Are you optimizing your recovery to maximize your workouts?

Are you optimizing your recovery to maximize your workouts?

Your health is wealth, and a large part of that stems from making sure you are giving your body the BEST conditions possible to make the most out of all your time, energy and hard work.

When it comes to fitness, we notice that people have the tendency to focus on programs, workouts, and exercises, but one of the things we're not talking about is recovery.

Recovery is one of those terms that we hear all the time in the health and fitness world, but what is it exactly?

What if I told you that you could really optimize your next workout or training session by just remembering to do a few simple things?

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Is a personal trainer right for you?

Is a personal trainer right for you?

Maybe you’ve been looking to get healthier and more active, to be able to keep up on your weekend hikes, or maybe you just want to feel and look good when you wear your favorite clothes or take photos...

Personal training can be a great option for those who have important health goals to reach but just need a little bit of help or guidance.

HealthFit Personal Trainer Coach Allister Buchanan is here to speak on some barriers we notice people face when deciding if finding a personal trainer is right for you...

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The 4 MISTAKES that ALWAYS make your knee pain WORSE

The 4 MISTAKES that ALWAYS make your knee pain WORSE

Today is the last installment of this series discussing knee pain, its various causes, treatment options and success stories. When helping our clients eliminate their knee pain, one of the most important things we can do is tell them what NOT to do.

Remember that in this early phase of recovery, our main goal is to reduce pain and inflammation, so it makes sense that if there are a few things that are really aggravating the knee, then we need to get rid of these things as soon as possible.

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How We Helped Our Golfer Jim Eliminate His Knee Pain and Hit the Ball Farther

How We Helped Our Golfer Jim Eliminate His Knee Pain and Hit the Ball Farther

Last week was all about getting some tips on decreasing your knee pain so you can get back to exercising again. One of the most challenging things people face in this day and age is inactivity. One of the sports that our clients love best is GOLF!

For them, there is nothing better than the smell of the grass, the calmness of the surroundings and the feeling of hitting a great swing!

If you or a loved one is an avid golfer, how many times have you had to stop because of knee pain? 

Are you tired of an inconsistent swing because of an achy knee or sharp pain every time you push off or follow through?

How many surgeries have you had on your meniscus before deciding this may be too much?

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Knee Pain: “I Can’t Lose Weight, Because I Can’t Exercise…”

Knee Pain: “I Can’t Lose Weight, Because I Can’t Exercise…”

With the new year upon us, many of us are getting started on our ‘resolutions’, or we’re at least thinking about them. And of course, one of the most common resolutions you will hear is people who want to start losing weight and exercising more. Losing weight and exercising more in 2019 are both great ideas… but what about people who can’t workout because they are in pain? 

This is a frequent obstacle at the clinic, especially for people with knee pain. It often goes something like this: “I’d like to exercise more to lose some weight, but my knee hurts too much to exercise.” Here’s another common variation: “My surgeon tells me I need to lose 40 lbs if I want a total knee replacement, but how can I lose weight if I can’t exercise?”

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Knee Pain: Introduction to the Anatomy of the Knee and the Top Causes of Pain

Knee Pain: Introduction to the Anatomy of the Knee and the Top Causes of Pain

Overall, knee pain is a bit like back pain; it seems like everyone has it, and not many people really understand what they can do about it. Additionally, many people are under the impression, often via trusted advice, that they ‘just have to live with it’ because they are ‘getting older’.  

If this sounds like YOU, I think you’re really going to enjoy this next series of articles. I’m going to start with some basic information today, and then I’ll be able to offer valuable information about how to eliminate knee pain in future articles.  

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“Sciatica” Sufferers… Could ‘Stretching’ Be Making Your Injury Worse?

“Sciatica” Sufferers… Could ‘Stretching’ Be Making Your Injury Worse?

“I’ve had sciatica pain in my right leg and piriformis syndrome for 19 months."  

Said a frustrated Sarah (age 47), who injured her back during a ‘boot-camp’ exercise class almost 2 years ago... 

She had been suffering from that deep ‘tooth-ache’ like feeling in her right hip (literally a pain in the butt) which shot down her leg any time she tried to sit down or bend forward. (commonly known as ‘sciatica)

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What To Do If Standing and Walking Make Your Back Pain Worse?

What To Do If Standing and Walking Make Your Back Pain Worse?

"I've been told to sit less, stand and walk more. But why does it still hurt?!”

You may have heard it before..."sitting is the new smoking and too much of it causes back pain." But what if other activities like standing while cooking in the kitchen, walking for longer than 10 minutes, or even trying to do a gentle yoga class might leave you in more pain, and even more frustrated?

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My X-Ray and MRI Shows “Damage”… Now What?

My X-Ray and MRI Shows “Damage”… Now What?

If you have ever been to the doctor for back pain, you may know the usual routine…X-ray images, MRI’s scans, and worse, the report you get back may be a bit confusing or worrying with terms such as ‘disc herniations’, ‘disc protrusion’, or ‘degenerative disc disease’…

What if I told you that these images could be potentially do more harm than good?

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Static vs. Dynamic Stretching

Static vs. Dynamic Stretching

When it comes to stretching, one of the most common questions today is, “Should I be holding my stretch, or should I be doing something more dynamic?” The classic adage I learned in PT school that applies here as well is, “It depends.” While it is generally understood that stretching can be, and often is, a good thing for the body, knowing how and when to apply it can lead to more effective outcomes.

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