By Athlete's Care on November 24, 2021
Fitness and the path to lifelong good health is one of the best gifts a parent can give. Here’s a look at some ideas on how to do that.
It’s not enough to point to videos or TV personalities – or even their favourite cartoon superheroes – for examples on the value of fitness. They’re looking at the people they see everyday to model the behaviour they’ll follow, and that includes making fitness part of their lifestyle.
At any age, we tend to follow fitness programs that are social more than solitary activity. That can mean getting the whole family involved, or inviting friends to a group hike or game of soccer.
Turning fitness into a chore is a mistake. Insisting on specific activities that kids may not be very enthusiastic about is one thing, but nowadays, fitness also has a lot of competition from things like video games and TV.
Every child is different, and has their own personality. It's natural for parents to want to pass along their own passions, but it's important to make it about the child, and what suits them best.
There are many gifts that can help promote activity for kids, from the latest gear for their favourite sport to trendy sports shoes.
Vacations with the kids can be challenging. Focusing the fun around an activity everyone can enjoy answers the question of what everyone will do for the duration, and leaves kids with a sense of adventure an a welcome break from the everyday.
They key to instilling a lifelong love of fitness is to make it a positive experience, and one they'll maintain out of preference and not just because someone's nagging them.
Multiple studies suggest that keeping your kids active can also boost their grades at school. It's a win-win-win situation when you can start their fitness habit as early as you can.
If you have any questions about fitness and your family, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapy and chiropractic today for a consultation.
By Athlete's Care on November 08, 2021
An imbalanced posture, and impaired sense of balance, can affect you in many ways.
What is proprioception? It’s your ability to feel where you are in space, particularly relative to other objects or people. Improving your balance with exercise will improve this ability, and correct the issues mentioned above.
Exercises that focus on balance will work with specific muscle groups. These include:
The most important principle to keep in mind with balance exercises is consistency. It’s not about getting spectacular results; it’s about being able to reproduce those results reliably in any situation.
Here are five you can practice everyday.
1. One Leg Lift
2. Tightrope Walk
3. Rocking the Boat
Noon To Six (Clock) Reach
Working on your balance can be a productive addition to your existing workout, and it also makes a great stepping off point if you are new to exercising daily. If you need any advice about injury avoidance, or exercise in general, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapy and chiropractic clinics today for a consultation.
By Athlete's Care on October 14, 2021
Here’s a look at why.
The exact mechanisms at work are not yet known, and there are research studies looking into this phenomenon currently.
Some of the research findings so far:
Running for just 15 minutes daily, or walking for at least an hour, is associated with a reduced risk of major depression, according to a study published online January 23 by JAMA Psychiatry. If you’re unsure of where to start or how to ramp up your exercise regimen, our Toronto physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other sports medicine specialists are available with answers and advice.
"We saw a 26% decrease in odds for becoming depressed for each major increase in objectively measured physical activity," says study author Karmel Choi, a clinical and research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/more-evidence-that-exercise-can-boost-mood "This increase in physical activity is what you might see on your activity tracker if you replaced 15 minutes of sitting with 15 minutes of running, or one hour of sitting with one hour of moderate activity like brisk walking."
But, is exercise the catalyst – or is is that, when we feel better, we exercise more?
"We wanted to see if there might be a causal connection, in either direction, between physical activity and depression," says Choi. "Does physical activity protect against depression? Or does depression simply reduce physical activity? Our study allowed us to untangle those questions in a powerful new way using genetic data."
The study noted that the type of movement didn’t actually matter.
"What our study would say is that any kind of movement can add up to keep depression at bay. I think that's why our study findings were especially appealing. It didn't say you have to run a marathon, do hours of aerobics, or be a CrossFit master just to see benefits on depression," says Choi.
Regular exercise is the key to a healthy lifestyle at any age, and whether you are a professional athlete or retiree, it has benefits beyond just the physical aspects. If you have any questions about exercise, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapy and sports medicine clinics today for a consultation.
By Athlete's Care on August 31, 2021
The question becomes: how can I stay fit with limited time and resources?
The answer is easy: work out at home, using stairs to add to the impact.
Stairs give you a way of adding variations and more challenging levels to your home workout routine. Here’s why.
When it comes to form, remember to:
Note: It’s probably best to do stairs at the beginning of your workout rather than at the end.
Running or walking the stairs is one simple way to use them in your workouts. Alternating 2 to 5 minutes of stair running with 30 to 60 second rest periods for five to ten iterations will give you a great workout.
Note: Before you begin any new exercise regimen, it’s a good idea to check with your Toronto physiotherapist or other medical practitioner to ask about how it might affect any existing conditions.
Here are some other stair exercises you can try:
1. Stair Push-up
2. Stair Crawl
3. Side Steps
4. Crab Walk
5. Stair Hops
If you have any questions about exercise or getting in shape, our Toronto physiotherapists, chiropractors and other sports medicine specialists are available with answers. Don’t hesitate to contact one of our Toronto physiotherapy clinics for a consultation.