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Showing posts from June, 2017

Why Working Out With Your Kids is Important for their Health

If you haven't got into a solid fitness routine that you love, it is easy to make excuses to avoid a workout. A common excuse I hear about all the time from moms, is that their kids wouldn't nap so they didn't have time (or a number of other excuses along the lines of 'I couldn't get alone time to fit a workout in'). 
I will be the first to admit that a workout is much easier to do on your own without the help of little ones. That being said, I also love to workout with my kids for a number of reasons: It teaches them healthy habits. A sedentary lifestyle is becoming the 'norm' and I don't want my kids to miss out on an active childhood because of it. Working out with or around your kids teaches them that exercise is fun, and something they should do too! My toddler will often come up to me or my husband and ask us to do push-ups with her - by showing her that exercise is fun, she now loves to 'workout' for fun. I can only hope she maintai…

Healthy Snack Idea: Peach Mini-Muffins Recipe

These Peach Mini-Muffins are so tasty and perfect for snacking. Bake a batch (or three!) and freeze them for a quick grab and go snack. 

These mini-muffins were inspired by a recipe from Damn Delicious for Peach Oatmeal Muffins and they are oh, so tasty!
Time to get baking - and don't forget to Pin this recipe to your Pinterest board (you won't want to lose this recipe for Peach Mini-Muffins)
Peach Mini-Muffins Recipe

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Loaf

This Chocolate Chip Zucchini Banana Loaf was inspired by a recipe from Spend with Pennies - and it is delicious!

Made with zucchini, bananas and coconut oil, this loaf is sweet, moist and oh so tasty - your family will love this while wheat treat, so be prepared to make more!

Resistance Bands: Why You Should Use Them

Resistance Bands are great pieces of workout equipment that often get overlooked. The first time I was ever formally introduced to resistance training, was in physiotherapy (years before I ever started working out). Recently, I have been reintroduced to using resistance bands (also while in physiotherapy), and I am hooked!

When talking about must have exercise equipment, resistance bands often get swept under the rug (and into physiotherapy offices everywhere). While free weights certainly have their benefits, resistance bands have theirs too! Here is why I have stocked my home gym with a variety of resistance bands:

Fruit Infused Water Combinations you Should Try!

In a recent post, I talked about how much water we should be drinking everyday. Some people don't love plain water, and infused water offers many benefits other than tasting delicious! Drinking infused water will help keep you hydrated, and depending on the fruits and ingredients you use, they can help with digestion, and even help to flush out toxins! Here are some of my favourite fruit infused waters:

How much water should you really be drinking every day?

You may already know that 50-75% of your body is made up of water, so it should come as no surprise that we all need to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated! Our bodies use water to function properly everyday, and when we exercise, we expel even more water through sweat. The more water you use, the more you need to replace. I'm not saying you need to drink 50% of your body weight in water every day - you may actually drown yourself - but you should be drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your body functioning at optimum levels. So, how much water should you be drinking?

5 Foods That Cause Bloating

Most of us know that carbonated beverages like pop will give us gas and make us feel bloated. If you are lactose intolerant, dairy products will be a trigger for you. Likewise for wheat if you are gluten sensitive or have celiacs disease. What you may not know, are the five popular foods that cause bloating...

Top 5 Cardio Activities

Cardio activity is important for your health to strengthen your heart, your lungs and even burn fat. Here is a list of my top 5 cardio activities: 

Injury Prevention

Exercise is important, but working out always comes with the risk of injury. If you get hurt while working out, it can really feel like a slap in the face and put a damper on your fitness plans; so to remember the keys to injury prevention, remember: SLAP (Stretch, Limits, Ask, Pace)
Stretch - I can't stress this enough: STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCH! Loosen up those muscles before you start a workout. Even if it's a short workout, you can really do damage to your body if you start working with cold, tight muscles. Stretch after a workout to loosen them up again and help reduce muscle pain. 
Limits - I am all for challenging yourself, but you have to know your limits. If your body says it has had enough, don't push past those limits. Listen to your body and don't over do it! If your body says something is off, or that you are done - STOP! 
Ask - Know what you are doing before you do it. Take the time to learn proper form and if you don't know how to do a certain exercise,…