Posts Tagged "exercise"

Dance, Dance, Dance

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Events, Featured, Health | Comments Off on Dance, Dance, Dance

Dance, Dance, Dance

This is the title of one of my favorite songs by Steve Miller Band.  Here are the opening lyrics: My grandpa, he’s 95 And he keeps on dancin’ He’s still alive My grandma, she’s 92 She loves to dance And sing some, too I don’t know, but I’ve been told If you keep on dancing You’ll never grow old… I agree!  I love to dance (and sing some too)! Dancing has been a significant part of my life ever since I was a teenager.  I have never had any formal training in dance and I don’t think it is at all necessary to develop a love of dance and enjoy the many benefits. Why do I love to dance?  I love music and I love allowing it to move me and my body.  I love to dance in community and enjoy celebrating life through music and dancing.  I love to be expressive and creative with my movements and try different moves and rhythms out.  I love how dancing brings me into my body and into the present moment.  I love that every person, at any age, with any ability can be included in dance. I love how it is a way to bring people together.  I love that I get to exercise my body while I am having fun and don’t even feel like I am “working out”. As a chiropractor, I think dance is a wonderful way to enhance health and wellbeing.  I often recommend dance as a form of exercise, whether in dance classes, events, parties, or dancing at home (this is what I do a lot of). I especially appreciate free movements when it comes to dancing.  What we know about the body is that it appreciates random, non-repetitive movements that cause many different muscles, large and small, to be firing and this helps our joints and spines be in healthy alignment.  Free, or ecstatic, dance is a way to move the body without any structured or choreographed movements. Here at Source Centre we are hosting our first monthly ecstatic dance event on Wednesday, April 23rd starting at 7:30pm.  We invite you come to dance and play with us.  We aim to create a safe space where everyone feels welcome, free to be themselves and free to move their bodies as they please.  If you feel perfectly at ease with dance, or if it is new and scary for you, just come, we welcome all of...

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Eat For Spring according to Classical Chinese Medicine

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Eat For Spring according to Classical Chinese Medicine

Eat For Spring according to Classical Chinese Medicine

(Image: “Asparagus” by SOMMAI/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Spring is finally here! Even though the temperatures are still colder than we’d like, it’s clear that the spring is here. The days are longer and the sounds of birds can be heard clearly. A fundamental of every traditional medicine, including the Chinese, is that humans need to be aligned with nature and the natural environment which means adapting habits and activities according to the changes in the seasons and in nature. For every season there are recommended activities and specific nutritional requirements. Spring is the time when nature renews and rejuvenates itself emerging from the slow activities of winter. Green begins to emerge as the dominant colour. The corresponding organ in our body is the Liver. As the liver is responsible for cleaning blood and removing toxins from the system, it plays a vital function in keeping the immune system healthy and strong. Spring is also the time for us to get back to increasing our physical activity which is in sync with the role of the liver in controlling the function and flexibility of the muscles and tendons we use to move our body. Generally speaking, our spring diet should be rich with the things that resonate with the springtime energies: vegetables (especially green leafy ones), sprouts, and fresh fruits. When it comes to food groups, the following are most recommended for the season: Grains – Spelt, rye, oat and wheat. (35% of the meal) Legumes – Peas, Mung-beam. (5%-20%) Vegetables – All green leafs, green onion, leak, artichoke, asparagus, aromatic herbs such as parsley, coriander and dill and root vegetables like radish, daikon and even leak. (Vegetables ideally make up 50% of the meal with 5%-10% of the meal should containing protein, though it’s recommended not to overeat animal protein. Easier to digest and more appropriate for spring are fish, chicken, and chicken liver. If you are able to, it’s a great time to cut out all animal protein. Combining grains and legumes in the same meal provide the perfect protein.) Healthy fats such as avocado, nuts and sesame can be added to meals as well as sea vegetables such as Wakame and Spirulina. Spices – Aromatic ones: curcumin, star anise, hours-radish, fennel seeds, rosemary, and mint. Cooking methods should also be attuned to spring energies. Cooking times should be faster. Rather than the stews and soups we had during winter, we now want to do more juicing, steaming, wok cooking and sautéing. Enjoy your cooking and have a blooming and sunny...

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How to beat those bad habits and keep those New Years resolutions!

