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30 Jan: Exercise and Arthritis: What you Need to Know

Chances are that in some way or another you are either related to (or personally know/have heard) of someone who is affected by arthritis in some degree. Indeed, in Canada this debilitating disease affects millions of people, most notably as they age and move into retirement. For some, it strikes even earlier. But what is arthritis exactly? And how does exercise benefit those who have it, and likely delay its early onset? It is these questions and more that we seek to look at in today’s blog!

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29 Jan: Why Counting Calories Doesn’t Work

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight, you’ve probably counted calories. And if you’re a woman, you’ve probably fixated yourself on consuming 1,200 calories per day. (Weird fact: the majority of women I’ve spoken to about how many calories she thinks she should eat per day says 1,200 for no apparent reason). It seems like women have just “heard” over the years this is the goal number, but I digress….

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25 Jan: Pleasure in the Process

There’s a result you desire. Maybe it’s weight loss, maybe it’s to achieve a specific lift, run your first 5k, or maybe it’s to get off your blood pressure medication. Whatever the goal is, what I’m going to talk about applies. If you or someone you know has ever gone to extreme measures to lose weight – HCG injections, diet pills, surgery, starvation diets, etc – the chances are small that they were successful.

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22 Jan: I hope you didn’t make a New Year’s Resolution

So you decide (or set a New Year’s resolution) that you want to improve your health to be able to be more active with your kids, or you want to lose 20 lbs to feel more confident in your clothes, or you want be able to move with less pain and have less limitations. Great! You’re all in… but you set the date you are going to start for sometime in the future. ~ “I will start eating healthier on Monday” ~ “I will start working out next month when things are slower at work”

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19 Jan: All About Stretching!

Everywhere you look there are active Movimento members doing  strength routines, cardio routines, and exercising at home as well! We love keeping active, but do you ever have days where your joints hurt, your muscle soreness just won’t go away or that old back injury seems to be creeping up again? Are we missing something?

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05 Jan: 5 Must Have Nutrition Habits

Starting your nutrition journey is never an easy process, and for most of us the “quick fix” diets and fad food journeys are quickly becoming a broken way of the past. Indeed, yo-yo dieting and plenty of misinformation in the nutrition world has left many of us scrambling to sort through what is good for us, and what isn’t. Coupled with a desire for food convenience and lack of planning, the road ahead often appears harder than it should. In fact, it’s fair to say that almost all of us looking to improve our nutrition and live healthier lifestyles need concrete, long term habits for life. Furthermore, finding what works for your personalized nutrition needs can be a challenge based on your food preferences, work/life schedules, and budget (to name a few). Thankfully, there are 5 nutrition “must have” habits that, when introduced over time, can be utilized to effectively…

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26 Dec: How Exercise and the Release of Neurotransmitters can have a Positive Effect on our Mental Health

Have you ever wondered what happens to the brain when we begin exercise?  Have you ever wondered why we feel the way we do when we include exercise in our lives? Many people are aware that regular exercise and physical activity have many health benefits.  Some of these benefits include increased muscle strength and muscle endurance along with increased cardiovascular capacity or in other words better heart health.  Whether your goal is to improve performance, lose weight, get stronger, or live a longer and healthier life, for a majority of people when we begin introducing exercise in our lives we tend to notice an overall difference  in how we generally feel about ourselves and our environment. A lot of people claim that exercising gives them increased energy, are more alert and focused while others claim that exercising makes them feel less stressed and puts them generally in a good mood…

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20 Dec: Understanding Muscle Soreness and Recovery

We have all felt the ill effects of severe muscle soreness after a bout of exercise in the couple days that followed the workout, whether that’s not being able to lift our arms above our head or struggling to walk up the stairs because the quads are screaming. This muscle soreness we all experience is termed delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), which usually appears 12-48 hours following the bout of exercise. There are a few different theories that can explain the cause of DOMS but the leading one is the result of skeletal muscle damage. This suggests that throughout the course of a workout, tears in our muscle fibers are occurring as we perform each exercise throughout the workout. For example, during a squat, the large volume of muscle fibers in the quads, glutes and hamstrings are tearing as we perform each rep of the exercise. This gives us that…