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

Fitness tips: Summer’s the best time to get active, lose weight

The shock and awe of summer shorts weather is upon us. Shock, because the unforgiving sun magnifies what the long winter has wrought, and aww because you had tirelessly willed a smaller belt size for the past six months. Fear not! The summer may be the best time to lose weight. But while willing weight loss is a start, it tends to fall short of producing big results. Why not take this opportunity to parlay the warm summer months into …

Paul Robinson: Here’s how you choose the right personal trainer

I conducted an interesting experiment awhile back as vice-president of health and fitness with a large recreation organization. The experiment turned into research, which morphed into best practices and many speaking engagements. The premise was quite simple: What do exercisers need to make them successful? It all started when a fellow VP — I’ll call her Jane — asked me to match her with one of our better personal trainers — we had more than 50 on staff. I contemplated my …