Adult Fitness Tax Credit

This is an article released by the Fitness Industry Council of Canada that I read from the FitNet website about the introduction of adult fitness tax credit that could definitely make a huge impact to every Canadian in living a more active and healthier lifestyle. So read on…

Stephen Harper announces an Adult Fitness Tax Credit On April 3, 2011 Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that a re-elected Conservative Government will introduce a new $500 Fitness Tax Credit for adults once the budget is balanced. In addition, Mr. Harper announced that he will double the existing Children’s Fitness Tax Credit from $500 to $1,000 during the next Conservative mandate. Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC’s) primary mission and objective since our inception in 2005 has been to implement a federal Adult Fitness Tax Credit for Canadians. Following the implementation of the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit in 2007, FIC began our Adult Fitness Tax Credit Campaign with the launch of a website called: Along with the website, FIC commissioned Pollara Inc. and the Centre for Spatial Economics to conduct a poll and an economic report. In March 2007, Pollara Inc. released their poll results which indicated that more than three out of every five Canadians supported extending the existing fitness tax credit to adults. In conjunction with the poll, the results of the economic report released in December 2007 showed that the federal government could save $2.5 billion in net health care costs over the next 21 years – a number which could climb to $5.4 billion if all Canadian provinces implement the credit. As well nearly one million more Canadians could become active and healthy as a result of the tax credit; thereby reducing the likelihood of employees missing work due to illnesses caused by physical inactivity. According to the Government of Canada, more than one and a half million Canadians currently take advantage of the existing Children’s Fitness Tax Credit. The existing tax credit has also become one of the most popular initiatives to be introduced by the Conservative Government of Canada. Since FIC represents over 5,000 facilities with over 4 million members nationwide, we are thrilled with this announcement and encourage all political parties to support this initiative. The implementation of an Adult Fitness Tax Credit would be a bold step forward for the future health and well-being of Canadians. FIC would also like to thank our partners and coalition supporters including the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation, The Canadian Diabetes Association, ParticipAction, The Obesity Network and the many more organizations which are listed on our website:

Movember 2010

Rob, Eddie and Phil

Movember is a worldwide movement which rallies gentlemen to grow moustaches during November to raise awareness and funds for cancers affecting men. Each Movember, men (“Mo Bros”) are challenged to start the month clean-shaven and grow a moustache for the entire month. The moustache becomes the hairy ribbon for men’s health and the guys growing them become a walking billboard for 30 days. Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache, sparking hundreds of conversations about the seemingly taboo topics of men’s health and prostate cancer. Funds raised will benefit Prostate Cancer Canada. Women (or “Mo Sistas”) are also invited to participate by helping to rally and support their male friends!

This year, a group of membership consultants and personal trainers of Steve Nash Sports Club Downtown formed a team to raise money for this great cause. You could join their team, VanCity Flaver Savers, headed by Greg Foreman or simply donate.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Canadian Cancer Society is asking women of ages 50-69 who are of average risk for breast cancer to get a mammogram every two years and to pass on the life-saving message that mammograms save lives! Mammograms are important in detecting breast cancer early when it’s most treatable. 

Regular mammography is the method that finds the smallest lump, about the size of an apple seed, while the average size lump found by women checking their breasts is the approximate size of a cherry tomato. While not every lump is cancerous, a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer increases after the age of 50. If you have a higher than average risk of developing breast cancer, you will most likely be screened more often or earlier (before age 40). It is always best to talk to your doctor about a screening plan that will be right for you.

To find out more about a breast screening centre in BC, call 1-800-663-9203.

We encourage everyone to become more active and at the same time workout at Steve Nash Sports Club in support of all those who have been affected by breast cancer. Please book your fitness consultation and assessment by contacting Princess Labrador at 604-682-5213, or send an email to


Canada’s Fattest Cities: Urgency to Prevent Obesity

Health Canada Statistics show that the number of Canadians who are overweight or obese has increased dramatically over the past 25 years.

The proportion of obese children has nearly tripled in the last 25 years. As well, more than half of Canadian children and youth are not active enough for optimal growth and development.

So what are Canada’s ‘fattest’ cities?

St. Catharines, Ontario has been ranked Canada’s fattest city with a whopping 57.3 per cent of its residents overweight, according to an analysis by Statistics Canada commissioned by CTV and The Globe and Mail. 

