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May is Exercise is Medicine Month

May is Exercise is Medicine Month

Physical inactivity is one of the fastest growing public health problems in the world. After high blood pressure, tobacco use, and high blood glucose, physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death globally. Did you know that more than half of adults do not meet the recommendations for sufficient physical activity in the Physical Activity Guidelines?

Exercise is good for all of us, and it’s one of the most important things we can do for our health. As Canada’s first certified medical fitness facility, the Centre has helped thousands of Manitobans to build healthy lifestyle habits that improve their quality of life and longevity. It’s what sets the Centre apart and is at the core of the Reh-Fit’s belief that exercise is medicine.

Numerous scientific studies show that exercise can play a significant role in preventing diseases and chronic conditions. The Reh-Fit offers a number of fitness, mind/body, and chronic disease management programs because we know regular physical activity can:

  • Reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 40 per cent.
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure by 40 per cent.
  • Lower the risk of stroke by 27 per cent.
  • Lower the risk of developing type II diabetes by 58 per cent.
  • And so much more.

Not only does exercise help with chronic conditions, it also improves your overall health. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed, delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues to help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently, and can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep.

To get the most out of your fitness routine, aim for at least 150 minutes […]

Guided Workouts You Can Do On Your Own Time

New! Circuit Workout

If you can’t make it to a class or don’t want to take a class but still want some guidance for your workout, check out our new circuit workout on the hardwood floor. You can follow along with the posters on the pylons, or you can scan the QR code and follow along through Mywellness. The code can be found on the whiteboard beside the circuit.

The circuit will be changed monthly and will be almost always available for your use. The only time the circuit may not be available will be if a large class needs the floor space, but it will be set up again once the class is over.

The circuit is about 15 minutes long, and you can complete it as many times as you would like. We hope you enjoy the circuit workout!

New! Keiser Bike Workouts

If you can’t make it to a Ride class or you prefer working out on your own, check out the new workouts posted on the Kesier spin bikes, which can be found in the functional training area in the west end of the fitness area.

To follow along with a class, use a QR code scanner app on your smartphone or tablet to scan the code of the class you want to take. The code will lead you to a YouTube video of an instructor-led cycling class.

Please note: You will need to use a QR code scanner app, which you can get for free from the App Store or Google Play. The QR code scanner in Reh-Fit Mywellness will not read the codes on the bikes.

Virtual Fitness

If you can’t make it to a class or you prefer working out on your own, check out Virtual […]

Reh-Fit Aligns With Fitness Trends

Every year, the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal surveys fitness professionals around the world to find out what the top 20 trends are in the fitness world. Did you know that many of the things we offer are included in the top 20? Here is a list of the top 20 trends and the Reh-Fit offering that supports each trend (if applicable):

  1. Wearable technology:
    • Our Reh-Fit Mywellness app syncs with wearable technology. Link your Reh-Fit mywellness account to wearables like fitbit or Polar to store all of your health and wellness information in one place for easy access.
  2. Body weight training
  3. High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  4. Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals
    • The Reh-Fit has a long tradition of providing the professional expertise and programming necessary to effectively assist you regardless of your current health status. Our certified professional staff offer the highest level of support and guidance to help you reach your health and wellness goals.
  5. Strength training: There is an element of building strength in most offerings. Here are a few options:
    • Strength Training 101
    • Resistance Training Basics
    • Gravity
    • Reh-Volution, Reh-Charge, Reh-Action
    • Team Training
  6. Group training of 5+ participants
  7. Exercise is Medicine®
    • The Reh-Fit is Canada’s first certified medical fitness facility.
    • Research
  8. Yoga
    • Registered yoga programs
    • Yoga flex classes
  9. Personal training
    • Our personal trainers all hold university degrees in exercise sciences.
  10. Exercise & weight loss
    • Healthier Way and Health Matters programs
  11. Fitness programs for older adults: We have a large variety of offerings […]

Exciting News for the Future of the Reh-Fit


November 18, 2015

This week you will hear exciting news that the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority would like to relocate the Pan Am Clinic to the property adjacent to the Reh-Fit Centre, just east of our current building. It would form part of a health and wellness campus at Taylor and Waverley, along with our current facility.

The proposal we are currently working on with WRHA would see the Reh-Fit Centre construct a new facility to house the Pan Am Clinic as primary tenant, while providing additional space for new Reh-Fit initiatives. The press release can be found on our website.

Reh-Fit leadership and staff are available to answer any questions about this initiative, which is still in the early planning stage. In the meantime we’ve answered below some immediate questions you might have.

Questions and Answers

  1. What is Reh-Fit’s current relationship with Pan Am Clinic?

The Pan Am Clinic was housed within the Reh-Fit Centre building when it opened in 1979. Pan Am Clinic opened at its present site on Poseidon Bay in 1985. Currently, some Reh-Fit members use both the Reh-Fit and Pan Am Clinic as part of their personal health and fitness plan.

  1. Why is this a good fit for Reh-Fit or me as a member and user?

We are convinced that concepts like the one we are starting to explore and discuss are the future of health care. This is about working together to make sure all of us have the best health care and fitness options today and as we get older. Together with Pan Am Clinic, we will be able to provide a better-coordinated, more holistic approach to your health care.

  1. What services does Pan Am Clinic provide?

Pan Am Clinic focuses […]

Sticking to Your Health & Fitness Goals

Have you ever started a fitness program and then quit? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. Many people start fitness programs but stop when they get bored or results come too slowly. Here are seven ways that we can help you stay motivated:

 New to the Reh-Fit?

