being used to manage these? Explore the answers to these questions, plus groundbreaking research into this topic.

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  • What's the deal with fruit? Image

    What's the deal with fruit?

    Written by: Angela Wallace, MSc, RD

    Are you watching your sugar intake? Are you avoiding fruit because of its sugar content? Do you have clients asking you how much fruit they should eat? If you said yes to any of these questions, please read on.

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  • A Grounded Practice Image

    A Grounded Practice

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP

    To explore our creative and emotional bodies, or the elements of our second chakra. But first, we must start with the base. Here are some helpful tips to help you find a daily grounded practice.

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  • Stress: The Good and the Bad Image

    Stress: The Good and the Bad

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP

    Elements of stress are good for us. The fight or flight mechanism hard-wired into our nervous system can save our life.

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  • Fall into Fitness with Kickboxing Image

    Fall into Fitness with Kickboxing

    Written by: Ross O’Donnell

    If you are interested in specializing in Kickboxing or MMA Fitness your professional development can be accommodated by registering for one of the FKCI pre or post conference certification courses and kick start your career.

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  • 10 Foods to Get Your Glow On Image

    10 Foods to Get Your Glow On

    Written by: Tosca Reno

    Filled with vitamins, minerals, fibre, trace elements and molecules of every kind, these foods power up your three trillion cells, supporting the bodily workings that create a glorious you.

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    WHY?

    Written by: Maureen 'Mo' Hagan

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  • Trusting our Intuition Image

    Trusting our Intuition

    Written by: By: Lisa Greenbaum E-RYT 500, YACEP

    Through a regular Yoga practice we can learn to embrace change as it comes, in the present moment. We do this by trusting ourselves and trusting our intuition.

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  • Pack some punch into your world fitness expo Experience Image

    Pack some punch into your world fitness expo Experience

    Written by: Ross O’Donnell

    Fitness Kickboxing Canada will be offering the opportunity to get certified as a Fitness Kickboxing Instructor in levels 1, 2 and 3 for the first time ever at world fitness expo!

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  • Don’t Be Held Back by Your Postal Code Image

    Don’t Be Held Back by Your Postal Code

    Written by: Kelsey Davidson

    Imagine serving your clients from anywhere in the world. Create your 'lap top' lifestyle with these five recommended steps.

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  • Yoga Breathing for Anxiety Image

    Yoga Breathing for Anxiety

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    A regular Yoga practice can offer mindfulness tools that help us stay present and calm when the pressure feels turned up.

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  • Taking Care of our Shoulders in Chaturanga Image

    Taking Care of our Shoulders in Chaturanga

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    Considering the shoulders are the most common spot for chronic injuries in Yoga, the tips provided should be kept in mind so we can all enjoy longevity in our Yoga practice.

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  • Jump into summer with these 5 superfoods Image

    Jump into summer with these 5 superfoods

    Written by: Tosca Reno

    Superfoods have a reputation for being similar to super heroes - endowed with super powers! A superfood has elevated status in the food world because it is more nutritionally dense than other foods and should play a starring role in your wellness. How do we decide which are best for us?

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  • One-on-one with Nadine VandenHeuvel Image

    One-on-one with Nadine VandenHeuvel

    Nadine VandenHeuvel tells us more about her journey to becoming the 2016 canfitpro Personal Training Specialist of the Year.

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  • Galloway's Method: To Run Injury-Free and Improve Until You’re 100 Image

    Galloway's Method: To Run Injury-Free and Improve Until You’re 100

    Written by: By: Olympian Jeff Galloway

    Happy Global Running Day! Here are some tips for runners to learn how to run injury-free and tactics for improvement using principles of the Galloway Method.

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  • Catching up with Trina Medves Image

    Catching up with Trina Medves

    We caught up with our 2016 Fitness Instructor of the Year to hear how the award has impacted her career and what it means to her.

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  • National Health and Fitness Day Image

    National Health and Fitness Day

    June 3, 2017 is National Health and Fitness Day (NHFD), an annual day that encourages Canadians to get active in any way they can.

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    How has mom inspired you?

    For Mother's Day, we asked our members how their mother-figure has inspired them to lead a healthy lifestyle. The result was truly motivating.

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  • Should you become a life coach? Image

    Should you become a life coach?

    Written by: Rod Macdonald

    Do you enjoy watching your clients or participants blossom into better versions of themselves? Perhaps you should consider integrating life coaching into your personal training practice.

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  • My Client is in Crisis - World Health Day Image

    My Client is in Crisis - World Health Day

    More than 300 million people are now living with depression, with an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015 (World Health Organization). How do you know if your client is battling depression? What do you do and who else can help?

