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Meghan Smith, a 38 year old full time RN in Mississauga, and a Part Time College Nursing Professor has been on the journey of her life. Her fitness/weight loss journey is a combination of determination, commitment and personal strength and we implore you to take 5 minutes and read her story. The most recent chapter in her story is a true ‘show stopper’. Read her...

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives; from spending time in isolation, working from home, kids returning to school, or online learning, or simply the best way to get groceries. A lot of planning needs to be taken into consideration to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. So why should the fitness world be any different? For fitness instructors and coaches...

By now you have probably heard about ‘mindfulness meditation’. An image of a person sitting cross-legged in the grass, eyes closed, a smile on their face, and a beam of sun shining down, most likely comes to your mind. You most likely also think that you need to focus on “nothingness” and have a clear mind- which may seem impossible! However- being mindful is possible...

The phrase, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” is about being optimistic and positive when things aren't in your favor. The lemons, sour by nature, are a metaphor for the difficult times in life. But when things aren't going your way, don't despair — make lemonade! Add a little sugar! 2020 has presented some really difficult times. This pandemic is like nothing we’ve experienced before. The first Canadian case of the novel coronavirus was reported by...

What do you picture when you hear the words 'meal plan? Do you think of all the things you can't or shouldn't eat? Do you think restrictions? Eating only 'Health Food'? Do you dread feeling hungry all the time? When I design meal plans, while I do have the expectation that my clients will be open to making some changes, the focus is not what foods...

I often refer to the ‘Thruster’ as a handy exercise as it encompasses all the effort of a front squat, an overhead press and everything in between.  A full-body, compound movement that helps to build overall strength, improve co-ordination, muscular endurance and balance. Here’s how you do it. With a barbell positioned at the collarbones [hands shoulder width apart and elbows forward], inhale and sit back...

Jill is a Certified Personal Trainer at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus. She is CPR and First Aid Certified and always ensures the safety and health of her clients first. Jill enjoys weight lifting and leading others through personalized workouts; helping them achieve their fitness goals as well as having fun. Jill is motivated by many big fitness influencers, through their inspiring love for...

This Smoothie is truly reminiscent of apple pie and comes just in time to enjoy it using fresh, local apples! Try it out with your favourite apple varieties! Ingredients 1 small apple cut into small pieces 1 cup almond milk 2 tbsp chia seeds 1 tbsp maple syrup (optional) 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp cinnamon pinch nutmeg and salt 1 scoop of protein powder Directions Blend to...

Did you know that many of us are not getting enough protein? While most people in westernized societies have access to more protein than they need, most of us do not actually consume enough to meet our most basic requirements. Interestingly, it is very difficult to eat too much protein, as it is so satisfying and filling. Most people have to work really hard in order to...