Hello September!

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Who else felt like August flew by?

Summer is always so good to us, maybe even too good. Less time spent at the gym, more time on a patio enjoying a nice cold beverage accompanied by summer treats… Ice cream… Lots of ice cream… That being said, balance is everything! Everyone’s bodies needs to kick back, relax and enjoy what summer brings to them. However, as the carefree sense begins to fade, routine can come back into the craziness.

September seems to be the new January 1st. Fresh start after a busy summer.

What are your Fall goals? Get back to a gym routine? Finally fix an old lingering injury? Adding some extra mobility? Eating clean?

Whatever it may be, I want to help you design a tangible goal that you can achieve and feel good about doing so! Let this Fall feel as relaxed as summer, while working hard and crushing goals! The first step is committing to yourself, and making yourself your number one priority!

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My vision for you is to create healthy lifelong habits that won’t just last till you reach your ideal body shape, or hit a personal record on a lift; but to continue achieving small but significant personal bests in life. Small habits such as getting enough sleep, decreasing alcohol intake, eating more greens and increasing exercise are just a few to think about as we move forward into 2018. You don’t have to wait till 2019 to start living your best life!

 

What I offer.

  • Clinical Personal Training 

  • Functional Movement Screen

  • Injury Rehab

  • Exercise Prescription

  • Fitness & Baseline Health Testing

  • Personalized Programing

  • Group Injury Prevention

  • Personal Goal Planning

  • Body Fat Testing and Measurements

  • Nutrition Coaching

  • And Much More...

Fall in love with the process and the results will come

To learn more about how Kinesiology can help get the results you’re looking for contact Jessie!

Treating Chronic Pain From the Inside

Do you experience chronic pain? Do you get injury after injury? If you answered yes, it may be time to look inwards.

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Let's talk about inflammation.

Inflammation is not always a bad thing. It play an important role in the body’s immune response; it helps recruit the cells needed to fight off invaders. It is also responsible for the swelling you may experience after an acute injury. Swelling is important because it increases blood flow, which brings nutrients and cells to the injured area that are needed to begin the healing process.

The type of inflammation we want to avoid is chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can lead to chronic pain. It can also wear down your stress response and immune system, deplete nutrients, and increase your risk of chronic disease.

 

What's causing the inflammation? 

Undiagnosed food sensitivities.Gut health is extremely important for managing inflammation. The digestive tract is a selectively permeable barrier. This means it allows the entry of vital nutrients into the body and blocks entry of unwanted or harmful items. However, if this barrier gets damaged its selectivity is lost and unwanted items make their way into the bloodstream. These items can travel around the body and react with various structures like joints and muscle tissue causing more inflammation. The digestive barrier can be damaged by a number of things, but a common culprit is undiagnosed food sensitivities. It is important to test for and eliminate foods your body reacts to to reduce unnecessary inflammation.

 Stress.The body’s main stress hormone is cortisol. It’s release during acute stress is an adaptive response that can help us escape emergency situations. However, if you have chronic stress in your life your cortisol levels will increase beyond adaptive levels. These high cortisol levels can increase inflammation. This increased inflammation can cause pain, which can then increase stress levels even more. It is important to regulate cortisol so it doesn’t stay chronically elevated. Herbs, lifestyle counselling, and acupuncture can all help to improve cortisol levels. 

Underlying disease state.If you are experiencing other symptoms in addition to chronic pain they may be pointing to the cause of chronic inflammation. Disorders involving the thyroid gland or the cardiovascular, digestive, or reproductive systems (along with others) can produce inflammation which may cause pain elsewhere in the body.

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Ways to lower inflammation?

Lab testing.The best first step is to explore testing options. This will help to highlight areas that can be improved in your individual case. Areas that may be tested include food sensitivities, hormones (cortisol, female/male hormones), and inflammatory markers (CRP, ferritin).

Dietary modifications.There are certain foods that trigger inflammation in the body when consumed, and there are also foods that can help to reduce inflammation. It is important to eliminate pro-inflammatory and increase anti-inflammatory foods. Foods to avoid are fried foods, processed sugars, and omega-6 rich oils (sunflower, soybean, corn). Foods to increase are fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, nuts and seeds and omega-3 rich oils (olive, grapeseed, avocado). It is also important to reduce or eliminate any foods to which you are sensitive.

Enzymes.Bromelain (found in pineapple) and papain (found in papaya) are enzymes that can be used to reduce inflammation. These enzymes have been studied for use in chronic pain and inflammation because of their ability to breakdown proteins that cause inflammation and scar tissue.

Nutrients.There are TONS of nutrients that have been shown to effectively reduce inflammation. These include curcumin, boswellia, and omega-3 rich fish oils. A thorough health history will reveal more nutrients that can be targeted specific to your case.

 

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Lastly, it is important to consider influences in your physical environment that may be contributing to inflammation. These include lack of sleep and exposure to heavy metals and other toxins.

To learn more about tools that can be used in your specific case book a 15 minute complimentary consult.

Athlete of the Month: Anna Florinski

Pro Motion is happy to announce our August Athlete of the Month, Anna Florinski! 

 

What made you decide to compete in a power lifting competition?

I am the most successful in all areas of training with an end goal in mind, so after discovering a passion for weight lifting it was a tangible goal to work towards. 

What advice would you give to someone thinking about entering their first competition? 

Find someone in your life that will hold you accountable to making it there!

What is the biggest goal you've set for yourself and achieved?

For years I have been talking about moving to Australia, and I have finally put this plan into action: flights are booked visa is in and I take off with no return flight in early October. 

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What made you decide to move to Kelowna, and what is your dream place to live? 

I was born and raised in Ontario, I lived in Alberta for several years and had never been to British Columbia so when it came to applying for University I only applied to a handful of schools in B.C. because i was up for a new adventure. I would like to spend the next couple years of my life living in as many places as possible but I would like to settle down here again when the time comes. 

What do you do to keep yourself healthy? 

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I have experienced a great deal of lower back pain and without my visits to Pro Motion and modified training from my coach, the sport would not have been justifiable if it were going to compromise my long term health. 

What is your favourite lift? 

Squats for sure!

What motivates and inspires you? 

My goals are ever changing and I am most inspired by a new challenge. I am for sure my biggest critic but I know what I can achieve and I don't stop until I get there. 

What is your biggest weakness and how do you combat it? 

My biggest battles are undoubtedly with sleep and proper nutrition, I work a lot of hours in a week so it is often difficult to obtain a full nights sleep and find the time to eat a balanced diet. I have a killer support team who are always looking out for me in those areas of my life and I don't think that I could do it without them. 

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Who has been the most influential person in your life and why? 

My best friend Courtney Chan. She is kind, brilliant, self-less, supportive and SO motivated. I joke about it a lot but the magic three from Courtney are 1. What is it? 2. Are you ok? 3. What do you need? She would do anything for me but is confident enough to stand up to me and tell me when I need to make changes (she also makes me meals on my long days if she thinks I am not eating).