Make sure you attend our Smart Start Orientation. Learn the basic cardiovascular and flexibility physical activity guidelines, how to create a basic exercise plan, and how to measure exercise intensity. Become familiar with the field house and make the most of your membership.

Weights are Good For You

Resistance Training Basics will introduce you to the weight room and show you how to get the most from the resistance training machines and how to select resistance bands/tubing and dumbbells.

Try Group Fitness

We offer over 100 group fitness classes per week for members. Large Group Workouts are fun and motivating and Small Group Workouts are results-driven progressive training designed to take you to the next level.

Group Fitness 101

Nervous to jump in and try group fitness workouts or not sure which classes are for you? Group Fitness 101 is a six-week program designed to introduce you to some of our most popular fitness classes. Experience the fun and energy of working out in a group setting while learning the basics.

Add Some Fun

Join our badminton or pickle-ball ladders. Meet other members, test your skills, and have some fun!

Be Daring

Slacklining? Similar to tight rope walking but different. Fun, athletic, and even a form of meditation. All ages welcome and no experience necessary.

Maximize Your Results

Book your Health & Fitness Assessment. Much more than just stepping on a scale, our comprehensive assessment will show you how to best achieve your individual goals.

Exercise as Good as Medicine

Exercise may be just as good as medication to treat heart disease and should be included as a comparison when new drugs are being developed and tested, scientists say.

In a large review published in the British Medical Journal on Wednesday, researchers from Britain’s London School of Economics and Harvard and Stanford universities in the United States found no statistically detectable differences between exercise and drugs for patients with coronary heart disease or prediabetes, when a person shows symptoms that may develop into full-blown diabetes.

For patients recovering from stroke, the review — which analyzed the results of 305 studies covering almost 340,000 participants — found that exercise was more effective than drug treatment.

30-Minute Workout

Is 30 minutes enough?

What if being too busy to work out was no longer an excuse? What if you could get an effective workout in 30 minutes a day? Think about it: 30 minutes. That’s just half an episode of your favourite show. Some think that if they don’t have an hour, than it’s not worth it. If you need an hour, think about how you feel at 59 minutes and 59 seconds. Then wait a second. Does something magical happen at 60 minutes?

The answer, of course, is “no”.

Our bodies are responsive to exercise on a continuum, not on a time-based threshold. An effective workout can be had in any amount of time, given how you manipulate the variables of the workout.

Join us for our new 30-Minute Small Group Workouts.

Is Yoga Right For You?

Is yoga right for you? It is if you want to fight stress, get fit and stay healthy.
Your mobile phone is ringing, your boss wants to talk to you and your partner wants to know what’s for dinner. Stress and anxiety are everywhere. If they’re getting the best of you, you might want to hit the mat and give yoga a try.

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. And almost anyone can do it.

Understanding yoga
Yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety.

The core components of most general yoga classes are:

  • Poses. Yoga poses, also called postures, are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to difficult postures that may have you stretching your physical limits.
  • Breathing. Controlling your breathing is an important part of yoga. In yoga, breath signifies your vital energy. Yoga teaches that controlling your breathing can help you control your body and quiet your mind.

The health benefits of yoga
The potential health benefits of yoga include:

  • Stress reduction. A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.
  • Improved fitness. Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical […]

How Hard Should I Exercise?

The talk test is a simple way to measure relative intensity. As a rule of thumb, if you’re doing moderate-intensity activity you can talk, but not sing, during the activity. If you’re doing vigorous-intensity activity, you will not be able to say more than a few words without pausing for a breath. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines recommend that to achieve health benefits you need to be doing at least 150 minutes/week of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes/week of vigorous-intensity activity.

Moderate Intensity

  • Walking briskly (3 miles per hour or faster, but not race-walking)
  • Water aerobics
  • Bicycling slower than 10 miles per hour
  • Tennis (doubles)
  • Ballroom dancing
  • General gardening

Vigorous Intensity

  • Race walking, jogging, or running
  • Swimming laps
  • Tennis (singles)
  • Aerobic dancing
  • Bicycling 10 miles per hour or faster
  • Jumping rope
  • Heavy gardening (continuous digging or hoeing)
  • Hiking uphill or with a heavy backpack

How to Buy Running Shoes

If you’re just starting to walk or run, a good pair of shoes is important.

When you first start working out, it’s tempting to dust off the vaguely-athletic-looking shoes in your closet, but it’s not a good idea. Worn-out or ill-fitting shoes are a leading cause of injury. And wear and tear are not always apparent to the naked eye. If you want to stay healthy, fit, and injury-free, invest in a good pair of running shoes.

Follow these tips to make sure you get the pair that you need.

Don’t skimp. It may feel like a lot to spend up to $120 on a pair of running shoes, but the investment is worth it. Consider this: Whatever your new shoes cost, it is likely less than the money and time you’d spend seeing the doctor because you got hurt.

See the experts. It’s best to go to a specialty running shop (not a big-box or department store) where a salesperson can watch you run and help you select a pair of shoes that offer your feet the support they need. Find a specialty running store near you.

Size yourself up. You may think you know your size, but it’s best to get your feet measured each time you buy new shoes. Your feet change over time, and one model’s fit can be drastically different from another’s. You also want to have your fet measured later in the day, when they’re at their biggest. Many people end up getting a running shoe that’s a half size larger than their street shoes. The extra room allows your foot to flex and your toes to move forward with each stride. When you’re standing with both shoes on, make sure you have at least a thumbnail’s […]

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