Thursday, February 19, 2009

Do I really sound like this?

No, seriously. Is this how it sounds?

This is my 6 year old's attempt to help me make posters to advertise the business. (She makes posters for anything and anyone just so you know, very helpful!).

She pretty much nails it, don't you think?

Simplicity at it's finest.

And the greatest chance of success more often comes when the choices are made simple. A or B. Once you pick it you go for it!

We are bombarded with choices. Light or regular? New iPod or Old? Mazda or Camero? Vacation or parents place? You know the drill. These are a little more complicated. And there are as many as you want to pile onto your plate!

So as my little R puts it, when it comes to your health it is a Yes or No. Do you want to be healthy? Y. Do you need to go for a walk? Y Do you want to strengthen your body? Y

The answer seems a whole lot simpler now doesn't it.

Of course I am probably preaching to the choir. You are probably in top health already. So perhaps you can share this with loved ones who are struggling.

* Here is a little tidbit that may shake up your workout. First things first though, check with a fitness professional before you go off on this. Make your core a part of your warm up. Take 5 to 8 minutes to loosen up, engage and warm up your core.

If it is a part of you that you want to address then take a moment to prepare it before you lay into it with a crazy workout. It may prevent lower back injuries and allow you to move stronger, faster or smoother into and through the rest of your workout.

I can't stress this enough thou. Get a qualified, experienced fitness professional to assist you!

Shake it up a little bit. Don't think because you've always done it this way or "everyone else is doing it" that you can't shake that off and do something unique and perhaps even better for you!

Have a great day.

In health,


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Be Yourself!

Just listening to Liliy Allen on CBC and she made a great point
about image.

Don't buy into it.

Close to thousands of images of "fashion" bombard us every day.

This is not a good thing. Especially if it starts to cloud your
vision of what is good for you.

You don't have to be thin, afraid of fat, wear that makeup, stress
over your hair, or obsess over your biceps.

You need to be the best you above anything else.

Me, personally, would start by breaking down what YOUR goals are.
Think about what YOU really need. Sure you can get a reference from
books, friends, peers, parents, but don't go by advertising.

Surely by now we are all in agreement that advertising is not
reality, other than they are really trying hard to sell you

So it kind of goes without saying that advertising is going to try
to make you feel bad so what they are trying to sell to you is
going to make you feel better!

Pretty slick, hunh? Except for the part where they are trying to
make you feel bad!

So, your goals should be focused on feeling good. If it means
loosing weight, fine. If it means making your body sore (not
busted!) after every workout, ok. But make it your decision!

This is about owning yourself. Don't b pummeled into submission
by outside forces. Own your mind and body. Make it move and live
the way you want it to.

One last thing. Mind your words. How you refer to yourself will make a difference about how you feel and act every day.

More on that later.

Have a great day everyone!

In health,


Thursday, February 5, 2009


Please do not fall for the "more is better" routine.

Better is better. Especially when it comes to training young

I am not claiming to be infallible. But I have some ideas about
training youths that do go against the grain.

I don't believe the need ot be gagging at the end of a workout.

Technique training does not have to be light and fluffy.

And a trainer who teaches programs based on what they were taught
when they were kids should be fired.

Not because they don't mean well or aren't trying (though I would
argue that point).

But because with the wealth of knowledge and a building case
against specialization at a young age (8yrs old for example) that
it should not be happening any more.

Seriously, who still thinks 12 months of hockey is good for a 10 year
old? When every shred of credible evidence, not the anecdotal "rink
talk", points to variation, play and fun as the critical factors in
developing a healthy complete athlete!

That is just one example. And you have no doubt heard of others.

As for good old fashioned unstructured play, check this recent
Scientific American article out .

If it doesn't make us rethink play then we've missed the boat.

Well before I get too carried away, have a wonderful day. Have fun.
Play and bring the kids along with you. It is fantastic for everyone!