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Fitness for life: The definitive guide

Copeman Healthcare’s team of kinesiologists presents the ultimate guide to exercise and fitness. Discover everything you need to know about exercising through every age and stage of life—plus, learn to love your workout routine and manage your weight, get healthier and improve your fitness level in a way that fits your lifestyle.

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4 Progressive Exercises for Developing Muscular Coordination in the Lateral Subsystem

4 progressive exercises for developing muscular coordination in the lateral subsystem. These will help you improve balance as you stand, walk and run.

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Improving movement through muscular coordination, not isolation

In real life, we rarely use a muscle group in isolation. Therefore, no matter how valuable exercises are for specific muscle groups, they offer the greatest benefit when performed in coordination with other targeted muscles.

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Why you need to cool down after exercise

Most of us know we should stretch after a workout, but fewer know why, and even less know what a proper cool down should look like.

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WEBINAR – Top Tips for Winter Running

In this online webinar, Joey Mo, physiotherapist and ultramarathoner, will walk you through his top tips on injury prevention and management throughout the season. You’ll also learn how to transition from summer to winter running, so that you can keep running outdoors year-round!

Exercise Mistakes

3 common exercise mistakes and how to fix them

You exercise regularly, but you’re still not making any progress. Could you be unintentionally sabotaging your exercise goals?

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Introducing HIIT – the most efficient workout for fat loss

High-intensity interval training has been skyrocketing in popularity over the last few years – and for good reason.

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How Stretching Could Help Fix Your Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most frequent causes of activity limitation in adults today and, unfortunately, the root cause can be hard to diagnose. As part of a series on lower back pain, this article will focus on how tight muscles could be the culprit behind your daily pain and will provide examples of stretches that you can do in the comfort of your own home.

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Fast Fitness for Beginners

A new year means new fitness resolutions, but starting a new workout routine can be challenging – especially if you don’t know where to begin. To help get you started, we’ve put together a simple workout routine with five body weight exercises that target your whole body to promote strength, endurance, balance and core functioning. All you need is a little bit of floor space and a timer!

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Creating Your Perfect Workout Plan

Is there such a thing as the “perfect” workout routine? Kinesiologist, Hedieh Hafizi, explains how to create the perfect workout plan.

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The Miracle Medication: No Prescription Required!

What if you discovered a medication capable of preventing or treating dozens of diseases? Luckily, this magic medication exists; exercise!

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Copeman Calgary offers innovative new service options

Find out what’s in store in Calgary! The latest program and service innovations at the Copeman Healthcare Centre in Calgary include gene-based nutrition testing, complete weight loss management and more.

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Want better results at the gym? A structured program could be the answer

If you often visit the gym without a plan, you’re probably not making the most of your time or energy. A structured exercise program could make a significant difference to your fitness progress.

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Master your fitness & weight goals with these cognitive behaviour techniques

Ready to make a change, know everything you should be doing, yet can’t seem to create momentum? Try these cognitive behaviour techniques and finally reach your weight loss and fitness goals!

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4 Exercise strategies to help you destress

Did you know you can help manage your cortisol levels with exercise? And that this can lead to weight loss, lower blood pressure, and better sleep? Learn how.

It's never too late to change your lifestyle Going for weightlifting gold – at the age of 78

It’s never too late to change your lifestyle: Going for weightlifting gold – at the age of 78

“Don doesn’t believe he would still be alive if he didn’t visit Copeman Healthcare when he did.” 78 year old LifePlus client, Don Vaughan, shares his journey from heart attack to weightlifting champion with the help of his Copeman care team.

Maybe they’re born with it, maybe it’s…methylation?

New research tells us we may be altering more than just the number on the scale when we exercise.

Know your fitness personality our top picks for wearable technology

Know your fitness personality: our top picks for wearable technology

We’ve selected our favourite apps and wearable tech to suit every kind of fitness personality and help you stay on course to reach your goals.

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The psychology of performance

Why do some athletes thrive under high stress conditions, while others crumble under pressure? The answer often lies in their levels of mental fitness.

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Train like the pros: top tech fitness apps & gear

Using a high tech device or even a simple app on your phone can give you precise information about how you’re doing in your training and how you can improve over time.

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Yin is in: Yoga for all performance

Top athletes in-the-know practice yoga for its optimization and recovery benefits. It’s seen as an important part of a well-rounded competitive or recreational fitness program. If you haven’t yet incorporated a Yin yoga practice into your workout or sports training routine, now is the time to start.

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Technology offers new take on fitness

Ever notice how 50 years later James Bond still looks like he’s at the top of his game?
You can, too, with new multi-functional fitness products.

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Top Trends in Personalized Healthcare

To understand the future of private medicine we sat down with Copeman Healthcare. Who better to ask than the people that invented and continue to lead private primary healthcare in Canada.

