More than simply “fine”

It happens every time we say hello. In person, in text, on the phone. Someone asks us how we’re doing. It’s politeness. It’s a social convention. And it’s a way to find out how we’re all doing and connect with each other. 

But, more often than not, do you find yourself answering, automatically, with “fine, thanks?” You are not alone. Most of us do. But maybe, just maybe, if we said more than just “I’m fine,” we would connect a little more, and have more meaningful connections.  

In fact, when we slow down and figure out what we’re really feeling, it can help us actually feel better and can improve the way we communicate with and relate to others. Knowing and saying what we really feel can improve our relationships. 

So, what could you say instead of just I’m fine? 

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Taking care of your mental health (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 pandemic is new and unexpected. This situation can be unsettling and can cause a sense of loss of control. It is normal for people and communities to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or worried. People may react in different ways.

Care for your mental and physical wellbeing

  • Stay informed but take breaks from social media, watching, reading, or listening to news stories
  • Practice physical distancing, but stay connected. Talk to friends or family about your feelings and concerns through email, phone calls, video chats and social media platforms
  • Practice mindfulness. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate
  • Try to eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep
  • etc

You’re not alone – ask for help if you feel overwhelmed

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In response to the recent COVD-19 pandemic and requests we have received from several members around the world, ACSM and EIMC leaders put together a Prescription for Health on Staying Active During the Coronavirus Pandemic. This prescription is not geared to any one group of individuals, but may provide guidance to all individuals during this challenging time.

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Five ways kinesiologists can get you moving better to feel mentally stronger

Walking the Talk: Why Kinesiologists are Joining the Conversation on Mental Health

Studies and kinesiologists’ practice show regular physical exercise can improve mental wellbeing, including living with depression and anxiety

We rarely talk about kinesiologists when it comes to mental health barriers or a mental wellness strategy.

But as kinesiologists gain a deeper understanding of clients’ health histories, they’re uncovering a pattern of mental health issues.

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How is mental health like physical health?

We are all human beings, and each of us has a physical body. We also all have a mind, and we all have emotions. In the same way that we all have a state of physical health, we all have a state of mental health. Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness.

Here’s something to think about: You might have an illness or a disease, say diabetes. Maybe you deal with the symptoms through diet, physical activity, medication or in other ways. When it comes to your physical health, you might feel absolutely great.

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Study: Can a field of practice also be a brand?

The Canadian Kinesiology Alliance (CKA) is a non-profit corporation that advocates and promotes the advancement of the profession of kinesiology in Canada. It is the unifying voice for kinesiology in Canada and represents nine provincial kinesiology associations and over 4,000 affiliated Kinesiologists. Their goal is to push the science of kinesiology forward. 

Understanding the challenge 

As a brand, however, CKA wanted to reposition itself and kinesiology in the health sector; it had big strategic goals to have the science recognized across Canada as a prevention and treatment aid. Visually, its brand consisted of a clinical red primary colour with a few other elements to express their personality. The biggest struggle came down to how CKA viewed itself — it couldn’t decide if Kinesiology was a field of practice or a brand? The question we posed was: Could it be both? 


What Kinesiologists need to know about Kinesiology Tape?

By: Kathie Sharkey R.Kin and Amanda Tankovich (Guelph Humber 3rd year student)

Kinesiology tape has been a popular topic lately and there is a lot of information but looking at the clinical studies and evaluating if using this tool is appropriate for you and your clients is important.  I took a course back in 2011 and I like having tape as tool I can use to help my clients.  I consistently use the tape for common things like posture resetting and alignment, stabilizing knees, and for different pain issues.  

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Tips for shoveling snow without getting hurt

As soon as the snow arrives, the shovelling season begins. But to succeed without injury, take the time to get ready!

A lack of preparation could ruin your winter. Lower back pain, ligament injuries and joint tension are the most common problems caused by shoveling.

These injuries are often caused my muscle stiffness, static postures, overdoing it or lack of warm-up before shoveling.

Here are simple tips:

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Exercise specialists should be members of our health care team

The Canadian Family Physicians is promoting Kinesiologists

The radiograph in Figure 1 belongs to a 57-year-old teacher who, owing to a knee injury as a teenager, has lived with knee pain for most of her adult life. ....The most important change while she was wait-listed was that she began to exercise under the care and guidance of experts, and it is time that we include these experts, such as kinesiologists, on our allied health care teams.

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5 ways you can move better to live better with osteoporosis

If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, or you know someone who has been, then you’ve probably heard the stats: 2 million Canadians are affected by osteoporosis, and at least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer from an osteoporotic fracture. (Source: Osteoporosis Canada)

You may also know that bisphosphonates, hormones and SERMs are common drug treatment options for people with osteoporosis, and calcium is an important supplement. But did you know there’s another medicine that can help preserve bone density, reduce your risk of fractures and allow you to enjoy the lifestyle you want?

That medicine is movement.

Here are five ways a kinesiologist can help you move better to live better with osteoporosis.

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