We spend so much of our day sitting, which is why it is great to find things to do in your leisure time that help you get out of the house and keep moving. Take what opportunities there are in your town, community and region to help you with this.
There may be events going on. Most weekends there is some type of event going on either hosted by the town or local organizations. There are lots of parks and even hiking trails just outside of town if you’re looking for something beyond a cement path. If you don’t know where to look a good place to start is the town of newmarket website, snapd newmarket has an online calendar, or even the town of newmarket facebook page.
A couple tricks to help you get out of the house:
1- Most times when you get home you don’t want to leave so take advantage of being outside of the house on your way from work and do something before getting home.
2-If you set a time and place with friends or family you’re more likely to follow.
This quote by Charles Dickens highlights this straight forward tip to adding more movement into your day. Some people don't think of walking as exercise, but it is a great way of adding some light aerobic activity into your day. Walking is a great way to break the cycle of sedentary activity, especially during you leisure time. Not sure if walking is good for your aches and pains? Make sure to get properly assessed by your health care provider and get some active recommendations. Dr. McCann is a chiropractor in Newmarket who specializes in musculoskeletal health. Haptic Health and Chiropractic provides free 15 minute consultations for general inquiries, or call to book an assessment for a more in depth evaluation of your aches and pains: 905-235-6777
At the time of filming it was the Christmas Holiday season, and so decorating your place was a wonderful way of adding fun movement into your day. Now it's time to do the opposite, if you haven't already - take down your decorations. Although maybe not as fun, you're still getting movement in. Soon it will be another holiday/season (Valentine's Day, Family Day (?), Easter) and you can turn back to this easy trick of to add movement into your day. Want more tips? Have questions about some of your aches and pains? Dr. McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor serving York Region who would love to help you feel better and function more optimally.
Today's tip of the day was special for the holiday season: go to a local tree farm to cut down your own Christmas tree. Although the season for this has passed, there are other activities that you can do with family and friends. This takes a bit more planning but adding social activities that are active help bring more movement into your life. Some other ideas may be to check out your local farms for events (apple picking, strawberry picking, corn maze, etc.), local museums for events, Town webpage for community events, or even your local snapd calendar. Whats great about getting out and about, is the focus is not on moving (or pain and discomfort), but having fun with friends and family.
Welcome to Day 5 of 12 Days of Movement. Today's tip of the day is to shovel the snow from your driveway more often but in shorter periods. Be sure to check out some tips and tricks on shoveling safely, especially to prevent low back pain:
Toronto Paramedic Services - Snow Shovelling
Southlake Regional Health Centre - Snow Shoveling Tips
Canadian Chiropractic Association - 7 Ways to Make Snow Shoveling Safer
Getting movement into your day is a great way to help minimize frequency and prevent musculoskeletal (MSK) pain such as low back pain. If you do have low back pain, make sure to visit your MSK health provider. Dr. Judith McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call for a free 15 minute consultation or to book an appointment: 905-235-6777
It's easy to get stuck into our work and forget to take periodic breaks. Unfortunately this can lead to sitting in one position for hours, putting strain on our muscles and joints. Only after we come out of the zone do we realize the discomfort we have created such as neck pain or upper back pain. Today's tip to get more movement into your day is to drink more water so that you have to get up periodically to go to the bathroom. While it's a trick that most people find funny, it is useful as no one enjoys a full bladder. The discomfort of a full bladder is enough to get us up and moving compared to the discomfort of neck pain or upper back pain that are not great motivators.
Don't forget to see your massage therapist, physiotherapist, and chiropractor for assessment and treatment of your neck pain and upper back pain. Even more importantly they'll be able to give you some other tips and tricks to get you moving as well as some stretches and exercises for further minimization of frequency of these conditions. Are you in York Region and not sure who to see? Dr. Judith McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor who treats these conditions. Call to book an assessment or for a free 15 minute consultation.
Today's tip of the day to get more movement into your day is to take the stairs when possible. You get to give your muscles a challenge plus skipping the crowd. If you take the escalator, try walk up them instead of waiting.
Do you get low back pain, hip pain, or knee pain when standing and climbing up and down stairs? Movement is a great way to challenge our muscles and joints, but if you have pain you may be moving incorrectly, have strength imbalances, or muscle and joint dysfunction. Be sure to contact your local musculoskeletal health care provider to assess and make treatment recommendations. Dr. Judith McCann is a Newmarket chiropractor whose goal is to help you function at your best. Give us a call at 905-235-6777 for a free 15 minute consultation.
Many people find themselves more sedentary in winter compared to the other seasons. While there are many winter sports one can experience, there is one winter chore that we all face. Use it to your advantage to get more movement into your day!
This is a popular quote by Benjamin Franklin on prevention. For a lot of people it is easier to come in to get treated for neck pain, or low back pain; feel better for a little while; but continue in life exactly the same, not changing or trying to prevent what is causing the pain. Although it is always important to have you team of health care providers assess your condition to determine the cause or causes of your condition, often times it is the sedentary lifestyle we live that perpetuates this cycle.
Adding movement into your day is one of the easiest ways to begin breaking this cycle. Check out the video below for the first tip of 12 tips to add movement into your day.
Can't wait to see the rest of the videos? Check out all 12 days on YouTube or check back here every few days for the next video.
We all know that exercising is good for our health. But sometimes the idea of exercising is stressful and we associate people who exercise as group that we are not a part of and may not want to be a part of.
As a chiropractor I treat people who come in with neck pain, headaches, mid back pain, low back pain, and sciatica symptoms. One aspect of that treatment is prevention.
One of the greatest preventative strategies we can use to minimize and decrease the frequency of triggering episodes of these conditions is by adding movement into our day. For some people exercise may come easily. But for those who struggle, it may be that expanding on one or two things you do during your day, or changing something slightly, or creating a simple habit may be an easy way of adding movement into our day and starting the prevention process.
Above is the introductory video for the series around adding small amounts of movement into your day. You can check back here every few days for the following video, or see them all now on our YouTube channel.
Dr. Judith McCann has been living in York Region for over 15 years. After going to Queen's University in Kingston for Kinesiology, and Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto to become a chiropractor, she decided to move back and open Haptic Health and Chiropractic in Newmarket. In February 2017, Haptic Health and Chiropractic moved 10 minutes up the road to Sharon in East Gwillimbury.