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on How to beat those bad habits and keep those New Years resolutions!

How to beat those bad habits and keep those New Years resolutions!

Its that dreaded time of the year where your January fitness enthusiasm is slowly dwindling in a February cloud of smoke. If your resolution was to take better care of yourself and get healthy, you will have a much better year if your resolution sticks. Here are six easy solutions to get you back on track. Be realistic– The best way to fall short of your goal is to make your goal unattainable. Instead of resolving to never eat your favorite food again, strive to avoid it rather than banish it. Make a “pros” and “cons” list- It helps to see a list of items on paper to keep your motivation strong.People who put their goals on paper are significantly more likely to achieve them than are those who merely make mental vows. Reward yourself– Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that dosn’t contradict your resolution. Dont beat yourself up– Dont obsess over the casual slip, that wont help you achieve your goal. Do the best you can each day, and take it one day at a time. Stick to it– Experts say it takes about 21 days for a new activity to become a habit and six months for it to become part of your personality. Don’t give up– If you run out of steam when it comes to keeping your resolution by mid-february , dont get discouraged. Start over again. Recommit yourself for 24 hours, you can do anything for 24 hours, the 24 hour increments will build on each other and before you know it you will be back on track. – by Elaura Storey, Source Centre Intern...

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Just 7 Minutes a Day

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Short Entries | Comments Off on Just 7 Minutes a Day

Just 7 Minutes a Day

Is getting out of the house in the freezing weather as hard for you as it is for me? Even living in a warm and cozy home, I still experience ever-freezing hands and feet. This winter, one thing did the trick for me: exercise! While most of us are health-conscious, it can be tough to squeeze time (and be motivated) for a workout. The solution may be quicker than we think. In reports like “High-Intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment”,  high intensity circuit training can deliver many health benefits in quickly and with no special equipment. It takes only 7 minutes (feel free to do more cycles!), a chair and a bit of space with an empty wall. You can conveniently find free apps on iOS, Google Play, Windows, or even your Pebble Watch to time your routine. There is also a website for non-smartphone users! This 7-minute workout did magic for me this winter, how about you? How are you staying warm and fit this winter? Share your thoughts below! -Helane Tweet...

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Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Featured | Comments Off on Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

Introducing Alwynn, Pilates Instructor

My name is Alwynn Jessica Taylor and I’ll be teaching a Pilates Foundations class every Thursday morning at 8 am at The Source Centre starting on January 9th 2014. I am a certified mat Pilates instructor and my philosophy is that students conquer personal challenges when they are gently guided towards success in a positive and nurturing environment. I do this by providing a warm, caring, comfortable and enthusiastic class setting that fosters learning and enhances success. Students feel welcomed, appreciated and accepted within their physical abilities. I spent the first part of my professional career working in several ad agencies, PR firms and working as an event planner in Toronto. I’ve had the opportunity to live in The Dominican Republic, The Kingdom of Bahrain and Mexico City. I’ve also spent a lot of time in France and Spain. Once I returned to Toronto I decided to take a new path in my career and walk away from my corporate life altogether to embrace a career in health and wellness. It was the scariest decision I made, but the most rewarding on many levels. As Anais Nin once famously said “life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” I took my teacher training certification in Pilates at the nationally recognized Body Harmonics studio. I now wake up, put on yoga pants and help my students learn to connect with their bodies through movement, breath, concentration, control and precision. These are just a few of the principles of Pilates. As an instructor, a strong focus is placed on a supportive teaching style with vivid imagery and encouraging feedback to inspire students to make the mind-body connection to become their best through their Pilates practice. Looking forward to seeing you on the mat     Alwynn Jessica Taylor Q & A with Alwynn   Describe yourself in four words? “Generous, resilient, charismatic & passionate   When you’re not teaching, you enjoy…? “Playing tennis, baking, painting and drinking caffeine”. Not necessarily in that order.   Random quote? “The mind is everything. What you think, you become”. – Buddha   Give us a random fact? “I’m left handed, but play golf right handed.   Desired travel destination? “Too many to choose, today is Mauritius, tomorrow…who knows”.   Why do you love Pilates? “I love Pilates because I can see what it can do for the body, the mind and the spirit. Really, it’s...

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