Adversity Exposes Weaknesses
Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet...

Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

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Adversity Exposes Weaknesses

Sometimes weaknesses are a direct reflection of our strengths. We are tenacious yet stubborn. We are patient and careful, but prone to overthinking, overanalyzing to the point of paralysis. We are sensitive, dogged, or committed in ways that are admirable, but can be frustrating, overwhelming.

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking
Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For...

Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

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Adversity Inspires Risk Taking

Some people like taking risks. They love the thrill, the excitement, the freedom. For others, it makes us far too uncomfortable, insecure, nervous. Still, others, don’t necessarily enjoy risk taking per se, but do it anyways: They understand – usually from experience – that incredible innovation, transformational change, unprecedented achievement typically requires assuming a certain degree of risk. They know that risk can lead to failure. They know that failure – in the right hands – cultivates humility, curiosity, and can be a phenomenal learning experience. 

Adversity & Opportunity
Adversity & Opportunity

Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a...

Adversity & Opportunity

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Adversity & Opportunity

Sometimes an adversity will burn trees, homes, and bridges for miles around. For a moment there seems to be so little you can do. As indeed there is. And that can be the magic of it. We know that too many options, too much choice can be debilitating. It can leave you questioning your judgement to the point that no matter what you decide, you remain a little anxious that you could have chosen better. 

Adversity & Survival
Adversity & Survival

Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons...

Adversity & Survival

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Adversity & Survival

Our bodies are physically programmed to handle adversity. It’s one of the reasons we’ve survived for as long as we have. When bombarded with an onslaught of incredible physical demands, the human body ultimately responds by increasing energy efficiency, building lean tissue, and increasing neuro-muscular mechanism so we are stronger and more powerful, and improves our capacity to resist fatigue and handle stress.

Adversity
Adversity

Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or -...

Adversity

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Adversity

Adversity comes in so many different forms and can be physical, mental, emotional, or - often - an intricate combination of all three. Adversity creates real pain and can be accompanied by fear, anguish, and despondency. It can also incite anger and spur furious, violent action.

The Art of Putting
The Art of Putting

The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly...

The Art of Putting

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The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly important. But I imagine being a good putter is far more important than having a good putter. Being a great putter can be the difference between winning and losing. And while you might think you need to spend hundreds on a new putter… it’s likely more valuable to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what you can improve in yourself first.

Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

Staying Healthy in a Time of Unrest

Posted: Mar 29, 2020

The Healthy View

While the TAC Sport Medicine Clinic is temporarily closed due to the public health concern surrounding COVID-19, we want to regularly reach out to all of you with our Healthy View Blog. These articles will feature current, relevant topics helping you to stay healthy and engaged over the next few weeks.

During this time of shelter in place, should you have any questions for the Clinic's team of therapists, do not hesitate to reach out by emailing your questions. Your emails will be responded to as soon as possible.

#thePPEdrive

As part of #thePPEdrive, the Toronto Athletic Club and Sport Medicine Clinic recently donated a significant portion of the Club and Clinic's inventory of latex gloves to Michael Garron Hospital in East York. We are proud to support all of our healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to keep us safe in this difficult time.

Learn more about #thePPEdrive here.

Immunity & Stress

Your immune system is your best protection for staying healthy right now.

Most Common Causes of Low Immunity

Let's first list the three most obvious causes that lower your immune system's ability to defend your health against infections:

  • An unhealthy diet (fast, junk, and processed food; sugar; alcohol; drugs; etc.)
  • Lack of physical movement and exercise
  • Lack of sleep or reduced quality of sleep

But there's another cause that's actually THE root cause of all three causes listed above, making it the #1 cause that affects your immunity more than anything else:

Stress - mental or emotional stress

Stress can lead to an unhealthy diet, decreased levels of less physical movement and exercise. Stress can also cause less sleep or reduced quality of sleep.

Most Common Causes of Stress

Why do we usually get stressed out? What causes stress? I believe there are at least 4 reasons:

  • Fear and uncertainty about your future
  • Sudden and rapid change of your lifestyle and how you live
  • Threats to your health and wellbeing
  • Bad and negative news in the media and online

This is exactly what most of us are experiencing today due to this COVID-19 situation around the world.

So, the real question is how do you stay calm, grounded, centered, and energized while at the same time aware of what's happening around you?

I know, I know...staying calm, grounded, and optimistic in these times can be much easier said than done for many.

But there's a solution...

As you know, stress, just like everything else, is just an energy. Fear is an energy. You are energy. I am energy. This article is energy. Everyone and everything is energy. You know this. You feel this.

That's why it's crucially important, more than ever, for you to not only safeguard your energy, but to actually recharge it, refuel it, rejuvenate it, every single day.

Recharging and protecting your energy is actually the first domino that triggers a positive domino effect:

Protect & Recharge your Energy > Stay Calmer and Centered > No (or less) Stress > Healthy Lifestyle & Habits > Stronger Immune System > Supreme Health & Wellness

Alternatives to Screen Time

For many of us, over the last 2 weeks, we've spent far more time in front of our screens than we normally would. And for parents, that may mean that your kids have been sitting in front of the tv, on their phones, or playing video games for 5 - 8 hours per day. If you're looking for ways to get your kids to put down their electronics and spend a bit more time doing other activities, we've found 12 healthier alternatives for you to try!

Check out these healthier alternatives, and let us know which ones you're trying with your family!

The Core 4 Stretch

Embrace flexibility: mentally and physically. Undoubtedly, this will be a time where your schedule changes. We can try to use this time to begin focusing on a few important habits that we never felt we had the time for when office work dominated our days.

The Core 4 Stretch series is a term used in the Fascial Stretch Therapy practice that focuses on lengthening 4 major muscle groups that contribute to hip tension. Try to explore this movement on the floor at least once a day on both sides for your hip and back health.

Hydration is Key

Stay hydrated!

Remember to drink at least 2L of filtered water daily to keep your mouth and mucous membranes moist, and to assist the skin in transitioning from winter to summer. Proper hydration also supports gut health by improving the quality of bowel movements - an important way our bodies eliminate waste.

For questions about this and other naturopathic health solutions, feel free to connect with Dr. Cugliari today.

Safe Grocery Shopping

We know you're being more cautious and practicing social distancing, but have you adjusted your grocery shopping to incorporate the suggested precautions? Dr. Jeff VanWingen outlines the steps you should be taking to ensure you're staying safe while handling your groceries and takeout.

When you're in the grocery store:

  • Wipe down the cart
  • Commit to what you will buy before picking it up
  • Don't shop if you have respiratory symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Plan what you will buy for 2 weeks of groceries

Try not to bring groceries into your house unless you absolutely need them (if you can, leave them in the garage and on the porch for 3 days).

If you must bring them in, utilize these modified sterile tips:

  • Sanitize your workspace
  • Wipe down all plastics
  • Get rid of unnecessary/external packaging
  • Move items to alternative storage containers
  • Spray down hearty/thick packaging
  • Soak and wash each piece of fruit for at least 20 seconds in soapy water; rinse them off to get rid of the soap

Watch Dr. VanWingen's video here to be sure you're handling your groceries correctly.

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