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Stay Fit At Home With The COVE™ Workout Guide 

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Your environment shapes your workout. It can be anywhere you see fit, including your home. Attending a gym during this time might not be possible, but bringing the gym to you is another option. With these tips, you can take control of your fitness goals at home.

Set a Schedule

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Working out is like keeping a job. To maintain balance, having a schedule can help. Using an online calendar can help organize your workouts and isolate different body parts to a specific day. Apps like Google Calendar are a great example of how you can organize workouts and set personal goals.

Track Your Progress
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Tracking your progress can help measure how successful you are in accomplishing your goals. There are ways to see how far you’ve progressed like using a whiteboard, which can help with tracking what you’ve accomplished.  If you own a smartwatch or smartphone, there are also apps like Google Fit, which are great for monitoring health activity and providing insights on your exercises.

Get the Equipment You Need
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Some might assume that the only way to work out is by using expensive equipment. There are a variety of affordable items to buy that can help you fit a solid exercise into every part of your day instead. Start by adding items like a push-up bar, dumbbells, or kettlebells into your home. A yoga mat or medicine ball is useful in a living room, or you can try setting up a small obstacle course in your backyard or garage. Websites like Amazon are great for getting all the basics to get you started.

Use an Online Personal Trainer
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We all need that extra push to motivate us during these times. If you’re struggling with getting out of bed and into your gym clothes, there are quite a few motivational online trainers. There are YouTube creators like The Body Coach that offer free weekly videos. There are also notable trainers on Instagram like Idalis Velazquez and Gideon Akande who teach innovative workouts that you can do anywhere in your home.  Workout DVDs are another great option if you’re looking to follow instructions on a TV instead of a laptop. Define yourself with videos like Piyo’s workout program or kick it up a notch with Shaun T’s Focus T25 training kit.

Workout Online with Friends
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One of the great things about fitness is there is always a community. People with many different aspirations come together, online or offline, and share experiences. Thanks to social networking, making friends is as easy as opening a smartphone. Join a community of people online with apps like the Nike Training Club or Jet Fit that help you stay connected with other fitness-minded individuals.

Have a Long-Distance Fitness Buddy
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Sharing your fitness journey with someone can help keep you accountable. Using a program like WhatsApp is great for communicating and planning workout sessions. You can also use video calling apps like Zoom and Skype, allowing you to work out together in real-time. One great way you and a friend can track your progress together is by using Google Docs so that all your schedules and workout plans match up.

We hope to inspire you with these helpful tips. Follow our blog for more updates and information on how you can stay fit and productive at home.

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The COVE™ Guide to Outdoor Workouts

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Exercising outdoors is a great alternative to working out in a gym that can keep you motivated and focused on your fitness goals. There are elevated areas for finding scenic views, lush grasslands for meditation, and forests for exploring uncharted lands.


Spring

Gardening

While this might not be a traditional sport, gardening is a wellness activity that can help you burn a lot of calories. There are tough weeds to pull out or holes to dig, which makes it such a rigorous aerobic workout, but the payoff is being able to see a beautiful garden that you cultivated.

Jump Rope

Jump rope is an easy exercise that you can find an area anywhere outside to get started. The spring is also a great opportunity to mix and match jump rope with other flexible outdoor exercises like sprints, lunges, and more.

Sprints

Sprints are another exercise that does need any equipment and you can do them almost anywhere with open grassland. A football field or running track is the most logical area and gives you free rein during this season to push your body to accelerate even faster.

Summer

Kayaking

The summer season is much hotter and affords workouts that can keep you close to freshwater like kayaking. This sport is a great workout for upper body strength, and you can do it at your nearest lake.

Beach jogging

Jog along the shore with some water between your toes. This exercise is light and refreshing and can conclude with a quick dip in the water after you work up a sweat.

Basketball

Basketball is a  fundamental sport that enables you to use every part of your body. You can find a local court for a quick pick game or work on some drills that might make you a better athlete.

Fall

Hiking

The Fall season persists the warm weather but there are outdoor escapades that you can seek nearby. With some of Canada’s most beautiful natural landscapes, fall hiking is an ideal activity that comes with a scenic view. A mountain terrain, forest, or ravine are good places to get started and are perfect environments to immerse yourself in nature while you work up a sweat.

Canoeing

Canoeing is a great activity to do alone or with a partner. This paddling exercise is another workout for your upper body that comes with a bit of fun on a lake, especially during a trip to a remote cottage.

Trail running

Trail running is an on-foot experience that you want to bring a GoPro for. The elevation and cluttered forests make it a more challenging and fun workout that the woods.

Winter

Ice skating

Skating is a fun winter cardio activity you can do locally. Grab a pair of skates and head out to your nearest rink to join others in some skating events or a pick-up hockey game if you’re skilled enough.

Skiing

Heading down the slopes can be your next weekend workout venture. Skiing is fun and adventurous winter aerobics and you’ll learn to use a lot of leg power to jump, spin, and evade while moving fast. Canada has some of the most scenic winter landscapes, so this sport is great for calorie-burning with a view.

Snowshoeing

You can hike in the winter season if you choose to go snowshoeing. This activity allows you to enjoy the feeling of hiking in the woods with a bit of added difficulty. You start by grabbing a pair of snowshoes, trekking poles, and layers of clothing.

Pushing your body to new limits also means changing your habitat. With this guide, you can conquer any season and take your exercise to the great outdoors.

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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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