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

24 07, 2020

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

By |2020-07-24T02:34:22+00:00July 24th, 2020|

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.

10 07, 2020

What is the most important investment you can make?

By |2020-07-10T15:26:22+00:00July 10th, 2020|

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!

3 07, 2020

What does healthy active ageing look like to you?

By |2020-07-03T15:48:35+00:00July 3rd, 2020|

Canada celebrated its 153rd birthday this week. If a person could live to that age, I wonder what pearls of wisdom they would share? I wonder what dreams got fulfilled and what goals got lost? What would their quality of life be like? I found myself questioning this when I was younger as I watched my [...]

26 06, 2020

The simplest nutritional change everyone can make

By |2020-06-25T19:59:35+00:00June 26th, 2020|

A while ago, I asked this question on my Facebook Page:  What do you think is the simplest, but perhaps not the most obvious, nutritional change everyone can make? It's one of the most commented-on posts I've ever had!   Here were some of the most popular guesses in no particular order: drink more water eat [...]

12 06, 2020

Covids “Silver Lining” Play Book

By |2020-06-12T12:45:25+00:00June 12th, 2020|

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!

15 05, 2020

Cultivating mental resiliency

By |2020-05-15T12:20:24+00:00May 15th, 2020|

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. 

8 05, 2020

Patience is a virtue

By |2020-05-07T13:31:06+00:00May 8th, 2020|

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.

24 04, 2020

Living outside of your comfort zone

By |2020-04-23T12:55:35+00:00April 24th, 2020|

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.

6 04, 2020

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

By |2020-04-24T14:45:37+00:00April 6th, 2020|

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!

31 03, 2020

Managing High Blood Pressure

By |2021-06-01T01:10:44+00:00March 31st, 2020|

If you don't know your number, it's time to get your blood pressure checked. You can probably recite from memory the lifestyle factors that are recommended for promoting heart health and controlling blood pressure. Regular physical activity and a plant-rich, low-salt diet to managing stress and body weight help in managing high blood pressure. But the [...]

27 03, 2020

Someday things are going to be okay again

By |2020-03-27T13:51:16+00:00March 27th, 2020|

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.

23 03, 2020

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

By |2020-03-23T19:50:34+00:00March 23rd, 2020|

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?

13 03, 2020

Five ways to get stronger while you wash your hands

By |2020-03-13T11:53:59+00:00March 13th, 2020|

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 are affected. When it comes to protecting your health, washing your hands has always been one of the best places to [...]

21 02, 2020

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

By |2020-02-21T18:36:53+00:00February 21st, 2020|

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.  

7 02, 2020

Three Healthy Habits I Learned From My Dog

By |2020-02-07T20:30:33+00:00February 7th, 2020|

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.

24 01, 2020

Happy birthday to me…and you!

By |2020-01-24T03:46:29+00:00January 24th, 2020|

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.

10 01, 2020

How can music help you get fit?

By |2020-01-10T19:08:01+00:00January 10th, 2020|

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.

14 12, 2019

5 easy ways your environment can help you improve your health

By |2019-12-14T00:18:22+00:00December 14th, 2019|

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 than reversing an existing problem? “If you don’t make time for your wellness now, you’ll be forced to make time for [...]

6 12, 2019

How to make a health plan

By |2019-12-06T16:03:01+00:00December 6th, 2019|

If you Google "different types of coaching," there are 182,000,000 results. There is a coach for almost anything you need help with – from personal through to career. It's useful having an objective guide to help you make the most of what you envision for your future. "Failing to plan is planning to fail." For example, [...]

19 06, 2019

Removing one word from my vocabulary changed my life

By |2023-03-21T16:38:31+00:00June 19th, 2019|

I have learned a ton and helped many clients transform their health habits by using the psychology of behaviour change. As a certified health coach, I’m aware of one particular word people use that hurts their ability to live their life to the fullest without guilt. The thought and power of this one word makes people [...]

19 06, 2019

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

By |2023-03-21T16:37:04+00:00June 19th, 2019|

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 the full story of your personal measurement “value.” What’s missing? All of the other aspects that impact health, such as physical [...]

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