The invaluable power of healthy skepticism

Usain Bolt became the fastest human being ever by eating – wait for it – Chicken McNuggets, not following the latest health care fad

The invaluable power of healthy skepticismKicking off her wonderful book from earlier this year, Christie Aschwanden asks a seven-word question that might help us recover some sanity for our hyper-affluent, marketing-mad society. “Do any of these products actually work?” Aschwanden asks in the introduction of Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn From the Strange…

Three nutrition trends to stay away from

Skip the cleanses, alkaline diets and IV vitamin therapy; there's no evidence they work and plenty of evidence they can be harmful

Three nutrition trends to stay away fromIf you follow health tips in some media, you’d think the nutritional sciences are a mess: Is butter good for you or bad? Should I eat breakfast or skip it? Should I eat like a caveman? Or should I eat more like a bird? Alternative facts are not a new concept in the field of nutritional…

How To Pick The Best Types Of Clothing For Working Out

How To Pick The Best Types Of Clothing For Working OutWorking out is difficult for most. It isn’t always the most comfortable thing to do to jump and squat and then do it again but faster. With the wrong clothing, it is even harder to do. They can constrict your movement so your form is way off. They can rub you raw in places that…

The search for the transformed life

Well-being educator Deena Cottingham talks about how stress is at the root of chronic conditions and what to do about it

The search for the transformed lifeDeena Cottingham is a well-being educator and coach. Tell me about what you do? Cottingham: I empower people who are seeking a fuller sense of well-being and fulfilment in their lives. There are many facets that need acknowledging in order to unblock the flow of that natural way of being. Blocks may show up as…

We need to get children off the couch

It’s sad when adults choose to be inactive. It’s even sadder when we don’t provide our children the opportunity to establish physically-active lifestyles

We need to get children off the couchOur children have never been more sedentary. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, only 21.6 per cent of children and adolescents in the United States aged six to 19 met the recommended 60 or more minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity at least five times a week. It’s a safe bet that…

How to Exercise When You Have High Blood Pressure

How to Exercise When You Have High Blood PressureOne of the best ways to manage and lower high blood pressure is to exercise. But how to do you go about it without harming your body even more? Doing the right exercises with the right frequency is the recommended way to lower the blood pressure and giving your body more energy to run on.…

Shape up and really enjoy your trip

Travel can wear you out even if it's not an active vacation, so shape up for travel, and happy travels

Shape up and really enjoy your tripOne thing you might not think about is that you should shape up for travel if you want to really enjoy your trip and stay healthy. Your doctor probably tells you all the time that you should exercise more, but some people find it hard to stay motivated to exercise just because they should. Decide…

Taking the anxiety out of long crossings in a kayak

Go early, be prepared for any eventuality, plan well, concentrate on strong paddle strokes and keep your destination dead off your bow

Taking the anxiety out of long crossings in a kayakIt’s the classic ocean kayaker’s dilemma: should I wait or go now? You’re all loaded up. It’s probably early in the morning and you don’t want to delay others as your trip unfolds before you. Some or all of your trip-mates may have taken kayak water rescue courses and have at least some confidence in…

Disrupting bricks-and-mortar fitness studios

Colin Szopa of Plankk talks about becoming the largest fitness influencer company in the world, one app at a time

Disrupting bricks-and-mortar fitness studiosColin Szopa is CEO and co-founder of Plankk, a Calgary-based tech company. What is Plankk and what does it do?  Szopa: Plankk is a three-year-old startup based right here in YYC. We partner with some of today’s best fitness influencers to create their custom fitness and nutrition apps. Today, we have more than 40 live…
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