August 5th, 2011
Being at the cottage this summer, surrounded by quiet beauty, I am reminded about how few things we need to be healthy and happy. I am away from the hustle and bustle, schedules and deadlines, and the “stuff” I deem so necessary to get through my days, and I see how living simply means living healthy.
Here are the top 5 areas to focus on to live a simple and healthy life:
1. Water- Drink enough water to avoid thirst. This usually translates into 8-10 cups per day. Drink most of your water away from meals so as not to dilute the gastric juices when digestion is necessary. Being IN water is also very healing and cleansing for the body. Swim in a lake, the ocean, or in a pool as often as you can.
2. Whole food- Eat cleanly. Eat as many foods as possible that contain only one ingredient (eg. apple, brown rice). If you are eating prepared foods, eat only foods with short lists of ingredients you can understand. Only eat until you are satisfied-never full. Eat every 3-4 hours.
3. Movement- Exercise daily. This does not mean you must go to the gym everyday if you do not enjoy it. This means taking the stairs instead of the elevator; walking or biking to the store instead of driving; gardening; playing tag with your kids. Perform activities that put a smile on your face.
4. Quiet Reflection- Commit 5-10 minutes every day you can to sitting back and simply thinking. Asking yourself the following questions may help: “Am I happy?” “How do I feel today?” “Am I taking good care of myself?” Taking the time to reflect will help you live a more meaningful and present life.
5. Love and Connection- Surround yourself with the ones you love and cultivate deeper relationships with them. When is the last time you asked a loved one how they really are? Being emotionally close and open with those around us does so much good for the soul.
Focus on these things as much as possible and you will be on your way to living a beautifully simple and healthy life.
August 2nd, 2011
We are proud to announce our newest relationship to a good cause.
One of our clients is the founder of a volunteer organization called Project Water. One of their initiatives is to distribute bottled drinking water and reusable water bottles to the homeless population in the GTA who suffer from dehydration in the summer months. More of these people die of dehydration than they do of hypothermia in the winter.
We are collecting new water bottles that will be passed on to the good people at Project Water. Many of us have unused water bottles at home that have been collected from races, golf tournaments or other events that we have participated in. We all know they take up too much space in our kitchens! So, to help clear some space, we have placed a collection box at our Clinic where you can donate your new unused water bottles to this great cause. Our goal is to collect 250 water bottles for the month of August. We will update our progress as we go.
Please help this worthy cause and bring in your new, unused bottles.
For more information visit ProjectWater.ca
Project Water is a Bargains Group initiative.
August 2nd, 2011
By: Luke Fuller
Do you suffer from forearm or elbow pain?
Do you have pain or difficulty when lifting objects?
Do you have elbow or forearm pain when playing tennis, golf or during work activities?
If so, you may have Tennis Elbow, a common condition that typically affects people in the 35-55 age group. The pain is on the outside or your elbow and the muscle most commonly implicated is the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis which attaches to the outside of the elbow. The condition has a natural time course of 6 – 48 months.
How do we treat Tennis Elbow?
We can help manage and improve the pain and dysfunction associated with tennis elbow. From a comprehensive assessment, we can provide a combination of manual therapy (massage, mobilization) and prescribe exercises and taping that help address not only the elbow, but also the neck and upper back which are often also involved.
Did you know that a program of mobilization with movement and exercises has been shown to be superior to no treatment in the short term and superior to corticosteroid injections in the longer term? As well there is a high recurrence rate in the condition amongst people who receive corticosteroid injections and often they are worse in the long term when compared to other conservative treatments. Come and see Luke Fuller at The Urban Athlete for the conservative treatment approach if you feel you suffer from tennis elbow.
Luke is a Physiotherapist and Osteopath for the ATP World Tour of Men’s Professional Tennis
August 2nd, 2011
Do you want to be a better Hockey Player?
Do you want to avoid nagging hockey related injuries?
We can now assess where you are at and help you get there.
Dr. Adam Weinberg, The Urban Athlete’s hockey expert, has developed a physical assessment that is designed specifically for hockey players. The assessment’s purpose is to show players where their physical strengths and weaknesses lie so they can help prevent future injuries and maximize their potential on the ice. It was developed for all players over the age of 13 no matter if they are recreational or competitive.
The assessment consists of strength, flexibility and movements that are specifically related to hockey movements. It also takes into account the level of hockey you play, what position you are and what side of the puck you shoot from. The player will leave the assessment with specific recommendations of what they physically need to work on to perform better and avoid potential injuries.
Call 416-481-8880 to book your assessment now.