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NBA All-Star Weekend Toronto NTC Court Fit Experience

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NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto may be over but I am still feeling the effects of our special basketball inspired NTC workout lead by Nike Master Trainers Eva Redpath and Emily Hutchins. At 6:30am on Sunday morning we arrived at Mattamy Athletic Centre, which was converted into a Jordan Brand court for the weekend. To help take the sting off having to wake up at 5:30am after a long week of events, Nike treated the ladies to a braid bar experience pre workout. Just before our sweat sesh commenced, we were introduced to Canadian Olympian basketball player (and former Notre Dame Fighting Irish) Natalie Achonwa. The 6’3″ Forward, who currently plays for the Indiana Fever, graciously helped us through the ball handling skills after a dynamic warm-up and killer workout created by Em and Eva, based fundamental Nike Training Club exercises from workouts in the NTC+ app. And it wouldn’t be a ball workout if suicide sprints weren’t in the mix too.

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NTC Court Fit

NTC Court Fit

All the pieces we wore for the early morning workout were super lightweight, breathable, and the tights had just the right amount of both stretch and coverage. A workout with both cross training and agility/speed drills needs the right pair of shoes. The Lunar Sculpt Training shoe has a form fitting upper that offers lightweight support and plus the lunarlon midsole provided the responsive cushioning we needed for the plyometric jumps during in the workout.

Don’t have access to Nike Master Trainers in your city? No problem…download the NTC+ Nike Training Club App on your favourite wireless device for free to access over 100 workouts. No matter what you’re fitness level is, the app serves as your own personal trainer and where you can stay motivated from the millions of other female users within the Nike Women community.

What we’re wearing: Nike Legendary Fabric Twist Veneer Tights // Nike Pro Calssic Padded Tidal Multi Bra // Nike Elastika Elevate Tank // Lunar Sculpt Training Shoes // All clothing courtesy of Nike Canada. Shop Nike Women gear now at Nike.com

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NTC Court FitPhotography by Jackie Beale and Nathalia Allen for Nike Canada

7 Ways To Avoid Weight Gain This Holiday Season

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The holiday season is here and with it comes copious amounts of calorie laden drinks, home baked goods and carb filled sides. You don’t have to stay away from these items completely, but you will need to at least be conscious of your “holiday habits if you want to come out on the other side the same size.  Here’s 7 tips to help you keep off the extra weight during the holidays!

1. Never go to a party hungry. Eating a small snack or even a piece of fruit before heading to a holiday party can certainly take the edge off hunger and help you from overeating on carbs. Drinking 1-2 large glasses of water can also be beneficial.

Holiday Spread

2. Scope out the buffet table. Check out the healthiest choices before filling up your plate. Then, aim for filling half your plate with veggies and the rest with lean protein like skinless roasted turkey or seafood.

3. Escape the couch and get outdoors. Get out of the living room and get active with your friends and family. Choose fulfilled activities that encourage you to venture outdoors such as skating, sledding or venture for a walk to take in the neighbourhood lights.

Equinox TorontoPhoto by Nathalia Allen www.amillionminds.ca (@amillionminds)

4. Get moving inside. If staying indoors is the only option, there are plenty of ways to stay active.  Hit up a class at your gym that you’ve never tried before. Having an instructor and fellow classmates will help keep you motivated. No access to a gym? Try one of the “Get Focused” 15 minute workouts on the Nike NTC+ app. Hosting a holiday party? Get in a good workout prepping for guests arrival…did you know heavy duty cleaning can burn up to 300 calories an hour?

5. Try the one-a-day program. Limit yourself to one indulgence per day. Don’t deprive yourself of all sugar for the entire holiday break, that will just lead to a binge disaster between now and January 31st. Be moderate in your thought process – one cookie, one eggnog, one slice of cake, just not all at once.

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6. Be mindful of the liquid calories. Festive drinks may be fun to sip, especially the bubbly kind but make sure to drink in moderation as they can be full of empty calories and tons of sugar (it pains me to admit that one cup of eggnog contains 340 calories).

7. Sleep. This is so underrated. Studies show that a lack of sleep can actually slow the metabolism and increase cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone that prompts your body to store fat and gain weight. Sleep isn’t just for your mental health, but also for your physical health so be sure to get 8 hours of rest a night.

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