Everybody knows the way to shed excess weight is by consuming fewer calories and getting in more exercise
(sigh). But this plan offers little in the way of details to help you get started on the path to healthy living.
This collection of 29 creative
workout tips covers the finer details involved with getting in shape. Here you'll discover 5 new tools that make exercise (a little!) more fun and things to consider before buying a new pair of gym shoes.
Think the only way to get your butt in gear is by torturing yourself on cardio machines at the gym? Getting in shape doesn't have to mean getting stuck with a boring workout -– or the hefty gym dues. Frugalista Yuki Hayashi spills 6 creative ways to help you lead an active, healthy lifestyle outside of the gym. You'll also find 17 super ideas to get you enjoying time (and burning calories) outside.
Keeping fit doesn't mean having to spend loads of money. Read on for tips on how to keep your svelte figure while on a budget.
You don't have to spend loads of cash to lose a little (or a lot) of weight. If you can't afford luxurious perks like personal training sessions or high-end, diet-conscious packaged meals, don't fret. Our low-cost, easy and effective diet-and-fitness tips will have you shedding weight while trimming your household budget at the same time.
Don't sweat trying to find the right shoes for your workout; just follow our guide to the perfect fit.
Athletic-footwear companies are playing a major role in lower limb injury prevention, not necessarily for altruistic reasons, but because the market is so competitive these days they have to stay a step ahead of the field. The industry is spending millions of dollars each year to produce the perfect shoes to give different athletes ultimate performance. Just as automobile racers rely on certain tires for a competitive edge, so athletes rely on footwear to give them an advantage over the competition.
The top fitness toys to use at the gym, or buy for your at-home workout.
If you've ever taken a peek at the strength-training section of a gym you've seen quite a few toys – sort of looks like the Polar Bear cage at the zoo. While I'm not a big fan of buying stuff for exercise – most stationary cycles in people's homes turn mysteriously into clothing racks – some strength toys can be useful for working on those hard-to–reach and long-neglected-muscle groups.
Getting a good workout doesn't have to mean going to the gym.
Escape into the great outdoors – the green gym – and exercise becomes more holistic, inspiring your spirit and calming your mind while toning your muscles. In one study, 72 per cent of green gym participants were still active after six months – you can't say that for many gym memberships.
Breathe new life into this wardrobe staple with a bit of style inspiration.
There's a reason why we love the white button-down. Whether it's oversized, fitted, short sleeve, cropped, silk or cotton, it's always a chic—but unfussy—way to embrace classic style. But, like even the most stylish women, we sometimes get stuck in a fashion rut. Which is why we pulled together some great white button-down shirt looks from some seriously stylish women. Discover new and fresh ways to wear a white button-down below.
There's nothing chicer than a casual white button-down shirt under a blazer. Keep the look modern with boyfriend jeans and patent brogues—extra points for embracing metallic.
You can make this borrowed-from-the-boys piece feminine in an old school way by pairing it with a pleated midi skirt and sharp kitten heels.
If you're worried about a white on white look, just remember to play with texture. The silk shirt paired with crisp denim and leather shoes makes this look a winner.
Embrace the menswear vibe of this piece by pairing it with a classic black blazer and trousers—though we might recommend ditching the tie to avoid any waiter confusion.
Keep this piece cozy by topping it with an oversized knit. We especially love the addition of a statement piece of jewellery.
Pair your button-down with tailored separated for the office. A pencil skirt (in a fun print or colour) plus chic heels is a no-brainer when it comes to professional dressing.
This look is for the bold. Pair statement pants and shoes with a white button-down and a classic blazer. Think of this as business on top and party on the bottom.
Put a little prep in your step with trousers, loafers and fun socks. For the extra preppy, add a fisherman knit and drape it over your shoulders. Very refined gentleman, no?
Whether you want to splurge or save, here’s where to stay, eat and play.
Last December, writer Lara Ceroni escaped the Canadian chill for a short stay in Barbados, where she was taking part in the annual Barbados Marathon. (See her tips on prepping for a run here.) But when she wasn’t making tracks around the island, she was making the most of her visit by checking out the restaurants, going on excursions and enjoying the sun and sand. Here are her best tips for budget-friendly picks and a few worthwhile splurges.