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Not all exercise is created equally

Just as there are some “super foods” so too are there activities that could be considered “super exercises” that keep the heart pumping and the brain working.

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Is swimming the ultimate exercise?

Could swimming be the ultimate exercise? The following report card on swimming shows that unlike other cardiovascular exercises, swimming offers benefits beyond merely burning calories and building muscle groups.

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There is no gain in pain

There is no treatment that heals our body better than our own body itself.

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Pregnancy and Exercise

Exercise is vital to living a healthy lifestyle and pregnancy is no exception. Exercise during pregnancy is essential to the health of both mother and baby.

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Staying fit and limber through the ages

At every stage of development exercise is crucial to our mental and physical well-being. Circumstances will often dictate our lifestyle choices and the physical activities that are available to us.

Fitness Tip Plan ahead

Fitness Tip: Plan ahead

Plan ahead! Try scheduling your exercise session into your calender, pack a gym bag the night before and bring it with you in the car for an after work fitness session.

Fitness Tips Make the most of your everyday activities

Fitness Tips: Make the most of your everyday activities

Turn your errands into workout sessions.

Fitness Tip Split up your workouts

Fitness Tip: Split up your workouts

If you have trouble fitting in a long work out, try splitting it up into smaller bouts of exercise per day.

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Fitness Tip: Start a new fitness challenge

Take the opportunity to shock the body by doing something different than your typical workout routine.

Fitness Tip Health Canada recommends 150+ minutes

Fitness Tip: Health Canada recommends 150+ minutes

Health Canada recommends adults get 150+ minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity aerobic activity per week, in bouts of 10+ minutes.

Fitness Tip-Redefine your fitness goals

Fitness Tip: Redefine your fitness goals

Redefine your fitness goals. You have been trying to lose those “last ten pounds” for the last ten years.

Fitness Tip: Sit less!

Sit less! Labour saving devices have robbed us of the opportunity to use 1500 – 2400 less calories per day.

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Fitness Tip: Jot it down

Jot it down. Track your exercise in a journal to help reach your goals and remind you of your progress.

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Fitness Tip: Stand!

Take a stand when you can. Standing can burn 50% more calories than sitting.

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Fitness Tip: Best Exercise for Blood Pressure Control

Although flexibility and strength training exercises are important components of your overall fitness program, it is aerobic and endurance training (cardio) that provide the greatest benefit for reducing blood pressure.

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The connection between hypertension and activity

A regular, structured exercise program can decrease blood pressure by 5-7 mm Hg- this can occur as early as 3-4 weeks after introducing a new exercise routine

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The best exercises to combat Metabolic Syndrome

Losing 5% or 7% of your body weight can help reduce insulin levels, which reduces the risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

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Psychological factors to consider for healthy living

Neuropsychologist, Dr. Marianne Harbok discusses how your thoughts and feelings can affect your wellness goals.

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Turkey Trot 10K

The Preventers worked off their turkey dinners at the Turkey Trot 10K run yesterday morning. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day for a fun run.

Get Moving – The Importance of Exercise for Reducing Colon Cancer Risk

Get Moving – The Importance of Exercise for Reducing Colon Cancer Risk

The more physically active you are, and the higher the intensity of that activity, the greater the reduction in colon cancer risk. The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology recommends accumulating at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week.

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How Simple Activities Can Make You Healthier

Messages about exercise constantly barrage us. It is easy to think exercise is complex, takes a long time, or that it requires certain gadgets to be effective.

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Warming up for exercise after winter

It is wise to “warm up” our muscles with daily exercises to lower our risk for injury after months of winter exercise hibernation.

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Go Green… With Your Workout!

Finally winter is gone. This is the perfect opportunity to get out of the glare of your computer glow an the dull light of your television and make the switch to the great outdoors.

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Exercise: Keeping Your Bones Healthy

Osteoporosis can be prevented and managed through pharmacologic interventions, nutrition and physical activity. Our focus in physiotherapy is to promote physical activity.

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Exercising Cancer

For those who have been diagnosed with cancer, what role does exercise play in recovery & survivorship thereafter? Research points to positive effects.

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Interval Training Exercise for Heart Health

What’s the best type of exercise to accomplish a stronger and healthier heart? Is one form of aerobic exercise better than another?

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Lifestyle Lessons: Blood Pressure and your Heart

One of the cheapest and most effective ways to strengthen the heart muscle and improve blood flow throughout the body is through regular exercise.

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The effects of motivational self-talk during exercise

The effects of motivational self-talk during exercise

In a recent study published by Copeman Kineseologist & Exercise Physiologist, Phil Wallace, in ACSM’s Medicine Science in Sports & Exercise Journal, it was proven that motivational self-talk has the ability to increase endurance capacity by up to 29% while exercising. Goal of the study The purpose of the study was to determine a way to […]