At Home Fitness Equipment – Fitness Friday

Happy Friday Everyone!

Last week for Fitness Friday we shared with you 2 at home ab challenges to try out, we’ve been trying out the Alexis Ren Ab Workout Everyday and our abs have never been more sore. This week we wanted share a few of our picks for at home fitness equipment that can fit anywhere from a condo to a palatial country estate (by that we do just mean small and easy equipment).

Resistance Bands

Resistance Bands are really versatile if you are in a pinch, you can do arm workouts and leg/glute workouts with them if you need to.

Try This Full Body Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5fU-M_LVP4

Try This Abs + Glute Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3tvrLY1Qsw

Try This 30 Min Glute Workout: youtube.com/watch?v=y-nbg7vNkcY

Our Favourite Resistance Bands: Amazon

Sets like this with a wide range of resistances are our favourite, because you can work your strength up as well as mix and match the bands for a custom weight.

Our Favourite Hip Bands: Amazon

Hip Bands are the best if you are doing a lot of abduction based movement (moving your legs a part, side steps etc.) They are cloth covered so they are much more clip resistant and the thickness gives more support in the exercise.

Our Favourite Ankle Bands: P.Volve

While these are a luxury addition, they are amazing for adding additional weight and challenge to pilates moves. We like to use these for moves such as donkey kicks and fire hydrants which would normally cause regular resistance bands to roll up or cut into the back of our knees.

Yoga Mat

A yoga mat is an incredibly versatile piece of equipment because in addition to using it to do yoga (as the name suggests) it’s great for pilates, floor work or using it as a non slip base for things like lunges, split squats, mountain climbers etc.

Our Luxe Yoga Mat Pick: Lululemon

Lululemon makes some amazing yoga mats, which if you are interested in yoga (in particular hot yoga) they are amazing because they are quite sticky so you don’t slide around as much.

Our Favourite Yoga Mat: Indigo

These are nice and soft, if you are looking for an all rounder mat that you can use for your daily workouts and yoga this is the mat.

Ankle Weights

Ankle/Wrist Weights are the best for added an extra challenge to bodyweight exercises. Anything from arm circles to leg raises can have their difficulty increased with a light weight.

Try this Glute Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h_ltvVfLns

Try this No Equipment Workout with Added Weight for a Challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bggX6ocjojk

Aesthetic Ankle Weights: Bala Bangle

These are so cute but are really light, only 1lb. If you are a beginner or looking for a light ankle weight these will be perfect.

The Exact Ones We Own: Nike

We got these bad boys because they are 5lbs which is exactly what we wanted for leg raises and jump squats. They are really well made and super durable.

Sliders

Sliders are super versatile and add a serious amount of challenge to your workout. Whether you are doing ab pikes or sliding lunges you will feel the burn.

Try this Full Body Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4z2OZLGKuY

Try this Core Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEtIkmME0Wo

Try this Glute Workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2fHb5YcNH0

Cute and Affordable Sliders: Bala Bangles

The Fast Delivery Version: Amazon

What are your go-to home workout equipment items?

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit launched on April 6th to provide Canadians with $2000 per month to help those who have lost work due to COVID-19.

Canadians are eligible for the equivalent of $500 per week for up to 16 weeks or $2000 per month for 4 months totalling $8000.

Who is eligible

The Benefit is available to workers:

  • Residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old;
  • Who have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020;
  • Who had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application; and,
  • Who have not quit their job voluntarily.

When submitting your first claim, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for 14 or more consecutive days within the four-week benefit period of your claim.

When submitting subsequent claims, you cannot have earned more than $1,000 in employment and/or self-employment income for the entire four-week benefit period of your new claim.

(Taken Directly from canada.ca)

How To Apply

There are two ways to apply: directly through CRA or through Service Canada

If you apply through one you CANNOT apply through the other, so picking the correct one for your situation is crucial.

There are 2 key differences between the two: One being the payout schedule and the second is the re-application process.

With CRA, you will re-apply through your “My CRA Account” every application period on your specific day based on your birth month.

Monday: Jan, Feb Mar

Tuesday: April, May, June

Wednesday: July, Aug, Sept

Thursday: Oct, Nov, Dec

Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Everyone

Once you have applied through the CRA you will receive your payout of the full $2000 in approximately 3 business days.

When you apply through Service Canada, you apply the first time through the general CERB portal and then you will receive an access code in the mail in 4-10 days. Once you receive the access code, you will log into http://www.canada.ca/EI-internet-reporting to complete your report for the previous two to four week period (or two sets of two weeks).

After you have completed your report you will receive your payout of $1000 in 1-3 business days.

Every two weeks you will need to log on to the internet reporting and complete your report to continue receiving the $1000 every two weeks.

Eligibility Periods
1March 15, 2020 to April 11, 2020
2April 12, 2020 to May 9, 2020
3May 10, 2020 to June 6, 2020
4June 7, 2020 to July 4, 2020
5July 5, 2020 to August 1, 2020
6August 2, 2020 to August 29, 2020
7August 30, 2020 to September 26, 2020

Fitness Friday

Happy Friday everyone! Every Friday we’ll be sharing workouts you can do from home, home equipment picks and more!

