The best way to work in a workout? Bring a buddy!

The best way to work in a workout? Bring a buddy!

What do Lethal Weapon and Die Hard have in common?

Besides being awesome action movies, they’re both about guys working together to beat the baddies.

Teaming up with a friend is good for more than taking out evil masterminds. It’s also a great way to get some exercise. In fact, a University of Pennsylvania study found that enrolling at a gym and working out with a friend produced more weight loss than going it alone.

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If gyms aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to buddy up and work out. Here are three easy ideas that don’t cost a thing:

  • Grab a frisbee, football or tennis racquet from the garage and make good use of the parks and courts your tax dollars pay for.
  • Instead of meeting your buddies at the pub for a beer, meet outside the pub and go for a half-hour walk, run or bike ride. That way, the pint you have afterwards will taste that much better!
  • When it’s your turn to walk the dog — man’s best friend, right? — take a detour up a hill or through a local park and turn the stroll into a hike. Meet up with a fellow dog-walker along the way, and hey presto: You’re practically a club!

Another benefit to these ideas: Not one of them requires a stunt double.

How to get fired up about weight loss

How to get fired up about weight loss

Use family snapshots, sexy selfies and tight T-shirts as motivation

Picture a bunch of cavemen sitting around a campfire. One of them starts grunting about how he’d love to hunt, kill and eat a wooly mammoth. “Ugh!” his buddy replies. “Ugh ugh, ugh ugh-ugh-ugh.”

Translation: Easier said than done.

The idea that wanting to do something is easier than doing it is old as time. It certainly comes up whenever we set out to drop a few pounds. The good news: The motivational tools you need are right inside of you.

Tip 1: Find your inner fire

Ask yourself a simple question: “Why do I want to lose weight?” The answer here should be all about you. Don’t worry, you’re not being selfish: Studies show you have a better chance of weight-loss success if you want to improve your own health, rather than giving in to outside pressure.

There are so many awesome answers. Maybe you want to turn heads on the street, in your kitchen, or at an upcoming class reunion. Or how about rocking that T-shirt like it’s 1999? Maybe it’s about having more energy to play with your kids, have fun with your buddies, and get busy with whoever notices that new physique. Last but definitely not least, how about living longer — for you and for your loved ones — and enjoying time with them more. To learn more about the amazing benefits of weight loss, click here.

Tip 2: Use your “why” as motivation

Enjoying a longer life with loved ones is a popular reason for losing weight — and rightfully so — but isn’t seeing them in person enough? Thing is, your kids probably aren’t around at work, and your significant other may not be there for the morning commute. So here’s an easy tip: Find a photo of the brood and use it as your screensaver at work or as the background image on your phone. Then, when you feel those junk food cravings coming on, or want to take the elevator instead of the stairs, simply glance at the screen. (This also works with sexy selfies. Just don’t use them at work!)

Likewise, if rocking a tight tee is your goal, find a few you like and use them as reminders. Hang one on your bedroom mirror, drape another over your chair at work, wrap a third around the headrest in your car, you get the idea. In moments of weakness, simply look to the shirt! (Or to the jeans you want to wear to that class reunion, or to the beer-league jersey that used to fit…again, you get the idea.)

With your “why” front-and-centre you’ll never lack for motivation. Then, when you reach your weight-loss goal, you can celebrate like caveman. Mammoth steaks, anyone?

How to giv’r like a champ this summer

How to giv’r like a champ this summer

You can’t rock the beach, barbecue or dock if you overdo it

In Canada, summer is the season of giving.

Not gift-giving, of course, but giving it. You know: Playing hard on the beach, at the park, around the barbecue, on the dock, you know the drill. In summer, Canadians just like to giv’r!

Overdoing it spoils the fun

Going all out in the hot sun can easily lead to overexertion and, in turn, a range of health issues such as fatigue, low blood sugar, and dehydration. That’s why it’s so important to recognize and respect your body’s limits. After all, you can’t giv’r like a champ if you don’t take regular breaks, get enough sleep at night, eat enough food throughout the day, and drink plenty of water and other fluids.

