Dai Manuel is a dad, husband, Fitness Town COO, Motivational speaker, CrossFit athlete and coach. Driven to help people live healthier, active lifestyles.

What’s the connection between Exercise and Happiness?


Amazing things happen in our brains when we exercise, the benefits of which encompass everything from improving short-term memory loss to combating depression to even preventing Alzheimer’s disease. But what exactly is going on in our grey matter, so to speak, during and after a round of exercise? The Runner’s High, Exercise and feeling awesome Most of us are familiar ...

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The single greatest piece of Life Advice I’ve been given is…

Life Advice from a child

Life Advice – little pearls of wisdom passed on to us from those we respect, hold in high esteem and very often, love unconditionally. Whether they’re our mentors, parents, partners or children, these little tidbits of knowledge can profoundly influence our beliefs, daily actions and the way we tackle the obstacles we meet. To be right to the point… They ...

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3 Apps and a Chicken Recipe to Make the Holidays just a bit more awesome


Happy Holidays!  But are they really? You know what I’m talking about. Family commitments, work outings, parties, school concerts, shopping while battling through the crowds EVERYWHERE and did I mention on top of all that, cooking for oneself and family? Yikes! As noted in a post a few months ago, Christie and I are busy, busy parents. And we often find ourselves rushing ...

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Join the Advent Health Challenge


Christmas marks a time for over-indulgence. Office parties, school socials and family get-together’s all mean one thing: lots of calories. A medical journal recently published results showing that North Americans gain an average of two to five pounds per year. More startling is that 1.5 to 4 pounds of this gain occurs between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Not this year ...

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How to cut over 1000 calories from your holiday dinner


Holidays – especially Christmas – is undoubtedly the most calorific day of the year, with the average person eating 4,500 to 6,000 calories worth of turkey, chocolate and mulled wine on the big day. This is why the following information made the useful Christmas dinner swap guide. The list comprises of pretty much every element making up a classic Christmas meal along with ...

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Why Should I Transition to a Minimalist Running Shoe? The Answer is…

Why Should I Transition to a Minimalist Running Shoe

At one time, it might have been unthinkable. However, running barefoot ― or in shoes with soles so thin that it feels like being barefoot ― has become a popular activity… Why Minimalist Running? This phenomenon is called “minimalist running.” Minimalist runners point out that it helps human beings appreciate the outdoors. After all, minimalist runners can really feel the ground ...

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November’s #ChickenChat is all about the Osteoporosis and Comfort Food Connection

Osteoporosis and the comfort food connection #chickenchat

November  is Osteoporosis Awareness Month – Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become thin and porous, decreasing bone strength and leading to increased risk of breaking a bone. Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture during their lifetime. ...

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BBC Video Series points a finger at who made the world fat


Around the world, obesity levels are rising at an alarming rate. More people are now dying of overeating than starving and undernourished. The World Health Organization has the advantage of amassing large volumes of information from health agencies around the world. Of this information, these are just a few of the startling statistics that jump out. 6 Key facts about the Global ...

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Short on time? No worries, there’s a #ChickenApp for that

Short on time, no worries! There's a #ChickenApp for that #ChickenDotCa

Time. Time? Time! Who’s got enough of it? Well my family sure doesn’t. We lead active lifestyles which always seem to be on the go. If there’s an opportunity to take a short cut when it comes to meal preparation and cooking, we’re all about it. Several months ago we started cooking large batches of chicken breasts at the start ...

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