Today we are going to share two of the most popular workout challenges circulating on the internet which are incredibly difficult but are effective and only take 10 minutes per day!

The first challenge is the Alexis Ren 10 Minute Ab Workout. Most of the series we’ve seen have been doing the challenge everyday for 30 days and holy definition. If you are looking for an intense ab workout to add on to your regular workout routine this is the video for you. We’ve linked our favourite version which has fun music, beeps and calls out the exercises so you don’t have to look at the screen.

The second challenge is the Chloe Ting Two Week Shred. You can do the ab workout video as a stand alone challenge everyday or follow her full two week plan for a full body workout! This challenge is amazing if you are looking at kickstarting your fitness journey because it’s a full plan you can follow along making it easy to get into the swing of things or can be a great way to shake up your regular fitness routine with something new and challenging for your body..

Both challenges are an amazing way to get your body moving and your heart rate up while being at home and can be done with no equipment!

Let us know if you try one (or both!) of these challenges out!

Wellness Wednesday

Welcome to our first wellness Wednesday! We’ll be posting these every other Wednesday with fun things you can do at home alone or with your family to help your mental health throughout social distancing.

This week we are going to be sharing 10 feel good TV shows to binge!

  1. Younger – follows 40-year-old Liza – a suddenly single mother who tries to get back into the working world, only to find out it’s nearly impossible to start at the bottom at her age.
  2. Jane the Virgin –  Jane is a religious young Latina who is a waitress in a hotel in Miami. Her life takes a big turn for the unexpected when her doctor (Dr. Luisa Alver) mistakenly artificially inseminates her during her checkup.
  3. Friends – a 90’s Comedy TV show, based in Manhattan, about 6 friends who go through just about every life experience imaginable together; love, marriage, divorce, children, heartbreaks, fights, new jobs and job losses and all sorts of drama.
  4. The Fosters – Stef Foster and Lena Adams, a lesbian couple, have a family of adopted, biological, and foster children. Mariana and Jesus are adopted 15-year-old twins and Brandon is Stef’s 16-year-old biological son from a previous marriage. Everything is going fine in the house until Callie and Jude arrive.
  5. The Good Place – Eleanor, a deceased saleswoman who lived a morally corrupt life, finds herself in a heaven-like afterlife in a case of mistaken identity and tries to hide her past in order to stay there.
  6. Gilmore Girls – Thirty-two year old single mom, Lorelai, lives with her teenage daughter Rory in the small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, with crazy neighbours and many ups and downs.
  7. Girl Meets World – The Boy Meets World spin-off follows Cory and Topanga Matthews’ twelve year old daughter, Riley, and her best friend, Maya, as they navigate through the challenges of life
  8. Brooklyn – Nine-Nine – The series revolves around Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn’s fictional 99th Precinct, who often comes into conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher)
  9. New Girl – After a bad break-up, Jess, an offbeat young woman, moves into an apartment loft with three single men. … Jess, a bubbly, off-beat teacher, who is known to burst into song, catches her boyfriend with another woman. Newly homeless, she moves into a loft with three single guys she’s never met before.
  10. Schitts Creek – When filthy-rich video store magnate Johnny Rose and his family suddenly find themselves broke, they are forced to leave their pampered lives to regroup and rebuild their empire from within the rural city limits of their only remaining asset – Schitt’s Creek, an armpit of a town they once bought as a joke.

Let us know your feel good TV show picks!

A Message During COVID – 19

We are currently living in an unprecedented situation with a global pandemic and the subsequent economic slowdown that is following. While times are hard and we can no longer safely conduct in person business, we wanted to share a few ideas to help you get through the next few weeks and potentially months as we wait for the world to settle into the new normal.

Your wellbeing is the top priority through this pandemic – mental, physical and financial – so we’ve created this series to help you and your loved ones survive and thrive throughout the lockdown. We’ll be posting 2-3 times a week until the end of quarantine sharing everything from financial tips to our favourite recipes.

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5 Ways To Help Out Your Local Business While Social Distancing

It’s been a difficult few weeks with all the news and now the social distancing/quarantine that has started to happen. With looming uncertainty of how long social distancing will last and what impact this will have on the economy, we thought we’d share a few ways we’ve been helping out our local businesses!

Buy gift cards now to use later

Send them lots of love on socials

Order take out from your favourite restaurant

Shop their stores online if you can

Get your grocery staples from your local market

Let us know what else you are doing to support your local businesses!

