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Mad About Fitness: Measuring Success
For lots of people, stepping on the scale first thing in the morning is just as much of a habit as brushing their teeth. For some of us, the number on the scale can determine whether or not we have a good or bad day and whether we think of ourselves as successful or as a failure. Especially for those of us who have made it our goal to get in shape or to lose weight, the scale is an easy method to measure progress. Convenience and ease aside, the scale can lie.
Originally published in The Gazette on March 14, 2014.
“Every year brings its own health crazes. From fad diets to the newest workouts, the health and fitness industry can be a trendy one. If 2013 was the year of Colour Runs and coconut oil, there’s no doubt that this year will bring a host of new trends into the mix. Here are my predictions for what will be getting our attention in 2014…”
Originally published in The Gazette on January 24, 2014.
Whether you’ve already made a list of New Year’s Resolutions or think they’re a waste of time, it’s hard to argue with the fact that the beginning of the year is a great time to get healthy…Here are my suggestions for four simple things to consider as we start the New Year to make it your healthiest one yet!
Originally published in The Gazette on January 10, 2014.
Be a cycling snowbird
“We might not live in igloos, but the stereotype of the long Canadian winter is pretty accurate for most cyclists north of the 49th parallel. As the leaves turn and we head into fall, the though of setting up the indoor trainer can be depressing. If the prospect of dwelling in the pain cave for the next six months has you down, planning a trip to a warm-weather destination with your bike in tow can be a great way to stay positive.”
Originally published in Canadian Cycling Magazine in the October/November 2013 issue.
Mad About Fitness: Goal Setting 101
“Goals and fitness might go hand in hand, but that doesn’t make goal setting easy. In my fitness classes, I like to ask participants about their goals. The most common response I get is “I want to get fit!” This goal is a great starting point, but I have a little Goal Setting 101 that sets people up for success.”
Originally published in The Gazette on September 20, 2013.
“If your choice for pre-race nutrition tends to be linguine or rigatoni, Peter Glassford’s nutritional approach might shock you. The Collingwood, Ont.-based cycling coach and Trek Canada Mountain Bike Race Team member uses an ancestral diet omitting grains, dairy and legumes to fuel himself and his athletes. Extreme or not, Glassford’s diet is working for him. He is the Canadian record holder at the Leadville 100 and the 2012 Ontario provincial crosscountry champion. His approach to nutrition is based on the Paleo diet.”
Originally published in Canadian Cycling Magazine in the February/March 2013 issue.
Financial planning for the self-employed
“The lures of self-employment are many: choosing your hours, having the final say, paying yourself first. While being your own boss has its benefits, experts agree that stepping into the world of self-employment should not be done lightly.”
Originally published on Bankrate.ca on November 7, 2012.
The Green Monster Smoothie
“If “green monster” stirs up images of the boogeyman, you’re missing out. Green monsters—smoothies with a shot of nutrition in the form of leafy greens¬—are a great addition to anyone’s diet. With a whole blogger movement dedicated to the healthy drinks, these smoothies are particularly suited for runners and athletes, who often use smoothies as a quick recovery meal or as a way to get the extra energy they need to fuel their training.”
Originally published on RunnersFeed.com on August 23, 2012.
“Many people think exercising to lose weight or change how their body looks will make them healthier, and while it’s true that adding physical activitycan benefit health in a multitude of ways, the link between bodyweight and health may not be straightforward.”
Originally published in The Gazette on March 16, 2012.
Keep your running conversation positive
“Running offers a unique opportunity for conversation. It’s rare for us to find another chance to spend an hour, uninterrupted by text messages, emails, or family members where we can really get into a conversation with someone. Especially on longer, slower runs done with a group or a partner, a good conversation can make the workout fly by.”
Originally published on RunnersFeed.com on January 27, 2011.
