Active Health Institute – Kinesiologist / Personal Trainer
AHI is a patient centred, multidisciplinary clinic offering physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, personal training and naturopathic services. We are currently expanding and are seeking a kinesiologist to join our team. Read more →
Reaching for a popular heartburn medication may not be the best long term solution…
I’m frustrated. In my office, I see patients every day who are trying to make the right choices for their health and yet they are being sabotaged. Take for instance the popular heartburn relief medication TUMS. Had a spicy burrito with a beer and now you’re feeling the burn? No problems, any local pharmacy can help you out.
Ignoring for a minute why you have heart burn – a discussion for another day –at this stage you’re looking for relief.
Pop a tasty pill and relief. But what long term effects is that ‘medical product’ having on your body? Let’s take a closer look… Read more →
Sports drinks are drinks that include some form of sugar/carbohydrate and electrolytes. Popular commercial brands include Gatorade or Poweraid. These mixes provide the carbohydrates as a fuel source for muscles as well as the electrolytes to replenish losses from sweat and help to reduce risk of muscle cramps.
Electrolytes are just that, electrolytes and water. Electrolytes are substances that ionize when dissolved. The ones that we think of for athletic performance include potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and sodium. They allow muscles to contract and relax and help the nervous system send signals for muscle activity.
With both sports drinks and electrolyte mixes, we are seeing ‘designer’ formulars flood the marker. Caffeine, vitamins, anti-oxidants, ‘energy boosters’, herbs are all examples of ingredients being added to provide increased sports benefit. Quantity, let alone the quality of these ingredients needs to be further examined on an individual basis.
Ever think what your golf warm-up should incorporate before a day on the links? No? Have you even thought about warming-up before hand? No? Well not too worry, the majority of recreational golfers do not and those that do, do not do it effectively.
Golf has not been known for it’s incredible athleticism and you do not need to be in particularly good shape to enjoy a day on the links. However, if you ever tune into a PGA tour tournament these days you will notice quite an upswing in the way pro golfers treat their bodies. You do not need to devote as much of your time as the pros, but a little time before you step onto the tee-off block will help you out tremendously. Here are a few warm-up stretches and exercises you can do before your next round.