Where to Stay:
The splurge:St. Peter’s Bay
The northwest coast of Barbados is the perfect place to stay if you’re racing in Barbados. St. Peter’s Bay Luxury Resort & Residences offers a most tranquil setting to chill out in one of their spacious apartments or penthouses, complete with private hot tubs and picture-perfect views of the beach and Caribbean Sea. Get inspired for the race ahead at their lively Gazebo Bar with a homemade banana daiquiri (just one!) or opt to swim with some sea turtles on one of their daily free boat excursions. www.saintpetersbaybarbados.com
The save:Rent a beach villa in Bridgetown with Airbnb
Airbnb has a huge selection of sweet little cottage homes and beachfront villas that offer affordable luxury. You can usually find a spot minutes from the beach that comes with fully functioning kitchens and even backyard pools for your little ones to splash in. The prices are always appealing, starting at approximately $134 per night. www.airbnb.ca
Where to Eat:
The splurge: 13°/59° at Port Ferdinand
Port Ferdinand, the island’s newest marina featuring yacht berths, is just a short water taxi ride away from Saint Peter’s Bay, but upon arrival you will feel like you just stepped into the French Riviera. With pristine ivory yachts floating in the water and skies made up of the most blinding blue, take a long and languid brunch. Each Sunday the restaurant serves up southern-style brunch dishes—think buttermilk fried chicken and ham hock hash—on their patio while local musicians keep you entertained. Don’t forget to try the Coconut Shandy or the Lobster Popcorn. www.1359barbados.com
The save:Cutters of Barbados
The BBC listed it as one of the top 100 places to see before you die, and there’s a good reason why. Their Flying Fish sandwiches are, well, to die for: Imagine Bajan-seasoned, batter-fried fish in doughy Penny bread served with homemade macaroni pie and rice and peas. We guarantee you can’t eat just one. The owner Roger Goddard is worth the visit alone. A colourful guy, he may grab you and take you behind the counter to help brew up his infamous Very Special Rum Punch—a heady mix of fresh lime juice, nutmeg, bitters and three-parts non-spiced rum. This is the cocktail to end all cocktails. I would know—I had three! www.cutters.bb
Where to Play:
The splurge:The Crane
Named as one of the top 10 beaches in the world, Crane Beach has a vista worth a thousand pictures situated on the southeastern coast. It is a magical place, secluded amongst a Cliffside with sprawling views of the Atlantic and overlooked by the historic and charming 18-room hotel and residential resort by the same name. Buy a day pass to gain access and spend your time playing in the waves. It’s a quiet refuge, but be forewarned: the waters are not. A bit rough and tumble, it’s the perfect spot for boogie boarding.
The save:Mullins Beach
This 300-yard-long stretch of sand is one of the most popular public beaches in Barbados. Found on the west coast of the island, expect super-soft sand with very calm waters perfect for floating an afternoon away. Plenty of fun water sports are always on offer, as is the Mullins Beach Bar and Restaurant, right above the beach, which has an affordable menu of snacks and ice creams. Our advice? Stick around for the sunset. It’s well worth the wait.
We polled family doctors from across the country, and they laid down the law on eight things they wish we'd do—or stop doing.
According to our panel of general practitioners, Canadians aren't always doing what they should to make the most of doctor visits—and skipping out on these crucial tactics could lead to a delay in diagnosing serious conditions. Here's what our experts say you should add to your patient checklist.
1. Stop feeling shy
Many of us hesitate to talk to our physicians about sensitive issues (think substance abuse or sexual health—or even gender identity). But honesty and openness are important, both for fostering a good doctor-patient relationship and for ensuring that you get the best care, says Dr. Laura Pripstein, medical director of the Sherbourne Health Centre in Toronto and a staff physician on the family health team. That's why it's OK to try out a doc before committing. Dr. Pripstein recommends booking an initial visit to see if your potential doctor is a good fit. "You want to see if this person seems like someone you can talk to, someone you feel comfortable with," she says. And if you don't think your doctor understands or respects your concerns, don't be afraid to find someone new. "If you feel you can't ask questions that might be embarrassing, you don't have the right provider," says Dr. Pripstein.
2. Don't come to your appointments unprepared
Get the most out of your time—and your doc's—by arriving at your appointment with a clear plan for what you want to discuss, says Dr. David Ross, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. "It's good to have patients think about their problems from when the issue began, then look at it chronologically to the present," says Dr. Ross. Making a prioritized point-form list in advance helps ensure that you don't forget anything or mix up the order of events, he says. Then, work with your doctor to address the most serious issues first.
