Mar 292015

Vanishing Muffin Top Workout

Ab work is the number one request I get in my classes. But remember, there is no such thing as spot reduction, so if you want the washboard abs your diet needs to reflect this desire and you also need to add cardio and weights to your routine. I’ve had washboard abs for months at a time throughout the years but not consistently…I’m being honest. Sure, I have incredibly toned abs & I’m strong but as soon as I let up on the eating and letting life take over, they disappear underneath some fat. I don’t have any genetic predisposition to a 6-pack so it’s related to my desire, my eating and exercise habits that I choose at that time.

Here is a part of the Vanishing Muffin Top Workout from Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans to reduce the size of your muffin top. If you DO the exercises and change your diet accordingly, you can make a difference.

Remember these tips to help you reach your goal: Continue reading »

Sep 212014

2016-05-09 17 50 05_resized30 Day Bye Bye Flab Challenge

People LOVE to work their ABS. It’s the number one request I get in class. I’ve got soooooo many effective ways you can drop the fat off your waistline and I’ll share some with you today and some later.

The thing is though, you have to do something to get them!


That’s the secret. And your lifestyle – how you move, what you put in your mouth…and your thoughts, are all part of the solution.

Join this AB challenge that you can do at home. Not doing it, then come to Move Your Body Studio..check out these amazing classes for every body part and every level.

Continue reading »

May 052014

Every one loves a strong core – you want that 6-pack, the flat belly – it’s the number 1 request I get in classes! You want to rid yourself of back pain and feel strong throughout your whole body!

Sure, I say because I know that I will be improving your posture, reducing any back pain you may have, provide you with better balance and make breathing easier for you.

Remember though that there is more to your core than the ripples everyone is seeking (well not everyone!).  They are your pelvic floor muscles (love the pelvic tilts we do in Pilates),  the lower back muscles, squeezing your rectum, and all around your midsection (if you want proper anatomy check out another site – I’m keeping this light).

I’ve shown 3 exercises that I love to do in classes. Continue reading »

Apr 082014

Spring Tune UP

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Flat Tummy Quick Fixes

Slim & Sexy Tank Top Arms

Tight Booty

Chisel Your Inner & Outer Thighs

Belly Blaster

Fat Burner

Shape-up and trim down your abs, arms and butt!

 Reclaim your BODY starting Monday April 28th 6:30pm

$80 for 6weeks

 See for more details or email Tanya at or call 705-887-4605

 Watch the pounds melt away!

Jan 052014

Are you Wild at Heart?                 

Open up with these Back Strengthening Exercises!

When you walk into Move Your Body Studio you are partaking in a journey. This journey will leave you feeling passionate about your health – body, mind and spirit.

Tanya‘s 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry is woven into the fantastic workouts that she provides in every single class and will benefit you in all areas of your life. She takes her knowledge from Pilates, Yoga, Boot Camp Classes, Posture Classes, Personal Training, Meditation, Senior’s Fitness and so much more and delivers state of the art classes.

One simple move, such as opening our chests and strengthening our backs, that is incorporated into all of her classes, allows us the opportunity to keep our spines supple, our hearts open and our core strong. It may just seem like a “move” but the benefits are countless and when done correctly can energize and detoxify our bodies leaving us feeling cleansed and revitalized. Continue reading »

Jan 012014

The Secret to Weight Loss  – Consistency

Are you consistently making healthy choices?

Are you consistently integrating healthy choices into your daily living?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Are you going insane???

Making changes requires you to be conscious of your daily choices.

  • How many times do you make excuses not to exercise? 
  • How many times do you make excuses just to have this treat, this drink, this cigarette just this time?
  • How many times do you change something only to give up within days, weeks or months? 

Do we gain weight after eating one burger and fries – no, but if you are consistently eating high-fat, nutrient deficient foods, you will soon have unnecessary body fat and a nutrient deficient body and inflammation (inflammation is the root cause of all disease). Do you lose weight after a  salad, no – but if you continue to eat nutrient dense foods, you will have cells that thrive which will result in a leaner body mass, and a healthier, happier and more energetic body!

So many of the changes you make take weeks, months, years to add up.  Don’t sabotage your efforts by giving up so quickly!  Trying something for a week will have little or no effect in the long-run….

  • What will stick???
  • What will you change?
  • What will you consistently do?

For years I had the belief that I could eat whatever I wanted as long as I worked out.  I was consistently thin but consistently unhealthy.