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  • Preparing for Your First 5K Image

    Preparing for Your First 5K

    Written by: Maureen (Mo) Hagan

    Once you’ve signed up for your event and found a buddy or club to run with, here are my top tips for training for your first 5K!

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  • What to look for in a Personal Trainer Image

    What to look for in a Personal Trainer

    Written by: Adam Jongsma

    Four crucial things to seek out in a personal trainer to ensure you get the best results!

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  • Hidden Sugars Image

    Hidden Sugars

    We know that too much sugar is bad for our teeth but what does too much sugar do to our body?

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    International Women's Day

    The celebration continues for International Women’s Day! We’re excited to announce the Fourth Annual Women Who Influence Luncheon happening at canfitpro world fitness expo.

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  • Five Everyday Practices to Keep Your Client’s Back Healthy Image

    Five Everyday Practices to Keep Your Client’s Back Healthy

    Written by: Adam Jongsma

    How do you “back proof” your life to either proactively minimize the risk of getting back pain or resolve current back pain? You can implement these five tips into your or your client’s day to improve back health.

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  • MMA Education for the Nation 2016 Image

    MMA Education for the Nation 2016

    Written by: Ross O’Donnell

    2016 is here and we are preparing new and innovative content for our canfitpro conference sessions across Canada as we continue to in our partnership as the "canfitpro preferred MMA Certification providers".

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  • If it doesn’t flow, let it go… Image

    If it doesn’t flow, let it go…

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    Here we are another year, another chance to begin anew and create all of those expectations and resolutions to become the perfect version of ourselves. BUT, what if this year we didn't. What if instead we decided to accept ourselves as we are, after all aren't we just wonderful works in progress everyday?

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  • Yoga for Self-Care Image

    Yoga for Self-Care

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    Many people begin practicing Yoga for a chance to slow down and stretch out weary muscles. Through this, a connection between mind and body begins. As we slow down through breath and movement we begin to listen to the subtle whispers of the body. We begin to notice how our practice affects our daily life. How the ability to slip into mindfulness increases both on the mat and off.

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  • Let Presence be Your Present this Holiday Season 2 Image

    Let Presence be Your Present this Holiday Season 2

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    In YogaFit trainings, the very first thing we teach is the YogaFit Essence: Breathing, Feeling, Listening to our bodies, Letting go of Judgment, Expectations, Competition and Staying in the Present moment.

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  • Twas the Night before Christmas Fitness parody Image

    Twas the Night before Christmas Fitness parody

    Written by: Ross O’Donnell

    Since Christmas Eve is upon us, all of us at Fitness Kickboxing Canada wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and hope you will enjoy a little fitness parody on the famous classic "Twas the night before Christmas"

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  • Managing Expectations and Planning Outstanding Workouts Image

    Managing Expectations and Planning Outstanding Workouts

    Written by: Claudiu Popa, PTS, OAS

    The winter months can be a difficult time for clients and trainers alike, as the motivational techniques used throughout the year can seem less effective. Whether it's the grey skies, full schedules or the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), humans tend to respond to environmental changes with reduced passion, energy, and discipline.

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  • Yoga & Arthritis Image

    Yoga & Arthritis

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    Yoga can be very beneficial for those who suffer from the painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms of arthritis, as Yoga offers both slow and gentle movement that can reduce stiffness in the joints. Optimizing overall joint health and reducing flare-ups, Yoga poses are designed to rebalance our physical body and strengthen the muscles that surround our joints. The result is less pressure in the joints and therefore less pain, more mobility.

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  • YogaFit - The Attitude of Gratitude Image

    YogaFit - The Attitude of Gratitude

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    Try right now to list 5 things you are grateful for, no matter how big or small, so long as each item can bring a smile to your face. Now write each of them down, with only one word for each idea, thing, person, folding up this piece of paper put it in your wallet, or behind your phone case. Perhaps tape it to your bathroom mirror. Keep it somewhere close so you can be reminded of your list. Maybe your list will change from time to time. Maybe your list will even begin to grow.

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  • Three Rounds in the Sport of Life Image

    Three Rounds in the Sport of Life

    Written by: Ross O’Donnell

    Most fight bouts are structured in three rounds and measure the fighter's aggression, striking, grappling and cage control. The task for a coach is to assess the rounds and offer advice to help his fighter adjust and compete to his maximum capabilities. Since 99.9% of the population will never get in an actual MMA match in a cage, that doesn't preclude you from self-coaching your own three rounds.

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  • 4 tips to eating clean when traveling Image

    4 tips to eating clean when traveling

    August is that month when we try to take in as much sun and fun as we can. Nothing speaks summer more than getting together with friends and family, driving to the cottage country, or beach play time. But it can get overwhelming and all that hard work in the gym may be at stake in just days. Eating clean while enjoying the gorgeous summer days can be easier with these four tips.

