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Fitness For Freedom Tips is a new type of fitness and health show. We deliver fitness tips that you can apply to your life right away in 10 minutes or less. Lets face it you’re busy and life pulls you in all directions. You want to be healthier, but living a healthier lifestyle is hard. It requires you to change and there is a lot of misinformation out there. We work hard to syphon through it to give you the most sound advice possible and set you up for the greatest chance of success. Jonathan Chant has been working with people to live healthier lives for 10 years now and he’s seen it all. That’s why he founded Fitness For Freedom, your complete online fitness training and lifestyle design community. He pulls out all the stops to help you make the changes yourself. No transformation challenges, no extreme changes just solid strategies to help you make changes that will stick for the rest of your life. Change is constant and you’re going to have lots of questions as you go along that’s why we keep our episodes short so they don’t ‘eat in’ to your already ‘stretched’ lives (puns intended). We try to have some fun with it too! Exercise doesn’t have to be boring? So what are you waiting for? If you’re still reading this you’re definitely interested in the show, so give it a listen.

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Fitness For Freedom Tips is a new type of fitness and health show. We deliver fitness tips that you can apply to your life right away in 10 minutes or less. Lets face it you’re busy and life pulls you in all directions. You want to be healthier, but living a healthier lifestyle is hard. It requires you to change and there is a lot of misinformation out there. We work hard to syphon through it to give you the most sound advice possible and set you up for the greatest chance of success. Jonathan Chant has been working with people to live healthier lives for 10 years now and he’s seen it all. That’s why he founded Fitness For Freedom, your complete online fitness training and lifestyle design community. He pulls out all the stops to help you make the changes yourself. No transformation challenges, no extreme changes just solid strategies to help you make changes that will stick for the rest of your life. Change is constant and you’re going to have lots of questions as you go along that’s why we keep our episodes short so they don’t ‘eat in’ to your already ‘stretched’ lives (puns intended). We try to have some fun with it too! Exercise doesn’t have to be boring? So what are you waiting for? If you’re still reading this you’re definitely interested in the show, so give it a listen.

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Solid info

By Sharkiej - Jan 30 2016
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Just discovered this podcast on Overcast. Good solid common sense info without the need for flashy special effect sounds for hyped up talk.

Fitness for Freedom

By Howary44 - Jan 28 2016
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Great app. Forward thinking and innovative concepts and a highly entertaining moderator. Highly recommended.

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7 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Solid info

By Sharkiej - Jan 30 2016
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Just discovered this podcast on Overcast. Good solid common sense info without the need for flashy special effect sounds for hyped up talk.

Fitness for Freedom

By Howary44 - Jan 28 2016
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Great app. Forward thinking and innovative concepts and a highly entertaining moderator. Highly recommended.
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Fitness For Freedom Tips

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Fitness For Freedom Tips is a new type of fitness and health show. We deliver fitness tips that you can apply to your life right away in 10 minutes or less. Lets face it you’re busy and life pulls you in all directions. You want to be healthier, but living a healthier lifestyle is hard. It requires you to change and there is a lot of misinformation out there. We work hard to syphon through it to give you the most sound advice possible and set you up for the greatest chance of success. Jonathan Chant has been working with people to live healthier lives for 10 years now and he’s seen it all. That’s why he founded Fitness For Freedom, your complete online fitness training and lifestyle design community. He pulls out all the stops to help you make the changes yourself. No transformation challenges, no extreme changes just solid strategies to help you make changes that will stick for the rest of your life. Change is constant and you’re going to have lots of questions as you go along that’s why we keep our episodes short so they don’t ‘eat in’ to your already ‘stretched’ lives (puns intended). We try to have some fun with it too! Exercise doesn’t have to be boring? So what are you waiting for? If you’re still reading this you’re definitely interested in the show, so give it a listen.

Rank #1: 63: Q&A Weekends: How Can I Lose My C-Section Belly Fat?

