How do you get back into the routine after the holidays?

A new year often brings about new goals and new beginnings … but it doesn’t always have to be about “new”. Quite often we have established good training programs and behaviours that are already working for us, but perhaps over the holidays things came up and we need a boost to get back on track. Holidays may mean that we’ve taken time off, relaxed our routines, had our routine thrown off by...Read more

Staying Fit while Pregnant: Tips for a Safe Workout

For the majority of pregnant women (those without an underlying medical condition), regular physical activity is good for the both mother and baby, physically, mentally and socially. Women should aim to participate in some form of moderate intensity aerobic and strength-conditioning exercises in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you weren’t a very active person before you were pregnant,...Read more

What is better, morning or evening exercise?

For most people daily exercise is dictated by when they can fit it in during their busy schedules. We all know that physical activity has many health benefits and doing the recommended minimum has a better outcome than being inactive. Some people are adamant that morning sweat is the best way to start their days while other cannot imagine breaking a sweat before noon. So what is the optimal time...Read more

When does a routine become a habit?

As an athlete, taking some time off from your sport is an essential part of the training process. After a long season your body needs time to recover. Getting away from your sport for a while also helps rejuvenate that passion and fire to compete and train again. When you return to training, the first few weeks can be difficult, but getting back to a routine will ensure that you reinitiate the...Read more

Moderation, the smart choice in combating holiday weight gain!

It is that time of year where goodies such as sweets and holiday snacks are abundant around the office and at home. It is also a busy time for all, as we are traveling to visit people or are entertaining family and friends. With all the holidays’ festivities, we might start neglecting our exercise routines and healthy eating habits in the hopes of working off the excess after the holidays. A...Read more

La modération : le meilleur moyen d'éviter de prendre du poids pendant les Fêtes

C'est le temps de l'année où les petites tentations comme les sucreries et les collations de Noël abondent au bureau et à la maison. C'est aussi une période occupée pour tout le monde, puisqu'on voyage beaucoup et on passe des soirées en compagnie d'amis et de membres de la famille. Avec toutes ces réjouissances du temps des Fêtes, il est possible qu'on néglige nos routines d'exercice et nos...Read more

Developing consistency in your training

When we exercise, train, and eat properly, we do these things for our overall health or because we have a certain goal we want to achieve. Whether it be winning world titles or just losing several pounds, we are motivated to pursue a certain outcome. Perhaps the most important thing about achieving your goals is consistency . Great athletes become great athletes because they are consistent in...Read more

Coaching - "Invisible" Disabilities

Participation in organized sport activities has been shown to increase self-confidence, social skills and peer acceptance. Young people with "invisible" disabilities (e.g. learning, emotional/behavioural, and speech/language) can often be overlooked because they have no outward physical characteristics that suggest they have diverse learning needs . As a coach, there are many ways to foster an...Read more

Conquer competition anxiety and harness it for success

Everyone of us has experienced anxiety at one point in our lives, sweaty palms, 'butterflies' in your stomach, your heart starts to pound and you think "I can't do this." Anxiety in athletes usually occurs during high stress moments, competitions, performance evaluations, and fears of re-injury. The good news is there are many ways in which an athlete can take these feelings and use them to their...Read more

Hit the Start Line Prepared!

You’ve been preparing for your big competition and it’s finally here. Managing stress when you are about to compete is always a challenge when you’ve put so much effort in the hopes of being successful. Pre-event planning is not something to be overlooked and can be essential to your achieving your goal. Knowing that everything is in order and accounted for can help to ease your mind and help you...Read more