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2011, 2020

Be Dutch and “Speel!”

By |November 20th, 2020|Play for Life|

You might not know this, but as ex-pats, in the late 90's we learned that it rains A LOT in Holland.  The Dutch don't mind at all - they don't live to work; they work to live and "Speel" (play). They especially love to bike. We quickly learned that even though you can't control the weather, you can control how much you play. 

1311, 2020

Go ahead, give yourself a “time-out”!

By |November 13th, 2020|Play for Life|

When people can't find the time in their busy lives to increase their movement, I suggest they go ahead and give themselves "time-out." It is possible to keep fit without gyms, and it's time people started to shift their mindset around exercise because COVID isn't going anywhere for a while (yay to the vaccine announcement though this week!)

611, 2020

Slow and steady wins the race

By |November 6th, 2020|Play for Life|

Why keep strong as you get older? Strength is a crucial component of staying healthy, mobile and flexible as we age. Unless you are regularly playing and strengthening your muscles, you can lose as much as 3 to 5% of your muscle mass each decade after 30.  The adage "use it or lose it" is real - but it doesn't mean it can't be fun!

3010, 2020

What’s your sleep score?

By |October 30th, 2020|Play for Life|

Not only does getting the right amount of sleep to improve your ability to recover from physical and emotional stressors, but it also helps keep your brain and body functioning optimally. For me, nothing out there compares with on-demand health monitoring products like WHOOP because behaviour change is at the forefront of what the data feedback gives. Don't allow a lack of sleep to undermine your health and future quality of life.   

2310, 2020

How can play keep you healthy in a pandemic?

By |October 23rd, 2020|Play for Life|

Physical inactivity is one of the leading global risk factors for morbidity and premature mortality. And now there is COVID. How can play keep you healthy in a pandemic? People who feel overwhelmed by everything happening in the world can still benefit from even modest activity. Regardless of your age and stage in life, try doing more things that bring you joy — just like when you were a kid. 

1610, 2020

How to make your habits stick

By |October 16th, 2020|Play for Life|

Is there one place in your health journey that you could start to be more consistent around play (exercise), nutrition or sleep?  It's incredible what you can do to improve your health when you combine realistic expectations with consistency. It doesn't need to be complicated. It needs to be consistent.

910, 2020

13 things to give thanks for

By |October 9th, 2020|Play for Life|

Every year at Thanksgiving, I take a moment to reflect on how grateful I am that my husband, daughter, son, and I are all still here. I didn't realize how vital practicing gratitude was until a few tragic events happened in my life that made me see every day as a gift. Here are, in no particular order, 13 Things I wish for you ALWAYS to Remember at Thanksgiving and beyond.

2509, 2020

How to manage your health with PLAY

By |September 25th, 2020|Play for Life|

With so many people working from home and uncertainty at an all-time high, people forget to put their health first.  By implementing the right healthy habits now, the better you will be able to handle the changes in your body in the future and have an even better quality of life as you age.  Movement truly is medicine. Let's play!

1809, 2020

3 healthy habits to adopt to play like an athlete (even if you are far from one)

By |September 18th, 2020|Play for Life|

We are all born the same - you, me, and Olympic athletes. Each of us enters into this world with an innate ability to want to move our bodies and to play. Exercise (or play) trains you to be a person of action. Find the way to play that makes you want to take action and have fun!

2808, 2020

The #1 reason you don’t need a meal plan

By |August 28th, 2020|Play for Life|

Everyone on this planet has different DNA. Meal plans are not just for our weight and size. Proper nutrition must consider our amount of muscle tissue, activity level, stress levels, quality of sleep, health status and even our body type, our genetics and our past health history. Exercise and nutrition don't need to be complicated. It needs to be consistent.

2407, 2020

Why does movement (play) matter more now than ever?

By |July 24th, 2020|Play for Life|

It is a privilege to move our bodies. I have had a front-row seat in my personal life with mental illness, and I can honestly say every effort towards moving a little more equals progress for your mental health.  Your brain and body will thank you, even after COVID is gone.

1007, 2020

What is the most important investment you can make?

By |July 10th, 2020|Play for Life|

Your most important investment is REALLY your health and vitality. Yet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.4 Billion (60 to 85% of the population worldwide) does not engage in the minimum amount of movement to keep healthy, which makes physical inactivity (aka being sedentary) the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. That's NOT cool. I'm here to change that!

1206, 2020

Covids “Silver Lining” Play Book

By |June 12th, 2020|Play for Life|

Rather than inspiring people to keep active for their physical and mental health, getting and keeping in shape has been turning people off with serious consequences. With more data coming to the surface as global public health agencies navigate through the Covid-19 crisis, it is clear that particular lifestyle habits (smoking, obesity and physical inactivity) increase the risk of being hospitalized. There is a silver lining though!

