Happy Holidays 2015

 

imageThe Aim2Walk Team would like to wish all our clients and readers a beautiful holiday season! Canada is a wonderful country full of diversity and whatever you may (or may not) be celebrating this season, we hope you enjoy the company of the ones you love, with many indulgences!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

Love The Aim2Walk Team.

STAND UP!! Sitting could be killing you!

Prolonged sitting actively promotes many chronic diseases and may shorten your life span. This is extremely scary for wheelchair users, office workers and those who need to sit while working.

According to Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic in the Arizona State University Obesity Initiative, roughly 10 000 publications have stated that sitting is harmful to your health. Possible health issues include diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, curving of the spine, shortening of the muscles and even death. The studies are endless and the information is clear, we need to get moving and up out of our chairs as much as possible.

If you have a disability, standing may not be something you can easily incorporate into your lifestyle. The ability to stand means you would need some sort of assistive device such as a standing frame or another assistive apparatus. Luckily, the technology has improved greatly and these devices are more readily available.

Ideas for those using wheelchairs to incorporate standing into their life:

IMG_9837At Aim2Walk we have an amazing device called the Lokomat. Not only does it get you standing, it also moves your legs with the assistance of robotic legs. It is the ultimate tool to allow someone with no movement, to move their legs. Many of our clients report that the Lokomat is the key to keeping a regular routine for bowel movements.

We recently had Robert Woo visit our clinic with his Exoskeleton suit from ReWalk. We hope to see this technology improve and become more available to those using mobility devices. Robert has been using the Exoskeleton for the past five years and has not had a urinary tract infection (UTI) since. This is extremely positive for those who suffer from regular UTIs.

The Standing Frame is another great assistive standing apparatus at Aim2walk. Unlike the Lokomat however, it is sedentary. For most people, this is more financially realistic than the ReWalk. We have two at our clinic and they are used frequently throughout the day. Standing frames are great for weight bearing, helping to improve bone density and regulating blood pressure. You can also include an upper body workout while you’re standing in the standing frame.

Ideas for those with desk jobs to incorporate standing into their life:

Many work places are encouraging ergonomic work environments. This means you adapt your workspace to your body mechanics and preferences. If standing is the key to a healthy lifestyle, perhaps a standing workspace, at the place you spend majority of your day would be best. The video below is by Dr. Mercola explaining his standing workspace. He has limited his sitting to only 30 minutes per day.

At Aim2Walk, we have many clients who use the Lokomat for the very same reason. Although they may not be able to get up and walking, they maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting up out of their chair and moving their legs as much as possible at therapy.

Exercise is also extremely important in order to maintain a healthy body. Aim2Walk has adapted fitness classes for EVERY BODY type. In January, we will begin our next round of Fitness classes as well as Tai Chi classes.

If you are unable to get out of your chair, I would suggest moving your body as much as possible to encourage blood flow throughout your entire body. There are many online wheelchair workout videos if you cannot make it to our fun filled Every Body Fitness and Tai Chi classes.

Michelle Wolfe

Shop Till You Drop!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Stop on by Aim2Walk’s Neuroshop and you may find something special for everyone on your list. We have an assortment of many useful tools and health supplies. Here are a few of our best sellers:
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1. For The Traveler On Your List:

Traveling in comfort is key if you want to enjoy your holiday without your back or neck aching. That’s why I suggest using a well supported neck rest. Our Obuse Form neck pillow provides luxurious comfort and support on the go! It has a button clasp to hold it in place, a flat back to sit perfectly against your seat and contoured side panels to provide essential support for your head and neck. This neck rest is designed for the queen and king of travel.
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2. For The Sweet Tooth On Your List:

Josephs Nutless Gluten Free Clusters are not only nut free but yummy too. This product is selling off the shelves at Costco, Fortino’s and many other major stores. The treats are made by the family of one of Aim2Walk’s most dedicated clients Joe and Gudrun Bartolomeo, and we have been gobbling them up since they arrived. There are two flavours to choose from, Chocolate and Original (both are delicious). $4 a pack, tax is included.

1e1fa88ce71eef5e5ec11f93f3979387_ra,w380,h380_pa,w380,h3803. For The Restless Sleeper:

Memory Foam contoured pillows are the next best thing. Being a massage therapist, I ask every client to rate their sleep followed by what type of pillow they use. I have never heard a complaint about these pillows; in fact, I’ve been amazed at how many people use them and love them!

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4. For Everyone On your List:

The sturdy, functional and useful Aim2Walk/Neurochangers Bags. This re-usable bag is high quality for your heavy shopping days and the bright blue gives a pinch of colour to these dark dreary winter days. All donations to the bags will also help Aim2Walk purchase new equipment for the Neurochangers Gym.

 

 

 

 

IMG_91855. For your New Years Resolution:

Get More Active! It’s soon to be the new year and with that comes New Years Resolutions. Yippie!! This year, be pro-active and plan ahead. This January, “Every Body” workout classes will begin again. Book yourself in and give the gift of health to a friend who can join you while working off those holiday pounds. Our classes are designed to adapt for all ages and body types. You can sit, stand, you can even lay down if you need too, as long as you join and get involved. Our instructors are qualified and enthusiastic to get you involved. Only $20 for 4 classes in the month. So get off the couch and meet us at the gym.

 

6. For the One You Want To Spoil:

images-1Massage Gift Cards are the ultimate gift that is sure to put you in the good books. At Aim2Walk we have both a male and female RMT to choose from who are sure to workout any stress you or your loved one may have during the holidays.
We have much more to choose from, so take a look and please ask if you have any questions or ideas of items you would like. Happy Holidays and enjoy the gift of giving!

***HOLIDAY SALE*** 15% off purchases in the NeuroShop (massages and fitness not included)

Michelle Wolfe

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