The Art of Putting
The Art of Putting

The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly...

The Art of Putting

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The Art of Putting

The putter is the most used club in a Golfer’s arsenal, so it’s certainly important. But I imagine being a good putter is far more important than having a good putter. Being a great putter can be the difference between winning and losing. And while you might think you need to spend hundreds on a new putter… it’s likely more valuable to take a long hard look in the mirror and decide what you can improve in yourself first.

Don't Stop Believing
Don't Stop Believing

Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of...

Don't Stop Believing

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Don't Stop Believing

Believing in something… believing in yourself… that’s the stuff of survivors, champions… the people who make it happen… when everyone else said it was impossible. Hope – even unfounded – keeps a fragile spirit alive. Hope when it’s founded? That’s a beast to be reckoned with. A belief that is founded is based on facts: historical or scientific evidence that the future hoped for is not only probable, it’s inevitable.

Getting out of trouble
Getting out of trouble

Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the...

Getting out of trouble

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Getting out of trouble

Pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge. These are the golf clubs with the highest loft. Designed for chips, pitches, and playing out of sand bunkers. Designed – in other words – to get you out of trouble after you’ve made a less than optimal shot.

Losing is important.
Losing is important.

Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s...

Losing is important.

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Losing is important.

No matter how great a golfer you are, you are not going to win every game. That’s not to say there isn’t something to be said for approaching your game as if you are going to win. However, you are defining winning at any given moment. A winning mentality is accompanied by hope, determination, confidence, and is, in some cases, self-fulfilling.

The Woods.
The Woods.

The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed...

The Woods.

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The Woods.

Typically played off the tee, for all to scrutinize and see. Your driver is designed for a powerful, fully committed swing which sends the ball on a long, glamourous trajectory.

Summer Weather is Here...
Summer Weather is Here...

Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the...

Summer Weather is Here...

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Summer Weather is Here...

Summer weather is here and we are ready for it! Staying fit has become difficult the longer we stay in isolation but we can do this together. Some days can be dedicated to staying in and baking, while others can be all about getting outside and moving – it’s all about balance.

Fore the Love of it
Fore the Love of it

Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d...

Fore the Love of it

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Fore the Love of it

Dare I admit this publicly? I was disappointed when the Golf Courses opened. I’d been sneaking onto the cart paths for some of my runs and bike rides with the boys and WOW! The spaces are glorious. That said, I have many loved ones who love to golf. So ultimately, I can be happy. 

Taste of Spring
Taste of Spring

Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve...

Taste of Spring

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Taste of Spring

There’s something different in the air. Over the last few days, we’ve experienced phenomenal weather and slowly but surely the city is re-opening. But, for many of us, we’re still spending far more time at home than we would like.

Positive energy is contagious...
Positive energy is contagious...

Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today:...

Positive energy is contagious...

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Positive energy is contagious...

Okay, I NEVER tire of that fact, but I’ve got a different angle on it today: I’m going to revisit Hell Week. After 3 days without sleep, the SEALs paddle down to the Mud Flats. They enter the swampy patch of terrain and the mud essentially swallows them until only their heads are visible.

On Being Thankful
On Being Thankful

On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The...

On Being Thankful

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On Being Thankful

“…being thankful has been standing out for me even more as of late: The value it brings, not just to others but really to one’s self… Find something, anything, and be thankful for it. If it is a person in your life, let them know."

Sound Body & Strong Mind
Sound Body & Strong Mind

Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work...

Sound Body & Strong Mind

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Sound Body & Strong Mind

Get your workout in. A strong, mobile body reflects solid willpower and a sound work ethic. Low to moderate exercise can act as moving meditation. It calms the mind, increases patience, and boosts your ability to think outside of the box and find creative solutions. Really intense exercise creates a razor-sharp mind. It purges stress hormones, boosts confidence, and makes everything else seem easy.

Make your bed every morning...
Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed...

Make your bed every morning...

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Make your bed every morning...

Make your bed every morning...and make it well. If a SEAL can’t make her bed perfectly, is she able to load a gun, map an exit strategy, watch your back? Start your day with integrity. Do the simple things right. Take care of the details. Caring about the little things demonstrates you are committed to the process, committed to excellence, and, in fact, care a lot about the bigger things. Nothing of significance stands the test of time without a sound beginning and carefully built foundation.

Sunshine is on the way
Sunshine is on the way

Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope...

Sunshine is on the way

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Sunshine is on the way

Happy Tuesday! This week, we are back with another Healthy View blog and we hope everyone had a great long weekend. It is odd to think of this as a long weekend, since it has been a very long 10 weeks of isolation. We found that it helps to keep a balance between relaxation and productivity. Our team has stayed busy by reading, baking, working out, outdoor walks, and most importantly, staying up-to-date and educated.

Bring What You Have.
Bring What You Have.

Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work...

Bring What You Have.

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Bring What You Have.

We’ve just come off a weird long weekend, and have to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 bizarre, unconventional days. Who better to look to for guidance and inspiration than the unusually courageous, resourceful individuals trained to thrive during unconventional warfare: SEALs.

Crowns and Coronas
Crowns and Coronas

Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of...

Crowns and Coronas

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Crowns and Coronas

We know that an ability to live in the present is associated with greater levels of happiness and sense of fulfillment. We also know that people who perceive that have a greater sense of control and are better able to live in the present. A sense of lack of control can be pervasive. And there is so much we cannot control these days.

The Long Weekend
The Long Weekend

The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one...

The Long Weekend

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The Long Weekend

This means an extra day of weekend people. I know. The days are all running into one another. But I said this last weekend and I will say it again: Make. Your. Weekend. A. Weekend. Completely clean up your home office and shut it down. Don’t you dare treat Monday as a way to get caught up on work or home schooling for your kids.

