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New Year New You: 5 Habit Forming Techniques For 2018

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” Sobering words from Aristotle, and a great reminder that success doesn’t come overnight.

In a society addicted to instant gratification it’s often difficult to see results at the end of a potentially long road. As physiotherapists this is sometimes the case when clients are frustrated during a painful recovery. But the key, as with forming new habits and resolutions, is to not set yourself up for failure by setting unattainable goals.

Jumping into a new workout regime, or changing how you eat will most likely fail if you don’t first look at making those new activities habit instead of “I’m gong to try”

Here are 5 habit forming techniques you can implement while tackling whatever goals you have set for yourself in 2018!

Create behavior chains

Creating sticky habits is far easier when we make use of our current routines, instead of trying to fight them. The concept of if-then planning is built around environmental “triggers” that we can use to let us know that it’s time to act on our habit. Also known implementation intentions, this tactic involves picking a regular part of your schedule and then building another “link in the chain” by adding a new habit.

For instance, instead of “I will keep a cleaner house,” you could aim for, “When I come home, I’ll change my clothes and then clean my room/office/kitchen.” Multiple studies confirm this to be a successful method to rely on contextual cues over willpower. So the next time you decide to “eat healthier,” instead try “If it is lunch time, Then I will only eat meat and vegetables.”

Eliminate excessive options

According to a variety of research on self-control […]

4 Indoor Exercises To Try when It’s FREEZING Outside!

Getting motivated to exercise can be difficult even in the best of times, but throw freezing winter weather into the mix and it can be even more challenging to emerge from underneath the coziness of your favourite blanket.
 
These exercises don’t have to take long, and better yet they are all indoors!
 
Yoga
 

 
Yoga is wonderful, and if you’ve never tried it before, we highly recommend you give it a go. Due to work commitments, it may be hard for some to attend classes, but YouTube yoga classes do the trick, and you can take them in bite sized pieces! It’s also a great workout for beginners.
 
Jump Rope Workouts
 

 
You may think that skipping rope is a pastime which belongs to your childhood, but in fact it’s an indoor exercise you can definitely have fun with as an adult. According to The Huffington Post, “Jumping rope is the best full body workout.”
 
Tennis
 

 
According to the United States Tennis Association (USTA), there are many reasons why we should play tennis — they inform readers on their website that these range from improving your eye-hand coordination, to improving your aerobic and anaerobic fitness levels, to developing your discipline.
 
Weight Training
 

 
Weight training at home is the perfect way to get fit while staying clear of the winter weather. There are endless online resources for training at home – many of which don’t even require you having weights – instead using the body for resistance training.
 
Resource: www.bustle.com

How To Shovel Snow Without Hurting Your Back

It’s the most injury prone tiiiime of the yeeearrrrrr! My version of that song probably isn’t as appealing to most as the original. But it is that time of year again. When you have to be ready to leave the house a little bit earlier in the morning to make sure you have enough time to clear the snow off your driveway. The positive side of this is that mother nature has essentially forced you to get more exercise than might be your natural inclination. The down side of this is that it also leads to many low back and shoulder injuries due to shovelling snow. Back pain can be very limiting for people, so here are a few tips on how to prevent it:

Lift with your butt, not your back:

Your gluteal muscles (or “glutes”) are some of the most powerful muscles in your body. When people say “lift with your knees”, it’s essentially your glutes they are referring to. If you make extra effort to bend your knees, and keep your low back arched (curved forwards. not rounded/slouched), that will help you to get your glutes more involved in the lift.

Step into it:

Use momentum to help you shovel. Step forward as you drive the shovel into the snow and as you toss the heavy snow onto your lawn.

Switch sides:

Alternating between left and right hand being the lead hand on the shovel will allow you to use the muscles in your back and shoulders in a more balanced way. This will help prevent you from getting as tired, and reduce the risk of muscle […]

7 Healthy Body & Mind Tips For Students

In the midst of studying, exams and an active social life, it’s no wonder so many college & university students neglect their mental and physical health.

