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Bingeworthy shows on shomi

Lucy Robert | posted Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 2015

For the funny bone

If you need a good laugh after a hard day, these are the shows for you.

30 Rock: With the entire 30 Rock collection on shomi, it will take no time to finish all seasons with Tina Fey’s clever writing, hilarious directing, and acting. 30 Rock is sure to keep you laughing until the very end.

Modern Family: Still on the air is Modern Family, but don’t fret watch the entire first three seasons on shomi and get caught up with this hilarious, unconventional family as they deal with their daily lives.

For the nostalgic

Are you wanting to relive your past? Now, your television selection can feel like you are living in your teenage years! shomi has a wide variety of shows that are blasts from the past and let you step into your nostalgic years.

Boy Meets World: After being off the air for over 15 years, you can now relive the 90s as Cory, Shawn, and Topanga take on the world and their teacher Mr. Feeney. The amount of denim-on-denim, and plaid-on-plaid will remind you of your younger years for sure.

The Office: You may be asking, The Office? Nostalgic? However it has been three years since The Office has been off air and that is far too long. Well have no fear, season one through seven are here to cure you of your Office blues. With iconic characters like Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute, and Jim and Pam this show hits the marks perfectly in hilarity.

Feel good

If you’re looking to have a laugh and just pure enjoyment on TV look no further than these two shows.

Jane the Virgin: Follow Jane through her journey as she discovers she has been artificially inseminated. You’re sure to laugh, cry and everything in-between as Jane faces her new life with the hardships to come.

2 Broke Girls: Another feel-good show, 2 Broke Girls follows two girls that meet while waiting in a greasy diner and hope to find their successful career path. With the comedic cast, 2 Broke Girls is a show that everyone can relate to in some way or another.

For the jaw droppers

These shows are sure to give you fright and are not for the faint of heart. With zombies, dramatic families, and a witch coven these shows are sure to keep you glued to your seat.

American Horror Story: American Horror Story is a show that will put your mind to the test, where each season dives into different characters and places such as an insane asylum, a witch coven, and a haunted house. As we wait for the highly anticipated new season, catch up on old episodes by binge watching on shomi.

Shameless: Based in the suburbs of Chicago, Shameless takes controversial to the next level. With six kids living in a house ran by their 20 year-old sister, the kooky next-door neighbors and an inebriated William H. Macey thrown into the mix, this show will surely keep you wanting more.

shomi-exclusives iZombie & Transparent

These new series are making headlines, and shomi is the only place to watch them in Canada.

iZombie: This sci-fi series features medical resident turned zombie ‘Liv’ who helps solves murders with her new zombie-induced “talent”. iZombie is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat as you are immersed into this alternative world where zombies roam the earth.

Transparent: Making headlines after winning multiple Golden Globes this year, Transparent is finally available to Canadians and on shomi. As a father reintroduces himself as a women to his family, secrets start to unravel and everyone finally starts to understand who they really are.

How to de-clutter your space

Cityline | posted Tuesday, Apr 21st, 2015

From toys to magazines, from office supplies to clothes, clutter is bound to build up within your home sometimes! But no need to worry, Yanic Simard shares some key tips on how to get rid of clutter to restore order to your space:

  • To decide what stays in your space and what doesn’t, start with taking everything out of your space (minus your furniture) to start fresh.
  • Remove extra furniture out of the space, such as office chairs.
  • When you are putting your things back in the room, only bring back the essentials plus some décor. This will also help you create a focal space.
  • Try not to over-do it with artwork.
  • When you go shopping, make sure that what you are bringing into your home is necessary. Do not force items in your space just because you got them on sale. Resist the temptation!
  • When you have less items in your space, you will be able to concentrate on the small number of beautiful pieces that you do have.
  • Return the extra pieces into your room back to where they belong, organize them or give them away.

For more de-cluttering tips from Yanic, watch the video below:

Social Stream: #BTinDisney

Winston Sih | posted Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015

Breakfast Television and Cityline are live from Walt Disney World April 20 and 21 with fans to celebrate BT’s 25th anniversary, thanks to WestJet Vacations.

Whether you’re in Walt Disney World with the BT gang or joining the fun at home, check out our behind-the-scenes updates on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vine postings using the hashtags #BTinDisney and #BT25 in the social stream below.

Tune into Breakfast Television April 20 and 21, and Cityline April 20 to see all of the fun live from Orlando, Fla.

Check out behind-the-scenes video blogs and updates here.

Click here to upload photos and videos!

How to start running: A step-by-step guide for beginners

James S. Fell | posted Thursday, Apr 16th, 2015

Running is the king of both convenience and calorie-burning, but it takes planning, patience and persistence to become a regular runner. I tried and failed at least four times before I finally got it to stick. I’ve been a regular runner for over six years now, and I think it might hold this time. Here are my tried and tested running tips:

1. Pick a “go” day. Give yourself a couple of weeks to get everything prepared, but have a day that is specifically marked on your calendar as the day you start running. Start getting excited about this new you who is a dedicated runner.

