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.

Setting Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted: Dec 31, 2018

Written by: Lori Kirwan, PhD in Exercise Physiology

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I’ve spent the last month asking my clients and class participants if they are making New Year’s resolutions and I was surprised to hear that most aren’t. When I probed to find out why, the most common answer was:

“They don’t work.  I always fail so why bother?”

When I looked at the research, it turned out this was actually true – it is estimated that more than 90% of New Year's resolutions fail! Dr. Norcross, a psychology professor that has spent over 30 years researching this and an expert on behavioural change, states that people are not successful with resolutions because they don’t know how to set goals and apply the process of behavioural change properly*. So, let’s examine his advice for making resolutions that will set you up for success.

According to Norcross, there are 5 stages to successful change.


Setting a goal would fall into phase 3 – preparation – of this model. The New Year is an optimal time for setting a resolution because it symbolizes a new beginning. Setting a date for change acts as an impetus for you to start, and can be one component to making your resolution successful! Additionally, since New Year’s Day follows the holidays, a time when we typically aren’t working and are indulging, you have an added motivation to start new healthy behaviours on January 1. 


Tips for successful goal setting:

  • Set realistic, small, and measurable goals. Instead of saying “In 2019 I want to be healthier,” break it down into smaller, measurable goals. Write down one or two things that you want to do to contribute to your health. (for example, I will go to the gym a minimum of 3 times a week, I will cut out alcohol on weekdays, I will cut out my 3:00pm cookie break, etc.)
  • Adapt or alter your environment to encourage your goals. An example of this is if your plan is to cut out junk food, then don’t buy it. Empty your cupboards and clear out the culprit so that your environment is clean and not tempting. Another example is that if your goal is to cut out alcohol, then don’t go out for after work drinks.
  • Replace a bad habit with a good one. Charles Duhigg, the author of The Power of Habit, talks about this as the golden rule to help you succeed and even overcome addiction! He states that habits are made up of initial cues, routines, and rewards. If your goal is to quit smoking or drinking, you will be more successful if you replace that habit with a new healthy one, such as exercise. A more specific example is if your goal is to give up alcohol on weekdays, instead of going out for after work drinks, head to the Adelaide Club or Toronto Athletic Club and replace the habit of drinking alcohol with working out. This will allow you to maintain your routine of doing something social after work and will continue giving you the feeling of reward because you’ll feel good after your workout. Alternatively, if your goal is to cut out your 3:00pm cookie break, then replace it with a 3:00pm boiled egg break! You can continue the habit of going for an afternoon snack, but you’ll replace your unhealthy snack with a much better one!
  • Expect to mess up. Preparing for when you break your resolution should be part of your plan to succeed. In fact, slipping on your goal might actually help you to achieve it in the end. According to Norcross, 71% of successful resolvers said their first slip helped them learn from the mistake and become even more committed. One of my clients, who recently gave up alcohol, explained that a recent slip made him realize how crappy alcohol made him feel and reinforced that he was making the right decision to give it up.
  • Success breeds more success. Keeping your resolutions small and achievable will actually lead to greater achievements. If your goal is “to be healthier in 2019,” start with something simple like drinking more water – I will drink 10 cups of water daily. Engaging in a simple health behaviour and succeeding will give you confidence and lead to the motivation you need to take another step! If you make the effort to be healthy in one part of your life and are successful, it will lead to you setting additional goals.
  • Schedule it in. If your goals involve doing something at a particular time, add it to your appointment book. Block off the times you plan on exercising in your calendar so that nothing can interfere. If you know that going to the gym might not happen if left up to your own devices, make yourself accountable by going with a friend or group of friends, or book yourself into a class or a session with a trainer – make yourself accountable.
  • Get help. If you don’t know where to start, ask for help. A trainer can set up a program and get you started. According to Norcross, fear of failure is one of the biggest barriers to success. You can address this fear by asking a professional for help. Our trainers can help you address your exercise, nutrition, and all health-related goals this year. 



 

*Prochaska, J. O., DiClemente, C. C., & Norcross, J. C. (1992). In search of how people change: Applications to the addictive behaviors. American Psychologist, 47, 1102-1114.

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Lori Kirwan, PhD in Exercise Physiology

Group Exercise Instructor & Personal Trainer, Adelaide Club & Toronto Athletic Club

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