Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Worth Repeating: Indoor Vs. Outdoor Walking/Running

The weather has been just lovely the past few days in Toronto.  The perfect weather to walk or run outside, which I have been fully taking advantage of.  

However, I know that the cooler, darker weather is just around the corner and many of you will be taking your runs/walks inside so I thought this post comparing indoor and outdoor running/walking might helpful.  Enjoy!

Indoor (Treadmill) Walking/Running


  • You can do it any time (if you have one in your home) and it very private
  • You can walk/run in all kinds of weather (however, you may still need to get to the gym)
  • Provides some cushion to support the knees
  • Can provide a challenge if you are used to outdoor walking/running
  • Equip with tools such calories burned, pace, incline and decline (on some models)
  • Are able to read or watch TV during your workout, which can be a motivator


  • Can be a costly investment
  • Not as convenient if you don't have one at home and are unable to get to the gym
  • Walking or running in place can get boring for some people

Outdoor Walking/Running


  • The fresh air and exploring the wonderful places in your neighbourhood
  • Can be a challenge if you are used to treadmill walking/running
  • Able to run/walk with a partner or as a group
  • It is free, with no line ups or waiting for equipment
  • Achieve a greater feeling of accomplishment (this one is hard to explain, it is like you have actually "been" somewhere)


  • Can be weather permitting (although many people get out there, cold, rain or shine)
  • Easier to lose track of time as the numbers are not right in front of you
  • Not very private

Time for you to weigh in!  Indoors or outdoors and why? 
Do you find one harder than the other?

Stay Healthy,

Thursday, October 11, 2012

5 Fall Pumpkin Recipes

I did a very similar post last year, showcasing some fall recipes that looked so comforting to me.

This year, I am going to try and share some new and interesting recipe ideas, which all have one main ingredient as the star:  Pumpkin.

Pumpkin and fall go together like peas and carrots, birds of a feather, Ren and Stimpy...well, you get the idea.

I know that I have confessed that I was not always pumpkin's biggest fan, but I have really grown to enjoy the flavour.

Without further ado, here are some recipes featuring pumpkin that I would like to try and I hope you will like them too. (And they are all from new-to-me bloggers!)


Pumpkin Shortbread Cookies from Desserts for Two

Roasted Pumpkin Soup from Joyous Health

Pumpkin Smoothie from Peanut Butter and Peppers

Roasted Candied Pumpkin Seeds from Momtastic

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars by Sweetly Serendipity

What is your favourite way to eat pumpkin?
Anything in cheesecake form always works for me!

Stay Healthy,

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Move of the Month: Head to Knee Pose

I hope all of my Canadian friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I spent the weekend doing a little bit of work, a little bit of yoga and eating a lot of turkey.

Speaking of yoga, the Move of the Month for October is the Head-to-Knee pose and I can definitely say, it is one of my favourites.

It is a wonderful stretch to help release the back and the hamstrings and it easily adaptable no matter your fitness level and flexibility.

Here are the steps to ensure that you are performing the exercise safely and effectively.

Head To Knee Pose

  1. Begin seated and extend your right leg straight in front of you.  Bend your left knee and place your foot on your right inner thigh.
  2. Adjust your torso to align your belly button with your big toe.
  3. Place your hands behind your back and as you inhale, squeeze your shoulder blades together and open up your chest.
  4. As you exhale, fold forward and place your forehead on the yoga block (as pictured).
  5. Walk your hands down your leg and grab onto to the flexed foot. Keep your back slightly rounded with your shoulders relaxed and away from your ears.
  6. Continue to breathe deeply as you hold the pose for 30-60 seconds.
  7. As you exhale, slowly roll back up to the starting position and repeat on the other leg.

  • If you are more flexible, place the yoga block at a lower setting or remove it altogether
  • If your are able, hold on to the block and place it on bottom of the extended foot
  • If you are unable to reach your toes, place a yoga strap, band or belt around your foot and hold on with both hands.
  • If your lower back in uncomfortable, sit on a folded blanket or bolster
  • You can also place a folded blanket or bolder under the bent knee if it is unable to touch the ground.

What parts of your body carry the most tension?
For me it is my chest muscles, hands down.

Stay Healthy,


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