In Shape: beating a busy gym
“Busy gym got you down? Filled with eager exercisers making good on their new year’s resolutions, gyms in January can be frustrating. Whether you’re new to working out or a regular trying to get some relief from the crowds, here are a few tips to help keep your sanity when the gym gets busy.”
Originally published in The Gazette on January 13, 2012.
Gazette tested: sneaky smoothie
“Looking to eat healthier in 2012? If you’re struggling to get your daily dose of leafy greens, this delicious smoothie is just what you need.”
Originally published in The Gazette on January 11, 2012.
Find time to run during the holidays
“While you may feel like the only running you’ll have time to do over the holidays is from store to store or maybe away from your crazy in-laws, it’s worth it to find time to stick to a regular running schedule.”
Originally published on RunnersFeed.com on December 3, 2011.
Avoid holiday overindulgence: eat smart and train when you can
“Coupled with poor weather and a lack of training motivation, the tendency to indulge over the holidays can easily set cyclists up to go overboard. While December might be the perfect time to ease off riding as part of a periodized training plan, smart cyclists will have a plan for the often-tempting month.”
Originally published in Canadian Cycling Magazine in the December 2011/January 2012 issue.
6 Tips for Rookies Running in Central Park
“Heading to New York City for the first time can be a little overwhelming… Rest assured that one thing can be certain: you need to run in Central Park! From a fellow first timer, here are a few tips:… ”
Originally published on RunnersFeed.com on November 28, 2011.
“Can’t seem to make it to campus recreation with all the studying you’ve been up to? Lots of students struggle to fit exercise into a busy schedule, but there’s no reason to give up entirely just because you don’t have time for your regular workout.”
Originally published in The Gazette on November 17, 2011.
“A study set to appear in the December issue of Social Science Quarterly suggests the freshman 15 might be a myth—and the media’s representation of the dreaded pounds may have serious implications.”
Originally published in The Gazette on November 8, 2011.
“When it comes to supplementing with vitamins and minerals, more is not always better. Two recent publications confirm the common sense idea that we should get our nutrients from food.”
Originally published in The Gazette on November 3, 2011.
Embrace fall running
“Pumpkin pie, Halloween candy, turkey and stuffing…if these alone aren’t enough to get you out the door running, there are plenty of other reasons to embrace fall running. The change of season means shorter days and crisper mornings, but it doesn’t have to throw you off. Here’s how to make the most of this beautiful time of year.”
Originally published on Runner’s Feed.com on October 15, 2011.
“Though the World Anti-doping Agency no longer prohibits the use of caffeine in sports, some believe your coffee habit might play a role in being successful on the bike.”
Originally published in Canadian Cycling Magazine in the August/September 2011 issue.
“Though champions of local eating usually promote the benefits for the local economy and the environment, basing your diet on foods produced close to home has nutritional benefits for cyclists. Focusing on local foods means eating more fresh produce and less processed foods, but also brings other less obvious benefits like increased nutrient quality and variety. With training comes certain nutritional needs for cyclists, but the concept of eating can be beneficial.”
Originally published in Canadian Cycling Magazine in the June/July 2011 issue.
A rundown of celebrity fitness programs – parts one and two
“With money tight and belts tighter, signing up for online training seems like the perfect solution. In a virtual training world, participants can choose their training schedule and work out at home — a feature that helps lower the cost to a more reasonable level. But how can you be sure that a program is worth the investment?
In part one of a two-part series, we begin our look at two popular online programs from Jackie Warner and Jillian Michaels.”
Originally published on Bankrate.ca on January 10, 2011.
“Part two continues with reviews of The Biggest Loser and the celebrity-free SparkPeople.com, plus some tips on how to get the most out of any program.” Originally published on Bankrate.ca on February 9, 2011.
“If, by chance, you are one of the people who have managed to stickto your resolution for this long, howcan you stay in it for the long haul? And, if you’re feeling like a failure,how can you get back on track?”
Originally published in The Gazette on January 21, 2011.