Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?
Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?

Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee...

It may sounds strange but it’s actually pretty darn tasty. So what is Bulletproof...

Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?

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Have You Tried Bulletproof Coffee Yet?

It may sounds strange but it’s actually pretty darn tasty. So what is Bulletproof coffee anyway?

Good Vs. Bad Sugars
Good Vs. Bad Sugars

Good Vs. Bad Sugars

Everyone “knows” that sugar is bad for you — but are there...

Good Vs. Bad Sugars

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Good Vs. Bad Sugars

Everyone “knows” that sugar is bad for you — but are there “good” vs “bad” sugars?


First things first, there is a big difference between added sugars in boxed/bagged/packaged foods such as candy, pop, cookies, etc vs natural sugars in whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back
How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back

How To Strengthen Your Core Without...

You are doing sit-ups and crunches to build that six-pack, but your back gets sore. So...

How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back

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How To Strengthen Your Core Without Harming Your Lower Back

You are doing sit-ups and crunches to build that six-pack, but your back gets sore. So how are you going to build those washboard abs without hurting your back?

How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss
How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss

How Alcohol Consumption is Related...

There seems to be this notion among the average gym goers that it is okay to drink...

How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss

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How Alcohol Consumption is Related to Fat Loss

There seems to be this notion among the average gym goers that it is okay to drink certain alcoholic beverages, because they contain zero calories. Vodka and soda is the go-to that I always hear about. 

Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle
Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle

Effects of Alcohol on Building...

Let's just jump straight to it! If you want to build muscle, which is a tough task...

Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle

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Effects of Alcohol on Building Muscle

Let's just jump straight to it! If you want to build muscle, which is a tough task on it's own, you definitely want to stay away from alcohol consumption.
 
Alcohol will take away from muscle building for a variety of reasons. Here are a few points on why alcohol consumption is a bad idea when attempting to build muscle:

Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?
Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

Gluten (a protein) can be found in wheat, barley and rye.

With so many...

Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

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Do I Need To Go Gluten Free?

Gluten (a protein) can be found in wheat, barley and rye.

With so many processed foods on the market today, it can also be found hiding in salad dressings, condiments, deli meats and even candy. This makes giving up gluten a bit more tricky, and why should we do that in the first place?

Exercise and the Aging Brain
Exercise and the Aging Brain

Exercise and the Aging Brain

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In an effort to spread awareness...

Exercise and the Aging Brain

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Exercise and the Aging Brain

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. In an effort to spread awareness about brain health, we are here to talk about Exercise and the aging brain.

9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine
9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine

9 Unexpected Things That Happen...

When our schedules become busy and stress levels raise, we tend to skip our workouts...

9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine

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9 Unexpected Things That Happen When You Abandon Your Workout Routine

When our schedules become busy and stress levels raise, we tend to skip our workouts and let our busy lifestyles get the best of us. We’ve all been there, and that’s ok.

Here are 9 reasons why your workout should be a priority during those busy, stressful times:

Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?
Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?

Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for...

Vanessa Foucher, Adelaide Clinics Physiotherapist talks to us about cracking your back,...

Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?

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Cracking Your Back - Is it Good for You?

Vanessa Foucher, Adelaide Clinics Physiotherapist talks to us about cracking your back, and the effects it may have. 

Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman
Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman

Adelaide Club Member Competes in...

Stephen Hamer, a 12 year member of the Adelaide Club, just completed his first...

Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman

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Adelaide Club Member Competes in First Ironman

Stephen Hamer, a 12 year member of the Adelaide Club, just completed his first Ironman!

We had an opportunity to spend some time with him; to find out his motivation for competing and to better understand what goes into accomplishing such an incredible feat.

5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication
5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication

5 Natural Ways to Control Blood...

May is National High Blood Pressure Month.

Stop by The HUB on May 25th...

5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication

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5 Natural Ways to Control Blood Pressure - Without Medication

May is National High Blood Pressure Month.

Stop by The HUB on May 25th between 11:45am-1:00pm to have your blood pressure reading done before your workout.

Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad
Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

Carol-Ann, a trainer of 25+ years with the Cambridge Group of Clubs, is currently...

Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

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Recipe: Lobster Avocado Mango Salad

Carol-Ann, a trainer of 25+ years with the Cambridge Group of Clubs, is currently taking her Healthy Culinary Art Certificate at George Brown College. She is learning excellent recipes to assist with performance, living a healthy lifestyle and ensuring she is getting the right nutrients in her diet. 

Below is a nutritious, healthy and refreshing spring salad recipe. Give it a try, let us know what you think! 

Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics
Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics

Dos and Don’ts to purchasing...

You’ve now heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, so how do you move...

Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics

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Dos and Don’ts to purchasing Organics

You’ve now heard about the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen, so how do you move forward with purchasing organic items for your family?

We’ve compiled a list of dos and don’ts for you, including what to look out for and where to buy organics.

The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items
The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items

The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These...

Have you heard about the dirty dozen? If not, we are here to help! 
Last...

The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items

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The Dirty Dozen: Avoid These Produce Items

Have you heard about the dirty dozen? If not, we are here to help! 
Last week Environmental Working Group released their 2018 list of the fruits and vegetables most contaminated by pesticides. 

Read about the produce items you should avoid.

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness
5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

Take a break from any stress, anxiety, anger or sadness you might have been carrying....

5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

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5 Minutes with Meg: Mindfulness

Take a break from any stress, anxiety, anger or sadness you might have been carrying. Read how the practice of Mindfulness can benefit your workout!

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise
Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through...

Heather Douglas, an active 33 year Adelaide Club member was diagnosed with...

Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

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Osteoporosis Can Be Beaten Through Exercise

Heather Douglas, an active 33 year Adelaide Club member was diagnosed with Osteoporosis. Recently, she was given some astonishing test results: no osteoporosis in her spine.

Read about how she reversed the effects of her disease!

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad
Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann is an incredible trainer with 25+ years of experience, who is always looking...

Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

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Carol-Ann’s “Go To” Hearty Salad

Carol-Ann is an incredible trainer with 25+ years of experience, who is always looking to add knowledge and skills. Check out her "go-to" warm, hearty salad! 

Not One Ironman, but Two
Not One Ironman, but Two

Not One Ironman, but Two

Toronto Athletic Club Member, Neil Marsh, has been training extremely hard for a goal...

Not One Ironman, but Two

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Not One Ironman, but Two

Toronto Athletic Club Member, Neil Marsh, has been training extremely hard for a goal that is close to his heart. With the help of our Senior Trainer and triathlon guru, James Corcoran, Neil is preparing to compete in two Ironman competitions in 2018 - Ironman Switzerland this summer and Ironman Florida in November.

You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care
You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

You Don't Need to be an Executive...

"I have to make an appointment to have my prescription refilled? Why...

You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

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You Don't Need to be an Executive to Receive Executive Health Care

"I have to make an appointment to have my prescription refilled? Why can't I talk to my doctor over the phone? I'm sick on vacation, I need some help!"

These were the common questions and concerns we were hearing from our patients. Well, we listened and as a result developed our Executive Medical Program. We took all the concerns our patients were having and created a program geared towards saving time while offering preventative healthcare.

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide
For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at...

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm,...

For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

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For the Love of Bikes: Cycling at the Adelaide

We sat down with two of the Adelaide's regular cyclers, Tylar and Malcolm, who joined for very different reasons but continue to ride for surprisingly similar ones.  

10 Practices to Keep Your Energy High

10 Practices to Keep Your Energy High
Posted: May 11, 2014

Have you ever looked at your kids or your young dog, asking how you could bottle that seemingly limitless substance that keeps them ticking like the energizer bunny? Well it may not be available in packaged form but there are ways to regenerate the stuff that keeps us feeling good from morning till night…

1. Deepen Your Sleep Okay – the obvious first. The more consistently restful and time appropriate your sleep is, the more regenerative you will feel during the day. If you generally feel sleep deprived, forgo the late night TV and computer activity, aiming to be in bed ½ - 1 hour earlier. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, try 200 – 400 mg. of magnesium citrate or 150 – 300 mg. of L-Theanine, an extract from green tea, within 1 hour before bed.

2. Eat Breakfast and Continue to Eat Every 2 – 4 Hours This consistently replenishes the nutrients needed for metabolism and stabilizes blood sugar, both of which are resources for consistent energy throughout the day. If you are not hungry in the morning, there are physiological reasons for that, but push past it – your body is in greater need of nutrients.

