KR contributes a bi-weekly fitness column to the Edmonton Journal.

Resistance Trumps Cardio

The other day a regular treadmill user whose weight loss efforts had derailed asked me the best way to kickstart her toning aspirations. I told her resistance training and diet. She said ‘oh’ and headed back for more treadmill. Hey, if me saying more cardio makes you happy then knock yourself out. Just don’t expect big changes. When traveling south, prepping for an upcoming event or slimming down for the summer, make sure you’re getting the biggest bang for your …

Resistance training boosts gains beyond cardio

Despite some very promising research giving a big thumbs up to resistance training, the annual pilgrimage of cardio-philes looking to thwart winter weight gain continues to beat a path to treadmills. (As I write this, the weight machines sit empty as cardio equipment hums at high frequency.) Studies recently posted in Mayo Clinic Proceedings found the benefits of weight training were not limited to big biceps. Researchers demonstrated a significant impact on bone health, physical function, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lowering …

Is Keto the answer?

Recently, Kevin O’Leary challenged a Shark Tank contestant to mass produce her healthy soup line. He suggested she would make more money if she outsourced production. She had tried outsourcing, but quality dropped significantly. O’Leary set things straight when he replied, “that’s just how things work.” Somewhere along the line, ‘units sold’ displaced quality and service. My first fridge (formerly owned by my parents) lasted more than 25 years. I have pickles that outlasted my second ‘modern’ fridge. My first …

Push healthy resolutions past January by avoiding speed bumps

Like a waistband strained beyond its intended girth, gym parking lots are swollen with the consequences of holiday merrymaking. Exceeding its ‘best before date’, debauchery has morphed into healthier pursuits — at least for the time being. It won’t be long before resolution expiry dates have similarly passed. I’m not much of a drill sergeant when it comes to training clients. I’m more of a guided discovery kind of guy. Having said that, occasionally you need to cut the sentiment …

Will 2019 Fitness Trends Work For You?

The fitness powers that be have released this year’s top 10 exercise trends that, frankly, may have little bearing on your next workout. The challenge with most trends is they disappear as quickly as they arrive. What makes the list this year is often absent from the next. Here is a quick review of 2019 trends (in no particular order) with a few notes on staying power and whether they can boost your health and fitness goals. Bodyweight training Resistance …

Assistance for your fitness New Year’s resolutions

As one year transitions to the next, better living lists saturate the media. Not to disappoint, here are a few reminders from the past year to help with your New Year’s resolutions. Don’t: Buy a yoga mat Namaste! Before a tirade of angry-yet-flexible blows rain down upon my head, hear me out. Fitness has become much too commercial. Mats, water bottles, watches, supplements, books. All fluff, no action. According to the stats, our spandex-clad population is growing bigger by the …

Embrace change at all fitness levels to fight exercise frustration

Motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said that fortunes can turn with the single act of eating an apple. Pretty simple, really. Tomorrow, instead of downing your daily doughnut, eat an apple. On Day 2, repeat the substitution. Keep going. Before you know it, you’ve broken a destructive pattern and created a healthy new habit. Now that you’ve flexed your persistence muscles, add something a little tougher to your repertoire, like exercise. Life is all about course correction. It would be …

Avoid fitness losses during extended travel

Squeezing in exercise when travelling for work or pleasure can be a challenge — especially when the beach or clients are calling. Luckily, distance workouts can be efficient and effective when performed properly. With different or limited equipment availability you may require more knowledge than you did at home. If you plan on being away, check out these tips to ensure you don’t lose ground. Away for a week If you’re only away for a week or two, don’t fret …

How to find the best indoor workout now that winter is here

With cold weather knocking at the door you’ve decided to move your workouts indoors. You were exercising outside right? For many, the decision to start exercising comes with trepidation. (I assumed you may have missed a few workout sessions over the summer, so we’re starting from scratch). Accompanying the discomfort of your first sit up are three common barriers. First, the barrier of change. Second, determining an appropriate exercise location. Third, showing up. We’ve talked before about barriers one and …

Recipe for long lasting success.

A little less than half of the world’s population is overweight and working on dropping pounds. So, with forks down and trainers laced, what are your odds of lasting weight loss? Success can be affected by many variables but the determining factor is all in your head. Anything below a commitment rating of nine (out of 10) gives you an out. Frankly, the number for success is closer to 10 but I don’t want to be a downer. Technically, a …