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Punch Your Way to Improved Mental and Physical Health

Boxing, specifically women’s boxing, has become extremely trendy, whether it be in the fitness space, amateur, or professional world. Interest in boxing gyms and classes has increased alongside the increased demand for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes that have gained popularity due to the efficiencies of these types of workouts. Boxing can be considered the original HIIT class because of the intensity and full body workout you get in 20 minutes or less. For those of us with busy schedules and barely enough time to complete our daily tasks, boxing can be the solution to achieving a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle without spending hours at the gym. Why Boxing? Boxing provides the ultimate workout for both your physical and mental health. And it’s an inclusive sport all women can participate in—boxing offers weight classes from the minimum weight of 105 pounds to over 200 pounds. Now, let’s get into the physical

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Liberating Yourself from Diet Culture
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Break Free: Liberating Yourself from Diet Culture

Stuck in a restrictive mindset that only makes you feel bad about yourself? Here’s how to shift the narrative—for good. Growing up, it wasn’t uncommon to see our mothers on diets. Depending on your age, you may have seen her ebb and flow through a myriad of diets, such as low-fat, the “grapefruit” diet, low- to no-carb, and so many more. Watching these patterns as children likely instilled in many women the idea that restrictive dieting, over-exercising, or engaging in crash diets was completely normal. With those patterns engrained in us, combined with societal pressures and messaging that urges us to compare bodies against one another, it’s no wonder many women have strained relationships with how they eat. And while, fortunately, movements such as body positivity and whole-food nourishment are becoming more mainstream, old habits die hard. We may still feel anxiety creeping in if our clothes suddenly don’t fit

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Unveiling the Power Within: A Deep Dive into the Science and Art of Self-Love

Loving yourself is a tall order in a society that stacks the odds against you. But with some understanding and acceptance, having compassion for yourself is a tiny rebellion that starts from within. The term “self-love” gets thrown around frequently in the wellness community, and its meaning—and how to achieve it—can be mystifying. Self-help culture reminds us how important it is to “love ourselves,” while at the same time, social media urges us to pick apart our flaws and companies promise that self-love is just around the corner if we purchase their latest product. This internal conflict can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, and inadequacy—and that doesn’t sound like love to us. So why does it matter? While self-love may induce eye rolls from skeptics, there’s scientific evidence to back up its importance. Studies have shown that having compassion for yourself reduces stress and boosts overall well-being, encourages resiliency

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Setting Goals to Be More, Not Less

Goal-setting can be murky business if it’s done with the intention to minimize. This year, live your biggest life by setting and achieving goals that actually feel good. The new year signals a fresh start. It’s a time to re-evaluate your routine and goals, and set your sights on shaping the next 365 days. But for many people, the act of goal setting—and the methods in which they approach reaching those goals—can be fraught with peril. Oftentimes, fitness goals can leave people feeling inferior if they’re centered around factors such as achieving unrealistic body types, promoting a minimizing mindset, or adopting an all-or-nothing approach that can set them up for failure. So, this year, rather than setting goals that inherently urge you to “be less,” try flipping the script to find ways to be more. From determining realistic timelines that allow you to be human and make mistakes, building in

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Holiday Survival Guide: A Guide to Thriving Through the Holidays

The holidays can bring comfort and joy—as well as stress. This year, have a plan for everything. ‘Tis the season for family get-togethers, festive cheer with friends, and rest and relaxation to celebrate another year well done. But along with the sparkle of the holidays comes a darker side that we seem to relegate to the back of our minds each year: The financial strain associated with purchasing gifts for everyone you’ve seemingly ever come into contact with, enduring endless days with extended family, and the sheer lack of motivation to stick to your healthy habits that you work hard to solidify all year. But fear not. The holidays are meant to be full of joy, reflection, and gratitude. And they can be—it may just require equipping yourself with the tools to handle anything that comes your way. Here is a handy guide to navigate the inevitable festive roadblocks that

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Call of Destiny

Veteran actor R.H. Thomson is also an athlete, an activist, and a storyteller. He has many projects on the go. Don’t get in his way. Canadian actor R.H. Thomson has the energy of someone much younger. Good thing, because he is a man on a mission, or rather, multiple missions. At age 75, his acting career remains in high gear and he continues to head “The World Remembers,” an international not-for-profit dedicated to pointing out the huge cost of war. As a sideline, he spent six years on and off writing By the Ghost Light, a memoir about his life and career, which weaves back over several generations. Robert Holmes Thomson always had a lot of energy. Growing up in Richmond Hill, Ontario, he and his friends were outdoors in all seasons. The family had a cottage in northern Ontario where the kids were left alone to roam in the

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Loving Yourself
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Love Yourself Unapologetically

Shantelle Bisson’s journey from self-loathing to self-love. In her Amazon best-selling book, Loving Yourself Without Losing Your Cool, Shantelle Bisson reveals her own life demons, and by doing so, has laid out the journey other women will surely relate to. Her book aims to help women face the messiness of life and all the baggage that’s holding them back. The rawness and unplugged voice of Shantelle Bisson takes the reader on a personal journey where she shares her experiences to help others exorcise their demons. “I’m me, completely laid bare. Me as a human being, not Yannick’s wife (her husband is Murdoch Mysteries’ Yannick Bisson), not the mother of three daughters, not my mother’s daughter, not a friend, but just me,” says Shantelle. Through her experience, Shantelle helps readers analyze the lessons learned in each phase of their lives, going back to their past, addressing the things that made them

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The Casino of Life – Pursuits & Pleasures

Pursuits and Pleasures – The Casino of Life What are you knowingly doing that is risking your health? We are all doing something. Whether crossing the street or taking drugs, there are risks to everything in life. Are we playing the right games? For instance, downhill skiing can be considered reasonably risky to your health, but if one prepares and accepts the risks, one can find great joy and pleasure from hitting the slopes. The same holds true for smoking cigarettes. The nicotine high attained from smoking can be a wonderful and pleasurable feeling for many, but it has risks. Thinking about what risks we are willing to take or not take is a great practice to help us define the boundaries and guidelines we want for our lives. We come to the game of life like visiting a casino, betting on pleasures versus risks hoping to win in a

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Better bone health for the long haul

The secret to longevity lies in your bones, literally. Your skeleton is your core. How you move, the quality of food and supplements you ingest, and your sleep cycle all matter to bone health — immensely. It’s like a “trifecta” for building a better framework: diet, exercise, and sleep. But it’s also not quite that simple. To better understand how to build healthy bones, let’s first look inside to understand your physical infrastructure. As part of the skeletal system, the bones and cartilage perform three basic, but essential functions: to support the body, protect the organs, and allow for movement that works in tandem with the tendons and muscles. Marrow is found at the center of the bones and this is where the magic happens. The bone marrow assists in the formation of blood cells — both red and white — along with storing a vast amount of fats and

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