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Kingston fitness expert helps new parents stay active with their little ones

Jamie Straker, Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach and owner of JS Fitness is helping new parents stay active with their young ones by promoting wellness activities and teaching them how to run with strollers safely during the summer. Straker provides online group fitness classes for new parents who are looking

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Artillery Park ready to reopen for recreational use

The City of Kingston has announced that Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, located at 382 Bagot Street, will reopen for recreational use on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, under the province’s re-opening framework, and through guidance from KFL&A Public Health. The reopening will happen in two stages: Fitness Centre and gymnasium –

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Women’s-only kickboxing-inspired workout facility now open in Kingston

There is a new women’s-only kickboxing-inspired circuit-based workout location in Kingston’s west end. Specially designed for maximum fitness and health results in 30 minute increments, 30 Minute Hit is a great option for busy women who can only find small spaces of time in their schedules to work out. The

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45 & Thrive: A new year, and time for a change

As readers who follow this column perhaps might recall from my article from back in September, I am not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. In fact, in that article I argued the position that for many people, September 1st is a more practical and reasonable time of year to

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45 & Thrive: That’s what he S.A.I.D.

There is a foundational principle in fitness, exercise, and training which helps guide the optimal structure and goals of all exercise prescription. This is the SAID Principle; Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands. Very simply what this means is that the capacity of our body to move, do work, and execute

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45 & Thrive: Contraction action – Key movement terms at the core of strength training programs

When one is new to fitness training, or returning after a significant period of time, then considering possible programs, meeting with personal trainers, or even Googling various training protocols can seem daunting – especially when one is trying to keep track of some of the key terminology.  It’s not that

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45 & Thrive: FOMO to JOJI — Turning a fear of missing out into a joy of joining in

For some time now, the acronym FOMO, shorthand for ‘Fear Of Missing Out,’ has been popular description for those of us who say ‘Yes!’ very quickly to invitations and opportunities, perhaps without thinking things through. This label is often applied where one joins activities without full consideration as to the

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45 & Thrive: Workplace wellness and why your employer should support it

Most of us spend one-third of our adult lives, and close to half of our waking hours, at work. Our workplaces can range considerably, from almost stagnant, sedentary desk work, to vigorous intense labour, and everything in between. Most of us can’t guarantee that our ‘work’ activities are physically demanding

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45 & Thrive: Gym efficiencies, best practices (and a few no-noes)

If you’ve followed this column for a while, or taken a look at previous articles or blog posts on 45 & Thrive, you’ve probably noticed that I am a strong proponent of efficiency and effectiveness with respect to training and exercise. Minimum Effective Dose (MED), functional strength training, and recognition

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45 and Thrive: HIIT — What it is and why you might consider getting HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT is an exercise practice that has been both in the news, and in the gym, a lot lately.  Although this might seem to be a new type of training, HIIT has in fact been around, in one form or another, for more than 100

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45 and Thrive: Happy New Year 2.0

Okay, admittedly, our official calendar indicates that January 1 is traditionally the start of the New Year. That is when all the parties are. That is when we have a day off to celebrate, and hopefully another to recover. But, just for a moment, work with me here a bit:

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45 & Thrive: ‘Bolder’ an investment in your robust longevity

  Very recently I came across a great read which has become my 2019 ‘Book of the Year.’ Bolder: Making the Most of our Longer Lives (Knopf Canada, 2018) by Carl Honoré* has not only supported many of the wellness practices I know prepare us to make the most of

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