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Boost Your Metabolism!

Does your metabolism need a boost? When looking to lose weight, many people are unsure of where to start or how their metabolism comes into play. It's a common misconception that by eating less and skipping meals you will lose weight. By skipping meals during the day, it prevents your body from getting the essential nutrients you need to function. The general concept of weight loss is that you need to burn off more calories than you consume. Having a high metabolism is important in the...

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My "Learn to Run 10km" Experience on the Octane Zero Runner (Part 3)

Join me through my final experience tackling the “Learn to Run 10km” program using the Zero Runner So, here we are at the final installment of my “Learn to run 10km” experience using the Zero Runner by Octane Fitness . If you haven't been following along, here's what you've been missing. We are currently about 2 months after I started the program and I've done 13 weeks worth of running in 2/3rds the time (based on the typical program timeline). I am also...

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An intro to Yoga: the importance of breath

Having recently decided to give Yoga a try (after all I couldn't continue to call myself a true Vancouverite if I didn't), I thought I'd start as I normally do, with a little research. First I learned that there are many different kinds of yoga and that you should try a few of them to see which one best suits you. In addition to that, the instructors usually have their own pace, flow and breath structure so you should also look for your yoga instructor soul mate who flows and breaths in time...

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Treadmill Tips: how to maximize your workout

If like most people, you want to get the most out of your workout then follow these tips to maximize your treadmill workout. Walk before you run If you are at the beginner level, prefer to walk or have mobility issues that limit you from running, you should certainly try walking on the treadmill. The great thing about a treadmill is that you can set the pace and adjust according to how your body is responding. Check in with your body by checking your breathing and heart rate. You can...

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How to get a better workout: taking your fitness to the next level!

Working out is an excellent way to increase circulation, tone your body and make you an all around healthier person but what do you do when you feel that you aren't reaching your true workout potential? Here are a few tips from the staff here at Fitness Town. 1. Lift Weights: If you aren't already working out with weights, there are many benefits to be had by adding them into your regimen. Weight training assists with weight loss and maintaining the loss. It does so by creating...

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Importance of Proper Footwear

Importance of Proper Footwear A good pair of shoes can make or break your workout How many times have you bought gym or running shoes based on the brand, colour or because they just look pretty? (Nike Free 5.0 Neon-Yellow...guilty as charged) With all due respect to a perfectly matching colour coordinating outfit, or that playlist you spent 5 hours putting together (for your 45 minute workout), the most important part of your workout, is what you wear on your feet.   Finding the...

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Preparing for a fitness challenge

It would seem that summer is filled with marathons, adventure challenges and other fitness feats, or at least the facebook news feeds would imply this much. So what should you do to prepare for your own challenge should you decide to take one on? 1. Find a challenge that is within reach. You can train for almost anything if you have the time, the perseverance and the motivation. You should however start with attainable goals. For example, if you haven't run very much you may want to aim for...

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How to use a foam roller and finding the right one for you!

By now most of us have seen someone with a foam roller, many of us even own one at this point. But what should we be doing with them and which one is right for us? Well the answer very much depends on you. What sort of activity do you do? Do prefer a hard massage or a slightly lighter one? The basic idea that applies to everyone is to add a foam roller to your post workout routine, or even have one as a therapeutic pain reliever when you want to loosen the tightness of your muscles. The...

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Crunches Alone Do Not Make a Six Pack

Somewhere far, far away, there is a magical gym where there’s never a wait for a cardio machine at 6:30pm, the boot camp instructor never raises his voice above a whisper, and jiggling upper arms instantly tighten up after just one biceps curl.  This mythical place is called "Imaginary Fitness Land", and it, like spot-training to burn fat, does not exist. Welcome to the real world, where workout results take time, energy, and variety, and where our body’s ability to...

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Keep it Old School with Kettlebell Workouts

  Change up your strength training routine and try out a kettlebell . A kettlebell is an ancient Russian exercise tool that is increasing in popularity for fitness enthusiasts. Shaped like a cannonball, it’s a cast iron weight with a handle. The kettlebell allows for ballistic movements and swinging motions you can’t do with traditional weights. Not only are the moves functional, but the dynamic nature of the swinging motion will increase your heart rate and burn some...

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