2. Find a friend. Or a family member. This isn’t critical, but having someone who is of similar abilities who is going to join you on becoming a runner can be a powerful motivator. They don’t have to join you for every run.

3. Get tuned up. Researcher James Annesi reported in a 2001 article in the Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science that for aerobic training in general “music significantly improved positive affect. The elevated emotion was considered important for new exercisers during the initial months of attempting to adapt to the demands of a regular program.” Additionally, runners were surveyed and “a preference for music while training was indicated by 87 percent of the sample. Many participants interviewed retrospectively noted a reduction in perceived exertion while running at any pace with music.”

4. Get professional help, part 1. Don’t go to a regular sporting goods store, but instead choose a store that focuses just on running and get help picking proper shoes, socks, shorts, pants, gloves, hats – all the weather-specific gear you need to start running. It won’t be cheap, but with the exception of the shoes, most of it will last a long time. I’ve put about 5,000km on my Nike running tights and they’re still in good shape.

5. Get professional help, part 2. Many running stores have clinics you can sign up for that have training groups targeted to beginners. These have the benefit of having lots of educational information about the activity, having like-minded people in the group, being regularly scheduled so that you know when you’re supposed to be running.

6. We are Borg. Resistance is futile. OK, you may need to be a Star Trek geek to get that, but there is a lot of cool running technology out there you may want to consider trying. Gadgets and apps that can track your distance, pace, heart rate and probably some other stuff I don’t know about because the only technology I use is an iPod Shuffle.

7. Go day: Start slow. Exactly how far and how fast you go will depend on things like your age, weight, injuries, and previous training. One word of caution: you may have a good cardiovascular system if you spend lots of time on an elliptical trainer, but you still won’t be used to the impact of running. You will likely have the ability to run much further but shouldn’t. Go too far, and the next day you’ll hurt from the eyebrows down.

So, what I’m going to offer is some basic advice that can apply to a broad group of people, but should be altered based on your specific circumstances. It is designed to minimize pain and chance of injury, and ease you into what is admittedly a very difficult behaviour to adopt. Note that you won’t burn many calories in the beginning.

For “go” day, run 1km. That’s it. Walk part of it if you have to. Do this twice in your first week.

Week 2: Run twice this week at 1.5km each time.

Week 3: Run twice this week at 2km each time.

Week 4: Run three times at 2km each time.

Week 5: Run three times at 2.5km each time

Week 6: Run three times at 3km each time

Week 7: Schedule a 5km race for week 10. Run three times at 4km each time.

Week 8: Run three times at 4.5 km each time.

Week 9: Run three times at 5km each time.

Week 10: Keep running, and kick some serious butt in that race.

(For a beginner-to-5km daily training guide, try this program.)

Tips to keep progressing

Nine weeks to get up to 5km three times a week isn’t that fast, but it’s getting you there. You may need to go slower, or you might be able to handle faster. Be mindful of your body in terms of pain as well as personal enjoyment. Don’t burn out, but don’t get bored either. You have an important role to play in designing a program based on your unique needs.

And you want to keep pushing your limits. Running 15km a week is only the beginning. Sure, you’ll burn some calories doing this and it will be good for your fitness, but a better weekly distance is more like 30km. That’s getting into workout warrior territory. That’s when you’re really starting to blast through fat stores and get some serious health benefits. Of course, if you keep adapting yourself slowly you can continue beyond that. I rarely go fewer than 40km in a week, and am usually above 50. I know people who run a lot more than this. If you take the time to slowly push both your distance and your speed in increments, you can reach serious mileage without hurting yourself.

This may sound daunting, but if you follow through, in time you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. Runners are a special breed. We’re a special breed of awesome. Join the awesome.

James S. Fell is a certified strength and conditioning specialist in Calgary, AB. Visit www.bodyforwife.com or email him at james@bodyforwife.com

5 ways to save money with your phone

Amy Valm | posted Tuesday, Apr 14th, 2015

Flipp
Free | iOS, Android
Ditch paper flyers for this one-stop digital source that meets all your price-matching needs with a flip of the finger.

RedFlagDeals
Free | iOS, Android
Browse deals and source coupons easily on this Canadian-based deal-finder or recommend fab deals and chat with other savvy shoppers.

Checkout 51
Free | iOS, Android
Sign up for money-saving rebates—simply photograph your receipt from any store and upload through the app to start raking in the savings.

GasBuddy
Free | iOS, Android
Find the cheapest fuel near you, as reported by like-minded money savers who report local gas prices to save everyone some coin.

YNAB
Free | iOS, Android
“You Need A Budget” takes the guesswork—and dread—out of building and maintaining a budget by allowing users to easily enter and organize transactions.

A version of this article appeared in our April 2015 issue with the headline, “Living on the cheap”, p.49.

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