These precautions go beyond the ability to party hearty. Studies show that injuries are the leading killer of Canadians aged 1 to 44. In B.C. alone, more than 400,000 residents are injured each year, but 90% of injuries are both predictable and preventable. You can’t giv’r at all if you’re down for the count.

Play hard, work hard, be smart

Playing hard goes hand-in-hand with working hard — as the old saying goes — and here again guys should listen to what their bodies tell them. Overexertion or strenuous movement and falls, it turns out, account for nearly half of occupational injuries reported to the Canadian Community Health Survey.

So go ahead and go for it this summer, but be smart about how you do it. After all, come fall, you may want to giv’r then, too…

The ‘Big 3’ benefits of losing weight

The ‘Big 3’ benefits of losing weight

Dropping just a few pounds improves everything from sleep to sex

What springs to mind when you hear the words “Big 3?” NBA fans might think of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. Car buffs could point to Ford, GMC and Chrysler, while millions of Canadian cellphone subscribers might shudder and say Bell, Rogers, and Telus.

But there’s another Big 3 that, unlike your wireless provider, may actually reduce your monthly bills. Which awesome Big 3 is this? It’s the Big 3 Benefits of Losing Weight:

    1. You’ll feel better: Is any benefit better than this? Dropping just a few pounds can reduce joint pain, improve the quality of your sleep, and chase away fatigue and grogginess. Oh, and speaking of feeling better…  
    2. Your sex life will improveYour sex drive is affected by high blood pressure and other conditions that you’re likely to have if you’re overweight. Additionally, erectile dysfunction can be a problem for obese and overweight men. Plus, the people you have sex with will be all over a fitter, firmer partner. Need we say more?
    3. You’ll live longer: You’re feeling great, you’re getting some, so why not stick around to enjoy it? Dropping pounds lowers the risk of life-shortening conditions such as heart attacks and sleep apnea, a sleeping condition in which your breathing starts and stops but seems to you like heavy snoring.
5 Cool Things To Do With Your Time

5 Cool Things To Do With Your Time

It’s official: For only the second time in history, Canadian teams are shut out of the NHL playoffs. But even though our teams aren’t participating, this is still our game! In addition to keeping track of your hockey pools, why not take this opportunity to make a few incredibly easy changes in your life? Plus, the health benefits of the five simple steps that follow will make you feel like your hometown team just won the Stanley Cup!

1. Take the Weekly Fitness Challenge

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Guys’ fitness goals can get overshadowed by work and family life — not to mention those late night hockey broadcasts — so you’ll be surprised how easily these simple exercises slide into your day. Another option: Download the free “6 Week EZ Guide to Get Fit” ebook. Follow along and you’ll see your energy and strength soar.

2. Crack your sugar addiction

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One of the easiest ways to shrink that spare tire is to reduce your sugar intake. Try replacing sugary soft drinks with water. Add a squeeze of lemon, lime, or cucumber to make it more exciting. Not only will you stave off sugar crashes, you’ll be more hydrated by the swap, and your belly-fighting goals will be that much more attainable. If you find this challenging, other guys are here to help. Don’t Change Much champion Adam Kreek, for instance, has embarked on a quest to cut sugar (and processed foods) from his family’s life for an entire year!

3. Improve your sleep quality

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It sounds easy, but getting enough quality sleep can present a challenge as mornings grow brighter and we rush to meet deadlines before summer vacations. That’s where these 10 tips come in to get you even better sleep than your dog!

4. Branch out with your buds

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If the good ol’ hockey game was your only excuse for a stress-busting boys night out, now is the time to branch out and get fit while you’re at it. Here’s how it is done.

5. Start a new bromance

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If Sidney Crosby isn’t returning your emails, work on building your friendships with the other guys in your life. It’ll help you live longer and will reduce stress and the chances of depression.

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