Activity Guideline Articles


Proper movements and tools will extend your gardening season

The secret to a healthy garden is a healthy gardener. Gardening is an active pursuit that can cause muscle strain to the lower back, shoulders, knees and arms, especially if you are out of shape and do not move properly.

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Raking up a pile of tips to stay healthy while cleaning the yard

Many Canadian homeowners spend hours raking leaves each spring and fall – it’s a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the fall weather. Best yet – the yard looks better when you’re done!

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Tips on bike fitting

It’s summertime, and time to get out on your bike. Bicycle riding is one of the easiest ways to stay fit, promote cardiovascular health and improve muscular endurance. It’s a relatively inexpensive exercise that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Travel Fit Tips

Whatever the mode of travel, there are a number of problems that may arise from sitting in a confined space. Sitting immobile for prolonged periods of time can put considerable stress on muscles and joints. This can lead to feeling stiff, cramped and sore with a sense of fatigue after the journey.

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4 Tips To Help Patients Suffering From Respiratory Or Cardiovascular Diseases Improve Their Quality Of Life

Respiratory diseases (like:asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and pneumonia) are disorders affecting the lungs and their ability to take in oxygen from the air and deliver it to the bloodstream. Cardiovascular disease refers to the narrowing or blocking of the coronary arteries causing cardiac or heart disease; this causes the heart to not pump as well and can lead to heart failure or a heart attack. Cardiac disease is a leading of death in Canada; approximately 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease.

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4 Tips to Protect from Concussion

Physiotherapists are the rehabilitation specialists recommended most by physicians. They are university-educated health professionals who work with patients of all ages to diagnose and treat virtually any mobility issue. Physiotherapists provide care for orthopaedic issues such as sport and workplace injuries, as well as cardiorespiratory and neurological conditions. As Canada's most physically active health professionals, BC's physiotherapists know how to keep British Columbians moving for life.

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October - Pre & Post Natal

Pregnancy and early motherhood can be hard on your body. Seek advice early on from your physiotherapist for tools to reduce pain during and after pregnancy. Exercising while pregnant will help strengthen and prepare your body for the birth. Continuing to exercise after your baby is born will help ensure you are able to care for your newborn and regain your fitness. Your physiotherapist can help create an exercise program that meets your individual goals.

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September - Carrying

Summer holidays are over. The long trek back to school and work is beginning. Here are a few tips to consider when carrying a heavy load to and from work or when selecting a backpack for your child. By following these simple tips you can help minimize injury and alleviate the pain of carrying a heavy load.

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August - Swimming

Compared to other sports, swimming has a relatively low risk of injury. However, the most common body part injured while swimming is the shoulder. Shoulder pain can be caused by muscle overuse, incorrect technique or swimming only one stroke during every workout. Whatever the reason, these factors can lead to shoulder discomfort and injury, most commonly rotator cuff tendinitis.

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July - Golf

Golf is a sport that British Columbians of all ages enjoy. Plus, the mild climate in many parts of BC allows golf enthusiasts to hit the links year round. Like any sport, it’s possible to become injured while golfing. This is especially true if players don’t take the time for a proper warm up. A dynamic warm up allows golfers to gradually warm up the body’s tissues in preparation for swinging activities. This can improve performance and help to prevent muscle strains and joint sprains.

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June - Cycling

Cycling is a terrific exercise for British Columbians of all ages. Cycling builds toned muscles, reduces joint pain and stiffness, increases stamina, alleviates stress and is a great weight management tool. It’s important to remember that cycling should be about enjoyment not pain. Unfortunately, some cyclists experience pain in the neck, back, saddle region, wrists, hands, knees and feet.

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May - Gardening

If you like to garden but want to avoid common gardening injuries and sore muscles, it’s best to start and finish your day in the garden with a gentle warm up and some stretching. By following the tips below you can minimize injury, alleviate pain and get the most enjoyment out of your day in the garden.

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April - Lifting

Spring is here. And, if you’ve got the urge to Spring clean and you’re getting ready to clear out your attic, garage, basement or house, below are a few tips on how to lift objects without injuring yourself. By following these tips you can help minimize your risk of injury and still get everything to the curb on time.

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March - Running & Walking

Running and walking are both great ways to stay in shape and keep fit. If you are new to running or are starting to walk for exercise after an illness, it’s best to work with your physiotherapist to develop a program suited for you that includes warm up and cool down stretches to help prevent injury.

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February - Healthy Heart

You may not think of it this way, but your heart is a muscle and can be trained just like any other muscle. And, like other muscles, it works better and more efficiently if it is exercised and trained on a regular basis. As with any new exercise program, getting advice from a trained, registered physiotherapist is a great first step.

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January - Balance

Approximately 30% of older adults will fall at lease once each year. An injury, such as a fracture or sprain, will occur in 50% of those who fall. This in turn can result in a new disability or loss of independence. The good news is that many falls can be prevented. The risk of falling in older adults can be reduced when a physiotherapist prescribes specific exercises, activities or interventions

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December - Skiing & Boarding

The 2010 Winter Olympics catapulted winter sports into the forefront of people’s awareness, especially here in BC. As more and more British Columbians hit the slopes, it’s important to make sure participants have fun and remain pain and injury free. Always wear a helmet and ensure your equipment has been checked and tuned for the season. Whether you’re cruising a green run or racing through the gates, your physiotherapist can create a ski fit program that’s right for you.

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November - Hockey

Hockey is truly Canada’s passion, NHL or no NHL. Before you (or your child) even step on to the ice make sure you are well equipped. Wear a mouth guard and a good quality helmet that fits you and is adjusted properly. Getting fitted with the right equipment will help prevent injury from muscle imbalance, flying pucks, body contact and accidental collisions.

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