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How Physical Activity May Help Reduce Cancer Risk

March 1, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Physical activity and cancer

Based on estimates, one out of every two Canadians is likely to develop cancer in their lifetime. In Canada, 30 per cent of all deaths are related to cancer. In fact, it is the leading cause of death in Canada.

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Family Fitness Ideas for the Gym

February 15, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Family fitness ideas for the gym

When we think of family activities picnics, a beach day, or a movie night come to mind. But what about considering the idea of doing exercise together as a family?

Bringing your kids to the gym (as long as they are old enough and mature enough to understand instructions) is a good way for them to see you being active (positive role modelling) and for them to discover and try various types of fitness equipment.

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How to Use Resistance Bands

February 1, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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How to use resistance bands

No matter your size or physical activity level, everyone has similar muscles.

For example, a person doing a normal, daily activity like squatting down to get a laundry basket is doing a movement very similar to an Olympic Power Lifter squatting several times their body weight. Both people have the same muscles, but the difference is in how well their muscles have been trained with resistance training. + MORE

Is 10,000 Steps a Day Enough?

January 18, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Is 10,000 Steps a Day Enough?

Counting steps is easier than ever. We have access to pedometers, smart phone apps, and fitness trackers to help us stay on track.

For a lot of us, hitting that 10,000 step mark is a badge of pride! Yup, you’ve had an active day, so pat yourself on the back. But, is 10,000 steps all the activity you need to achieve health benefits?

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Can Exercise Help Before Surgery?

January 11, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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Can exercise help before surgery?

Fitness goes a long way; people who are active typically live longer, have better quality of life and do not get sick (i.e., get a cold) or develop chronic health conditions as often as those who are inactive. However, no matter how active you are, you may need surgery at some point in life and then rehab to get back to a normal routine afterwards.

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