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  • 5 tips to thrive in an Obstacle Course Race Image

    5 tips to thrive in an Obstacle Course Race

    Written by: John Corion

    My most recent obstacle course race was a grueling one with a distance of over 13 km, comprised of over 20 obstacles, and seemingly never-ending ski hills; it also didn't help that it was a scorching hot day. Nonetheless I was able to finish this run, successfully complete over 90% of the obstacles, but most importantly, showed up for work the next day.

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  • Seven Tips to Eating Clean Image

    Seven Tips to Eating Clean

    Written by: Tatiana Vicol

    Eating clean does not have to be a challenge. Every choice we make will dictate the outcome. When we set an intention, we actively move in the direction we envision.

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  • Painless Prospecting: How to Talk to New Leads and Book Consults! Image

    Painless Prospecting: How to Talk to New Leads and Book Consults!

    Written by: Charlene Carroll

    Are you a smooth prospector, or does the thought of approaching and talking to new people make you cringe? Do you depend upon others for leads? Prospecting for new clients is like dating – scary, awkward, and sadly often involves rejection! But if you want to grow your business, it's time to get some game!

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  • Bones - Keeping Them for Life Image

    Bones - Keeping Them for Life

    Written by: Doug Cook RD, MHSc

    Many of us take our bones for granted until we run into trouble; we break one or get a diagnosis of early bone loss or osteopenia. The fact of the matter is bones play a role in our overall health; they give our body structure and support, store marrow for red blood cell and antibody production and serve as a reservoir for calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

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  • Yoga for Athletes: It’s All About Balance Image

    Yoga for Athletes: It’s All About Balance

    Written by: Christa Norgren

    Yoga poses or asana, have been around for thousands of years and the benefit and functionality of Yoga poses has been far underestimated in the athletic world. With regular Yoga practice, sport performance will improve by means of increased mobility and body awareness.

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  • Pre-Workout Fuel for Your Next Workout Image

    Pre-Workout Fuel for Your Next Workout

    Written by: Tatiana Vicol

    You've probably heard this before, "abs are made in the kitchen". This is true for the overall results not just the abs. Your performance in the gym is greatly affected by the "stuff" that goes in to the your body; this means drinks including alcohol, smoking, quantity and quality of food including processed foods may affect performance and results.

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  • Preparing for business can be like preparing for a Fight! Image

    Preparing for business can be like preparing for a Fight!

    Written by: Ross O’Donnell

    As an MMA coach and trainer, I have had the opportunity and privilege of working with many combative athletes from amateur national level, professional, and UFC athletes.

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  • YogaFit for Warriors: A new Healing Modality Image

    YogaFit for Warriors: A new Healing Modality

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    June is PTSD Awareness month. In an article published by CBC on May 27, 2015, the dispatcher for the Moncton RCMP shooting calls out the Canadian government for more support for those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This sentiment is echoed by countless other media reports.

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  • Yoga Philosophy: Practicing Saucha (Purity) for Spring! Image

    Yoga Philosophy: Practicing Saucha (Purity) for Spring!

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    Saucha or Purity, is the first of the Niyamas or personal code of ethics from Yoga Philosophy. The Niyamas introduce us to ways of practicing Yoga off our mats. In fact the poses in Yoga (Asana) are only 1/8th of the overall practice of Yoga according to the eight Limbs of Yoga in The Sutras of Patanjali, of the oldest known books on Yoga Philosophy.

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  • How to Develop a Dedicated Wellness Practice Image

    How to Develop a Dedicated Wellness Practice

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    As I begin this piece I want to make it clear that everyone is challenged from time to time with keeping up a personal practice. Even your favourite zen yoga teachers!

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  • MMA Education for the Nation 2015 Image

    MMA Education for the Nation 2015

    Written by: Ross O’Donnell

    Are you a Fitness kickboxing Canada® Certified trainer who would like to use the Fitness kickboxing Canada® logo in your advertising and promotional material?

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  • World's Top 5 Magic Foods Image

    World's Top 5 Magic Foods

    Written by: Tatiana Vicol

    We live in a world where popularity more than often precedes what truly matters most. We give importance to so many goals, routines, and busy schedules that we often forget about what truly matters, our health. We are invaded with ads and commercials that are designed to program our minds in order to give into the cool and popular branding found on colourful boxes easily accessible in most grocery stores.

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  • What’s all the Fuss with Yoga? Image

    What’s all the Fuss with Yoga?

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    It's no big secret that Yoga is at the forefront of leading trends in the fitness industry, with more and more people of all ages and fitness levels continuing to make it part of their weekly fitness regime. And that's the key, people of all ages and fitness levels. Yoga can and should be practiced by everyone! But WHY?

