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Local parents working to improve and strengthen child & youth mental health services

Parenting has often been compared to walking through a minefield. Each step filled with stress and gratitude, where roadblocks and unexpected detours are common, and missteps are feared. Parenting a child who is experiencing difficulties with their mental health? Well, you might as well add a blindfold to that minefield

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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: 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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45 and Thrive: ‘Muscle is Medicine’

If you’ve followed this column at all, you’ve likely noticed that I’m a fan of catch phrases and quips. Despite the fact that short, pointed messaging runs the risk of not telling the whole story, there can be a lot of truth and wisdom found in a few thoughtful, well

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45 and Thrive: The ‘Fast’ and the ‘Curious’

  Fasting is one of the most prominent buzz words in recent discussions about diet, nutrition and optimizing wellbeing. There has been a proliferation of articles about fasting in general, and about intermittent fasting, time restricted feeding, and various fasting protocols in particular. The info can be dizzying! So let’s

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45 & Thrive: ‘F.I.T.T.ness’ – A formula for success

  In previous articles, I’ve described both the philosophical orientation of 45 & Thrive as a synthesis of Minimal Effective Dose and Evolutionary Fitness, as well as the Eight Guiding Principles which support this approach to optimizing wellness from mid-life and beyond (available here: Part 1, Part 2). These are

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