We collected some ways for students to keep illness at bay & keep their mind sharp!

Vary your meals.

When the cafeteria has your favorite foods daily it can be easy to return to those old favorites every day. Changing up your diet from day to day is an important part of good nutrition so take advantage of the variety of selections available to you

Eat breakfast.

Start your day off right with a good meal when you get up. Whether you’re rolling out of bed at noon or up at the crack of dawn for class, make sure you start your day with a balanced, healthy meal.

Take a nap.

If you have the time during the day, a short nap can do wonders for your energy levels. Just make sure not to nap too close to bedtime or for too long, and a nap will do your body good.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Many people feel embarrassed or ashamed to ask for help with their depression but this is unnecessary as it’s a common and treatable problem that you don’t have to deal with alone. Tap into campus resources to find help or tell a friend how you’re feeling.

Learn time management skills.

Time management skills will make everything from getting assignments done to managing work a lot easier. Read a book or check out advice on the internet, to help you better manage the hours of your day.

Take advantage of campus programs.

Many campuses are equipped with programs that can help students get a release from their […]

The Dave Kervin Report: KEEP MOVING!

I’m sure most of you have heard the expression or term, ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it.’ Well, there’s actually quite a bit of truth to that when it comes to the functional movement that our bodies provide us. Our bodies are designed for mobility, they are built to move, so each time we’re sedentary or inactive for extended periods of time, we’re actually denying our bodies of what it naturally needs in order to keep us healthy, not only for short term gains, but for maintaining long term health.
 
Unfortunately for a large percentage of the North American population, between the ages of 25 and 65, when it comes to a career, many are working at a desk, or somewhere that doesn’t promote a great deal of mobility throughout our day. With our bodies thriving off mobility, this only places added stress to our health, again, not only with short term ailments such as muscle cramping, a sore/stiff back, headaches, and conditions such as sciatica, but also with long term problems such as arthritic conditions, high blood pressure or heart disease, and osteoporosis, just to name a few. Now, while there are many acute conditions that do require immobility for a certain period of time for proper healing, you’d be surprised at how many conditions actually improve from added or continual mobility. For example, think of the joints in your body and the fluid movements that they provide like a sponge in a bucket of water. The more we move, the more fluid we provide our joints with, therefore the healthier they maintain and the more smooth range they provide us with……..much like providing water to the sponge, if there is ample […]

Lakefield Physio Fights For One Of Their Own At Mudmoiselle

Exactly one month ago today on July 8th, some of our amazing clinic staff at Lakefield Physio competed on Devil’s Elbow Ski Hill in the Mudmoiselle cancer fundraiser.

Many of us are touched by cancer in one way or another, but we asked participant Kim Payne what specifically motivated the Lakefield Physio team to enter this year. Kim said:

“We have former colleague diagnosed with cancer and she is fighting the fight of her life. This was a women’s race that included 5 km of mud, obstacles and hill running. We also had several of our kids compete in the Mini Mudder – 1 Km obstacle course mud race.”

Participants included: Glynda Linney,Sarah Martens,Patricia Dalliday, & Kim Payne.

Everyone at LTW is so proud of these ladies, who perfectly represent what our clinics are all about.

Dr. Dan Calow: What Do Chiropractors Do?

Ontarians utilizing chiropractic care as a form of health care is steadily gaining in popularity, and it seems to bring along the question: “what do chiropractors do?” Unfortunately, this would depend on which chiropractor or patient you ask. There are many different technique styles utilized in chiropractic care that serve to fit to the needs, lifestyles, and conditions of varying types and ages of people. One thing does remain true, they use some form of manual medicine to help patients decrease pain to work towards living a healthier lifestyle.