Here are the top 10 fattest Canadian cities:                                   
1. St. Catharines: 57.3%                                                                    
2. Regina: 56.5%
3. Saint John: 56.4%
4. Windsor: 52.8%
5. London: 53.6%
6. Charlottetown: 52.7%
7. Saskatoon: 51.9%
8. Winnipeg: 51.8%
9. Fredericton: 51.8%
10. St. John’s: 51.4%

Almost half of Canadians have a weight problem, and many of them don’t fully understand the severe health consequences that await them.

If you are overweight or obese, you may be at risk for a wide range of serious diseases and conditions including:
• hypertension or high blood pressure
• coronary heart disease
• Type 2 diabetes
• stroke
• gallbladder disease
• osteoarthritis
• sleep apnea and other breathing problems
• some cancers such as breast, colon and endometrial cancer
• mental health problems, such as low self-esteem and depression.

In rural Canada, the problem is even worse. In rural Saskatchewan more than two of every three adults are overweight.


By province, Prince Edward Island is ranked the fattest province, with nearly 60 per cent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 considered overweight. Newfoundland is second at 58.9 per cent, followed by New Brunswick at 58.3 per cent. Saskatchewan isn’t far behind at 57.9 per cent.

Vancouver has been ranked the lowest out of all Canadian cities, with only 12 per cent of their population suffering from obesity. Way to go Vancouver for being the fittest city in Canada!

The statistics are no doubt shocking, and we know there is a necessity for change. Carrying extra fat around your tummy, bum, or thighs is more than just a nuisance – it’s a serious health hazard for many Canadians.

So what do we do about this?

Losing weight is hard. A good and healthy weight loss plan will allow you to lose anywhere from 1-2 pounds per week so that initial motivation is going to have be spread out for a little longer than you expected. But the results will make it worth the wait. This is the key to maintaining your weight loss.

First of all, set your personal and fitness goals. You also need a good support system like your friends and family. Tell them about your goals. While it is great to be accountable only to yourself, it is easier to put yourself on the backburner and let yourself down. In sharing your goals with people you now become accountable to them as well and you have a support system in place. You are less likely to slip back into old habits and more likely to succeed.

Decide how you are going to go about achieving your goals. Are you going to need a gym membership? Do you need to look for a personal trainer? Are you going to join a sport or a walking club? Look into your options. It is best to get the advice of a fitness professional before embarking on your journey.

We’ve said it time and time again. Exercise and nutrition go hand in hand. To achieve great results, you need to do both. Take the same approach with your eating. Don’t completely overhaul everything when you begin and give up all of things you have been eating. Simply begin replacing some of what you were eating with healthier options. Meal frequency is of the utmost importance when trying to lose weight. You want to make sure that you are eating every 2-3 hours. This is a habit that you’ll want to form.

Get your family and friends involved in your journey. Do activities together that are fun but that are also good exercise. Share your new found health with those around you. Purchase a bike or rollerblades. Spend time with your family hiking or swimming. What you will quickly come to realize is that if you succeed in your goal of weight loss you will garner the respect of others around you and, in essence, become an inspiration. This is quite the gift. Pass it on to people.

Simple Back Pain-Free Travel Tips

Traveling can take its toll on your back. Depending on where you’re traveling to, trips can be short as 3 hours to as long as 15 hours. Review these tips below to help prevent the onset of back pain so that you can enjoy your travels! 
Use Rolling Suitcases
By using a suitcase with wheels, stress placed on the back is limited. Instead of carrying a heavy suitcase the wheels allow you to pull it along preventing strain on the back
Pack Light
Pack only what you need. This way you will limit the weight that you need to pull around.
Bring A Lumbar Support
Seats on planes, trains, and cars are often not back friendly. By bringing your own lumbar support you can take stress off the sensitive areas of the back.
Take Frequent Stretch Breaks
If you will be traveling for an extended period of time, it is important to take time out to stretch every hour. This will prevent the muscles in your back from becoming tight and causing pain.
Follow these simple tips and your trip will be pain free!

