Run your best 10km yet!

Run your best 10km yet!

You've been training hard, or maybe not, but regardless, your big race is coming up fast. Avoid common mistakes and take advantage of these tips to perform at your best in your first 10km run!

The day before:

Attend the pre-race expo and pick up your race bib, be sure to activate your bib or chip on your way out - ask at the race kit pick-up if this is necessary or not. You won't get an official time if you don't activate your bib! There will be lots of free samples of food, sport nutrition products and all kinds of gear to check out. This is especially common at marathon and half-marathon expos. Be sure that you avoid...

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"An ounce of prevention..." and Hangover Cures!

"An ounce of prevention..." and Hangover Cures!

When it comes to hangovers, there's a lot of old wives tales that tell you what to do to feel better. Here are the top ways to recover from a hangover based on your body's physiology and function.

PREVENTION!

Sounds easy, right!? Don't get a hangover, don't feel sick. Right. Easier said that done, especially at this time of the year (yeah, I'm looking at you, you green-beer-drinking leprechauns).

Stop your hangover before it starts by staying hydrated. Drink 1 cup of water for every beer, shot or glass of wine you consume. Eventually, if you keep consuming alcohol, your body will shut down some of the hormones that help keep you hydrated...

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DIY Sports Drink/Electrolyte Replenisher

DIY Sports Drink/Electrolyte Replenisher

Traditional sports drinks are filled with sugar, which can be OK if your blood sugar has gotten extremely low from endurance exercise. Data tells us that electrolyte replacement is not necessary and has little impact on performance for sports in duration of less than 90mins. If you get yourself dehydrated from either an infection (diarrhea, vomiting) or self-induced (exercise, alcohol), then here's an option for a healthy, low-sugar alternative to the traditional sports drink.

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Healthy Holidays

You've been working hard on your health goals all year, why stop now? The holiday season is in full-swing, bringing Christmas parties, food, booze, late nights and stressful days. Your goals DO NOT have to be pushed aside during all the fun of this festive time of year. Here are 4 tips to help you to stay on track while still having fun this holiday season.

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Chocolate Brownie Power Cookies

Chocolate Brownie Power Cookies

You heard me. This recipe is unapologetically decadent, delicious and nutritious.

Chock-full of fat (the good kind!), fiber and a wee bit of protein,these bad boys will keep you fueled through your workout and all the way to supper. An easily customizable recipe leaves room for you to add various nuts, seeds, dried fruit and so on. I originally found this recipe on my friend Jodi’s blog and have been playing with it for the past couple of years to create many tasty variations – these are a personal fave.

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Monday Health Injection

Monday Health Injection

“What are 3 easy things I can do to get healthier right now?”

I get this question a lot, and the weird thing is, you probably already know the answer. Besides the obvious ‘eat more fruits and vegetables, drink more water, exercise, rest, meditate,’ I’m going to give you 3 quick tips to inject health into your day-to-day. This week it’s all about easy health tips that will take very little effort to add to your routine.

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Rest well, be well and other home cold remedies

Rest well, be well and other home cold remedies

Given the recent indecisive winter-spring-winter we’ve been having here in Toronto, there’s probably a few folks out there coming down with a cold. Last week I got taken down pretty hard, and my training suffered. Two years ago, missing nearly a week of training would have really frustrated me, now, while still annoying, I’ve learned to let my body heal.

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Glory (bowls), Cauliflower Crispies and Preseason Training

Glory (bowls), Cauliflower Crispies and Preseason Training

For me, preseason training is geared around preparing my mental and physical state for what’s to come in the next 4-5months. I focus on short, frequent bouts of training and small but nutritious meals to keep me going. Before my longer bouts of training ramp up mid-April, I spend 4-6 weeks reminding myself what it’s like to train 6 days a week.

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