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When it comes to stretching, there are innumerable stretches that you can do, all of which can help you become more flexible, increase mobility, and reduce muscle and joint pain. But, with so many to choose from, it can be hard to know which ones to do.

Of course if you have a certain part of your body that you want to focus on, then you can do various stretches for that part of the body. However, if you’re looking for stretches that help your entire body, then there are a few other ones that you’ll need to do. …


We are hearing the word plant-based nutrition more and more in our society. Already, we can see some misinformation creeping up on social media and news. I’ve done some research and want to demystify some of the false beliefs that are out there.

Here’s the top 3 myths found circulating:

Plant-based nutrition is unnatural

Plant-based nutrition is in fact the original Paleo diet. We once believed that early humans consumed a large proportion of animal protein in their diet. It is from that belief that, in the 2000s, the Paleo diet (mainly comprised of animal protein) became really popular in the world of nutrition…


Part of living a happy and healthy life is transforming your knowledge or inspiration into a daily habit. While forming good habits is a great way to improve your experience, have you ever wondered why it is so essential to develop good habits and eliminate bad ones? Here are five reasons why it is necessary to form good habits.

Habits Are Who You Are

A habit is something that you do daily without really thinking about it. …


Both men and women need to include strength training in their fitness programs. It’s essential for building up your muscles and bones, managing your weight, and reducing your risk of becoming frail as you grow older.

However, many women are missing out. A recent study found that women were less likely than men to engage in muscle-strengthening activities.


Overtraining

Does it take days for you to recover after your workout sessions at the gym? This is a sign that you may be overdoing it and need to cut back. Learn more about important signals from your body that warn you to slow down, and what you can do to make your fitness routine work better for you.

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to evaluate your fitness routine:

1. Soreness after more than 48 hours. It’s normal to have some soreness after a hard workout However, if you’re still sore and in serious pain more than 48 hours…


How results should look

Everyone gets motivated by results-big or small, surface or skin deep; we all get a little fire inside us when we see the fruits of our labour. So why are we not seeing them enough?? I get this question a lot and there are actually many reasons as to why you are not seeing results. When things are moving or you feel like you are plateauing, these could be the reason.

  1. You are not changing up your exercises. In order for muscles to keep growing, you need to progressively change it up and try new moves. …

Seasonal Affective Disorder

How to use these tips to help you combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

It’s no joke that January is gloomy, cold, and just plain BLAH. But this January takes the cake for the most gloomiest of them all. We are in the middle of a global pandemic and parts of the world, including Southern Canada, are in their second lockdown. So yeah, things have been better. It’s in this time of year that SAD comes knocking at your door and asks to take over your life.

SAD is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons. SAD begins…


I know you are probably singing that catchy song right now!!!

Celebrating wins can be a hard thing for most-especially if you are new in your fitness journey. But they are the key to feeling good about your progress and making your journey NOT about numbers.

Fitness can be centered around numbers-weights, days, measurements, the scale and often it leaves you feeling somewhat defeated if you do not meet that “certain” number. So by celebrating other accomplishments, you are more prone to feeling confident and continuing your fitness journey.

In our online fitness community we center our progress around other…


STOP Procrastinating

You either are YAY or NAY when it comes to resolutions! They pack a big punch and often are loaded with empty promises. But for those that rely on setting goals and need a change-a resolution or rather a Goal can help kickstart their journey.

I find that over the years, New Year’s resolutions have become a negative thing. The memes start rolling in around mid December about “what NOT to do in January” and the fitness industry becomes the forefront of a social driven campaign. Traditionally, resolutions were a yearly promise you made to yourself to be better-whether that…


5 Lessons Learned Through Training Women.

For many, working out is the gateway toward losing weight. And when I say weight, I mean the numbers on the dreaded scale. Somehow in all the years devoted to studying performance and the human body, we still have majority of the population using exercises for vanity and a solution to validate a certain number on the scale. This can lead to “falling off the wagon” behaviour when you don’t see the results you were hoping to get.

Throughout my many years of personal training, leading fitness classes, and coaching I have seen just…

Michelle Magnotta-Latocha

Michelle is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor. She’s be in the fitness industry for over 18 years and has dedicated her life to helping others

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