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How to Design the Perfect Morning Routine

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The idea of the perfect day is nothing new and as many self-help gurus and authors will tell you, it all starts with your morning. You’ve probably heard the saying, ‘Got out of bed on the wrong side today’, so there is some truth to the idea that the morning can help set you up for a good day. However, if mismanaged, it can also set you up for a bad day.

 

If you’re looking to give your routine a facelift, we recommend starting with small changes. Steve Corona, known for his 30-day self-experiments, recommends you build your routine with a number of habits. On his blog, he outlines his method by having readers choose four habits to make up their routine and start them the following day.

 

Corona says to pick four habits from the following list:

  • Wake up at 5AM
  • Drink a tall glass of water as soon as you get out of bed
  • Make your bed immediately
  • Do 20 pushups as soon as you get out of bed
  • Eat a protein and fat rich breakfast within 30 minutes of getting up
  • Run a mile every single morning
  • Take your multivitamins everyday
  • Floss after breakfast
  • Do Blue Light Therapy to wake yourself up
  • Take a bath in the morning
  • Take a cold shower in the morning (it sucks but you feel AWESOME after)
  • Write a blog post every single morning
  • Write down 10 ideas
  • Write a journal entry
  • Write 250-1000 words on any topic
  • Keep a daily gratitude journal
  • Plan your entire day in 15-60 minute increments
  • Lay out your clothes for the day
  • Dress your absolute best for the day (EVEN if you work from home)

 

From here, you should take these four habits and do them for 30 days straight, no matter what. If you forget or miss a day, do 31 days of the routine instead.

After this experiment, you’ll have a better idea of what your morning needs. Maybe you loved the exercise aspect, but you do your best writing in the afternoon. Pivot the routine so it makes sense for you and what you need out of your day.

 

Developing productive morning habits is easier than you think! For more lifestyle design tips follow our blog.

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Best Gyms in Toronto For Your New Years Resolution

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The new year invites a cluster of eager gym-goers and finding a space is hard early in the new year. Having a successful workout is usually dictated by your environment and the first step is finding your space. While you figure out a diet that suits you, we compiled a list of gyms and clubs that you can join for your fitness journey.


CrossFit 416

 

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CrossFit 416 is one of the few workouts that truly push your body to new limits. Toronto’s infamous is conveniently located in the downtown core and offers private training and group sessions, endurance running,  and more. You can sign up today and get a free 20-minute intro session and consultation with your membership.

One Academy

 

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One Academy is a 10,000 square foot gym that is specifically designed for group training. The gym has a wide range of classes that focus on conditioning, strength,  and signature workouts. Located on the east side of the Leslieville neighbourhood, this facility is one of them in the area.

F45

 

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Started in Australia,   combines three different styles synthesized into a 45-minute group workout. The facility mixes circuit and HIIT style exercises for a variety of workouts. The gym also provides different workouts depending on the day of operation however, there are also classes that you can book with over 2700 options available. There are multiple locations across the GTA along with upcoming facilities in Richmond Hill and Yorkdale Shopping Centre this 2020.

Equinox

 

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Equinox is a fitness brand that comes with a bit of luxury. Created and lead by elite instructors, Equinox provides classes in active regeneration, boxing, cycling, yoga,  and much more. The brand provides popular options like and Pure Yoga, which are great for jumpstarting your cardio in the new year.

Goodlife Fitness

 

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Goodlife Fitness is the ideal starting point for the average gym-goer. There’s over 255 clubs across Canada and finding one suitable for you is as easy as opening Google Maps. The gym offers you everything from yoga to weightlifting and, and has facilities that are open 24 hours a day.

LA Fitness

 

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LA Fitness is one of the few fitness clubs in Toronto with a big following. Their facilities are equipped with some of the best offerings in the industry which also includes fitness classes like Aquafit and Cycle Zone. The club also provides competitive sports leagues like basketball and racquetball where you can compete to win awards and prizes.