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    Naturally Sweet Treats

    Written by: Georgia Mattheos

    "I don't eat carrots because they are too high in sugar". Have you ever heard this statement? Or perhaps you've made this claim! While some vegetables like carrots, beets, and potatoes do contain more carbohydrates (being high on the glycemic index scale) then other more water-dense vegetables (celery, lettuce, peppers for example), the pros far outweigh the cons in this comparison.

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  • Seven Lesser Known Consequences Of Lack of Sleep Image

    Seven Lesser Known Consequences Of Lack of Sleep

    Written by: Dr. Natasha Turner

    While sleep deprivation is likely the last thing on your list of New Year's resolutions, you may be surprised to find that it can be the culprit behind some very mysterious symptoms from increased cravings to skin aging. Here are seven reasons to get your sleep back on track that might surprise you.

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    MMA Education for the Nation

    Written by: Ross O’Donnell

    I just got back from Las Vegas, where it was a true honour to teach seminars at the UFC Expo and share the mat with fellow Training & Development Seminar presenters, UFC Hall of Fame Legends, Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell. It was interesting to learn that five years ago there were only five UFC Gyms in the U.S. and there are over 120 now.

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  • A Touch of Yoga Philosophy: Santosha Image

    A Touch of Yoga Philosophy: Santosha

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    Santosha, the second practice of the Niyamas, or personal code of ethics, is finding acceptance and gratitude, of letting go what we can't control and making changes to those we can.

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  • Old School Training puts “FUN” back into Functional Training! Image

    Old School Training puts “FUN” back into Functional Training!

    Written by: Ross O’Donnell

    Client retention balanced without breaking the bank buying new equipment is a fine line that most facility owners, program directors and trainers walk every day. We can all think of some piece of equipment that was the "Hot" must have item, which now sits in the corner gathering dust and costing you a small fortune.

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  • Financially Fit in Any Economy Image

    Financially Fit in Any Economy

    Written by: Forest Hamilton

    "The First Wealth is Health." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • Yoga on and off the Mat Image

    Yoga on and off the Mat

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    Yoga is thought to be over 6000 years old dating back to stone seals found depicting men sitting in meditation. Nearly 2500 years ago, Yoga philosophy was first transcribed to writing by Patanjali's students as a way to ensure its messages were carefully protected to be handed forward to the next generation.

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  • Creating Internal Balance (Chakras) Image

    Creating Internal Balance (Chakras)

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    March being the cusp between winter and a promising spring, is the perfect time for a reflection of self. Where we are in terms of the resolutions we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year, along with all of our hopes and dreams for the future.

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  • Let Presence be Your Present this Holiday Season Image

    Let Presence be Your Present this Holiday Season

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    In YogaFit trainings, the very first thing we teach is the YogaFit Essence: Breathing, Feeling, Listening to our bodies, Letting go of Judgment, Expectations, Competition and Staying in the Present moment. Whether you currently practice Yoga or not, the YogaFit Essence is a message for everyone to become more aware – both on and off the Yoga mat.

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  • The Benefits of Active Transportation Image

    The Benefits of Active Transportation

    Written by: Jennifer Salter, MSW, RSW, ACE-AHFP, ACE-PT, AAHFRP

    Inactive lifestyles are responsible for about 200,000 deaths in the US each year, second only to tobacco, which kills about 400,000. People who live in neighbourhoods with “traditional” or “walkable” designs report about 30 minutes more walking for transportation each week and more total physical activity, compared to those who live in neighbourhoods with less walkable “suburban” designs. The simple act of walking offers myriad health benefits, including reductions in stress, blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and early mortality, to name a few.

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  • Life: A Grand Buffet - How Fitness Revived my Appetite for Living Image

    Life: A Grand Buffet - How Fitness Revived my Appetite for Living

    Written by: Samreen Lalani

    Life lays out a grand buffet of its choicest experiences for all of us. Some are bland, some spicy, some sweet. It takes some sugar and spice to ultimately make things nice.

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    Teaching from the Heart

    Written by: Lisa Greenbaum

    If there is one thing I have learned in my ten years of teaching, it’s that whatever is going on in your life, whatever news you have just received, however you feel, when you walk in those studio doors nothing matters but the people in front of you.

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  • How to Attract, Capture, and Nurture the RIGHT Clients to Grow Your Business Month After Month Image

    How to Attract, Capture, and Nurture the RIGHT Clients to Grow Your Business Month After Month

    Written by: Sean Greeley, CEO & Founder of NPE

    Not all clients for your business are created equal. Take the time to think through your marketing strategy before jumping into activity to ensure you’re attracting the people into your business that you truly love to work with.

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