5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

Remembrance Day may encourage each of us to remember different things: that numerous...

5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Memory Edition

Remembrance Day may encourage each of us to remember different things: that numerous Canadians have performed selfless acts of bravery with the goal of making our country and the world a better place, that a poppy can represent hope in times of despair, and that sometimes nature is able to persevere in the face of humanity's propensity to engage in destructive behaviours.

In November, we Support Movember
In November, we Support Movember

In November, we Support Movember

This November, the Cambridge Club has partnered with Beau's in support of their...

In November, we Support Movember

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In November, we Support Movember

This November, the Cambridge Club has partnered with Beau's in support of their #Beaus4Mos campaign with the Cambridge Club's General Manager, Paul Hudson, pledging to grow a 'mo in support of men's health. We're sure you know what Movember is and probably even have a few colleagues or friends participating this year - maybe you're even growing your own 'mo - but do you know what Movember really does and why it's so important?

Healthy Breakfast Choices
Healthy Breakfast Choices

Healthy Breakfast Choices

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" ... We know you've...

Healthy Breakfast Choices

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Healthy Breakfast Choices

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day" ... We know you've heard this before, but how often do you actually think about it? How many days have you found yourself running late and considered skipping breakfast? If it's happened, even just once, you need to remember just how important breakfast is!

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved
Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge:...

You’ve probably seen the creatives already on the digital screens at the Club,...

Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

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Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge: Get Involved

You’ve probably seen the creatives already on the digital screens at the Club, but this November, we’re bringing back the Cambridge Group Fitness Challenge – an event that we last held in 2017. This incredible fitness challenge pits teams of trainers from all three of our Clubs and Members against each other, all while raising money for phenomenal charities that support youth in the GTA.

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition
New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash...

In recent years, we've been asked many times about the usefulness of historic...

New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

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New School Athletic Warm-Up: Squash Edition

In recent years, we've been asked many times about the usefulness of historic warm-up methods for sports performance. While the general principles surrounding the need to warm-up remain valid, new methods have been introduced. A well structured sports specific warm-up should be implemented to serve the following purposes: Mental Readiness, Physical Readiness, Injury Prevention, and Performance Enhancement.

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude...

Consistent with a year ago, I've been thinking a lot about...the power of...

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

Consistent with a year ago, I've been thinking a lot about...the power of gratitude. Many scientific studies suggest gratitude can reduce stress, improve sleep, make you happier, and even increase your motivation to exercise. As practicing gratitude purportedly also increases your energy and ability to overcome challenges, one could even surmise that gratitude will help you get awesome results from your exercise, as you'll tend to work harder and longer... Do you need more reasons to be grateful?!

Pilates: Is it right for me?
Pilates: Is it right for me?

Pilates: Is it right for me?

For some reason, Pilates is often seen as a class you should "avoid if you...

Pilates: Is it right for me?

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Pilates: Is it right for me?

For some reason, Pilates is often seen as a class you should "avoid if you don't know what you're doing" - but we couldn't disagree with this more. Sure, the first time you enter one of our Pilates studios, it can be intimidating. There are reformers - which you may not have ever seen before - and exercises that we guarantee you've never heard of before (I mean...what IS "The Hundred"?!?)

The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day
The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day

The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your...

Are you sitting down right now? What if I told you that you could burn up to 8-10 times...

The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day

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The Easiest Exercise to Add to Your Day

Are you sitting down right now? What if I told you that you could burn up to 8-10 times more energy than sitting with 1 easy exercise? And what if I told you that you could do this without needing any extra training or special equipment? The best part of all is that you can actually add this in ON THE WAY to and from the Club.

5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...stress and exercise. Exercise makes people feel...

5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Stress Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...stress and exercise. Exercise makes people feel better. Among other things, it experientially and physiologically lowers our stress levels. Peculiar thing about exercise: most of us know it's good for us. And many of us exercise less than we plan to/would like to/feel we should.

Do you know what your body is made of?
Do you know what your body is made of?

Do you know what your body is made...

Has anyone ever asked you about your body composition? Maybe you heard it from a doctor...

Do you know what your body is made of?

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Do you know what your body is made of?

Has anyone ever asked you about your body composition? Maybe you heard it from a doctor at a recent physical, maybe your personal trainer mentioned it during your latest workout, maybe you read the term in a recent article about getting fit for fall. But do you know what it really means? Have you ever asked yourself: What exactly is body composition?