 In 2005, with 2 little boys now by my side, I was tired of being sick all the time!  Since that time, I have consistently been making changes to my diet and my family’s…here are a few tips, and remember it’s about PROGRESS not PERFECTION.

  •  We drastically cut our meat intake and replaced it with more vegetables, quinoa, lentils and started to focus more on plant-based nutrition. When I do buy meat I try to make sure it is local, organic and grass fed.
  • Started juicing in September 2007.   I have used it 6/7 days per week since then and LOVE it.  I am getting more veggies.  I have re-invented what breakfast is “supposed” to be and can’t imagine any other way to start my day.

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  • My children also juice (more fruit than veggies).  It’s more hit and miss but better than none at all.  They also love to name the drink each morning – some of their favourites: Tropical Thunder & Green Express. I also put together Healthy Snacks for Kids e-guide packed full of great ideas to raise healthy kids.


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  • In 2010, I started to replace the sweets I like with dark chocolate.  Dark chocolate has so many great benefits that I wanted to replace (or limit my sugary treats). Try these, The Willy Wonka, Raw Raspberry Cream Filled Chocolate Treats, Chocolate Almond and Sesame Bliss Balls
  • Increased the size of my garden and the variety of what I planted.  I also take the time to freeze the excess for our winter enjoyment. Check out this super easy trick to save money and have greens for your smoothies.
  • Support local farmer’s marketsand try different produce from the growers. By taking The $10 Challenge – spending just $10 a week on local food (farmer’s markets), we’d have an additional $2.4 billion in our local economy at the end of the year and create new jobs and keep our local farmers in business (source –
  • There are definitely veggies that I did not like, but when I educated myself about certain ones (i.e. kale, cilantro and arugula) and found out how powerful they can be to my health, I started to add them gradually to my diet.  I must confess that I use them mostly in my juice drinks or green smoothies but there’s nothing wrong with that! 

Dr. Joel Fuhrman states that, “We must taste a food 12-18 times before we like it, 75% of us give up after 5 tries”)

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  • In 2007, I tried Sprouting. For a while I was on a roll and in the habit, but after a few lengthy clean-ups, I decided to buy them occasionally from the store and put my sprouting production on hold.  Having to change the water and spin dry the seeds, I was putting the sprouting container in a bag and whipping it around like a washing machine on a super high spin cycle when all of a sudden – the bag broke- and along with it hundreds of mung beans scattered in every direction in my kitchen- I decided to take a break!  I enjoyed the process and it was fascinating to watch them sprout and although I know they are super healthy for me I will need to devise another method of sprouting to continue this adventure.
  • So…..jump forward to 2011 and I am growing wheatgrass and my own sunflower sprouts in soil- I’m still experimenting- so in the meantime, I buy wheatgrass shots and sprouts when I’m out too! I also now can grow seeds in mason jars! Yeah!! Sometimes I’m on a sprouting roll and other times not – it’s about about the habits we get into!
  • In 2010, I also started to introduce a lot more raw veggies into my diet and went on a raw food adventure! I have also added Chorella tablets to my daily diet. (See Tanya’s favourites for the Upayanaturals on-line wellness store)
  • In 2011, I cleaned out anything I put on my skin, teeth and hair and went natural, check out Tanya’s 5 Beauty Secrets and Whiter Brighter Teeth
  • In 2013 I finished Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans which is an accumulation of 2 decades of helpful lifestyle tips and 7 different work outs for those just starting out to the seasoned workout health guru! Pick up your copy today


  • Lastly, I consistently exercise. Whether it is a walk outside with my dogs, a killer session on my stairmaster, skipping rope, breathing, pilates and meditation, it is vitally important to keep our bodies moving!! Give them the respect they deserve. Check out the great videos I offer on my You-Tube Channel, such as Terrific Triceps, Rock Solid Abs, Tight Butt and much more.

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I hope that some of these suggestions can be incorporated into your healthy living. I am not here to convert you, only to provide you with my experience of what has worked for me to make me HEALTHIER!  We all have our own path, so enjoy the journey!

And on a very honest note, I enjoy indulgences but they do not consistently make up my diet.  I exercise a lot of discipline to eat this way but the health benefits far outweigh the consistency of making unhealthy choices.

Ready to add consistency to your life, contact Tanya at and schedule a consultation!  Start your changes and reap the benefits of a leaner, fitter more energetic body!!