3. Choose your family doc over the walk-in clinic whenever you can
Yes, a clinic is convenient, but what we gain in easy access, we lose in familiarity. "I think it's really valuable if people can connect with a family physician who they'll be able to see long term, rather than just looking for the quickest way to access care," says Dr. Maurianne Reade, a physician with the Manitoulin Central Family Health Team in Mindemoya and M'Chigeeng First Nation, Ont. A family doctor will know your medical history and will keep it in mind when suggesting treatment—so, for example, if you've recently taken several courses of antibiotics for a UTI, your physician will likely look for a different course of action if you come in with another infection. According to the most recent statistics, about 4.5 million Canadians don't have a regular family doctor. If that's you, contact your provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons, or check to see if your region has an online registry (Ontario has Health Care Connect, while Quebec launched a web-based family doctor finder last year). "It's important to know that we doctors are privileged to share in your stories and to help you through difficult times," says Dr. Reade.
4. Share what's happening in your life
There's a reason your doctor wants to know where you're working, if you're dating and how the kids are—and it's not just because she likes you. (Though she does, we're sure.) Physicians need a picture of their patients' lives beyond their specific health symptoms and conditions, especially when they're first getting to know you, says Dr. Stephen Wetmore, the family medicine chair at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in London, Ont. "Doctors need to know these things to understand how your lifestyle and habits may be influencing your health," he says. So when you're talking about your exercise habits, your health history and whether you smoke, drink or use drugs, mention your employment status, family obligations and intimate relationships, too, says Dr. Wetmore.
5. Be a better googler
Doctors know you do it (hello, late-night web searches), but they would prefer you to ask about good sources of information, rather than going rogue online. They also want you to be honest about your fears if you've read something particularly upsetting. Physicians can't address your concerns or point you in the right direction if they don't know what your fingertips have been up to. "The thing we want our patients to do is ask us for the most reliable Canadian websites to go to as resources," says Dr. Heather Waters, an assistant professor of family medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton.
6. Don't think your symptoms are "no big deal"
If you've noticed you are having more headaches than usual or are sleeping more or are eating less, you might not think to tell your doctor—but you should. There's no set of rules for determining which symptoms are worthy of investigation or discussion, says Dr. Wetmore, but make a note to mention anything that is new or has changed since your last appointment. "You should bring up things like sudden weight loss or fatigue that seems excessive," he says. "It could be a sign of a larger problem, or the cause of a developing problem." Evenif it doesn't end up being serious, seeing your doctor will help ease any anxiety you might be feeling, and that's worth the visit, too.
7. Talk about what you're taking
Tell your physician about any herbal medications and alternative treatments you take, says Dr. Mel Borins, a University of Toronto associate professor and author of A Doctor's Guide to Alternative Medicine: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why. It's important for patients to share what's working for them and for doctors to be open-minded about therapies outside their own practice or traditions, he says. This is also a concern when it comes to conventional meds, especially if you're pregnant; there are only 23 medications specifically approved for use during pregnancy— yes, out of every available drug—which can leave women feeling anxious about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs when they're expecting, says Dr. Robyn MacQuarrie, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Bridgewater, N.S. But don't stop taking your meds as soon as your pregnancy test comes back positive. "It's really important to talk to your doctor instead of stopping cold turkey," says Dr. MacQuarrie. Physicians can help you determine the risks and benefits of using different drugs, and they can let you know when the effects of not taking a medication while pregnant may be worse than taking it— which is the case with some antidepressants.
8. Avoid diagnosing yourself
You know doctors don't like it when you come in prepared with a diagnosis you've made thanks to the aforementioned Dr. Google. But do you know why? It's not because they think you're encroaching on their territory! Rather, they worry that a serious medical problem might get missed or you'll cause yourself unnecessary anxiety over something not serious. That's because not everyone has the most common symptoms of a particular condition. Plus, men, women and different ethnicities can have varying symptoms for the same problem. For instance, Dr. Reade's community has a large proportion of people with diabetes, which can affect the warning signs of cardiac disease, a major killer in Canada. Instead of the usual pain or pressure on the left side of the chest or arm, men and women with diabetes may instead have spells of profuse sweating with weakness. And, of course, women who don't have diabetes can have differing symptoms, too; sometimes, a heart attack can feel like acid reflux or come with sudden nausea, vomiting and lightheadedness. So always tell your physician if your symptoms are surprising or strange—like a headache that feels different than usual, for example. And if you're worried about a specific diagnosis, be sure to bring that up, too.
