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Physical Activity and Diet for Cancer Survivors

Physical activity may help cancer patients build up their physical condition, decrease their risk of developing heart disease and diabetes, reduce drug interactions and side effects, and help survivors cope with depression and stress. It also restore good health, improve sleep as well as quality of life during and after treatments, and help them to stay independent as long as possible. For sedentary survivors, and previously active ones, any movement […]

Why Choose Me as Your Personal Trainer?

Because having an appointment with me is going to force you to stop your busy, daily routine to take care of yourself and your health. In fact, your health should be the number one priority and being active should be part of your daily life; Improve your overall health; exercising reduces high blood pressure, cholesterol and your risk of getting cancer and diabetes. Plus you are going to lose weight and tone […]

Extreme Makeover 2013

In June of 2013, Sensei Laser, located on the Westside, put on an extreme makeover contest with Icon Magazine. I was chosen, among several other local businesses, to pick the winners, June and Ginette, and ultimately make them over! I had such a fun time with both of them during this process. I was able to introduce them to an exercise program which required them to make it a part […]

14 Tips To Improve Your Sleep

-Exercise 30 minutes per day (brisk walk) or with your personal trainer (book a session now) – Avoid caffeinated drinks & food (like chocolate) after 3 pm – Avoid snacks containing sugar, especially in the evening – Practice yoga (1-2 times per week). Call now to reserve your private sessions – Meditate: Even 2 minutes per day will help you reduce stress and anxiety.  Click here to see the position you […]

5 tips to reduce your risk of having breast cancer

– Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day (moderately brisk walking) can reduce the risk of breast cancer between 40-60% – Maintain a diet that includes 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily – Take between 1000-2000 IU vitamin D per day. It is produced by your body from the sunlight but in fall & winter when it is grey outside, we need to replenish that vitamin D with supplements […]

2 important food groups you should eat if you have arthritis/osteoporosis

Arthritis, osteoporosis and others ending in “is” are common illnesses after 40.  You can manage the pain by staying active (low impact & light to moderate weight lifting).  Eating the right food also plays a huge role in preventing inflammatory diseases. Here is what you should eat:  Fill up with fibers like berries, spinach and dark leafy greens  Go fish! Eat salmon, sardines, or trout twice a week or ask your naturopathe for fish […]

3 easy steps to decompress of your stressed day and meditate

Working, raising children, spending time with relatives/friends and exercising can make you feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day. I ask my clients: “Do you take time to breathe?”  You’d be surprised to hear some of the answers! So, I like meditate with them prior to exercise as they rush to come to their personal training session with me; just 5 minutes of resting & breathing exercise make a huge difference on […]

3 easy steps to beat the winter blues

If you are affected by the shorter days and lack of sun, here are some tricks you should try: Take 2,000 to 4,000 iu of vitamin D each evening before going to bed. This vitamin helps improve your bone health and immunity against heart disease & cancer Do 20-30 minutes of moderate exercise per day (5 or more days a week); go outside as much as possible, no excuses, just dress adequatly […]

3 tips to relieve tight muscles after a workout

While feeling tense or sore after a workout here is what you should do to feel better: Massage yourself using a tennis ball or a foam roller  or begin your workout with easy band resistance exercise 

Which is better to sweeten my food and drinks? Maple syrup or honey?

Well both are natural, contain antioxidants, but they are different.  Look at the grid below:                                  Maple syrup             Honey Cal (1 Tsp).                     52                                64 Sugar (g/Tsp)                12.4                         […]

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    I just want to let you know that this Active For Life class for 50+ was very helpful for me yesterday, after I fell down in my backyard. I am a 57 years old, single mother of 2 and I have MS for 21 years, and 3 herniated disks in my neck (and had as many operations on my neck because of that). Yesterday I was planting some flowers in […]

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    Mel, I wanted you to know how much I appreciate and enjoy your Online Friday chair yoga classes. It is so nice to see your smiling face and dedication teaching us. I hope that one day soon we will be able to return to the center to meet up again with all our friends.  Stay well and please keep your nice smile.  

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