 Need more motivation …check out Holly’s story

Think that I’ve always had it easy with my weight, check out Cookie Dough in the Dark


You definitely kick started me into being more mindful of the things that are under my control.     Tanya and I worked together for a few months and then I moved away.  When we started I weighted about 175 lbs. Since I moved, I’ve continued to learn more about nutrition, sleep and moving my body and keeping on the path we discussed. I am now down to 145 lbs, eating better, sleeping better and much more active. Thanks for giving me that push to really start THINKING about what I was doing. Mindfulness has been a real saviour to improving my health. Thank you, Carolyn R.


Eat to Live- Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Aggressive Health Mike Nash

Thrive Fitness and Thrive Diet by Brendan Brazier

Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness and Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans by Tanya Morrison

Inspired by the birth of my children to be as healthy as possible!

About Tanya:  “I am a real person, living in the real world!  I believe in living a healthy life, not an obsession to be thin.  I believe in being independent, strong (physically and mentally), moving my body and eating healthily.” – Tanya Morrison, 20+ years experience in the health, wellness & fitness field. Personal Trainer, Pilates/Aerobics/CPR & First Aid Instructor, Weight Management Consultant, blogger, and mother to two healthy and active boys!

Move Your Body Studio, owner 705-887-4605

Dec 162013

Condition Your Core with THE PLANK

The traditional sit up has its time and place in a workout routine but if you are looking to have true core strength you must move beyond the “Crunch”.

The rectus abdominis is the primary muscle engaged in the classic crunch (runs vertically from the front of the rib cage to the top of the pelvis) but focusing only on this will pull your posture forward without the balancing act of the back muscles and also neglect all the other core muscles (Internal and External Obliques, Transverse muscles and still deeper core muscles not to mention your back muscles)

The goal to conditioning your core and what we work on in class is NOT to isolate one part of the body but to strengthen the CORE as a whole. Your core is connected to your other muscles, limbs and even your mind.

The Plank is one of my all time favorites to teach in class and has many variations but it is imperative to learn the proper technique before moving forward.

1. Start on your elbows or hands and either knees or toes.

2. There are many technique points to cover and are explained in detail in Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans e-book, available here. But here are a few:

a. When on your elbows your palms should be flat to the floor with your middle finger in line with your elbow. If you make a fist with your hands it makes the plank easier – easier doesn’t mean better.

b. Push your shoulders away from each other but squeeze your elbows together

c. Although you are pressing into the floor, feel the energy in your body lifting to the ceiling.

d. Draw your shoulder blades down on your back, imagine a pin under your belly button to keep your back straight

e. The Crown on your head is pointing straight ahead, the back of your head is glued to the ceiling, and your eyes are looking at your finger tips.

**If you are not feeling intense heat in your body or sweating by now, you are not effectively engaging your muscles

f. Keep your hips aligned in a straight line, not too high or too low.

g. Breath and enjoy the lightness and strength in your body

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Figure 2 High Plank on elbows

Figure 3 Hips are too high

Figure 4 Hips are too low

Core strength is more than having a six-pack; it’s about having great posture, a strong back, to be able to function without pain. Our CORE teaches us to draw on our internal strength, to be steady and be ready to support ourselves when we are thrown off balance.

CORE strength BENEFITS/testimonials from the participants of my classes:

They feel secure on their feet

The fear of falling has disappeared because their balance has improved

Back pain has been greatly reduced or no longer present

Posture has greatly improved and so has their breathing

Flatter tummies

Stronger pelvic floor muscles

Want more great CORE Conditioning Exercises? Join one of the many great classes at Move Your Body Studio

I look forward to seeing you in class,


sittingTanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades and has coached and trained many clients during this time. She is a certified Personal Trainer, Precision Nutrition Coach, Pilates/Aerobics/Yoga Instructor and more. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Reboot 28 day program, 10 Day Body Reset Detox, 30 Days to a New You, Holistic Weight Management System and many more on-line programs. To find out more about these life changing programs check out the testimonials and information at

Tanya has created FREE Healthy Living Challenges because even though we know all this “healthy stuff” it’s good to be reminded to keep it in our awareness. Tanya created the Busy Mama Healthy Mama Facebook page so that like-minded mama’s could get great healthy information and recipes in a fun and light-hearted way.

Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending, the 21 Laws of Irrefutable Fat Loss, How to Get Rid of Cellulite and more. Her blog,  has lots of great articles to help you navigate your way to the healthy life you want, tons of recipes and great tips!

Tanya presents High Performance Nutrition for Kids and Teens, How to Become an Efficient Fat Burner, hosts Raw Smoothie Parties and many more presentations. Please contact her to set up your presentation.

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