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Posts for: November, 2011

By Dr. Brian Cragg
November 23, 2011
Tags: Bruce's Mill   Diabetes   Arthritis   Weight Loss  

When it starts getting closer to Christmas and the weather starts turning chilly, it's pretty easy to forget about the outside world. We put the outdoor furniture in storage, take down the screen door, and buy heat retaining blinds to keep all the warmth in. These are normal things to do, but every once in a while, it's not a bad idea to bundle up and explore the outdoors despite the cold.

Our bodies are made to be active, not closed up in our houses for months at a time. Here's a question: When's the last time you stepped on ground that wasn't man-made? Sometime this week, try taking the dog for a walk outside or taking a hike at Bruce's Mill. Take simple safety precautions like having your phone and dressing warmly, but go out and embrace the outdoors! Stretch your legs out to somewhere that's not the coffee table.

By using and exercising your muscles  regularly, you strengthen the muscles that help support the joints which can help prevent arthritis. By staying active you may also prevent diabetes and many other diseases that can result from lack of exercise.

Making lifestyle choices like walking everyday lead to a healthier and more balanced life. Your body was made for more exciting activities than sitting at your desk.

Markham has lots of recreational activities, sign up for one today: http://www.guidingstar.ca/Recreational_Activities_in_Markham.htm


By Brian Cragg
November 11, 2011
Category: running, foot pain
Tags: Running   shoes   goals   exercise   motivation  

If you are like most people, you probably don't enjoy running. It's not a tough fact to swallow, most people just don't like going outside and running for miles and miles. If you care about your health, you probably force yourself to run maybe a couple times a week to get a cardio workout in and maybe some endorphins...but deep down, you probably still dread it.

We are here to tell you that this is a normal feeling! Running isn't everyone's favorite past-time and that's okay. For all those people who actually enjoy running: good for you! But for anyone who has identified with a basic dislike for it, we are here to give some tips and helpful reminders.

1. You don't have to be a marathon runner to get into running. Try to remember to set attainable distances for yourself. Not everyone's built to run marathons--if 2 laps around the track is the perfect distance for you, then go 2 laps. If you force yourself to run 5 miles and you absolutely hate it, then it's going to be much harder to do it again.

2. Take some breaks from running. Alternating between running and walking actually burns more calories and gives you a better workout than running constantly; so if you're tired and feel like walking, go for it.

3. Stretch, stretch, stretch! You will absolutely hate yourself if you don't stretch.

4. Wear comfortable shoes. Wearing shoes that fit will prevent you from giving yourself blisters and you'll also feel much more comfortable running.

For more information on being active and how it affects your feet, visit our website: http://www.markhamfootcare.com/library/1811/FitnessAndYourFeet.html

 

For more tips on being a beginner runner, visit:

http://www.runnersworld.com/subtopic/0,7123,s6-238-520-492-0,00.html