While every Canadian faces his or her own unique set of health hurdles, there are a number of ailments that have become pervasive in Canada. Though medicine has advanced over the years, our modern lifestyles have introduced a new set of health challenges. Here are some of the top health problems that Canadians face today.
We spoke to Rime Arodaky, a Paris-based wedding dress designer, and Danielle Gulic and Yvonne Reidy, co-owners of Loversland a bridal shop in Toronto, to find out the biggest and best wedding dress trends for 2017.
Following wedding dress trends is tricky, especially if you're a bride. On one hand, most brides-to-be want a look that they can look back on without regret (something most women who got married in the 1980s can't do). But on the other hand, embracing the time and place you got hitched is a great way to mark the moment—and incorporating the trends of the day is the easiest way to do this. The good news? For 2017 the bridal dress trends that are making the biggest waves are also the prettiest—which means you can rest easy about that dress regret.
We spoke to Danielle Gulic and Yvonne Reidy, co-owners of bridal boutique Loversland in Toronto, and wedding dress designer Rime Arodaky for all the latest you need to know about the top 10 2017 wedding dress trends.
Lace is still going very strong for 2017. Think illusion necklines, sheer lace sleeves, lace overlays or just all-lace dresses. When it comes to soft romanticism, lace is still your best bet.
Image by: Oscar de la Renta
2. Jumpsuits and suits
"When we first opened two years ago, we were really stoked about jumpsuits and pants," says Danielle Gulic, "but only now are we at the point where women are actually embracing it." It may seem like a bold fashion choice, but wearing a sleek or romantic suit to your nuptials is a great look. Remember Bianca Jagger's wedding look? Trust us, it will stand the test of time.
3. Understated glamour
This is more of a feeling than a hard and fast trend, but Yvonne and Danielle have noticed a definite uptick in women looking for more glamorous and Hollywood-inspired elegance. Could you wear it on a red carpet? If yes, then it's probably glamorous.
"I think women are a bit more open and amped for sparkle," says Danielle. This doesn't mean over-the-top sequins necessarily (although go there if you're feeling it) but just adding a little shine to an otherwise simple silhouette can take a dress from simple to stunning.
5. Clean lines
Rime Arodaky calls this the "city-chic" look. Think clean lines, simple silhouettes and an overall polish to your bridal look. While you could wear a gown like this to a big 500-person wedding, it would also be a great look for a city hall bride.
Structure doesn't necessarily mean hard edges—but Rime has definitely noticed that brides are paying more attention to the detail and shape of the dress and how it fits their body. It's all about finding that middle ground of the perfect fit. "Brides are looking for a bit of structure," she says. "Nothing too flowy or too soft—without being too puffy or too heavy, the structure is becoming very important."
Off-the-shoulder silhouettes are still big—but the trend to keep at eye out for is single-shoulder dresses. "It's not quite here yet," says Danielle, "but I think we'll be seeing a lot more one-shouldered gowns soon." From our research, there were only a few brands embracing the one-shoulder—and they were all more experimental. File this under, big in 2018.
Colours (other than the occasional pale pink or muted yellow) haven't hit the mainstream yet—and Rime, Danielle and Yvonne are okay with that. But what they are seeing is more intricate embroidery, often in pastel colours. The takeaway? Go for subtle colours and interesting touches instead of full on colour.
Elizabeth Fillmore-FelicityImage by:Loversland
9. Metallic accents
"I really love metallic details," says Rime. "I have little gold dots in the new collection and I love hints of rose gold too." Metallics are a no-brainer for your big day. And while most brides bring the trend into their look with accessories or even nail polish, this year feel free to embrace a dress with a bit more pizzazz in the form of metal accents.
Rue De SeineImage by:Loversland
10. Old school accessories
Okay, so this isn't a dress trend, but it is one of our favourites on the list. Old school accessories—like traditional veils and embellished hair combs—are making a comeback. When it comes to trying these trends the Loversland ladies implore you to just try it on. "A lot of girls come in and they don't want a veil," says Yvonne, "but then as soon as they try it on, they love it." So ditch the flower crown for a veil or a glamorous comb in your hair.