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101 Guide to Empowering Yourself: Alternative Sports Injury Treatments

With activities on the rise, so are sprains and strains. It’s important for today’s fitness enthusiasts to take charge of their wellness and explore potential treatment options for their sports-related injuries. Unfortunately, it’s really easy to just stick to the familiar. However, depending on the injury, various treatment options and methods are available. And, just like we introduce new activities to boost our fitness regime, so can we improve our approach to our well-being and recovery. So, instead of just having the sports medicine doctor, physiotherapist, or chiropractor provide a plan, Team Canada’s men’s soccer team’s physiotherapist Greg Bay says that “Today’s athlete is becoming more aware of their bodies and is coming to their sports practitioners with suggestions and options for consideration. So instead of being passive throughout the process, they’re actively engaging in their management plan.” The approaches may differ based on the overall treatment plans; however, as

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April 2024 Cover Story
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Punch Your Way to Improved Mental and Physical Health

Boxing, specifically women’s boxing, has become extremely trendy, whether it be in the fitness space, amateur, or professional world. Interest in boxing gyms and classes has increased alongside the increased demand for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) classes that have gained popularity due to the efficiencies of these types of workouts. Boxing can be considered the original HIIT class because of the intensity and full body workout you get in 20 minutes or less. For those of us with busy schedules and barely enough time to complete our daily tasks, boxing can be the solution to achieving a healthy, well-rounded lifestyle without spending hours at the gym. Why Boxing? Boxing provides the ultimate workout for both your physical and mental health. And it’s an inclusive sport all women can participate in—boxing offers weight classes from the minimum weight of 105 pounds to over 200 pounds. Now, let’s get into the physical

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Balance Training Tips

The average person walks between 6,000 and 8,000 steps a day with each step absorbing two-to-three times their body weight — depending on your activity. Let’s face it — being sure-footed at any age can be a challenge, but you can take control by incorporating exercises to improve your balance and build strength in the intrinsic foot muscles. Dr. Benno M. Nigg, professor emeritus of biomechanics at the University of Calgary, advocates the bottom-up approach, which focuses on increasing the strength of the small muscles crossing the ankle joint. “Everything starts with the base,” says Nigg. “If you have weak ankle joints, you’re unstable at the base. If you’re unstable at the base, that has an effect up the body, and there’s evidence this contributes to injuries.” Nigg thinks we should start thinking laterally. “Train the foot and ankle joints in all directions. Consider if you were building a skyscraper

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Why is Grip Strength Important?

While grip strength is typically associated with having a strong handshake (which we don’t seem to need following the introduction of the elbow bump during 2020), science has shown grip strength to be what’s called a biomarker.1 By definition, a biomarker is a broad term which indicates an “objective indication of (a) medical state, observed outside of the patient.”2 Basically, it’s an indicator of some health condition or state of one’s health that isn’t necessarily something the patient is aware of. For example, when one goes to the doctor, they typically explain their symptoms. The symptoms are what a patient is feeling and aware of. When the doctor does lab work, the doctor may discover some biomarkers, in the form of a high white blood cell count, for example, which indicates a certain illness. The biomarker is the indicator that something is going on or expected to occur. According to

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Fitness Fanatics – Hot Holiday Equipment – Our Top Picks!

So you like to work out? Why not put one of these sweaty Hot Holiday items under somebody’s tree this year! # 1 Lebert HIIT System No matter what your age or fitness No matter what your age or fitness level, increasing overall strength is one of the keys to living longer and healthier. The Lebert HIIT System is the ultimate pump machine. (If Arnold had one, he would have been bigger.) This system is direct torque on your muscles. The pump burns SO much and that’s why it made it to our HOT LIST! Whoever gets their hands on one will love it. # 2 CoreFX Adjustable Dumbbells This is not your grandmother’s weight set. Darth Vader beware. These futuristic Adjustable Dumbbells will make you addicted to doing more sets than you need to. This dumbbell set is incredible with the mobile stand that you can move around (costs

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Core strength: Embrace the wobble

At one time, a strong core was associated with six-pack abs but an updated view is that there is much more to them. Having defined abdominals is an aesthetic consideration, while a strong core relates to functionality.  Anatomically, the core is the body’s midsection, a three-dimensional space that includes the muscles of the front, sides, and back. One can further distinguish between the inner and outer core. The outer core consists of the more superficial muscles that surround the midsection of the torso, while the inner core comprises the deep internal muscles creating an inner cylinder framed by the pelvic floor, diaphragm, obliques and spinal muscles.  Pick up any fitness or running magazine and you will likely come across an article about the core and how to strengthen it. A strong core is essential for all types of athletes.  It is key to generate force as in a golf swing
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Walking your way to better health

There is no question, it’s been a tough couple of years. COVID-19 brought a lot of uncertainty, impacted our physical health and mental well-being and eroded our social connections. In the meantime, Canadians became more sedentary.  It’s time we hit the reboot button.  According to Greg Wells, Ph.D., a performance physiologist and a senior associate at SickKids Hospital in Toronto, “If you look at humans from an evolutionary perspective, we are designed to walk. And when we walk long distances, we get healthier. Our muscles and bones get stronger. Our spines function better, blood flows to our brain and bodies, and the benefits are profound. We also know that the risk of 13 different types of cancer decreases when you walk for as little as 15 minutes a day.”  If you’ve ever doubted the power of taking a walk, consider how you feel when you get outdoors in nature. Walking

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