No gym required — really!

February 11, 2009

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Who has time to go to the gym? I’ve always believed in the philosophy that to be healthy, you need to eat nutritious foods and incorporate lots of physical activity into your lifestyle. But like so many other people, I find it challenging to practise what I preach. After a busy day at work, trudging out to the gym to fight for a treadmill has no appeal.

That’s why I was excited to be asked to be a contributor in Key Porter’s recent fitness book  No Gym Required, Unleash Your Inner Rock Star by celebrity trainer Jennifer Cohen. Jennifer’s opinion is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money or time to improve your health. Designed to “unleash your inner rock star” Jennifer offers advice on how to adopt a healthier lifestyle by setting attainable goals, choosing the right foods and getting fit. I love the visual, step-by-step instructions for exercises that you do can anytime, anywhere!

As part of Team Jennifer, we developed a two-week menu featuring fresh, wholesome foods to make it easy to get a jump start on getting lean and fit. Unlike starvation diets, the 1,500 calorie-a-day meal plan is practical and designed to keep you fueled throughout the day. Two of our terrific interns Shirley Walsh and Melanie Chislett helped out with research and it was great to be able to include them in this project. Check out the book and the website at www.ngrfit.com.

Where do you work out? At home? Outside? Or at the gym?


My Wii fit is a mean girl

February 5, 2009

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Like many people, I took a break from dieting and my regular fitness regime over the holidays. While many people jumped on the resolution diet bandwagon on January 1st, I played it cool and got my fill of cold weather comfort food. Once satiated with mac and cheese, coconut curry and bacon laced concoctions of all kinds, I decided the time had come to return to my virtuous ways. (The actual truth is that my slim pants were just too tight to wear comfortably and I absolutely won’t wear my fat pants for more than a day or two.)

So, I started watching my diet and pulled out the Wii fit I got last summer. If you’ve used a Wii fit then you know that it’s interactive, with animated icons that give you instructions and other info. Although the Wii fit isn’t completely ignorant of the concept of positive reinforcement, it isn’t shy about pointing out your deficiencies either.

My first day back it informed me in rather large font (damn that large TV screen) that

• I had gained 6 pounds,
• it had been 153 days since I last used it (I wanted to shout that I’d played tennis all last fall but the machine just doesn’t listen!),
• that my Wii fit age was 3 years older than my chronological age,
• I have terrible balance.

Wow, I felt good about myself before my work out. Really great. Sheesh! I almost got off and got a cookie to make myself feel better!

While I know that I need to face the fact that I’m not in tip top shape, I’m not sure I’m the kind of person who does well with tough love. A little back-patting goes a long way to motivating me with my diet and fitness goals. What about you – do you need a drill sergeant or a cheerleader to help you stick to your fitness regime?