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Ok, having this skin or adipose tissue that hangs over the front of your mid-section is really common after pregnancy and sometimes it can be made worse by the scar of a c-section, making it uneven. Because fat does not form the same way under scar tissue or over your muscle that has been literally cut, it can make it look even more uneven or a bit ‘extra hangy’. Even if you lose weight it still won’t be as ‘tight’ looking as the other parts of your body.

Mar 12 2016
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Rank #2: 169: Why Exercising First Thing in the Morning is the Best Time to Exercise

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We can’t debate the effectiveness of exercise when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, it’s quite possibly the single most important component of your overall health, but the vast majority of people still don’t do it. If you’re one of those people that struggles staying consistent with a fitness routine or you feel like you need a shake-up or you’re not as motivated as you could be, today we’re covering the single most effective way to stay consistent with your exercise program, exercising first thing in the morning. This is a tactical how to episode so don’t go anywhere.

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Aug 15 2016
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Rank #3: 157: The Willpower Instinct - A Must-Read Episode

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Today is a must-read episode and we’re covering ‘The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal PhD.’ This is one of my top 5 favorite books of all time because it lays willpower out in an easy to understand way. If you only listen to 1 episode of Fitness For Freedom Tips this may just be the most informative one, so let's get to it.

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Jul 18 2016
7 mins
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Rank #4: 230: How do I balance lifting weight and doing cardio?

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Jules - How do I balance lifting weight and doing cardio? I want to do both because I understand both are important, but I have a limited amount of time and feel like a I have to pick one or the other to get it done.  

Lyndon - When is it okay to skip warm-ups and cool downs?

Jefferson - Is it bad for your body in the long-term to lift really heavy weights?  

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Jan 04 2017
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Rank #5: 164: Gym’s Make Me Uncomfortable. How Can I find a Space that I'm comfortable to exercise in that isn't my house?

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It's Q & A Wednesday's and our question is in from Denise who asks- How can I find a space that's comfortable to exercise in that isn't my house? Gyms make me really uncomfortable and I don't have the space or motivation to workout at home. Denise this is a really good question and hopefully something we can help you with today or at least give you some ideas about how you can tackle it, now let's cut to it.

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Aug 03 2016
5 mins
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Rank #6: 260: Is there any way to increase my metabolism?

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Pat - I have arthritis in my right hip. I work with a trainer who has me doing some exercises, but it causes me pain in my right leg when I move it the wrong way. I want to keep doing leg training - should I start looking at using equipment to help me?

Ally - I am in my late 50s. I go to Pilates classes but I’m wondering if that’s enough to keep me fit. Should I be looking at other types of classes or a trainer also?

Brenna - Is there any way to increase my metabolism? Now that I’m older it’s slowed down - but is that something I can change?

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Apr 19 2017
6 mins
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Rank #7: 176: Q & A Wednesday - I dislocated my shoulder and now it hurts when I exercise, if I keep exercising I’m afraid I’ll make it worse, what can I do?

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It’s Q & A Wednesday’s and our question is in from Greg who has this question or issue we’ll call it - I dislocated my shoulder playing squash about 8 weeks ago when I fell into the wall. It hurts when I do some exercises like push-ups and bicep curls and I'm afraid I'll make it worse; how do I know what exercises I should and shouldn’t do?

Thanks for this question Greg, we all deal with injuries at one point or another and I’m not 100% sure I can help you here, but I’ll give it my best shot so don’t go anywhere.  

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Aug 31 2016
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Rank #8: 282: Can I Exercise During My 2 Hour Commute?

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Magically Nutritious - I was just wondering about nutritional labels, you’ve done some videos on them and mention a lot of minerals and vitamins - what are the most important ones to be looking out for?

JR - I spend about 1.5 to 2 hours a day driving for my daily commute. Do you have any suggestions, besides listening to your podcast, to use this time productively towards fitness goals? Maybe some exercises or stretches that can be safely done while driving or some common ergonomic problems that I should try to avoid?

