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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.

Walk and run to keep it fun

With the warmer weather and longer days, many people feel inspired to start running outdoors. The health benefits of breaking a sweat include busting stress, boosting energy and improved mood with the endorphin release; aka runners high. Running can help keep your heart healthy, boost your immune system and help accelerate weight loss.

What would happen if you did what you said you would?

What are the first words that pass your lips in the morning? Are they resentful thoughts about your alarm or words of thanks for the opportunity that greets you with the rising sun? Literally, which side of the bed of life are you waking up on?

When you start each day by acknowledging what is going your way — and recognize how far you’ve come – you’ll see it’s much further than you sometimes think.

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The 5 Best Barbell Exercises to Build Muscle and Burn Fat

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 Melissa’s thoughts on the efficiency of the barbell, which allows for strength training with just one piece of equipment.

When you’re traveling or have limited equipment to train with, it’s tempting to default to bodyweight exercies, cardio or to skip your workout all together!

That’s not the compromise you want to make if you want to truly reach your strength potential. To do so, you must use free weights.

To help you reach your personal goals, let me simplify strength training so that all you need is one simple piece of equipment: a barbell.

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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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Rookie mistakes – how to avoid making them

I’ve completed over 15 Ironman triathlons, have been a student of endurance sport for half of my life and usually prepare well for my races. But on May 2nd, I ate an entire humble pie and came out of my first race of the season with a sub-par and disappointing result. Even as a veteran, in my preparation for this event, I made some classic rookie mistakes.

Nutrition tips for endurance athletes

You don’t need to be running a half marathon or cycling a Gran Fondo in order to be classified as an endurance athlete. If you are training for a 5k running event or doing group fitness classes such as jazzercise that are pretty much continuous movement done with an elevated heart rate then you are doing endurance athletics.

Structuring your race week

January saw many people joining running clinics or starting up their running routine again with the goal of completing a road running race. As some who has completed many running and triathlon events, I can tell you that structuring your training in the seven days prior to the event is very important.

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.

Say No-No to the Yo-Yo

Does this sound familiar to you: “I have tried every ‘diet’ out there and exercised, but nothing works”.

You’re not alone if it does. Thousands of people end the year with a New Year’s resolution of losing weight. Unfortunately, jumping in with New Year’s routines that are restrictive and extreme is overwhelming and ineffective

Top Winter Workouts

Winter may seem like the time to head indoors and bundle up against the cold; well here are my top picks to get your Canadian hearts pumping outside.

Healthy Foods for Under a Buck

Food prices are climbing heading into 2015. So being able to eat healthy without overspending is a sensible resolution for the New Year.

Here are 10 healthy bites for under a buck per serving

Sick Training

Nothing can bring your fitness progress to a halt more than feeling sick. So the question is: Should you continue training while you are sick?

Your body’s immune system is taxed much more by the flu than by the common cold. So training with a flu would not only be detrimental to muscle growth, but to your health.

Are group fitness classes for you?

Group fitness classes are a great way to add something new to your workouts and are offered at almost all gyms! The comradery of a group sweat session generates energy with the other participants.

Motivated Mindset

A lot of people associate getting fit with “motivation”. If they’re not “in the mood” to exercise or eat right, then they don’t bother. What would happen if you only washed your dishes or paid your bills when you felt like it?

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