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Tips to Get You to a Fantastic New You!

| February 24, 2015 | 10 Comments
Tips to Get You to a Fantastic New You!

I do not like to declare resolutions for myself at the beginning of each year. I feel as though there is so much pressure to meet certain goals, and if I do not meet (or even try to meet them), then I feel as though I have let myself down in some way. Instead, I […]

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3 Habits of a Heart Healthy Family

| February 23, 2015 | 9 Comments
3 Habits of a Heart Healthy Family

Today’s families are busy being busy so it is often difficult to eat healthy and make time for all family members to stay physically active – two keys for a healthy heart.  Parents are consumed with naps, diapers & feeding schedules or drop offs and pick ups and waiting in arena’s, at dance studios and swimming […]

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Fitting In the Fitness

| February 16, 2015 | 4 Comments
Fitting In the Fitness

So, who out there resolved to be more physically active in 2015? Though I rarely actually get to sit down in the run of a day, being active is something I’m always working on, specifically incorporating it into everyday life. Be healthy for myself, and for the family. Have more energy to do 20 reps […]

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Happy New Rear

| January 14, 2015 | 9 Comments
Happy New Rear

WHAT THE? It seemed like everything I said after giving birth ended with a question mark. What just happened? Why am I crying? Why am I laughing? Wait a minute… why am I peeing my pants? As a pre and postnatal specialist, eventually, all new Mums ask me the same question. “Will I ever get […]

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Winter Workouts and an Egg in a Kale Cup Breakfast Recipe

| January 9, 2015 | 15 Comments
Winter Workouts and an Egg in a Kale Cup Breakfast Recipe

Winter is here!  Some of us celebrate and some of us cringe…  Whether you cheer or boo – the key to surviving an Ottawa winter is to embrace it in one way, shape or form.  Time will fly if you get the kids outside tobogganing, sledding, skating, skiing or even out to your local park. […]

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Ottawa Preschool Pool Crawl

| November 28, 2014 | 26 Comments
Ottawa Preschool Pool Crawl

As a former competitive swimmer, lifeguard, coach and all round lover of water I couldn’t wait to have kids so I could push them into my sport and live vicariously through them. Wait… that’s not right. I mean, I couldn’t wait to share my love of water with them. Yes! That’s what I meant. Either way, as soon […]

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Escape This Fall with DK Canada and Idiot’s Guides! #Review and #Giveaway ~CAN 11/30

| October 31, 2014 | 30 Comments
Escape This Fall with DK Canada and Idiot’s Guides! #Review and #Giveaway ~CAN 11/30

Autumn is here! With autumn comes colder, blustery, and sometimes rainy days that may make you want to stay indoors to enjoy your day. One way you can pass a not so friendly fall day at home is to escape with a book! DK Canada and Idiot’s Guides are a perfect way to stay at […]

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My 7 Top Fall Fitness Tips

| October 21, 2014 | 15 Comments
My 7 Top Fall Fitness Tips

Fall is here!  So many of us are thinking about getting back into our fitness routines after taking some time off in the summer.  The gyms are busy again and many are transitioning to indoor activities and strength training.   It’s easy to feel overwhelmed especially if you’ve taken an extended break from indoor workouts. […]

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Some Exercise Facts To Help You Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

| October 1, 2014 | 9 Comments
Some Exercise Facts To Help You Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

There are many benefits to exercising regularly, such as looking good, feeling sharper, and an improved sex life. But you probably already knew all that. The trouble is getting motivated to start exercising in the first place, and even more challenging, staying motivated to work out regularly. The good news is that there are plenty […]

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The Benefits of Keeping Active with your Children: Salsa Babies and Salsa Tots Classes

| September 8, 2014 | 7 Comments
The Benefits of Keeping Active with your Children: Salsa Babies and Salsa Tots Classes

Fall is just around the corner, so if you are looking for fun and active stuff to do with your children, come and try one of Dancing Mama classes for free. Dancing Mama is the exclusive provider of the Salsa Babies programs in the Ottawa area and this fall we are offering Salsa Babies and […]

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VIVA Best Buy ~ Helping Me Enhance a Healthier Lifestyle and a $100 GC Giveaway ~ CAN 10/05

| September 5, 2014 | 164 Comments
VIVA Best Buy ~ Helping Me Enhance a Healthier Lifestyle and a $100 GC Giveaway ~ CAN 10/05

Blame it on lack of exercise or hormonal changes in my body due to pre-menopause, but I have gained a few extra pounds over the last 2 years. I definitely don’t exercise as much as I used to and have been wanting to get back into incorporating an exercise program in my routine. I find this is […]

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My Path to Perth

| June 11, 2014 | 10 Comments
My Path to Perth

As many of you know, a few months ago I committed to running the Perth Kilt Run on June 21st. And I am not here to say I decided to quit. I am still on track! I’ve built up to a good 5k now, and will work on the last few kilometers over the next […]

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So Dairy, Great For Fat Loss– Yeah Right!

| June 4, 2014 | 21 Comments
So Dairy, Great For Fat Loss– Yeah Right!

