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The Great Weightlifting Shoe Debate

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So you’ve taken the plunge and started CrossFit or Weightlifting at an experienced facility with a reputable coach. You’re making solid progress and are excited about this new thing you’re tackling head on. You do notice one strange thing though, some people are wearing these weird shoes that look unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. You ask around and find out they’re weightlifting shoes. Everyone that has a pair says they’re amazing and you should get a pair for yourself but you’re still not sure if you want to take the plunge, after all these ‘lifters’ tend to be a little more expensive than traditional running shoes. “So what’s the deal Josh? Are they worth it? Do these shoes actually make a difference? Do I really need them?” Well I’m happy you asked. Check it out. The Running Shoe The typical running shoe …

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Changing with the Times: What we know about Exercise and Breast Cancer

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By Christina Nowak BSc, MScPT, CSCS During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Element Therapy + is going to present a two part post on strength training in women after breast cancer. Part one is a review of the new research on the safety and effectiveness of resistance training for women after breast cancer. Part two will look at women’s and clinician’s experiences related to exercise, specifically strength training, after breast cancer. There is a slight disconnect in knowledge translation to clinicians and women are being told that it is not safe to perform heavy upper body exercises. Let’s take a step back What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a malignant (which means it continues to grow) tumour developing in the tissue of the breast. Breast cancer accounts for 26% of all cancers diagnosed in women (1). According to the Canadian …

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Making Breakfast Matter

Sarah Lopes BLOG, Kids, NUTRITION Leave a Comment

When kids skip breakfast it makes them feel tired, grumpy and ill-tempered. When you send them off to school by mid-day their mood and energy will be even worse. They will become very hungry at lunch time and gravitate towards unhealthy choices, calorie dense foods & will eat more calories all afternoon long.  Kids who eat breakfast tend to eat healthier throughout the day and are more likely to perform physical activities. Eating healthfully  and regular activity  is the key to healthy weight management in children and teens. However, feeding sleepy, grumpy kids who are never hungry in the morning can be a challenge regardless if you eat a nutritious meal yourself. Here’s how to make breakfast a regular non-negotiable routine for everyone in the house. What to Eat? Choosing breakfast foods that are nutrient dense and low in added …