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.

John Frederick & the Boston Marathon
John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

John Frederick & the Boston...

Earlier this year, John Frederick, a member at the Cambridge Club, became the first...

John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

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John Frederick & the Boston Marathon

Earlier this year, John Frederick, a member at the Cambridge Club, became the first Canadian to run 34 consecutive Boston Marathons. He completed his 34th running of the event in 5:09:32 this April. Frederick says he started running marathons because he didn't have as much time to play squash, which had previously been his main sport.

Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day
Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

Why I'm Celebrating International...

I believe yoga deserves a day of recognition because of what it has brought to my own...

Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

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Why I'm Celebrating International Yoga Day

I believe yoga deserves a day of recognition because of what it has brought to my own life. Yoga not only helps with flexibility, but it also teaches breathing, core activation, and strength and stability all at once.

A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction
A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

A Drugless Alternative for...

It is estimated that more than 50% of women experience some degree of pain with their...

A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

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A Drugless Alternative for Menstrual Dysfunction

It is estimated that more than 50% of women experience some degree of pain with their period. The pain ranges from tolerable cramping to excruciating pain requiring the use of over-the-counter drugs such as Advil, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen. Symptoms are often accompanied by headaches, diarrhea/constipation, nausea, and fatigue, just to name a few.

Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path
Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

Karen's Journey & Taking the...

When Karen Malone moved to Canada from Ireland in 1989, she had a high school diploma....

Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

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Karen's Journey & Taking the Unconventional Path

When Karen Malone moved to Canada from Ireland in 1989, she had a high school diploma. But the CFO of the Cambridge Group of Clubs also had grit, determination, and a desire to learn. She continued adding to her education and experience (and her exercise routine) to get her to where she is today. Here's what she learned.

Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City
Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City

Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group...

If you've walked through the PATH near the Adelaide Club lately, you've...

Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City

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Lauren, Lori, & the Best Group Fitness Program in the City

If you've walked through the PATH near the Adelaide Club lately, you've probably seen the Club's new marketing featuring Lauren Neal, the Adelaide's Group Exercise Director, and Lori Kirwan, a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at the Adelaide and Toronto Athletic Club.

Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often
Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often

Preventative Maintenance Massage:...

Our massage therapists, practitioners, and trainers are all frequently asked how often...

Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often

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Preventative Maintenance Massage: Why you need it & how often

Our massage therapists, practitioners, and trainers are all frequently asked how often our Members should receive a massage. Is it something you only need when you’re injured? Should you get a massage a couple of times a year? The reality is there isn’t a straightforward, single answer that works for everyone, but this is the perfect time for us to discuss preventative maintenance.

How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu
How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu

How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist...

We don’t know about you, but the May long weekend oftentimes acts as our...

How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu

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How to Throw a Healthy, Clean Twist on your BBQ Menu

We don’t know about you, but the May long weekend oftentimes acts as our unofficial start to the summer, and, with that, usually comes a BBQ or two with friends and family. But we also know that you’ve been so great about your diet so far this year and you don’t want to lose that momentum and throw your progress out the window just for a few classic BBQ favourites. That’s why we’re here with 10 ideas to help you keep your BBQ clean and not set you back. 

You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know
You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know

You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You...

The muscles of the pelvic floor, how they function, and their importance seems to be...

You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know

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You and Your Pelvic Floor: What You Need to Know

The muscles of the pelvic floor, how they function, and their importance seems to be all over the media lately. The fitness and wellness industry loves to latch onto some part of the body or some dietary fad, and make everything we do centre around that one thing until the next hot, marketable trend appears on the scene.

5 Minutes with Meg: The Holidays

5 Minutes with Meg: The Holidays
Posted: Dec 10, 2018

I’ve been thinking a lot about…

…the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year…”?!

I have small kids who believe in deer with red noses, so it’s pretty magical around my house. And it’s more hectic and stressful than usual. And it’s a really tough and lonely time for many.

The season also presents different challenges for each of us. So, what are my 5 minutes of advice going to be? 5 minutes?!?! I need 5 days to cover it all. 

But I will take my own advice: no black and white thinking Meg, that only fosters a ‘why bother’ mentality. I don’t have 5 days to write, and you don’t have 5 days to read. So here are a few, unfinished, imperfect, tinsel covered lifelines I’d like to extend to you, I hope you find a few of them helpful:

 

Walk outside:

  • Natural light stimulates serotonin production; walking is a primal movement that physiologically decreases anxiety. The walk also burns a few calories and helps digestion after a meal.
  • Borrow a friend’s dog. It gives the walking a purpose and hanging with animals has an amazingly positive effective on many of us.

 

Be selective with your beverages:

  • Drink lots of water.
  • Limit your alcohol in a number of ways: drink more water, avoid variety (what do you REALLY enjoy drinking?  For me it’s wine. So, I make a point of skipping the host cocktails, and, yes, the eggnog and Baileys, and only drink wine at parties and dinner). Find sipping drinks. Often the sugary cocktails are easy to down without even noticing. Stick to the drinks that go down slooooooow.

 

 

Embrace some simple food-based rules:

  • Divide your plate: Load at least HALF with vegetables.
  • Eat before you drink coffee or alcohol. Coffee on an empty stomach causes blood sugar levels to spike, and then crash resulting in food cravings, dizziness, and irritability. Alcohol will pass directly through the walls of your empty stomach and enter your bloodstream immediately. You can figure out the rest.
  • Eat slooooooooooowly. Mindfully. Put your fork down. Taste and enjoy!
  • Drink hot soup at the beginning of a meal. The soup will swell the lining of your stomach making you feel full faster. Cheap party trick J!
  • Have a healthy snack before you head to a cocktail party – keep raw vegetables and nuts on hand.

 

Move:

  • Commit to an activity every day and PLAN for it. Schedule it in. Even when you’re away from work and “don’t need a schedule,” PLAN YOUR ACTIVITY. 
  • Short on time? Go High Intensity Hybrid: 2 minutes of hard cardio followed by 3 minutes of weight training. Repeat cycle 3 to 5 times!
  • Everything counts, so walk, hike, pull out your yoga mat, find a home-based routine that you enjoy…

 

Find an ally (or two!):

  • Create a pact with a loved one or coworker. Or with a personal trainer for that matter. 
  • Commit together to moving daily (do it together!), slowing down on your drinks (keep each other’s water glass topped up!), avoiding going for seconds, finding non-food and alcohol based activities for everyone to enjoy (play games, make decorations, build snowmen, hike…)

 

Sleep:

  • Yes, I know. It’s tough to get enough sleep at the best of times. Please try to get as many hours as you can. The benefits of adequate sleep are far too numerous to list.

 

 

Remain Grateful and Generous:

  • Instagram, Facebook, Men’s Health, Cosmopolitan… It’s so easy to find lots of people who seem to be more successful, stronger, thinner, richer, happier, younger, luckier, more loved, more talented… The truth is there are far more people who are hungry, struggling to find a home or a job, have just lost or are in the midst of losing a loved one – through illness or maybe divorce… We might struggle to eat more vegetables, while many in Toronto can’t afford them. Keeping sight of what we DO have, of how lucky we are, and sharing what you can is so powerfully positive.

 

Ask for help:

  • I certainly don’t have it all. But I’ve got some great strategies and ideas around exercise and food. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by a brilliant team who share this expertise. Please reach out and ask for some help. We’d be truly grateful for the opportunity to try and make your season better.

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Meg Sharp, MSc., B.Ed.Kin, FST Executive Director of Personal Training CGoC

msharp@cambridgegroupofclubs.com

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