Take our quiz to find what type of exercise you'll enjoy the most—that way, you'll never want to miss a workout!
The best workout for weight loss has nothing to do with which muscles you work or how many calories you burn; it's all about how much you love it. Nathalie Lacombe, director of membership and certification at Canfitpro, says 50 percent of people quit their exercise program within the first three months. The best predictor that you'll stick with it? Enjoyment. The pleasure principle is more important than seeing results, having a fitness buddy or anything else you've heard will make you adhere to your fitness plan. We designed a test to help you determine what workout will leave you wanting more.
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Think outside the box this Valentine's Day and pick up something cute, funny or thoughtful!
Valentine's Day is full of clichés. Chocolates, lingerie, flowers—it's not for everybody (though no judgement if you're all about that OTT romance). Which is why we've put together a list of gifts that we think aren't as obvious. Some are silly, some require a personal touch—but we're sure all of them will be well-recieved. Take a look.
Simply say "I love you"
TheThinktree card, $5.50, etsy.com.
If a simple card will do the trick to say “I love you,” then it may as well be a cute one.
Remind them of your favourite (shared) things
BonMotPrints wedding song print, $25, etsy.com.
Do you and your person have a song? Was there something special you played at your wedding, or a tune that always puts a smile on your partner’s face? This personalized poster is the best way to honour that ditty.
Talking Tables glitter banner, $18, indigo.ca.
Staying in with your honey this Valentine’s Day? Dress up your home with a few cheesy—but very cute—decorations. It’s the little things that will put a smile on your lover’s face.
PlumPerfection pillow cover, $32.50, etsy.com.
Get straight to the point with this fun pillow. It’s the perfect gift for new couples.
Miniature Bonsai Tree Kit, $16, urbanoutfitters.com.
Taking care of something together—like a pet—is a great way to expand your relationship. But not everyone is up for a new furry friend. Instead, pick up a plant, or better yet, grow a plant together. This Bonsai Tree Kit is the perfect way to watch your love grow—without the animal allergens.
Bite Beauty Lab, starting at $55, bitebauty.ca.
Kissable lips sort of go hand-in-hand with Valentine’s Day, so get your love the gift of healthy lips—with a twist. Sign your lover up for an opportunity to get her makeup professionally done, or if you’re in Toronto plan for your sweety to check out BITE Beauty Lab—she’ll get to make her own personalized lipstick shade.
You Had Me At Merlot wine glasses, $16, urbanoutfitters.com.
If yours is a love that was nurtured over a bottle of wine, then you should probably pick up these cute glasses.
Ginger may not be the first spice you think of to incorporate in your snacks, salads and dinners but it's one of the healthiest on the planet! Here's why:
1. It's healthy for your heart.
Research has shown that ginger may lower cholesterol and help prevent blood clotting, which could, in turn, help prevent blood vessel blockages that can lead to heart attacks or strokes.
A recent study out of Pennsylvania State University found that a meal made with a spice blend that included ginger (along with garlic, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, paprika, turmeric and black pepper) reduced levels of triglycerides by 30 percent when compared to an identical non-spiced meal.
2. It helps your tummy!
Ginger has long been associated with relieving nausea and morning sickness, motion sickness, and even menstrual pain, as it's original use was for pain relief. A 2012 study shored up that wisdom, showing that ginger can reduce nausea after chemotherapy when taken as a supplement.
3. It can help you breathe easy.
Ginger tea is a classic remedy purported to ease cough and cold symptoms. And it turns out, there’s some science to its soothing powers when you’re sick. In 2013, research out of Columbia University found that ginger might help asthma patients breathe more easily.
4. It has anti-inflammatory effects.
Osteoarthritis causes joint pain and stiffness, but the anti-inflammatory effects of ginger can help that. In a trial done by the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, participants who took ginger extract had less pain and needed less pain medication than those who didn't.
*Although rare, too much ginger can cause heartburn, diarrhea and irritation of the mouth, according to the University of Maryland. There can also be interactions with medications, such as acetylsalicylic acid.
But most of us can indulge in ginger for its flavour and health benefits. Try it in:
Apple Cran-Curry Salsa
Apricot Almond Energy Bars
Asparagus and Orange Salad With Ginger Dressing
Broiled Tofu With No-Cook Peanut Sauce
Rice Salad with Pickled Carrot Image by: Jeff Coulson
Are you looking for a little inspiration for your lunch box? Try out some of these yummy lunch salad recipes. We promise you'll never call your lunch boring again.
This salad is reminiscent of a Waldorf salad, but the addition of lentils makes it more substantial. Once the apple is sliced, add it directly to the dressing - the lemon juice will prevent it from turning brown.
Freekeh, a supergrain that's relatively new to supermarkets, takes about the same time to cook as brown rice.
This crisp savoury salad gets tossed with dressing and topped with crunchy croutons just before serving, so nothing gets soggy. For easy assembly, grill the chicken the night before, or use rotisserie chicken
Roasting all but one of the garlic cloves pumps up flavour to the max without having the overpowering taste of raw cloves. Roast a few extra heads and spread the soft cloves onto toasted baguette slices or crackers for a tasty snack.
This vibrant, fresh, herb-packed salad makes a great light dinner. The skinny shredded egg "pancakes" add just the right amount of protein to make it a satisfying meal. If you prefer a little more heat, use a whole bird's-eye pepper instead of half.
Wheat berries are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels that have a pleasant bite when cooked and make a hearty side dish or light lunch. To save prep time, cook the wheat berries in advance and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Boosted with Japanese flavours, this fresh salad pairs nicely with grilled salmon or trout. To trim the snap peas, use a paring knife to snip and pull off the tough strings that run along the length of the pod.
This Korean-inspired rice salad features quick-pickled daikon, a sweet and crisp Asian radish. Hot red peppers vary in heat level, so make sure to taste a little piece so you can decide how spicy you want your salad.
Humble cooked quinoa gets a boost from vibrant, sweet oranges and peppery arugula. You'll want to make this salad over and over again.
These cold Japanese buckwheat noodles (soba noodles) are incredibly refreshing. Once cooked, toss them with a little oil to prevent them from sticking. Add the dressing just before serving so that the noodles don't absorb it all.