Whether you're Prairie folk facing snow already this fall or you're astonished by the monsoon rains here on the West Coast (wasn't summer just five minutes ago?), chances are the thought of getting outside for a walk, run, or bike ride is a a little less appealing these days.
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Cue the dance music on your iPhone and turn whatever space you have into a home gym. It doesn't take a lot of space or expensi...
Fall seems like a good time for resolutions: maybe, like me, you need a bit of a detox after summer. (Why does camping always have to call for endless amounts of potato chips?)
While we all might have the best intentions when it comes to working out, something usually gets in the way: work, kids, kids' activities, house-cleaning, cooking, fatigue, depression, laundry, taxes, social life, work.
Here are a few pointers on proper side planks, which are fantastic way to challenge and strengthen your core.
Lift your hips up nice and high and hold them up high--even higher than in this photo! (It was hot out!)
You can do all sorts of variations; if you're comfortable resting on your hand instead of your forearm (which isn't for everyone, as it bothers some people's wrists), lift your opposite arm up to the sky and bring yo...
I love doing planks because they work your entire core--not just your external abdominal muscles but all of your abs and your back muscles as well. They're challenging, for sure; don't be discouraged if you need a break after a a few seconds or if you need to keep your knees on the ground. Any discomfort in the lower back is a red flag!
The more you do these, the longer you'll be able to hold them.
Last fall, I started trail running with a group of amazing moms along the rugged trails in our spectacular neighbourhood of Lynn Valley. This weekend, I’m joining them on my first half-marathon, and I can’t wait.
The Half Corked Marathon takes place on Saturday (May 23) through the wineries and vineyards of Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country. You read that right. This is my kind of run!
Inspired by the legendary Medoc Marathon in Borde...
Heather Cunliffe opened Cafe Bliss in 2008 in Victoria with a simple goal: to provide pure nourishment. Her brother, Joe Cunliffe, joined the team in 2011 and together the siblings have drawn a loyal following of health-conscious individuals who come to Bliss for unique local, raw, organic food. They've gone on to open Be Love, a Blanshard Street resto with raw and cooked food.