The Peak Performance Creed

Peak performance in life isn’t about succeeding all the time or always being happy. It’s truly about doing the best that you can with what you have right now.

Cleansing the body through exercise

If you have spent time in a heath food or supplement store — or a grocery store that carries vitamins — then you have likely stopped in front of the shelf featuring “cleanses and detoxes”…

Why Suffer When You Don’t Have To?

If you’ve ever busted your butt in the gym, chances are you have woken up the next morning and skipped washing your hair in the shower because your muscles were too sore to lift your arms. This can also happen if you’re new to gym workouts.

Get In the “Zone”

You’ve probably heard the phrase “in the zone” or “in the flow.” Ask any athlete and they will agree that there is nothing more fun in life than being in the zone.
When was the last time you were so focused that time stood still?

The Importance of Weight Training

All the motivation in the world won’t do you a bit of good if you don’t have a strong fitness plan to follow. To that end, here are some simple and effective training strategies to follow at the gym to help you reach your goals.

Why Less Is Sometimes More

Sometimes the best way to start a fitness routine is to simply start. Don’t let the well-known mantra of “No pain, no gain” preached by some extreme gym goers or marathon runners scare you away from adopting a healthy, doable…

Armed For Summer

Spring is in the air, which means it’s time to tone and tighten your arms to bare t-shirt, tank top and bathing suit season! Here is a great upper body workout that you can do anywhere to get you Armed for Summer!

Managing Your Mood

We all experience ups and downs as we live through life. How you feel from day to day depends not on the outside factors such as your job or relationships, but on how you perceive them. Truth be told, you have little control…

Here are 10 Gift Ideas FIT for that special someone

It’s not easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle around the holidays. For anyone who’s making a health-positive New Year’s resolution, the right gift can help him or her hit the ground running. Here are 10 gift suggestions for that special person looking to get fit and kick start their new year

Train Your Brain in 7 Days

Melissa Tucker, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of Purica Ambassadors committed to providing you with healthy eating and training tips. Here are seven tips from Melissa on how to turn thoughts into positive action.

How to Turn Thoughts into Action

What is confidence? It’s the belief that you are capable, worthwhile and valuable.  It’s an optimism attached to your abilities that empower you to stretch out of your comfort zone and use failure as feedback to be courageous when facing challenges.

Pushing Your Own Weight to Move Results

Getting fit doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re looking to improve your strength, flexibility, and overall health adding some bodyweight exercises to your training routine is a simple, effective and free way to achieve all of the above! Best of all, you can usually do them just about anywhere.

Five FAQs on Health & Fitness

Melissa Tucker - Purica Ambassador

Melissa Tucker
Purica Ambassador

Melissa Tucker, a training coach and one of Canada’s foremost global fitness competitors, is a member of our team of Purica Ambassadors committed to providing you with healthy eating and training tips. Here are some of Melissa’s answers to frequently asked health and fitness questions.

  1. When is the best time to work out?

There’s no right time to exercise. It depends on the individual. You need to listen to your body. Some people feel rough in the morning, whereas others can hop out of bed and do a 10 mile run. I will say if you are new to fitness, you are 80% more likely to build a lasting habit if you workout at the beginning of your day rather than after work when you’re bagged from your day.

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How you exercise and what you eat matters

To embrace the hormonal changes that happen during menopause, women can help ease the transition by working on three areas that are within your control:

  • How much you move;
  • What you eat;
  • How you handle stress.

Going through menopause doesn’t have to mean automatic weight gain, nor does it mean your body won’t go through some changes no matter what you do.

Managing what you can and allowing your body to respond to your efforts will help you maintain a healthy, positive attitude about the changes you’re going through.

So here is the deal about menopause: Estrogen is a hormone that works against insulin and cortisol. Progesterone has little impact on insulin but does fight against cortisol.  These two hormones are the reason women have an easier time staying leaner when they are young and are more prone to weight gain and midsection fat accumulation during menopause.

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Having trouble concentrating?

I’m having trouble concentrating. What can i do to regain some mental clarity and calm?

Many of us are familiar with the saying “You have the attention of a goldfish.” If your attention span feels like it’s floundering…

Staying Fit While Travelling

Jetting off somewhere? It’s never easy to keep the jet power in your workouts while you are on the road, but here’s how I’ve managed to do it over the years.

Progressive Resistance Training

When I see a woman at the gym using 20-pound dumbbells for arm curls, I think to myself, “Good for her. She’s figured out the secret to making progress.” Bodybuilding is accomplished through weight training with progressive resistance.

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