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February 9, 2021 The Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) has taken its most powerful stance to improve the lives of Canadians, asking the federal government to include fitness memberships and services as a medical cost on our personal taxes. This tax incentive would elevate Canada as a global leader by becoming a nation that supports and promotes health and wellness as part of a...

by Penny Leimbrock, Yoga Instructor Whether you’re in a beer hockey league or you’re a high-performance athlete training for the Olympics, yoga is something you should add into your training regime. There can be a bit of a misconception when it comes to yoga, but I am here to tell you it isn’t all crazy poses, candles, and chanting. All of us who have gone through yoga...

by Tiffany McCabe, Social Worker, Wellness Therapist Today I saw on facebook that there is 5 more weeks until daffodils bloom and robins chirp- it gives me some hope for warmer, brighter weather. But how are we supposed to survive until then? I have four tips that I will share below that have helped me survive the winter blues! 1. Keep going outside. I was so lucky to...

Trainer's Tip - Hannah Sine, PT Everyone understands the importance of drinking lots of fluids during the warmer months, but did you know it's just as important to stay hydrated in the winter? Unlike in the summer, when the hot weather can make us sweat profusely, dehydration is much less noticeable in the winter. Perspiration tends to turn to water vapor very quickly, and extra layers of...

Could Magnesium Be The Simplest Way to Treat Depression? A well known fact, from your heart to your bones, magnesium has tons of valuable uses for your body. A not so well known fact, is that it may be just as important for your mind.   A new study suggests that magnesium may work really well and that it may work really fast. 112 adults diagnosed with mild...

Today is the first Monday of 2021!  I wonder what that means for you? What does that mean for your New Year's Resolution? Do you make New Year's resolutions? Have you been successful in the past?  I want to challenge you to make a specific resolution/goal and make it happen. I believe a big mistake we make, is to start off with a goal that is...

As Dufferin has moved into Red Zone Covid-19 restriction, I feel the additional burden and stress this adds like a heavy grey cloud cover settling in over us. As the new and ever-changing rules seem to be more and more restrictive, it can be difficult to stay positive and keep on track (with nutrition, AND everything else in your life) especially at an already busy...

Today is mindful Monday, it is also the Monday where Dufferin shifts into Red zone. If you are like me, you are most likely sick and tired of hearing about COVID-19 and the on-going restrictions. You may feel frustrated, sad, and overwhelmed. Today on CBC, the guest speaker spoke about the underlying mental health pandemic. This mental health pandemic is not being acknowledged- or the...

1 1/2 cupsPlain Coconut Milk1/2 Avocado2 tbsps  Cocoa Powder1 tbsp Maple Syrup2 tsps Peppermint Extract (or one drop essential oil)1 cup Baby Spinach1 tbsp Ground Flax Seeds1/2 cup Chocolate Protein Powder2 cups of Ice Cubes  Add all ingredients, except ice to the blender, blend until smooth. Add ice and continue to blend until smooth.   ...

Did you know that Towne Fitness has their very own in-house nutritionist? Rachel Murray has been part of the Towne Fitness Team since January 2019 and is both a Registered Nurse and Holistic Nutritionist with additional training in Nutrition for Athletes.  Starting this month, we’ve decided to dedicate Thursday of each week to really focus on Nutrition. Look for Fun Facts, Healthy Tips and other Nutrition...