1505, 2020

Cultivating mental resiliency

By |May 15th, 2020|Play for Life|

Did you know that if you do something new for 21 days in a row, you can re-wire your brain to work and think more optimistically and give yourself a much-needed boost of mental resiliency?  After COVID-19, life should not go backwards. Focus on where you can move forward by holding onto the vision of the health you want. Create lasting positive change. 

805, 2020

Patience is a virtue

By |May 8th, 2020|Play for Life|

Yes, we all want COVID-19 to end, and we all want life to go back to "normal." Some estimates are it might take as long as a year to find a stable vaccine that has few side effects. A lot like your health, being impatient for a quick fix by dieting and exercise regimens in the short term, might feel like the right thing to do, except it's not. Respect the process.

2404, 2020

Living outside of your comfort zone

By |April 24th, 2020|Play for Life|

I wouldn't be a good coach if I encouraged the people I work with to stick within their limits. When I have clients that are stuck in their health journeys, I really understand their fear of change. What's the worst that can happen? What's the upside? What's the best that can happen? You have to lean into negative feelings to get you to the other side of what you know you deserve.

604, 2020

Motivation Mondays – You don’t need to be athletic to move your body!

By |April 6th, 2020|Play for Life|

You don't need to be athletic to play. When you focus on enjoyment, rather than performance, moving your body becomes more playful and fun. Find something you LOVE to do rather than HAVE to do. You will be amazed at how consistently you'll want to show up. No time like the present to move a little more!

2703, 2020

Someday things are going to be okay again

By |March 27th, 2020|Play for Life|

Yes, things suck right now globally on such an unimaginable scale, and they are getting worse before they get better. I'm not saying it hasn't hurt to change our daily routines, but honestly, this is where short term pain means long term gain.  By re-evaluating what matters to you and how you will manage your life when this is all said and done. We all can see that our health is the only thing that truly matters.

2303, 2020

15 EASY ways to play (exercise) more during the day when you are stuck inside

By |March 23rd, 2020|Play for Life|

While the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to evolve, no one knows how long we will be at home for, or having to stay inside. Rather than sitting on the couch or surfing the internet, how can you start a routine, or play "habit" where you're moving your body now so that it will pay off for the weeks to come? Here's your chance to do something different than you've done before! Play (exercise) is an incredible opportunity to find joy in life and to engage our mind, body and spirit in the relentless pursuit of happiness. And it's FREE. Why not FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Hangout with friends or family and get moving (at a distance) together?

1303, 2020

Five ways to get stronger while you wash your hands

By |March 13th, 2020|Play for Life|

Preventing diseases these days seems complicated. While there are no guarantees in life (each day is a gift), illness and disability are genetically, environmentally, age or lifestyle-related issues that often begin before people know they [...]

2102, 2020

The #1 way to keep motivated to be active as you age

By |February 21st, 2020|Play for Life|

Having a vision is a crucial component of how you imagine functioning in the future. So many people don't look far enough ahead, and sadly, as we age, unless we work at protecting our health by playing (exercise), eating well and managing stress, our quality of life isn't always guaranteed to be there.  

702, 2020

Three Healthy Habits I Learned From My Dog

By |February 7th, 2020|Play for Life|

Adding healthy habits to your life is easy. Finding creative ways to shape your environment is like adding a silent partner to support your playtime.  For example, putting on Cooper's collar first thing in the morning is a signal that a walk is about to happen.  Likewise, you can put your running shoes by your bed at night as a trigger for your brain to get active first thing in the morning.

2401, 2020

Happy birthday to me…and you!

By |January 24th, 2020|Play for Life|

It's my birthday and I want to give you a gift - the gift of motivation to play (or exercise).  I want to give you this today, on my birthday, as a little motivation to connect with someone for your physical and mental health. The world can be your playground and you can fight lifestyle-related diseases at the same time to live a longer, healthier life.

1001, 2020

How can music help you get fit?

By |January 10th, 2020|Play for Life|

Look at the whole day as an opportunity to play more, sit less and turn up the music to get fit. The positive effects of heart-pumping movements cause your body to release endorphins naturally - endorphins are your happy and pain-killing hormones - and also improve your circulation because more oxygen is going into your blood. Increasing oxygen decreases stress.

1412, 2019

5 easy ways your environment can help you improve your health

By |December 14th, 2019|Play for Life|

As a health coach and personal trainer, I work with a variety of clients and I see first hand the value in investing in healthy habits.  Wouldn’t you rather come at your health as a preventative method rather [...]

2911, 2019

How to find your tribe and get moving

By |November 29th, 2019|7 Day Challenge, Play for Life|

Running is my favourite form of play and joining a running group in a foreign country turned out to be one of the best choices I've made. Not only did the group become an excellent tribe for me, but it is where my introduction to personal training and coaching began.

1906, 2019

Is the number on the scale truly the golden ticket to total health?

By |June 19th, 2019|Play for Life|

In an imperfect world, we’ve somehow been taught a “perfect” measurement of health. What is it? The number on the scale. But measuring your weight is just ONE piece of the wellness puzzle. It’s not [...]

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