Dairy, tastes great, goes down really nice, smooth and creamy, and it’s good for you right?  What’s not to love.  There are very little bad things you can say about the dairy products that you grew up eating in mass quantities.  I mean its got protein and calcium, everything a growing boy or girl needs, […]

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Why Don’t We Exercise

| May 20, 2014 | 6 Comments
Why Don’t We Exercise

The light and dark phases of the Earth slowly embrace you as you journey through your never ending sea of paperwork, pointless meetings, mindless internet searches and idle stretches of time glued to your television for some bleak release from reality.  The void between the days and nights seems ever so slowly dwindling away as you […]

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The Difference Between Fitness and Health (Part II)

| May 15, 2014 | 15 Comments
The Difference Between Fitness and Health (Part II)

So the last time we were talking about the differences between health and fitness from a standpoint of nutrition with a little bit of exercise, but now let’s really get into the weeds about your nutrition habits and why the diet you were eating so healthy before may not cover all of your FITNESS GOALS […]

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Eating For Runners

| May 9, 2014 | 13 Comments
Eating For Runners

I am a runner.  It has taken me a long time to really say that and mean it.  I used to duck around the label and dream of when I would actually confidently use it to refer to myself.  Well, it has taken 8+ years of steady running, countless 10k races and 6 half marathons…but […]

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Time Management for your Fitness

| May 8, 2014 | 9 Comments
Time Management for your Fitness

It’s another great start to the day.  Your coffee is brewed, your clothes are spotless, the kids are out the door and you’re off to work.  The boss has a great lineup of horrible meetings to take up all your time during the day essentially increasing your daily workload to astronomical proportions increasing your stress […]

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The Difference Between Fitness and Health (Part I)

| April 24, 2014 | 12 Comments
The Difference Between Fitness and Health (Part I)

So we’re sitting down having dinner at the BConnected Conference and we’re talking about the usual amounts of fitness and nutrition wisdom that I try to impart on everyone who will listen and the topic of “eating healthy” comes up.  Let’s get one thing straight; everyone eats healthy.  Everyone.  True? Oh, boy…here we go! Now […]

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6 Tips to Return to Running After A Long Winter

| April 8, 2014 | 8 Comments
6 Tips to Return to Running After A Long Winter

Running isn’t something that you typically hear me chat about endlessly, but the truth of the matter is I truly enjoy running.  It helps me focus and clears my head from the typical daily riff raff and clutter.  You really don’t have to engage in any other thought processes other than right foot, left foot, […]

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A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

| April 7, 2014 | 4 Comments
A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

It was 2 am and my baby’s breathing was labored.  He was visibly struggling for air, his neck muscles activated trying to pull in air against resistance.   My empathy for him was crippling, and there was a terrible feeling of uncertainty in my chest about how to help him.  Finally, we pulled the trigger…. that’s […]

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The 5 Best Exercises for Moms Part II

| March 25, 2014 | 6 Comments
The 5 Best Exercises for Moms Part II

So after last time’s segment there was a couple of exercises mentioned that you could do at home to help increase your upper body pushing and pulling strength. Two of the foundational movements that everyone should do in their workouts. Now, we’ll finish off the body completely with the additional three exercises to conclude the […]

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Lost Your Flat Tummy During Pregnancy?

| March 18, 2014 | 4 Comments
Lost Your Flat Tummy During Pregnancy?

So you’ve decided to start a family or perhaps you already have a family and now you’re wondering—how do I get back that flat, tight tummy I had before the kids came along?  This is a complicated question and one that ideally should be addressed earlier on, ahem, that means you should have already been […]

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Kids and Structured Activities — How Much is TOO Much?

| March 13, 2014 | 8 Comments
Kids and Structured Activities — How Much is TOO Much?

My daughter Mary participates in more activities than I do. Over her lifespan, she’s completed multiple sessions of Monkey Rock, swimming and gymnastics. She has also benefited from semi-regular attendance of library programs and Brinkeetos. While I was on maternity leave, we both looked forward to weekly playgroup. And I am probably even forgetting a […]

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The 5 Best Exercises for Moms (Part I)

| March 11, 2014 | 10 Comments
The 5 Best Exercises for Moms (Part I)

You’re a busy gal on the clock 24/7 with very little time to waste and when you do find the time to get in your daily dose of exercise it’s got to be good, right? This much I know there are a lot of fluffy exercises out there that don’t really do you much good […]

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