Age and its Effect on Metabolism

Aging slows down our metabolism, but speeds up our perception of time. Einstein would call it a biochemical inverse of E = MC squared. But an effective weapon against age related deterioration and decline is available for all of us. Exercise is the fountain of youth. By using the large muscles, increasing the heart rate-exerting physically against gravity-by walking, cycling, weight lifting, aerobic dance, team sports or anything active raises the heart and vascular system’s ability to oxygenate the blood, which in turn, allows the muscles to add new cells. A bonus effect is at the cellular level, burning off all available energy from food, and after that making ATP for energy from FAT. When finished with vigorous exercise, the body rewards the brain with a surge of endorphins, creating a euphoric sense of well being. Exercise creates a positive feedback loop of exertion, euphoria, hearty appetite, sound sleep, and awakening to a surge of energy resulting in the urge to exercise. When the body reaches optimal condition or “fitness”, the metabolism becomes “addicted” to exercise. The body gains stamina under stress, as well as better brain function, and often a happier disposition. Older people addicted to exercise don’t complain of the aches and pains their sedentary counterparts constantly grumble about, but they have to watch for wear and tear on joints, and injuries due to over training.

But neglect exercise, and the body stops producing new muscle cells and oxygen carrying red corpuscles, and no longer needs to use ATP to burn FAT. So the body starts to store fat, lose muscle cells, and the “wind” (or aerobic capacity) decreases. Aging aggravates this by slowing cellular regeneration, and without exercise, the message to “speed up” is not delivered. Arthritis likes inactivity, and so does the mechanism that robs bone density. The phrase “use it or lose it” applies more and more to the aging body. Older sedentary people are easily winded as their heart muscles shrink and arteries become clogged. Blood pressure increases with weight gain in the belly. Such weight often causes a backache, and doctors often tell patients with the middle aged paunch: “The trouble with your back is your front.” Diabetes can develop from eating too much without exercise. The body needs to exert, to work hard, or it just self destructs.

The good news: it is never too late to start exercising. Even the oldest, fattest and laziest of us will rejuvenate with slowly increasing exercise. Weight loss becomes a liberating side effect, and the addictive cycle of exertion, euphoria, healthy appetite, and sound sleep (which releases Human Growth Hormone or HGH) roll back the years both in appearance and in metabolic function. We can feel better than ever, despite getting older. We can’t stop the clock, but if we push ourselves hard enough, we can slow it down. By maintaining a faster metabolic rate, we slow down aging, like Einsteins relativity theory applied to the body. The faster our metabolism runs, the slower the aging process.

The Benefits of A Healthy Sleep

Sleeping plays an important role in the human life. Without sleep we would be deprived of energy and emotion. Studies reveal that it is recommended that adults need to sleep 8 hours in order to let our bodies heal during the night. Adolescents will need at least 9 hours of sleep. Younger children will typically need more.

So what really are the benefits of sleeping? Here I have compiled the top benefits that sleeping does have:

1. Increases your memory ability.
Research has revealed that people who get a full night’s sleep will be more likely to remember events that have happened the night before such as a book. So reading a revision guide just before sleep will almost certainly make sure that you ace that test. While you sleep your mind is functioning and making connections in your life.

2. Will help you keep track on your weight.
When you are deprived of sleep your hormones will not regulate properly and your appetite tends to increase. So throughout the day you will start eating more than usual thus gaining weight. Having a good night’s sleep will regulate your hormones so your appetite will not increase.

3. Helps our immune system.
Why are we so tired when we have a cold or the flu? We all just want to stay in bed until it goes! With more sleep the immune system grows stronger and fights off diseases more quickly and efficiently.

4. Sustains a healthy heart.
As your body runs its course throughout the day, there are sure to be a few bumps which increase your inflammation and stress levels. Sleeping will help to reduce them; it also helps to reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

5. Repairs your body.
At around 10pm the body starts to repair its skin. When sleeping the body release proteins which repair the damage the skin has faced throughout the day. These are things such as sun damage from UV rays and pollutants from cars and factories.

6. Sleeping well will more likely reduce the risk of depression.
Humans need around 8 hours of sleep per night; not getting that amount may increase your chances of depression. The body releases chemicals during sleep called serotonin; without a good night’s sleep the body may not release it consequently increasing your chance of depression.

Imagine not sleeping for a week. How would you feel then? You would be exhausted, disoriented; you’d feel nervous throughout the whole day. As a whole you wouldn’t really be able to function properly. Humans have a basic need for sleep, no sleep means not being able to go about your daily life.

So if you are having problems sleeping it would be best to increase the amount of activity you engage in throughout the day. In addition make a set time where you go to sleep so your body will adjust to sleeping times thus taking you less time to drift into the land of sleep.