Merry Christmas!

PeanutsChristmasMerry Christmas, everyone!
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and happiness and good health in 2014!

Advertisements

Fat and Fit? Totally Possible.

I have been saying this for years now.

READ ARTICLE

Not everyone can lose weight, but everyone can be fit!!

I feel like so many people work out for aesthetics rather than to exercise for performance and function (for daily life). When some people don’t get the “look” they give up and become sedentary or worse, result to surgical options.

My thought is that it is more important to be “metabollically” fit. Physical weight does not dictate whether we are healthy on the inside (for example, insulin resistance.)
You have many people who will achieve their goal weights with diet, but no exercise, and it doesn’t quite match up – you could be “technically” healthy according to the calculated BMI, but inside you could have a lot of visceral fat affecting your health metabollically leading to chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancers, and heart disease.
This is not to say that obesity does not contribute to chronic disease; but it does suggest that there are other factors at play and that the lack of physical activity seems to be contributing to the development of such diseases.

Bottom line: Move to be healthy – and you’ll be gorgeous inside and out!

“Back Future” – A Toronto Star Article

I hope everyone takes a minute to read this article.
It is a very important step for the chiropractic profession as it moves forward.
St. Michael’s Hospital is definitely paving the way for the profession! As a chiropractic intern I was lucky enough to be chosen to participate in an interprofessional program and saw the early beginnings of this clinic. I am so glad that it has been so successful to date.

Some notable quotes from this article:

“People with back problems and back pain feel they need an MRI or expensive imaging, he says, “but in most cases that doesn’t tell us what’s wrong.”

“Many patients referred to the clinic do not need surgery,” says Erwin. “They’re referred there by someone who is not up to speed on who needs surgery and who doesn’t. And it’s a big waste of the neurosurgeon’s time to see patients with mechanical back pain.”

“There’s been some bad publicity about chiropractic, particularly around neck adjustments and a slight risk of stroke that happened in isolated cases. But the benefits far outweigh the risks. Absolutely I recommend chiropractic to other people. It’s actually a shame that more people don’t use it, especially in conjunction with massage therapy.”

Happy First Day of Summer!

Here in Toronto, it is the PERFECT first day of summer. A gorgeous bluebird day! It’s also a great time to try some new summer activities!

A few weekends ago, I had an amazing weekend on the water at Sunnyside Beach learning yoga on a SUP!

Stand Up Paddleboading (SUP) is becoming my new favourite thing to do! I’ve always been a water person…just something about the water and the outdoors that just makes me feel at peace.

photo courtesy of oshaosha.ca (I’m in the centre there. Please disregard my poor form)

This little company (Osha Paddle Boarding and Yoga) works out of Budapest Park in Toronto (just a little ways down from Sunnyside). Check them out! I had a great experience. I’m a total yoga noob, but the group was great, the instructor was great, and I can’t wait to do it again!

Is Your Handbag Affecting Your Health?

handbag In my office, I have been seeing an influx of women coming into the office complaining of neck, shoulder, back pain, and arm numbness. I go through my usual questions about activity, stress, trauma, etc, but in the back of my mind, I know the culprit – the excessively large handbag sitting on the floor next to them.

When I question them about their handbags, they often say, “oh it’s not that heavy” however when I lift it, it feels close to 7-10 lbs.
A brick of a wallet, extra clothes, water bottles, books, IPad, perhaps an umbrella, it’s no surprise that these bags are the source of many musculoskeletal health issues. Carrying a heavy bag, particularly on one shoulder can definitely affect movement.

Continue reading

Running or Walking?

runningAs I was drafting up my response to two contradicting articles that were published on the same day regarding which was actually better – running or walking, I was really impressed when the Slate came out with their article!

There are certain benefits to running – it increases your heart rate, activates different muscles, and there’s nothing like that “runners high.” But that’s not to say that walking won’t have the same effect – if it is done with intent.

(Side note: I often hear my patients say “I walk a lot at work.” or “I get enough exercise cleaning the house.”  or “I stretch when I get up.” This frustrates me to no end. This is NOT exercise.  Exercise is not just physical, but a mental activity as well – but I digress).

In my opinion, there is no real difference between walking (with intent to exercise), and running – as long as you are moving! Sitting is the new smoking!

Many times a walking program leads to running. After a few weeks of brisk walking it becomes too easy and you want a challenge. You’d be surprised at how fast your cardiovascular system adapts.

To those already exercising routinely, with the warming spring weather, I encourage everyone to block off at least 30 minutes each day to go for a brisk walk or run OUTSIDE; make it part of your exercise routine. While I applaud those who workout at the gym on a regular basis, doing something outdoors is equally beneficial for your health.  We spend more than enough time indoors breathing recycled air as it is. Go outside, soak in some Vitamin D, and get some fresh air while doing something good for your health.

If you’re unsure about how to start a program or whether it is the right approach for you,  you can consult a healthcare professional including your chiropractor to create a personalized plan just for you! There are a great many resources available – you just have to ask!

Running or Walking, it’s all good!

www.drjenniferlau.co.nr