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Hello and welcome to my blog…

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Sabiha Rizvi and I am the owner of Unionville Fitness. I am a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant, located in Unionville, ON. I provide flexible programs covering both fitness and nutrition tailored to your requirements.

If you live in the GTA (Markham, Unionville, Richmond Hill, Vaughan) come and train with me. If you prefer to workout in the comfort of your own home, I also provide in-home training.

You can read more about me here

Why do we need proteins?

June 21, 2016
salmon dish

Proteins are the building blocks of life as every cell in our body contains protein. In fact after water, proteins make up the second largest percentage of body material. We need protein for growth and repair of body tissues, formation of enzymes and hormones to maintain optimal bodily functions, and for energy.

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The dangers of belly fat

May 19, 2016
Belly Fat

Fat is stored in two places in our bodies:
1) Subcutaneously (beneath the skin), and
2) Viscerally (deep inside the body).
When health professionals talk about visceral fat they are mainly referring to belly fat, the excess body fat stored in the abdominal cavity and surrounding major organs such as liver, kidneys and pancreas. Subcutaneous fat on the other hand accumulates in areas such as the back of the arms, love handles, buttocks and thighs.

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Healthy Chocolate Nut Bark

February 6, 2016
Chocolate Nut Bark

Last week we attended a Health and Wellness Expo in Markham and I bought a box of chocolate bark from a local food store booth called Nature’s Emporium. It was so delicious that we (or maybe it was just me) finished that whole box within a day.

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Why Women Need Strength Training (Part 2)

January 30, 2016
woman with barbell

In the last decade or so researchers have published many compelling studies on why women of all ages need to strength train. Strength or resistance training not only helps to build and maintain muscle mass but improves bone density as well. Although it is easy to establish the importance of strength training, a lot of women struggle with where to start.

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Make 2016 count!

January 18, 2016

Make your health and fitness goals a priority in 2016! Here are a few pointers to help you get started on your fitness journey:
1. Remember it’s never too late to start. Taking responsibility for your health and fitness goals is the key to achieving them.
2. The single most important step is to DECIDE! Decide to focus on your health and then consistently put in an effort to reach your goals. If you persist, slowly but surely you’ll get there.

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Why Women Need Strength Training

January 18, 2016
woman strength training

Ever noticed when you step into a gym that women tend to gravitate towards cardio equipment and men towards weights? Most women believe that they just need to lose some body fat and they will then look and feel just fine. However, an important and obvious point to remember is that our bodies are made of skin, bones, MUSCLES and fat.

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Do you know your body type?

January 8, 2016
Body Type

Like it or not we are all born with different body types, each requiring different sets of training principles to achieve our health and fitness goals. More specifically there are three main body types: the Ectomorphs, the Mesomorphs and the Endomorphs. However, people can be a mix of Ectomorph and Mesomorph or Endomorph and Mesomorph.

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Back to School Nutrition Tips!

September 4, 2015
Whole foods

Hey everyone, can you believe it’s already September, the time of the year when the kids go back to school! While we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the kids can go back to a more productive daily routine, coming up with healthy lunch and snack ideas can sometimes become a real struggle. So here are a few tips to pack healthy, nutritious food for the kids all year around.

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From Madrid to Barcelona…A Trip to remember!

July 12, 2015
Toledo from the top

This post has been a long time coming. It took me a while to figure out how to capture all the interesting details of our trip in a single post. It was such an amazing experience that it is nearly impossible to describe what only our senses could absorb!! We drove more than 2,000 kilometres down and back up the Iberian Peninsula, from Madrid to Barcelona, taking in the stunning historical architecture, the breathtaking landscapes, the hospitable people and the […]

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