Ready for Greatness - I’m preparing to run my first 10K. Is there anything I should keep in mind, certain ways I should train, anything I should avoid doing?

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Jul 05 2017
6 mins
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Rank #9: 82: The 3 Lesser Known Reasons Long, Slow, Steady State Exercise is Not a Good Way to Burn Fat

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In Episode 31 we talked about why the fat burning zone is your worst zone to burn fat in from a purely physiological perspective and in today’s episode we’re going to get into the 3 lesser known reasons it’s not the best zone to exercise in and only one of them has anything to do with physiology.

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Mar 31 2016
5 mins
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Rank #10: 276: What’s a good quick exercise I can do to help with my posture?

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Fitness With Friends - I’ve been exercising with a friend for a few months now; but now she keeps skipping out on me. I don’t really like going alone, but I do want to keep exercising, and I don’t have many other people to reach out to. How can I keep my friend interested?

Too Young For This - I sit forward a lot, and I have really bad posture that I want to fix. What’s a good quick exercise I can do to help with my posture? I want something effective that will actually last, but won’t take too long each day.

Foodstuff - If my goal is just to lose weight, is it necessary to exercise, or would it be enough if I only eat healthy?

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Jun 14 2017
7 mins
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Rank #11: 273: The Tradeoff Between Performance and Injury Prevention

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Welcome and thanks for stopping by, we appreciate that you’ve taken time out of your busy day to listen and hope that in return you get some valuable information or insight that you can apply into your everyday life to be the healthiest and most active version of yourself.

In my last year of University I separated my shoulder in a snowboarding accident, I was hurt bad enough that I was unable to lift weights for several months, but after about 1 month I was able to run again, so I dedicated myself to that and started running 5 days a week. It’s probably the only point in my life where I considered myself a legitimate runner and by my standards I was getting very fast running between 5 and 8km, until I started getting pain in the arch of my foot.  At the time I wasn’t sure how to deal with it, but by happenstance I read an article in Men’s Health where they were interviewing Ray Zahab for running tips, for those of you that don’t know Ray is an ultra marathoner that at the time was running 6000 miles across the Sahara desert. In this article he said the best way to run injury free was to keep your pelvis inline to in front of your chest, so I started doing that and interestingly enough the pain in the arch of my foot subsided immediately and I was able to continue running, but initially I slowed down until I got used to this new running stride and adapted for it.

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Jun 05 2017
5 mins
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Rank #12: 95: If You’re Trying to Lose Weight You Need to Understand Caloric Density

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For a long time I have flippantly been using the word caloric density, assuming the average person understood what it meant. Then last week Jennie our Client Relations Manager and I were filming a nutrition video, where it wasn’t clear to her, so she asked what it meant. That’s when I realized, this isn’t as straightforward as it sounds, so today I’m going to give you the rundown of what caloric density is and why it’s so important for you to understand, especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

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Apr 19 2016
4 mins
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Rank #13: 132: Q & A Thursday’s: Jonathan, What Do You Eat?

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It’s Q&A Thursday’s and our question is in from Triple Threat Kay who asks: Jonathan, what kind of food do you eat? This is an interesting question because I'm alway’s evaluating how I eat, how I can eat better, and why I eat the way I do, it if that makes any sense at all. This is very personal to me, but hopefully you can find some strategies and tactics that will work for you as well. 

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Jun 09 2016
8 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 301: What To Do When You Don't Feel Like Exercising

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A couple weeks ago when I was away on holidays I woke up one morning with every intent of going for a run and doing a quick strength workout, but when I woke up that morning I still felt tired, I didn't have very much energy, I was reeling from a cold that even today I haven't fully recovered from and instead going for a run I negotiated with myself, through my rules for these types of circumstances,

Am I just being lazy or am I legitimately tired and unable to run?...

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Sep 11 2017
4 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 318: How do I get and stay motivated?