Fall Back into Your Routine
Fall Back into Your Routine

Fall Back into Your Routine

Is it really that time of year again? Where did the summer go? The kids have gone back...

Fall Back into Your Routine

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Fall Back into Your Routine

Is it really that time of year again? Where did the summer go? The kids have gone back to school, the CNE has come and gone, and we're all trying to squeeze in the last few days of holidays before officially getting back into our routine. And while I have to admit that I've let my daily routine slide somewhat this summer, it's now time for us to switch gears and get focused again.

Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery
Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery

Journey Back to the World Cup:...

In September 2017, Meagan Brown joined Canadian National Alpine Skier, Ali...

Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery

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Journey Back to the World Cup: Injury Recovery

In September 2017, Meagan Brown joined Canadian National Alpine Skier, Ali Nullmeyer's team, traveling with Team Nullmeyer on the World Cup Circuit. Unfortunately, Ali's season came to an abrupt end when she suffered a season ending injury just four weeks into her training. After a long offseason of recovery, Team Nullmeyer decided to begin their quest to compete at the World Cup again in October 2018.

Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz
Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz

Understanding Athletic Therapy with...

Earlier this year, the Adelaide Spa added Kaitlyn Swartz to their team. Kaitlyn is a...

Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz

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Understanding Athletic Therapy with Kaitlyn Swartz

Earlier this year, the Adelaide Spa added Kaitlyn Swartz to their team. Kaitlyn is a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and Certified Athletic Therapist - the first athletic therapist to join the Spa. She focuses on a holistic approach to finding and treating the root cause of her clients' conditions and pain, and not just temporarily reducing the signs and symptoms associated with their pain and condition.

5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...tempo. In the 5 minutes we have today, let me...

5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Tempo Edition

I've been thinking a lot about...tempo. In the 5 minutes we have today, let me focus on how tempo affects our ability to perform better during sport and physical activity. Runners and cyclists, this beat's for you!

What is Fascia?
What is Fascia?

What is Fascia?

Fascia is a term used to identify a large fabric of connective tissue that surrounds...

What is Fascia?

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What is Fascia?

Fascia is a term used to identify a large fabric of connective tissue that surrounds all muscle, ligaments, and bone. It is made up of collagen, elastin, and a liquid component called ground substance. This gives structure to our muscle; each and every muscle cell in our body is connected to the other by fascia. Our muscle is essentially nothing more than tissue in a Myofascial "sack".

The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...
The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...

The Truth Behind the Theragun & How...

Over the last few months, the interest in the Theragun has exploded, in large part due...

The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...

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The Truth Behind the Theragun & How We're Using it...

Over the last few months, the interest in the Theragun has exploded, in large part due to slow motion videos of athletes using the tool on Instagarm, and its appearance at large sporting events like this year's MLB Home Run Derby. At the Toronto Athletic Club, Barclay and Chris Broadhurst, the Sport Medicine Clinic's Director, are once again at the leading edge, having already brought the Theragun to the TAC, introducing it to our personal trainers, the team at the Clinic, and our Members.

What it Feels Like to be Part of History...
What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

What it Feels Like to be Part of...

A little over a month ago, the Toronto Raptors brought basketball fans across Toronto...

What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

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What it Feels Like to be Part of History...

A little over a month ago, the Toronto Raptors brought basketball fans across Toronto and all of Canada to their feet, winning their first ever NBA Championship and bringing the Larry O'Brien trophy home. In the weeks since, we've continued to bask in the glow of being Champions - with very few days passing without seeing Raptors and Championship apparel around the city. And while we think we had a prime seat to witness history, our view was nothing like that of the Sport Medicine Clinic's Zahra Hashwani.

Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?
Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

Is it Time for a Biomechanical...

Two of the clinicians at the Sport Medicine Clinic, Andrea Lilley (Athletic Therapist)...

Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

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Is it Time for a Biomechanical Running Assessment?

Two of the clinicians at the Sport Medicine Clinic, Andrea Lilley (Athletic Therapist) and Briana Bradstreet (Physiotherapist), are now offering biomechanical running assessments. Biomechanical running assessments are for runners of all levels: from novice, to marathon runners and triathletes. During a recent course, they learned: how to assess running biomechanics, how to properly assess and treat injuries when they occur, and how to know when a runner should consider changing their shoes to those with less support using the minimalist shoe index.

Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation
Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

Stay Fit this Summer While on...

Ah summer - patios, sun, fun, and, of course, VACATION!!!! Just because you have some...

Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

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Stay Fit this Summer While on Vacation

Ah summer - patios, sun, fun, and, of course, VACATION!!!! Just because you have some time off doesn't mean you should throw your workout routine out the window. You don't want all your hard work over the last few months to be compromised just because you may not have a gym or the right equipment available to you.

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition
5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

I've been thinking a lot lately about...the power of positive thinking. There is no...

5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

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5 Minutes with Meg: Shame Edition

I've been thinking a lot lately about...the power of positive thinking. There is no perfect, no 100%, no "I have to" or "should" in exercise and diet. There are lots of choices. Some of them will support your fitness and health goals and some won't. But, at the end of the day, the important thing is that you keep making the positive choices that shift the needle in the right direction.

5 Minutes with Meg: Gratitude Edition

Posted: Oct 9, 2019

Consistent with a year ago, I’ve been thinking a lot about…
…the power of gratitude.

Many scientific studies suggest gratitude can reduce stress, improve sleep, make you happier, and even increase your motivation to exercise. As practicing gratitude purportedly also increases your energy and ability to overcome challenges, one could even surmise that gratitude will help you get awesome results from your exercise, as you’ll tend you work harder and longer… Do you need more reasons to be grateful?! 

Hmmm.

Gratitude is important. Check. 

I should be more grateful. Check. 

But how?

Great question! Some people seem to be born grateful. Others have a trickier time with it. And the reasons are complicated, of course. Studies have also shown that “practicing gratitude” or simply working on being more grateful, creates alterations in the brain that help you become more grateful. That’s pretty interesting. 

What even is “gratitude”?

It has a number of different definitions, but I gravitate towards the following practical clinical definition:

gratitude is the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself”

What’s compelling about this is the relationship between gratitude and what we find valuable and meaningful. Because, yes, we can practice gratitude, to become more grateful. And we can also work on what we focus on and what we find valuable and meaningful, which can, in turn, make us more grateful.

Let me explain using some scenarios:

Scenario 1: 

Your work meeting runs over and you miss your scheduled Spin Class. You won’t be able to hit the gym until tomorrow morning when you’re booked for a strength training session.

Reaction A: Anger and frustration in relation to the meeting - “I’m missing a workout AGAIN.  What’s the point in my Adelaide Club membership anyhow?!”

Reaction B: Gratitude that there is something booked in the calendar for the next morning - “Thankfully I’m able to book some of my workouts first thing in the morning when I’m less likely to have a conflict.”

Scenario 2:

A planned 8K run ends at 5K because your legs are so tired today.

Reaction A: Irritation at the discomfort. You feel pathetic because of the fatigue. “Running sucks. Why bother?”

Reaction B: Grateful you can run at least 5K! “More recovery time will help next time. And the weekend – while tiring – was really fun. So, I’m thankful for that.”

Scenario 3:

You are dissatisfied with your: legs… shoulders… waist… ability to bike… weight on the bench press…

The list is endless…

Instead?! Yep: what are you grateful for? 

  • Maybe your legs or shoulders need more work – but you’re able to do 7 pullups for the first time!
  • Maybe your waist isn’t what it used to be, but look at those legs!!! 
  • Not great on the bike? But you are a BEAST in the GYM! Keep going to the spin classes. The power WILL come.
  • The weight on the bench press isn’t quite what it used to be. But most of your peers have such weak rotator cuffs they can’t press anything.
  • You ONLY exercised 3 days a week? For 20 minutes? Only did cardio? 

There is no only in gratitude. Instead you focus on what you have got, what you have done. And by focusing on and being thankful for those things, you begin to value those things more. Those outcomes and activities start to have more meaning… and then… you become even more grateful for them.

Thank you for reading!

Any particular topic you’d like to see discussed during the next 5 Minutes with Meg? Let me know! I’d be grateful for the feedback and ideas!

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Meg Sharp, MSc., B.Ed.Kin, FST, Executive Director of Personal Training, Cambridge Group of Clubs

msharp@cambridgegrourpofclubs.com

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