While free radicals and antioxidants are part of your body’s natural and healthy functioning, oxidative stress occurs when free radicals and antioxidants are out of balance. Oxidative stress can cause damage to many of your tissues, which can lead to a number of diseases over time. Exercise creates additional oxidative stress in our bodies, which causes it to break down and also speeds up the aging process!
Hands up if you’ve ever purchased a product to help grow your nails or your hair? To help strengthen your hair or nails? To make your hair shiny? To make your nails less brittle? If you answered yes to any of these, then you have applied a band-aid to a problem that can most likely be narrowed down to a nutritional deficiency.
Your immune system needs to be strong enough to fight off germs and viruses lurking everywhere. Eating nutrient rich foods is a great way to keep your family healthy . But, with tight schedules, many of us eat on the run and sacrifice good nutrition which can undermine the health boost that a normally nutritious diet offers.
If you exercise regularly, it’s important to know that what you eat can have an effect on your exercise performance and results. Eating a wide variety of foods—especially fruits and vegetables—will positively affect your endurance and stamina when exercising and during your everyday activities.
Stressful living and polluted air use up large quantities of the vitamins in our bodies. This is why it’s so important for people that live and work in pressure-cooker environments to eat very, very well! Unfortunately, the more pressure people are under, the more junk they usually eat.
Study after study confirms that exercise is a powerful depression fighter for numerous reasons. Not only does it promote all kinds of positive changes in the brain that promote feelings of calm and well-being, it also releases endorphins: powerful chemicals that energize your spirits and make you feel good.
How many times have you heard someone say they hurt their back while piling wood? Or have a sore neck from sleeping wrong? Or they need a couple days rest after cleaning out their garage? These injuries all too common, but often completely preventable by focusing on ‘functional fitness.'
Studies show that a plant-based diet reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers— most notably colon cancer.
If you’ve decided you want to eat a more plant-based diet, there are lots of ways to go about it!
Are skinny and happy synonymous? Being skinny and being happy are not necessarily the same thing. Truth be told; I had to work a lot harder at happiness at 150lbs than I ever did at 230lbs. Believe it or not, that’s actually the norm for many people.
Keeping your children active is absolutely crucial, especially because they’re expected to sit still for such long periods of time during the school day. Even with all the setbacks you may have, here’s how to ensure they’re maintaining an active lifestyle!
You already know that fruits and vegetables are important for disease prevention and staving off everything from heart disease to cancer. Did you know that loading up on fruits and veggies can have immediate benefits to your health and well-being? That’s why you don’t want to forget about these superfoods!
October is Eat Together, Eat Better month, but the direct and indirect perks of gathering family and friends around the table are always in season.
Fall is a great time to start a fitness program because "‘you're going to create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months," - here are some ways to start making the most of the season.
We don’t function at full capacity when we’re dehydrated but there are many simple ways to make sure you and your family are drinking plenty of fluids each day!
It won’t be long before you realize just how good “good food” feels. Before you know it, your cravings will change from greasy burgers and fries to healthful nutrition.
If your scale just won’t budge, new research suggests that you might have the wrong mix of microbes in your digestive system. See what you can do to get them working in your favour!
Some great healthy recipes that won’t break the bank! Eating healthy doesn’t have to be expensive!
There are several things you can do in your everyday life to make eating healthier, while sticking to your budget, easier. These are changes you can make not only while you are in the grocery store but also simple changes you can make in your home.
A new report says physical health is something many Canadians are worried about.
The report says that one in four Canadians admit they’re not in good physical health. Almost 30 percent say they don’t workout at all. Amanda Stone, the owner of LiveFit in Bancroft, says that while a lot of people may admit that, many also aren’t always willing to take the steps to change that.
If you spend any time in any profession, you start to realize it is fractured by methods and ideals. Every side believes their way is the way; their method is the correct method; and with that knowledge, they will sell you certainty. "This is what you need. This will fix all of your problems, and we are the only ones with that sacred knowledge." The same goes for the fitness industry. For every method, there's thousands of trainers selling certainty that your goals can be met in six weeks or less. Many times, they will be attached to some Guru who has sold them on the certainty that their way is the only way. Other times…
Let me share with you another side to the past year, a more personal side - a side of myself that I don’t often share with anyone. Talking about (or showing) emotion is outside of my comfort zone, but I’m working on that. It’s not that I am not sympathetic or don’t have a heart (as some would like to believe this Let me share with you another side to the past year, a more personal side - a side of myself that I don’t often share with anyone. Talking about (or showing) emotion is outside of my comfort zone, but I’m working on that. It’s not that I am not sympathetic or don’t have a heart (as some would like to believe this) but simply that I have lived my whole life keeping my feelings close to myself and away from other people and, as the saying goes, old habits die hard…
Transformation stories are all the rage these days. They’re everywhere, just waiting to inspire your next epiphany. I like to think that this transformation story, however, is a little different. 2017 was the year of my most difficult transformation yet - converting my gym from Curves to LiveFit. Fitness is a tough sell to start with and here I was letting go of everything I had known for 7 years (though it felt like many more) to start something brand new. Was I crazy? Maybe a little, but that’s another story…