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High heels hurt more than your wallet

At my son’s recent graduation, I couldn’t help wincing as I watched almost all of the women graduates teetering on 4″ (or higher!) high heels. As you would expect with our cultural norms, all of the men wore flat dress shoes.

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Successful long-term weight loss strategies

Have you already dropped the ball on your New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Did you fall for silly diet season or try to stick to an unrealistic fitness plan that would put an elite athlete to shame? We live in a world that’s increasingly driven by short-term rewards, but successful long-term weight loss can only be […]

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Standing desks boost health and productivity

On January 20, 2015, I spoke on a panel for the Toronto Branch of the Editor’s Association of Canada about Enhancing Productivity: Tips, Tools and Strategies, together with fellow freelancer Luigi Benetton. One of my favourite tips to boost health and productivity is to use a standing desk. I’ve been using one since the summer of 2011 and […]

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In search of the best running playlist

A few years ago I would run with a friend a couple of times a week. We both listened to our own music and could be pretty focused. During one morning run, someone in a car flagged me down. The driver told me that my friend was waving for me to stop. I looked back and she was two blocks […]

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Review: Mio ALPHA Heart Rate Monitor

A few weeks ago, I noticed my indoor cycling instructor’s Garmin watch said his heart rate was 56. That’s a pretty good resting heart rate for a fit person, but we had been doing sprint intervals, pedalling flat out. I asked him about it after class and he laughed, “My chest strap slipped!” Until recently, […]

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Top Fitness Trend 2014: High Intensity Interval Training

The ACSM’s top fitness trend for 2014 is high intensity interval training (HIIT). “High Intensity Interval Training made its first appearance on this list this year. Its appearance in the top spot on the list reflects how this form of exercise has taken the fitness community by storm in recent months,” said Walter R. Thompson, […]

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The Health Benefits of a Mini Vacation

June whizzed past in a blur and July was showing no signs of slowing down. When the heat wave finally ended two weekends ago, it was the perfect opportunity to break free and take a two-day mini vacation on the Bruce Peninsula, one of my favourite places. There are two National Parks at the tip […]

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My Pick: Fitbit Flex Fitness Band

There are some great smartphone apps for tracking physical activity, heart rate and sleep habits, but it becomes a bit of a drag after a while to keep entering data manually in all those different apps. Enter fitness tracker bands, wearable bracelet devices that passively track a combination of health behaviours while you get on […]

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Take a Nordic Hike!

Winter blues got you down? Take a nordic hike before the snow is gone. Last week, my walking buddy invited me to join her for a brisk morning hike in the woods along a section of the Oak Ridges Trail. Brisk was the word for it: we trekked 9 km in 2 hours through the […]

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Run to Quit Smoking

Do you want to quit smoking or know someone who does? This spring, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Running Room are collaborating on a new program called Run to Quit, to help people learn to run while quitting smoking and substitute a healthy habit for a destructive one. Despite the great strides in awareness […]

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