3. Proteins, Carbs and Fats are Your Sources of Fuel Just like a car needs fuel to run efficiently, so do our bodies need theright source of fuel. Proteins, carbs and fats each break down at different rates to provide you with energy for a longer period. So eat some at each meal and snack, but bare in mind that quality matters. Check out the next practice to know what to eat.

4. Eat Like Our Prehistoric Ancestors According to geneticists, our bodies share 99% of the same genetic structure as our ancestors of 40,000 years ago, who despite having short lives due to environmental hazards that would eat them, had none of the energy-lowering, degenerative diseases that we have. Our metabolisms function well on lean sources of protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Processed foods just weren’t in the equation back then, nor should they be now (at least not from an energy enhancing health perspective). To balance things out a little, feel free to add in whole grains (i.e. oats, barley, quinoa and wild rice), beans and legumes (i.e. kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas), those carbs that have a low glycemic load.

5. Breathe Deeply and Consciously The more breath taken in,the more oxygen gets to the cells and the more energy is produced. Whenever your energy is starting to lag, close your eyes and concentrate on your breath, imagining that you have a hollow bamboo tube running from the top of your head to the base of the spine. Draw the breath down to the base of the tube and back up. Do this for 5 breaths to start. Consistent and conscious deep breathing throughout the day is one of the quickest ways to see a change in your energy level.

6. Move Your Body There is nothing like exercise to revive the body and mind. A regular exercise routine is ideal but even a short spurt of movement in the middle of the day may be all that you need to provide a boost to your energy and a clearing of the mind. So next time you get that mid-afternoon lull, rather than grabbing a Café Mocha and a cookie, take a short break and go for a walk, preferably in the fresh air. Remember, like all the other suggestions made here, this is a practice. The more you do it, the easier it gets.

7. Tune Into the Tunes According to Robert E. Thayer, Ph.D., a mood scientist and professor of psychology at California State University and author of Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood With Food and Exercise, music is second only to exercise in changing your mood and increasing your energy levels. Other research bares this out, and is suggestive that the music should be self-chosen to suit your mood.

8. What About the Joy? It is just too easy in our high achieving culture to forget about the lighter side of life. However, without laughter, fun, and silly pleasures, we find ourselves on treadmills that will ultimately sap our energy. Regular activities that you do for the pure joy of it are uplifting and will contribute to your energy bank. As a suggestion, prepare ahead by making a list of 30 Things That Feed Your Soul so that in a moment when you most need some soul feeding, you don’t need to think too hard about it – you can just choose something from your list.

9. Support Your Adrenals The adrenal glands, which help us adapt to stress and will always be taxed in low energy people, are nourished with extra Vitamin C, E, Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) and the rest of the B Complex and Magnesium. Look for a buffered form of Vitamin C with bioflavanoids and a full-spectrum Vitamin E with all the tocoperols and tocotrienols. Ashwaganda, Siberian Ginseng and Rhodiola are just three of the herbs that can support adrenal function and increase energy. It is always a good idea to consult your alternative practitioner to understand which one would be best for you and in what dosage.

10. Water, Not Coffee Water, along with oxygen, is needed for every metabolic function in the body. Yet many people turn to coffee to give them a quick energy boost when what they need is more water. Also, according to Dr. Batmanghelidij, MD, author of Your Bodies Many Cries for Water, we often mistake our thirst signals as hunger signals. So if it is not coffee or some other caffeinated drink, we will look for sugary, fatty or salty foods. This leads to chronic dehydration, which leads to cellular breakdown, degenerative diseases and a direct loss of energy. If you have trouble drinking water, consider filling a pitcher and adding lemon, orange, cucumber or mint to the jug. Leave it out on your desk or wherever you spend most of your day so that you are constantly reminded to drink.

Tzabia Siegel, BAPhEd, CHN, NNCP

Tzabia is a Certified Nutritionist and Life Coach at the Toronto Athletic Club Clinic for Sports Medicine. She coaches individuals, corporate and employee wellness groups and is known for her broad approach that reflects both behaviour (mind, emotion, soul) and physiology (food, movement, rest).

She can be reached at tzabia@torontoathleticclub.com

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