I adapted this recipe from one I found in Chatelaine. It looks like a lot of ingredients, but it’s super easy! If you are gluten sensitive, leave out the croutons or use a gluten-free bread to make them. Serves 4.
Forget about inflating your scores — these moves will help you warm up before you tee off.
1. SQUAT WITH ARM EXTENSION
Holding a golf club in both hands and feet shoulder width apart, squat down to ninety degree bend of the knees while raising the club above your head. Return to starting position. Repeat 15-20 times.
2. GOLF ROTATIONS
Position yourself in your regular golf stance. Then hold your club at both ends, swinging and rotating it around your spine with straight arms. Cycle back and forth 10-12 times.
3. STATION LUNGES WITH TRUNK
Begin in a standing posture with a club in both hands with arm horizontal to the ground. Next, step or lunge forward with the left foot until both knees are bent at ninety degrees. While lunging forward, rotate the trunk to the left. Return to the starting position and repeat the movement with the opposite leg. Repeat 10 times for each leg.
Prepping with these three quick exercises before your first tee will ensure you’re ready to shoot your best!
It’s spring time! Time to relax, get outside, and bask in the sun…or is it? Most of us are very concerned about the potential risk of developing skin cancer and so before heading outdoors, we adorn ourselves and our children with abundant amounts of sunscreen. Is this right or wrong? My answer is that it depends.
Most Canadians, rightfully concerned about UVA and UVB rays that cause sunburns and potentially skin cancer, spend very little time in the sun without using sunscreen.
It is the opinion of The Canadian Cancer Society, that one of the best ways to protect yourself from the sun is to properly cover up. Wear appropriate clothing, sunglasses, and a wide brimmed hat that covers your face, ears, and neck.
According to The Canadian Cancer Society, a small number of studies show that people who use sunscreen have a higher risk of developing skin cancer compared to people who do not use sunscreen. The reason for this finding is unknown; however, scientists think people who use sunscreen spend more time in the sun than people who don’t because of a false sense of security. They also postulate that many people do not apply enough sunscreen nor do they reapply it often enough.
It is my opinion that the best protection is indeed proper clothing and avoiding the sun at peak hours, but there are times when we need more protection and sunscreen may need to come into play. Many sunscreens out there, however, may be doing more harm than good. Here are a few reasons to take a good look at your relationship to the sun and to sunscreens:
1. An ingredient in many sunscreens, retinyl palmitate or retinol, a form of Vitamin A, may speed the development of skin tumours and lesions according to the National Toxicology Panel (NTP).
2. Many Canadians are deficient in Vitamin D due to using sunscreen too liberally. We also know that deficiency is linked with many forms of cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases. I recommend 10-15 minutes of “non-sun screened” exposed skin per day.
3. The choice in sunscreens is between “chemical” sunscreens and “mineral” sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens contain compounds that penetrate the skin and convert UV radiation into heat. Most chemical sunscreens better protect against UVB radiation. Mineral sunscreens use zinc and titanium to scatter and reflect both UVA and UVB rays. Whichever type you may choose, Health Canada recommends choosing a sunscreen with an SPF factor of at least 15.
Enjoy the sun this spring and summer but know your limits and how to best protect yourself.
Many people look for ways in which to tone, lose weight, and get fit. With spring in the air, there has never been a better time to take up cycling. Perhaps you own a bicycle, and it is collecting dust in your garage, or maybe you have not owned a bike since you were a kid, it is an excellent time to begin a biking regime.
Cycling has many health benefits which includes improving your heart health, lowering bad cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, makes your bones stronger, increases muscle tone, stress reducer, reduces the pain of arthritis, reduces back pain, helps with weight loss, improves circulation, and improves digestion.
The best benefit to cycling is it makes you feel stronger and healthier and gives you more energy to do the things you need to in your everyday life. Obviously, the legs become stronger, but cycling exercises the entire body, in other words, if you choose to bike regularly, you are going to look and feel fabulous.
If you live close enough to your work or school, consider riding your bike since this provides two benefits, gives you a morning workout and clears your mind for the upcoming day, and it is easier on the environment than driving your vehicle.
Women entering or post menopause can benefit from cycling since exercise boosts the mood, and can help a great deal when hormones are fluctuating. A last benefit is the scenery; with cycling it gives you the chance to see many of the sites that you probably miss when you are driving.
If you plan to take up cycling, begin slow, if you have not been on a bike in 25 years, you do not want to try to ride five miles. Make sure you wear protective gear such as a helmet, kneepads, and elbow pads. This protects you in the event of a fall. Most of all have fun getting in shape and feeling good about it.
It’s 6:30pm, you are still at your desk finishing up your report for tomorrow’s meeting. You have missed another one of your workouts, and will be late for dinner again……
It has been a long week and your neck and between your shoulder blades are screaming for some rest. You jump into the car for your ever expanding commute home with the stresses of traffic and the rest of your life building at each halt of traffic ahead of you. Every day you are feeling this tightness and tension that just won’t seem to go away with anything you do……
Dr. Shaun Batte shares some great tips on how to strengthen and alleviate shoulder tension and pain.
Dr. Adam Weinberg shares some great stretches for recreational hockey players.
Does this sound familiar?
“I sprained my ankle and have done it many times in the past. I’m just going to let it heal on its own like I always do”.
This is a regular occurrence with ankle sprains but you could really substitute any injury here and the outcome would be the same. Slap a brace on it and you’ll be good to go in a few weeks right? The problem is that you are often on the road to chronic injuries when you leave the injury to heal this way. We’ll use an ankle sprain as an example – which is really is a soft tissue injury. It will heal if left alone to heal. The question is will it heal correctly?