Fat and Fit? Totally Possible.

I have been saying this for years now.

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Not everyone can lose weight, but everyone can be fit!!

I feel like so many people work out for aesthetics rather than to exercise for performance and function (for daily life). When some people don’t get the “look” they give up and become sedentary or worse, result to surgical options.

My thought is that it is more important to be “metabollically” fit. Physical weight does not dictate whether we are healthy on the inside (for example, insulin resistance.)
You have many people who will achieve their goal weights with diet, but no exercise, and it doesn’t quite match up – you could be “technically” healthy according to the calculated BMI, but inside you could have a lot of visceral fat affecting your health metabollically leading to chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancers, and heart disease.
This is not to say that obesity does not contribute to chronic disease; but it does suggest that there are other factors at play and that the lack of physical activity seems to be contributing to the development of such diseases.

Bottom line: Move to be healthy – and you’ll be gorgeous inside and out!

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Happy First Day of Summer!

Here in Toronto, it is the PERFECT first day of summer. A gorgeous bluebird day! It’s also a great time to try some new summer activities!

A few weekends ago, I had an amazing weekend on the water at Sunnyside Beach learning yoga on a SUP!

Stand Up Paddleboading (SUP) is becoming my new favourite thing to do! I’ve always been a water person…just something about the water and the outdoors that just makes me feel at peace.

photo courtesy of oshaosha.ca (I’m in the centre there. Please disregard my poor form)

This little company (Osha Paddle Boarding and Yoga) works out of Budapest Park in Toronto (just a little ways down from Sunnyside). Check them out! I had a great experience. I’m a total yoga noob, but the group was great, the instructor was great, and I can’t wait to do it again!

The Myths about Back Injury and Rehabilitation

This is a great summary about the myths about back injury and rehabilitation.

Video Description: University of Waterloo kinesiology professor Stuart McGill is one of the world’s foremost experts on spine biomechanics. Here, he discusses several pervasive myths about back injury, exercise, proper lifting, and strengthening the core. Plenty of exercise and movement demonstrations teach you better ways to keep your back healthy for a lifetime.