How to Keep Your Family Active this Winter

Winter can be a challenging time for families, particularly ones with young children. Especially up here in the great white north! Extreme temperature fluctuations, snow storms, and cancellations add a new level of complexity to family life. These situations, in combination with the proclivity of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) often result in increased time spent indoors and missed opportunities for exercise. As a parent, how can you make certain your child is achieving the recommended hour of physical activity each day? Furthermore, how do you ensure the maintenance of your…

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Why You Should Celebrate #MCM

Why You Should Celebrate #MCM The online fitness world is rife with hashtags: #fitspo #fitfam #wcw. Assigning a theme in the form of an alliteration is all the rage in the social media age. Regardless of your chosen training method or sport-- running, BJJ, or powerlifting-- there’s one hashtag we should all take a moment to celebrate: #MCM. You’re probably doing a double-take. Maybe you’re ready to type a nasty comment and start an internet battle with complete strangers, but hear me out. I don’t mean Man Crush Monday.   I…

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Strong in Body, Strong in Mind | 2017 Holiday Health Challenge

2017 Holiday Health Challenge

Welcome to the Strong in Body, Strong in Mind | 2017 Holiday Health Challenge! Over the month of December, you will receive daily emails with: Quick, at home workouts General health and wellness assignments Motivational quotes Bonus challenges and surprises Everything is adaptable, so it can work with whatever you're doing now or become the start of something new. Feel free to adapt and modify the challenges as you see fit. Be sure to invite a friend and track your progress using #sibsimholidaychallenge on social media. Good luck!   Strong in…

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10 Best Gifts for the Runner on Your List

Best gifts for the runner in your life

I don't like the idea of buying gifts for someone, simply because it's a holiday. Gifts should have a personal element, whether it be something that someone really wants or something that helps with one of their passions. Needless to say, runners are a passionate group. There are a lot of marathoners that used to hate running and now live and breathe the running lifestyle. Despite being a relatively inexpensive sport to get into-- I only spent $20 on a t-shirt starting out, because it said: "Run, I thought you…

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The Importance of Finding Your Tribe

A tribe is defined as “a social division in a traditional society consisting of families or communities linked by social, economic, religious, or blood ties, with a common culture and dialect, typically having a recognized leader.” In short, it’s your group of people. For some, finding one’s tribe can be integral to their success. Community support can make or break an aspiring athlete when it comes to staying on track and meeting goals, regardless of whether or not they’re in a team sport. This ideology carries over into different facets…

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From Couch to Cage: How MMA Transformed My Life

Kayla Hamilton is our first MMA fighter in the Your Story series, and I'm so glad to have her. Fighting has always been on my list of "to try" exercises (especially with the reach on these long gangly arms) but I haven't gotten around to it yet. I loved reading about how Kayla was inspired to change by strong women and found her passion to become a strong woman both inside and out. Here's Kayla's story. Before MMA: Looking for a Change Let’s go back a year ago; I can…

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Your Story: The Persistence of Grief


Strong in Body, Strong in Mind aims to address all over health, including mental health. As you know, physical and mental health are closely related. Losing a loved one is considered a significant life stressor. That means it can have lasting effects on your physical and mental health. Dawn Ross is a palliative care nurse who addresses grief from both sides of the story in this article about grief. The Persistence of Grief September has always been a month in which I feel restless. I think it’s the start of…

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Why I Never Want to See Most of My Clients Again


Bidding My Clients a Fond Farewell Most of my long-term followers and colleagues are pretty familiar with my philosophy right now. I don't like the diet mentality, I believe in balance, and I take a habit building based approach to my coaching clients to teach them how to give their body what it needs. Then, most of the time I hope never to see them again. That sounds really harsh when I say it that way, doesn't it? Allow me to reword: When our time together is done, I intend…

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Probiotics for Athletic Performance


Probiotics: What's the Buzz? In the last decade, probiotics have become a health buzzword. Research shows that probiotics have numerous benefits, including boosting the immune system, increasing absorption of micronutrients, and improving overall health. While there is still a lot to be learned about probiotics and their implications most professionals agree that when consumed properly, probiotics are a safe, natural way to improve one’s health. The other benefits--there are currently clinical trials evaluating the effects of probiotics on ADHD, based on this research-- have yet to be determined. Athletes- whether elite professionals…

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All About Body Dysmorphia

Reflections Body Dysmorphia

Chances are, there's something you don't like about your body (if not, that's awesome!). A scar you find unsightly, a body part that hangs on to excess weight, a large forehead (or fivehead as I so lovingly call mine). Most of us can name a thing or two that we could do without; that's human nature. But when those passing thoughts become constant sources of worry is when the problems begin. It's at that point we start to worry about Body Dysmorphia. What is Body Dysmorphia? Body Dysmorphia, or more…

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