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Working Mommies

Being employed outside the home for a few hours a week gives you an opportunity to dress up, feel useful, accomplished, happier and healthier than being a full time stay-home mom.  Taking some time for yourself, even for just 30 minutes to do your training with your personal trainer (Melanie Morrissette, Kelowna, BC) or alone reprieves you from family stresses. Want to know more about my services? Click here.

Dress for the Weather

Bike to work or the gym but be sure to dress for the weather… no excuses, even if you look like a canary! I love it – thank you Dave!

Get Better Balance Through Stretching

  Studies show that you can improve your balance by up to 11% by stretching your lower-body muscles for 30 minutes after your workout. Start stretching and get balanced!

Listen to your Body Clock

If you are a morning person, hit the gym right after having a light breakfast (like yogurt and fruit) and just before work. If you are more of an evening person, go for your workout after the kids are in bed. Listen to your body clock and it will tell you when you’re at your best to work out.

Feel the Beat, Feel the Heat!

Listening to music that you like will help keep you on the move without experiencing as much discomfort. In a recent study at Brunel University in London, researchers have reported that people who are focusing on the song’s beat “prevent some muscle feedback from reaching the central nervous system”; as a result, you don’t feel as tired or achy. Listen to free fitness playlist here: WORKOUT Music Mix 2016 – […]

Osteoarthritis and Weight Loss

Obesity is associated with the development of osteoarthritis (OA), particularly of the knee.  It is proven that a 10 pounds weight loss over 10 years decreased the person for developing knee OA by 50%. Indeed, even modest weight loss and healthy diet may produce improvement in joint pain and function. The combination of diet and exercise was associated with decreased knee pain and improved self-reported and measured function. Regular, moderate […]

Eating Yogurt

  Eating yogurt regularly is helpful to both your intestines and your heart. Tufts University researchers found that regular yogurt eaters were 31% less likely to develop hypertension so with this in mind, scoop it up! Eat yogurt with fruit and some mornings and add granola for a more complete breakfast.

Pole Walking

Pole walking (click here to get more info) is getting more and more popular because people know they work harder by swinging the poles with every step they take. Pole walkers burn 20% more calories compared to just walking without anything in their hands. Indeed, while pole walkers work on their cardio they also tone their core, shoulders and arms. Let’s Go On Strike…and Walk!

Hot Yoga: Try it more than once…you will love it!

If you practice yoga, you should give hot yoga a try – you sweat your butt off while eliminating stress and toxins from your body.   The first time I tried it, I personally didn’t like it but now I love it! I realized afterwards that my dislike of hot yoga was related to ignorance – I was not planning to sweat that much and I did not have the […]

Get Slimmer with Cross Fit

According to an Ohio State University study, people have been able to reduce by 16% their body fat and increased their VO2 max by 12%.   If you want to start exercising, start with me as your personal trainer and we will work toward increasing your endurance gradually without injuring yourself.   Next, find a beginner strength class and progress slowly to a more advanced one.   Hit a Cross […]

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    Spicy Califlower and Chicken Stew

    Cooktime: 25 minutes
    Serves: 4

    Testimonials

    I’m moving next month to Calgary and I will miss you and the group of great ladies (Osteofit group).  They all made me feel so welcome. Mel, can you clone yourself and move with me?  I enjoyed all your classes and did feel so much better.  Your spirit and attitude was so positive that it rubbed off on the rest of us. I’m feeling sad but I’m willing to tackle a […]

    - Beth M.,

    Osteofit: Melanie takes her work very seriously and gives to her classes more than 100 per cent. She keeps up with the latest changes and makes sure we have individual attention with regard to our personal health issues. I love our class. We enjoy ourselves as well as work hard to maintain our different fitness levels. Thank you Melanie for your kind and caring ways with your clients.

    - Jodi W.,
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