For Rent: 1810 – 55 Bremner

Located in the heart of the downtown core, 55 Bremner is steps away from the best downtown living has to offer. With direct path access, a Longos, a TD, a LCBO and numerous restaurants all conveniently located in Maple Leaf Square the building is perfectly situated for the young professional on the go. Close to the Scotiabank Arena, Union Station and Harbourfront the building is situated at the core of the city. This South-West facing unit offers both lake and city views, with large windows and a spacious balcony to enjoy the sunshine and the view. The suite has stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, two bathrooms complete with their own showers and in-suite laundry. Building amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, gym, sauna, hot tub, and a business centre. The apartment comes fully furnished with utilities included. There is currently one bedroom available to rent within this suite for $1750 a month, the unit will be shared with the present owner.

Please contact the owner at: jamesanselm@gmail.com

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year! Wishing you all luck, prosperity and good fortune as we celebrate the year of the rat!

Don’t forget to bring Red Packets! Red Packets are lucky pouches of money that are given out throughout the New Year for luck and prosperity. The money inside is called “lucky money” or “money to anchor the new year”. By giving out red packets it’s supposed to symbolize the passing of luck on to the receiver of the red packet.

Years of People Born in the Year of the Rat: 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936, 1924 and 1912

What You Need to Know Before Moving to Oakville

Oakville is one of the best places in Ontario to raise a family. Nestled against Lake Ontario, equidistance between Toronto and Hamilton, Oakville blends historic homes with modern customs builds.

Oakville is great for those needing to commute frequently but want a quiet neighbourhood setting to raise their family. Resting between the 401 and Lake Ontario, Oakville commuters can find themselves living within 5 – 10 minutes of the 401, 403 and/or the QEW.

The town of Oakville can be divided into four main quadrants: South East, South West, North East and North West. Each quadrant can be divided further into neighbourhoods which have their own distinct character. You can read about the different neighbourhoods in our Neighbourhood Guide.

There is a downtown, uptown and midtown core in Oakville. The downtown core is located on Lakeshore just north of Heritage Oakville. The downtown core is full of shops, salons, cafes, restaurants and (weather depending) out door patios. The midtown core located just off of the Trafalgar exit of the 403 is home to Oakville Place, Oakville’s shopping mall which is home to a Sephora, Bay, LL Bean and much more! The uptown core at Dundas is where your can find big box stores at the Oakville Smart Centre as well as stores such as a Canadian Superstore and Canadian tire.

Oakville has a low crime rate which makes it a safe place to raise a family. It’s also full of parks and walking trails to explore year rouund.

For more information about Oakville don’t hesitate to send us an email or give us a call!

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8 Oakville Property Tips from our Broker of Record

We sat down with our Broker of Record to get her top 8 tips for purchasing a property in Oakville. For 2019 the average selling price in Oakville was just over $1 000 000 according to OMREB (the Oakville Milton Real Estate Board). Based on the average selling price we have tailored our tips to the expectations, guidelines and common features found in a million dollar listing in Oakville. Each family will have their own requirements but these are the general guidelines that our Broker of Record has come across in her 17 years of experience as a Real Estate Agent.

Tip Number 1:

Determine your lifestyle requirements before you begin your property search. Knowing if you need to commute to Toronto frequently on the GO Train, or what school you will be sending your children to will impact where you will be looking.

Tip Number 2:

Choose a style of home and property that appeals to you and your family. Consider factors such; as fronting onto the main thoroughfare or nestled into a quiet cul de sac? A large backyard or ravine backing? Full privacy? Located within a planned community or a custom home neighborhood? Heritage home or new build?

Tip Number 3:

Consider the interior layout of the home. How many en-suite bathrooms are required, is a large media room important or would you prefer an in-home theatre? How many bedrooms? One kitchen or two? Is the home orientation important?

Tip Number 4:

Would in-home amenities be important to your family? A Home Theatre for family movie nights? A swimming pool for the kids? A fenced backyard if you have pets? A finished basement with room for having friends over? A home office for managing your family’s finances.

Tip Number 5:

How would you see your family using the backyard? Is your husband the king of the grill and wants an outdoor barbecue area? Is a big backyard appealing or would you rather not worry about the grass? Do you need room for a patio set and some sun loungers? Is an outdoor kitchen something your family would enjoy?

Tip Number 6:

What size garage fits your family’s lifestyle? Do you need storage space for your ski/snowboard equipment? Space to air out the hockey equipment so it’s not in the house? How many cars does your family own and do you want to keep them all in the garage? Do you want to keep your gardening equipment in the garage or will you have a separate garden shed? The same can be asked for pool equipment, do you plan to keep it in your garage or a pool house?

Tip Number 7:

Is there sufficient storage to fit your family’s lifestyle. Do you collect wine? If so having a wine cellar or room to build a wine cellar is an important consideration. Is there a place to keep your Christmas decorations? Will your luggage have a home? Is there enough closet space for all your coats? How about your guest’s coats?

Tip Number 8:

Would you need to renovate the house? If so, what would need renovations? Perhaps the kitchen isn’t to your liking, or you need to install custom built-in closets? Do the bathrooms need an update? Bear in mind these renovations would add to your cost and it’s important to identify them at the outset so you have a clear picture of how much capital you will be investing into your home.