Fit Factory

 

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Fit Factory is one of Toronto’s most popular gyms in the downtown core that offers workshops and boot camps. Voted by BlogTO as one of the top ten new gyms in Toronto for 2014, the gym includes two training rooms equipped with over 300 classes a month, a full-service wellness clinic and much more.

Hone Fitness

Hone Fitness is one of the few boutique fitness venues in Toronto. Their memberships start at $20 per month which grants you access to a multitude of workout machines and discounted trainer services. Hone Fitness’s facilities have everything you’d need for your workout with a membership that can be cancelled at any time. 

 

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Discover some of the best places to work out and dive deep into your goals in 2020.

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Top 10 Healthy Restaurants in Vancouver

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Vancouver is the home of some of the most interesting dishes in Canada. But outside of the numerous fine cuisine options, this city is also one of the best places to find healthier food options. It’s hard to decide on what to eat in a city with so many healthy options. Prepare for your next trip to the west coast with our Top 10 Healthiest Vancouver Restaurants guide.


Smak

 

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Smak is one of Vancouver’s pioneer healthy food chains that currently has 3 locations in the downtown core. The restaurant is one of the few healthy options that offers breakfast and lunch, both of which boast 100% gluten-free ingredients. Their menu includes a variety of energizing smoothies, salads, hot bowls along with catering options available with delivery.

Tractor

 

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Tractor was first birthed in the neighbourhood of Kitsilano, in Vancouver, BC. The restaurant is passionate about whole food wellness and provides a healthy balance of nutrient-rich dishes that involve veggies, lean meats, fish, whole intact grains and more. With a menu that includes everything from soups to bowls, Tractor is a great place to get a high-quality lunch while on the go.

Kind Cafe

 

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Kind Café is one of a kind eatery that is almost entirely vegan. The restaurant offers a wide variety of salads, bowls and specialty lattes that can give you a break from your daily coffee. Besides their menu of natural food choices, this restaurant is also great for those looking for a café that is dedicated to earth conservation with their strict BYOC policy.

Kokomo

 

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Kokomo is a plant-based restaurant that is truly dedicated to bringing the warm spirit of summer to your lunch plate. The restaurant features many heartwarming dishes to choose from including their notable Hemp Caesar Salad and Chickpea Curry.

Peqish

 

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Peqish is a café located in the downtown Vancouver area that also offers catering services that are customized for any dietary needs. The café has some of the freshest options thanks to their in-depth health science backgrounds. Their Health and Wellness Advisory team work diligently to create menu items fit for any diet.

Nosh

 

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Nosh is a simple on-the-go eatery and patisserie. The restaurant serves artisanal pastries, breakfast and lunch, all of which are also offered in their catering services for the downtown Vancouver area. Their catering includes an assortment of sandwiches,  wraps, fresh salad, charcuterie & cheese boards, along with their specialty coloured macarons.

Chomp

 

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Chomp is a vegan eatery and meal prep service that is 100% organic and gluten-free. The eatery utilizes locally grown produce and herbs to create some truly creative dishes. You can enjoy their Smoked Tofu Banh Mi from their Grub! Lunch menu or arrive early and try the monstrous Bacon PB & Jelly Burger.

Nuba

 

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Nuba is a restaurant is the Gastown area of Vancouver that creates healthy Lebanese cuisine with a modern twist. .Their menu contains original Lebanese recipes that are always evolving with newer ideas. It also features multiple brunch items that mix free-range eggs with classic middle eastern recipes.

Indigo Age Café

 

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Indigo Age Café is a unique establishment that offers fresh and healthy vegan cuisine options made with local and organic ingredients. Their menu features many Ukrainian-inspired dishes including soups, pirogues, cabbage rolls, and more. If you’re travelling in the Gastown area of Vancouver, this restaurant is the ideal pit stop.

Hubbub

 

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Hubbub is a break from your traditional sandwich shop and has a menu loaded with options. It currently has 2 downtown locations making it a great spot for grabbing a quick meal while exploring the city. The restaurant also features an interactive app that allows you to order ahead of time and accumulate customer reward points with every purchase.

Vancouver is a city that you’d want to cross off your bucket list. With our guide, you can be sure to find the best choices the city has to offer.

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