Every treatment plan will differ in techniques, frequency, invasiveness, and rehabilitation choices…

If you ask THIS chiropractor that same question, I can answer that a little more specifically. I meet with my patients for a thorough, detailed examination outlining their specific health concerns, lifestyle, and previous or current injuries or areas of pain to help us come up with a specifically tailored plan of care to help them move more, feel better, and get back to or push towards that healthy active lifestyle they so enjoy. Every treatment plan will differ in techniques, frequency, invasiveness, and rehabilitation choices to address individual goals and needs or areas of concern. The conditions I treat range from things like back and neck pain, headaches, muscle strains and joint sprains of various body areas, foot and ankle pain like plantar fasciitis, knee/hip/and shoulder pain syndromes from injury or overuse, or simply working on moving better overall to avoid any of these conditions.

I am a firm believer that not one single technique is best suited for every single individual.

Another question I seem to hear a lot is “ You’re a chiropractor, do you do ______?”
As mentioned there are a […]

Top 4 Awesome Outdoor Spaces To Keep Fit In PTBO

For those of us who live, work and play in Peterborough,it can be very easy to take our beautiful surroundings for granted. We drive by them on our way to work, or if you are our clinic staff at Trent Health In Motion, you are greeted each morning by any number of wildlife that inhabit the area.

So, it’s no surprise that when we talk to our clients, family and friends, many supplement their gym time with some serious outdoor time when planning their workout schedule (or visa-versa). With so many open spaces at our disposal, it just makes sense to soak up the beauty while breaking a good sweat.

On that note, if you are reading this and aren’t familiar with the Peterborough area, but plan on making it this summer – these are our Top 4 Awesome Outdoor Spaces To Keep Fit In PTBO!

Jackson’s Park

Jackson park has 2 entrances; one located at the Monaghan Road and Parkhill Road intersection and the other located at the corner of Parkhill Road and Fairbairn Street. There are washroom facilities, picnic tables, benches, shaded areas, a creek, and a large wooded area behind the park. There is an excellent trail running through the wooded area used frequently by walkers and bikers. This is a very picturesque park that provides a wonderful place to spend the day outside.The lower area of the Park near the Pagoda Bridge is very popular for small weddings. Permits are required for all events that are booked. Permits are not required for groups that would just like to take wedding pictures in the park.

Rotary Greenway Trail

This former rail line was developed through the fundraising efforts of the Rotary Club of Peterborough.

The trail […]

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    Life at Trent Health in Motion – Working In A Multi-Disciplinary Clinic

Life at Trent Health in Motion – Working In A Multi-Disciplinary Clinic

I often get asked, ‘what’s it like working at Trent Health in Motion?’ My simple and short answer is, ‘it’s great! I love my job, where I work, and the people I work with.’ For a more in depth response, I will usually reflect on how I ended up where I am, working with the amazing team that I work with now and how the facility itself has evolved over the years to become such a great, state of the art, leading multidisciplinary clinic that it is today. That response usually looks a bit like the following……
 
Over the years I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside some excellent Massage Therapists, from whom I’ve learned a great deal from and shared a wide range of ideas and techniques towards providing effective treatments for our clients. Coming out of my schooling, I was eager to put my education and newly acquired skills to use, treating athletes and members of the general public within Peterborough and the surrounding area. I began my practice with a local Massage Therapy clinic close to downtown. Four Registered Massage Therapists under one roof, all working together, providing our clients with the best hands on care that we knew how to provide. Looking back on it now, it seemed like an ideal situation for a Massage Therapist starting out………….working alongside other experienced Massage Therapists. And it certainly was a great start to my career. We shared treatment options, different approaches to achieve better results for our clients, and I learned a great deal from my more experienced peers. It worked out well and we got along great! For a Massage Therapist new into the profession, it was the perfect scenario to get […]

30 Physio Tips To Keep You Working Smarter Not Harder

Every Wednesday for the past 30 weeks, we’ve been spreading #wednesdaywisdom love on our social channels with weekly Physio tips. Some just for fun, some informative & inspirational. If you’ve been missing out, well, let’s catch you up!

In no particular order, here are our 30 Physio Tips To Keep You Working Smarter Not Harder.