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It’s a new year and for me this is a time of reflection, thoughtfulness and trying to figure out if I’m living the way I want to live and accomplishing the goals that I want to accomplish. Not only in my own personal health and fitness, but also in the health of my relationships with my family and close friends and also in the strength and direction of Fitness For Freedom.  

I think a lot of people take the time to do this, I mean I hope that many people take the time to do this, since you’re listening to this right now I can only assume that you’re at least interested in being a healthier and more fit person. To be clear I’m not talking about New Year’s resolutions or some kind of a SMART goal...

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Jan 15 2018
9 mins
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Rank #16: 265: Kyle's First Half Marathon

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Thanks for stopping by, if you’ve been listening for a while we appreciate your continued support and if you’re new, welcome. Normally on the show I talk about something a client may be struggling with, techniques you can use to make your exercise routine more effective and strategies you can use to make healthier food choices, but today we’re going to do something a bit different. Today I talk with Kyle Paterson. Kyle got his Kinesiology degree from McGill University and he’s one of our personal personal trainer’s. Although Kyle was an avid athlete when he was growing up after he graduated from high school he put his fitness on hold and I think it’s fair to say his health really took a backseat in terms of his priorities.  What makes Kyle’s situation a bit different or unique is that he didn’t go directly into Kinesiology when he graduated high school, he took social sciences and it wasn’t until his mid 20’s when his health took a serious nose dive, that he really started to look at how he was living and it wasn’t until then that he transferred into the Kinesiology program. It was during this time that he registered for his first half marathon and since this is the beginning of running season and I know there are lots of people who are going to try running for the first time, I thought you might find his experience relatable, interesting and you might find some of the strategies that he used to stay motivated useful.

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May 08 2017
16 mins
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Rank #17: 94: 5 Simple Tips to Completing Your First Half Marathon

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Amazing weather has finally sprung up, I’m seeing dozens and possibly hundreds of people running outside everyday.  Which can only mean one thing, race season is upon us and there are going to be 10’s of thousands of people running their first half marathon. If you’ve never been to one of these race weekends I highly recommend you go, even if you’re not running the energy is electric and you can’t help but to want to be a part of it.

But if you are running, it’s important to go in with a plan. This is only the beginning of the strategies to completing your half marathon and don’t worry even if you have no intentions of running a half these tips will still make you a better runner for any distance you may want to do.

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Apr 18 2016
8 mins
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Rank #18: 278: How much water should I be drinking after and during an exercise routine?

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Enthuzed but Confused - How much water should I be drinking after and during an exercise routine? Especially a very intense one where I’m sweating a lot.

No Free Time - I’ve been exercising for about 4 months, 3 days a week. Now, I have less time than I used to, and I need to cut back on how much exercising I’m doing. Should I keep to 3 days and exercise for less time, or cut back to one intense day?

Mom Problems - My kids spend a lot of time on the computer, and I want to get them more interested in being active. How can I get their attention? 

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Jun 21 2017
6 mins
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Rank #19: Episode 334: How Come More People Don’t Die Exercising?

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Today is a must read episode Endure: Mind, Body and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson. Hutchinson tries to tackle this complex question, why is it that more people don’t die doing exercise or maybe put a different way, if you run a race and give it everything you’ve got and come in second by say 1 second, why are you still alive? I mean you still have energy left over, because you’re still able to walk around, you may be dehydrated, but you’re not so dehydrated that you’ve turned black and gaunt....

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Aug 27 2018
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Rank #20: 185: Freewheel Wednesdays - Will I get a nice body by having a balanced diet and doing lots of cardio, but without lifting weights?

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Q1: How can I get better at pull-ups? I suck at them and want to get better but I can never seem to improve. What can I do?

Q2: Will I get a nice body by having a balanced diet and doing lots of cardio, but without lifting weights?

Q3: What's the point of doing the plank exercise for longer than five minutes?

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Sep 21 2016
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