The Destination or the Journey?
The Destination or the Journey?

The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement:...

The Destination or the Journey?

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The Destination or the Journey?

Goals are often a specific, objective end point. They are all about measurement: Attainment of an ultimate outcome, level of success, or mastery. A process on the other hand is the organization and execution of different strategies, actions, and habits in order to attain said goal.

Taking Risks
Taking Risks

Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put...

Taking Risks

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Taking Risks

It takes courage to try something when you are uncertain of the outcome. If you put your head down and commit your best effort, you will grow, learn, and become more resilient and confident. All this irrespective of whether or not you achieve “success”. The skills you acquire help you approach other risks in more effective ways and increase your chances of being successful in the future. This is the stuff that heroes and leaders are made of.

Intrinsic Motivation
Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that...

Intrinsic Motivation

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Intrinsic Motivation

You know what I’d like you to do today: something exercise or activity based that just feels good. We are intrinsically motivated to do something because the work or process itself is rewarding, interesting, enjoyable. We’re more likely to repeat an activity, form a habit if it feels good, it’s fun, and it’s what you want to do. That’s what intrinsic motivation is all about: ensuring what you are doing fosters a sense of fulfillment, competence, and autonomy. Science would tell us, people who are intrinsically motivated to exercise are far more likely to make exercise a life long habit. Good to know.

The Cook and the Baker
The Cook and the Baker

The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they...

The Cook and the Baker

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The Cook and the Baker

Ah… to cook or to bake? That is the question. I quite enjoy both. Though they are quite different, and I do in the end prefer one over the other.

Mental Health Week

Posted: May 10, 2020

The Healthy View

Last week was Canadian Mental Health Week, so this week, we’ve included some ways that have helped us stay happy, healthy, and informed. Physical distancing can be very isolating, but this is something we are feeling and getting through together. It is important to us that we reach out to our community while we are unable to see each other in the Clinic. Whether through calls, emails, virtual sessions, or this very blog, we want to stay connected with you.

Please feel free to contact us at (416)-865-0903 or by email.

Stress and Diaphragmatic Breathing

Presenter: Joanne Ukposidolo, Physiotherapist and Certified Pelvic Floor Therapist, Sport Medicine Clinic

These are challenging times and we may have been placed in positions that have caused us to pause, adapt, and pivot. So, how do we prepare for the long game, how do we not only survive but find a way to thrive in periods of uncertainty? Our upcoming webinar will be focused on managing stress and our autonomic response; “fight-or-flight” vs. “rest and digest”; and how diaphragmatic breathing is essential to alleviating our physiological stress response. We will practice active breathing techniques, variations, and progression exercises in order to build a stronger, more tenacious self.

What you'll need: A yoga mat, a pillow, a present mind

Time: 40 minutes

How you breathe greatly effects your overall physical performance and mental acuity. Let us set you up for success. Take a moment and enjoy a gorgeous full breath. Your body and mind will thank you. To learn more, join us for Joanne’s webinar on Stress and Diaphragmatic Breathing! Stay tuned for sign-up details.

The Perfect Snack: Meag's Energy Balls

by Meagan Brown, Athletic Therapist, Sport Medicine Clinic

With the ongoing isolation we can likely all admit we have opened the fridge one too many times. Hopefully that means reaching for something healthy but during lockdown there is nothing like a little pick me up and that could be anything! Instead of grabbing that unhealthy snack, try making something simple but delicious that will immediately give you that satisfaction you have been looking for in just one bite.

Recipe

  • 1 cup quick oats or whole oats
  • 1/3 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • Optional: 1/3 cup shredded coconut or protein powder

Mix together. Chill for 30 minutes then roll into balls! Keep refrigerated or freeze for later.

Hot Tip: Make a double recipe because they are bound to go quick!

Nature Never Disappoints

by Joanna Speller, Physiotherapist, Sport Medicine Clinic

As we just celebrated Canadian Mental Health Week and May is National Physiotherapy Month, I thought I would pay tribute to both. We know that our mental wellbeing affects our physical state and the same in reverse.

Over the last few weeks, I have reacquainted myself with my neighbourhood, walking sometimes twice a day to clear my head and organize my thoughts. No matter how cold, dark, or miserable it is outside, I push myself out the door, down the street at dawn, and start walking.

I am fortunate enough to live near a Waterfront Trail which normally is busy with rowers at this time of year. Instead, I am now paying attention to the number of water birds: swans, ducks, and baby geese filling the water space once occupied by boats. The lilacs are starting to bud and the daffodils are in full force. People are fishing. The sun is coming up earlier and the sunsets are beautiful.

Walking helps me unravel my brain and settle my nervous system which is frequently in high gear these days. I focus on what I am seeing, hearing, smelling, and the sound of my feet hitting the ground. When my brain takes me back to worrying or planning for the future, invariably I stop paying attention to what is happening in front of me and start overthinking. When I become aware of this, I concentrate on my breathing rhythmically, taking a deep breath in, and a slow breath out until I am back in the moment listening to my feet on the pavement.

When you find yourself feeling tense in your neck, have a headache, cannot sleep, have poor digestion, or cannot stop thinking, it’s time to go for a walk just for the sake of walking. Try to stay in the moment and when you catch yourself wandering away from what is in front of you, pay attention to your breathing and carry on. When you arrive home, you will not be disappointed.

PPE Sequence

To ensure the health and safety of workers, we should all be aware of the correct order of PPE donning and doffing. With more businesses set to open, Briana forwarded this article that provides the proper steps of putting on and removing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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