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The Benefits of Exercise on Joint Health

If you suffer from joint discomfort, exercising can be difficult. Some think exercising increases discomfort and it’s best to avoid putting any additional pressure on the joints. But the opposite is true. If you don’t use it, you lose it. Exercising can help ease stiffness, improve joint movement, strengthen muscles and maintain bone density. Even slight movements can help pump the blood to the joints, lubricate the joints and strengthen the muscles to protect the joints. When you don’t work out, that is when the discomfort increases and arthritis worsens. However, keep in mind that prolonged and intense workouts may worsen the discomfort and inflammation.

When implementing a regular exercise regimen, avoid strenuous activity, listen to your body and incorporate light activities. If you are just starting out, aquatic exercises may be a great place to start. Aquatic workouts help relieve pressure of your body’s weight on the affected joints, while providing resistance for your muscles to get stronger. You can even do aquatic exercise if you don’t know how to swim. Other light activities may include jogging, walking, light weights and stretching (yoga, Pilates, or Tai Chi). If you are uncertain which type of exercise is best for you, consult with your health care provider. Read more

Video Blog: Caroline Berry on why anti-inflammatory diets are great for joint health and mobility

Video Transcript Hi, my name is Carolyn Berry and I’m a registered dietitian here in Vancouver BC. I am passionate about being a dietitian because I feel there is so much information going around about nutrition.  There’s lots of myths and I really like to debunk those myths. I think that’s really important. I do […]

Video Blog: Dr. Jack Taunton talks sports medicine

Video Transcript The passion that I have for sports medicine has been there for a long time. As a young child, grade one, I had polio and I went through extensive rehabilitation. Then just as I was getting over that into junior high school, I got hit by a car and had a fractured dislocation […]

Video Blog: Dr. Kam Shojania on lifestyle factors to maintain joint health

Video Transcript My career has been most at UBC. I’ve trained at UBC in medicine and internal medicine, rheumatology, and then I became faculty whereupon I became head of rheumatology at UBC and also St. Paul’s and VGH. My career is mainly seeing patients, but also teaching and doing research at the Arthritis Research Canada, […]

Video Blog: Kevin O’Connor talks about goal setting and training with a team

Video Transcript You need realistic goals. I’ll be turning fifty in a year and a year and half time and I’m already looking at trying to break the Canadian records of fifty. I think with realistic goals it’s much easier to do, and the fact is I have a good training group that I run […]

Video Blog: Dr. Bal Pawa discusses women’s health as we age

Video Transcript Hello, I’m Dr. Bal Pawa. I’m the co-founder of Westcoast Women’s Clinic, an integrative medical clinic, specializing in hormonal health. We have a reputation in this community for about fifteen years. We pioneered the clinic, we were one of the first in BC. Women come to us because we are MDs who look […]

The Unexpected Benefit of Being the Worst Person in Yoga Class

Being perfect at yoga moves, or even just being good at it, is perhaps not really what is required to get the most of yoga. Your yoga is improving not when your poses get better, but when your life gets better. So even if you feel terrible at the most basic poses, there also comes an unexpected benefit of being the worst person in yoga class. No need to be embarrassed or upset about it, just get back up and try again. Why not start focusing on how your body feels, and on what it is telling you?

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Better Posture Is Only One (Super Simple) Stretch Away

It’s easy to forget about posture when you’re too occupied doing with every day activities. Poor posture results from certain muscles tightening up. It places increased stress and strain on the body, making it function less efficiently and predisposing it to injury. Anyone who spends hours each day at a desk is likely to sit hunched over. Don’t turn yourself into the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Better posture is only one super simple stretch away. The right strength exercises and stretches can have a dramatic impact on your posture and on your day-to-day energy levels.

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No training wheels needed! Why stationary cycling is a popular exercise trend

Many of us were biking since we were kids. Some even spend entire summers racing their bikes from dawn to dusk throughout their neighborhoods. But as we become adults, biking starts to feel more like work and less like fun. It’s good news that the cycling industry has begun offering classes with added power and fun to the boring, old stationary bike. SoulCycle is part of the newest generation of bike exercise classes, which includes Flywheel and Peloton. These classes are offering something that keeps your senses stimulated. Now do you know what makes stationary cycling a popular exercise trend today?

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5 Awesome Perks You’ll Feel Immediately After Exercising

People give lots of reasons for why they work out: to gain more strength and endurance, manage weight, and look better. The reality is that it’s hard to get excited about long-term benefits. That’s just not the way our brains are built—we’re wired for instant gratification. We don’t have to wait months to see results. Just a short period of regular exercise can result in tangible benefits—and some health improvements happen even faster. While the long-term benefits of breaking a sweat are definitely worth the wait, there are also awesome perks you’ll feel immediately after exercising.

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