We can have long term fitness goals, but what gets us there are the small goals that we set for each workout. Our WIN Trainer, Scott Paul, talks about how to set goals for your workouts so that you can achieve progress in your fitness.Read More
Are you getting the most out of your workout? If you’re still focusing on working one muscle group at a time you may be missing out on the big potential your work out time is allowing you. Check out our WIN Personal Trainer, Scott Paul’s latest blog post where he shares his top three most must do’s to get the most out of your fitness.Read More
Modern medical imaging has helped doctors discover very important health findings in the body that couldn’t be seen by just assessing a patient in a clinical setting. This has helped countless people with very serious health conditions. However, as more people have imaging done for more general health concerns, there has been an exponential rise in the number of people who are reading too much into their medical image reports. This can become an obstacle to recovery, healing and emotional wellbeing. Our WIN Doctor of Physiotherapy, Tania Mannella, sheds light on this fascinating topic, and gives recommendations about how to ensure your tests more optimally support you in your journey toward optimal health.Read More
“Why am I so Tired?!” is a question that so many people struggle with. Dr. Laura has helped many people find that answer. Read on to see her run down of the biggest energy drainers that may be sucking the life out of your battery pack.Read More
There is a new wave of joint support that is designed to help keep people active. Body Helix compression sleeves can be used proactively to prevent injury in sports, work and other activities, and can be also helpful for those with joint concerns and injuries. Dr. Ernie Bagnulo reviews this versatile therapeutic product and shares why feels Body Helix has got it right with their technology and design.Read More
We have protective structures around major joints, that are similar to pillows filled with water. These structures, known as a Bursa, cushion the joints and reduce friction at those sites. When injured, either from a fall or repetitive use, this can lead to significant pain and inflammation. The WIN Physiotherapy Team have many options to help speed the healing of an injured Bursa. Learn more about the Bursa from our WIN Physiotherapist, Jeff Dill, as he discusses what the Bursae is, how they help and how to heal them when they are injured.Read More
Gone are the days of doing endless sit-ups and crunches to get a better core. Our Personal Trainer, Scott Paul, helps others strengthen and tone their core without ever having them do a crunch or a sit up. In his article he explains why and lists some of the many other effective core strengthening options.Read More
If you’re interested in training for optimal health, or if you’re an athlete striving for your best performance, check out Dr. Matthew Bird’s article on Relative Energy Deficits (RED-S). Being aware of RED-S helps ensure some very fundamental elements of your health health is in check to support your level of activity.Read More
How is self care, sleep and that nagging pain in the neck all connected? Dr. Nicholas Slowinski is part of our team of Chiropractors who believes in thinking more broadly about health for the good of his patients. Read on to discover Dr. Slowinski’s call to action for everyone seeking more optimal health, and to learn more about how he connects the dots between self care and musculoskeletal health.Read More
We’re all back to the swing of things this month with work, school, sports, events, you name it! Dr. Laura offers her top stress management lifestyle strategies to help you navigate life with a level head.Read More
Sciatica is a very common concern that affects many people. WIN Physiotherapist, Jeff Dill, shares some tips and strategies that you can do at home to help alleviate the concerns associated with sciatica.Read More
Keeping your body strong is essential at every age! Strength enables us to have the independence, ability and agility to confidently preform everyday tasks. Improving on strength also helps those who are athletic get faster and better performance. Our WIN Health Solutions Personal Trainer, Scott Paul, knows that strength is key. Read more about how this applies to everyone.Read More
Do you experience pain in your butt, that is combined with pain or discomfort that moves down your leg? Many people think this is sciatica, but it could be something else. Our WIN Doctor of Physiotherapy, Tania Mannella, explains how not all pains in the butt, or leg, is sciatica and discusses another possible cause and how it can be resolved.Read More
Running is a passion for our WIN Physiotherapist, Jeff Dill. In this article, he discusses a common running injury known as Iliotibial Band Friction Syndrome (ITBFS). Jeff reviews the symptoms associated with ITBFS, shares some great tips to address this concern and therapeutic options to help resolve it.Read More
If you feel like it's time to get your weight on track, or lose a few pounds or inches, it's important to eat smarter and exercise often. A very common theme in today’s sedentary society is that many people sit at desks all day, only to then go home, and sit on the couch to watch TV and unwind.
Eating smarter and exercising often... The two go hand in hand!
First I'll briefly review nutrition. I’m just going to talk about nutrition when it comes to weight loss. I’m not going to get into macros, micros, essential and non-essential. I’m going to talk calories. For some people to lose weight, calories in need to be less than calories out. In special situations this strategy may need to be individualized for a person, but for many people it's really that simple. If everyday you burned 2000 calories (from your resting metabolism, non-exercise activity thermogenesis, daily exercise and more), but you took in 3000 calories through your food choices, I would say it’s near impossible to lose any weight.
Next is exercise. We all need to exercise. Gone are the days of walking a few kilometres to and from school, loading a few hundred bails of hay or chopping wood so you can have a fire to cook dinner. We need to maximize the time spent in a gym or working out at home. Use as many muscles as possible. And use the big muscles. You will burn a lot more calories doing a Turkish Get-Up or a burpee than you would doing a seated bicep curl. And if you don’t know what a Turkish Get-Up or a burpee are, come train with me and I’ll be happy to show you!!
To recap, in order to lose some weight, be physically active and eat right. Use big muscles and many muscles when working out. Limit calorie dense foods. Eat more vegetables. And try to get an idea of how many calories you’re taking in so you can have a good understanding of portion control. By putting the time and effort in, and these pieces together, you’ll be set!
Stretching? So many kinds, so little time...
Stretching is important for your wellbeing, prevention of injury and recovery from injury. There are many different kinds of stretching. There is dynamic stretching, static stretching, sport specific stretching... When do we do what?? Here's a simple guideline of when its the best time to do the correct type of stretch.
This is the type of stretch you want to do before a workout. These stretches move the muscles that you are going to use in your sport/exercise program through their full range of motion. You often perform these movements in the same pattern that you will be using for the specific sport about to be played (sport specific). They stimulate your nerves for proper coordination and increase the blood flow for better oxygen to the muscles for more powerful movements.
Static Stretch (Holding The Pose Stretch)
These particular movements (such as certain types of yoga) can help to calm your mind and your heart rate to cool you down after your work out or sports. It helps to relax tight muscles even if it's temporary.
Research in 2017 has shown that if you compete a simple stretch program three or more days a week for 6 weeks, it can reduce stiffness in your arteries, help to drop blood pressure and improve blood flow.
No matter what stretch you do, if you do it at the right time, you are bound to get improvement! For more information on a proper stretch program that suits your needs, visit with the physiotherapy team at WIN Health Solutions and we'd be happy to help.
Resistance bands can provide a whole body work out, that can even be more effective than weights, while also being inexpensive, lightweight and easily portable. Our WIN Physiotherapy Assistant, Belinda Ham, sheds light on how they're used in physio treatment and fitness.Read More