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How to be Healthy in the Sherman Hub

Hey neighbours! It’s me, Dr. Justin Gallant ND, again. I told you I’d be back. I’ve come up with a couple ideas for you to improve your health in the Sherman Hub. Let me know what you think.

Freestyle Fitness: A community-based gym that has services to accommodate whatever you’re seeking. They offer group classes, personal training, and the freedom to do your own thing in their gym.  Freestyle is located at 299 Ottawa Street North (Near Barton and Ottawa). Going to the gym is a great way to socialize and get fit at the same time. The winter is coming and it’s much more reasonable to join a gym and exercise indoors rather than risking a slip on the ice or putting your lungs through the harsh, cold winter air.

Maxam Fitness: If you’re the type who would rather exercise in the comfort of your own home or backyard, Maxam Fitness sells just about any piece of exercise equipment you will ever need. Just make sure you use this equipment safely. If you’re unfamiliar with the equipment it’s a good idea to get a personal trainer to show you the ropes (pun intended). It’s important to do things properly both for progress and safety.

Escarpment Rail Trail: Try to get into the routine of visiting the trail as often as possible. If you don’t know where it is, just walk towards the mountain on Wentworth. The trail is right before you get to the Wentworth stairs and runs East and West parallel to the train tracks. It’s a great paved track for walking, running, biking, rollerblading, and whatever your big heart desires. There are also trails that branch off of the Rail Trail for those who are a bit more adventurous in terms of hiking and off-road biking. Just remember the trail is not lit up at night so make sure to give yourself enough time to head back before it gets dark. Some of my fondest childhood memories took place on this trail. Get your kids looking for snakes and salamanders instead of playing with their tablet!

Wentworth Stairs: The Wentworth stairs are such a great workout! I try to do them every other day. It’s nice to see so many people doing them all of the time. The stairs are lit up at night and people are usually on them until around 11pm, for those who don’t have enough time in the day to get exercise. It’s such a rewarding workout once you get to the top and get a beautiful view of our city. It’s really tough at first but your endurance will build as the days go by. You just have to keep at it! There are also clubs that do the stairs in groups, which can be more motivating and safer.

Gage Park: Gage Park is a great place to get into the greenery. I never really appreciated Gage Park until I lived in Toronto for 4 years. Once I came back, it was so nice to be able to walk or bike around Gage Park. There’s baseball diamonds, play sets for children, a band shell, which has recently hosted some great bands, community garden, trails and lots of festivals throughout the year. We’re very fortunate to have such a large piece of nature so close to use. Take advantage of it! Tell your kids to go play in Gage Park rather than on the internet.

Create your own Garden: Most people in this neighbourhood have a large enough space to build a garden that could feed their entire block. Gardening can be difficult at first, but it pays off in the end. Free fruits and veggies! So many people tell me they are bored. Take something up like gardening; it’s like learning a new language. There are so many resources available in the Public Library or online. Just Google, “How to garden” and thousands of results will pop up. Youtube is a great online resource if you are more of a visual learner. One of the greatest resources is a neighbour who already has a garden. Asking someone about gardening will improve your skills and build communication. Growing your own garden will bring down expenses. You’ll know exactly how your produce has been treated and how far it has traveled. It will improve your health both from physical labour and proper nutrition. That tomato that you’ve been looking at every day, waiting for it to turn luscious red, tastes so much better than the one that’s a boring orange at the Grocery store.

Ottawa Street Market: If you’re not ambitious enough to make your own garden there’s always Ottawa Street Market. Located at 204 Ottawa Street North, the Ottawa Street Market is a place for several different vendors to get together and sell their delicious goods to the locals. The market is runs every Wednesday and Saturday from 7am-3pm. All farms contributing are within 80km of the market. I feel like farmers are undervalued these days. It’s a skill and a science that we should all strive to appreciate a lot more.

SRH Health Foods: SRH offers a wide array of supplements and the like. The staff is super friendly and helpful. Located at 1230 Barton Street East (beside the KFC across from Centre Mall). I refer quite a few patients to SRH because they carry great products there. If you would like to know more about supplements, please talk to me. There is a huge difference from company to company in terms of proper dosage and ingredients. I am trained in Clinical Nutrition so I’ve learned and researched proper supplementation thoroughly.

Come visit me, John (Chiropractor) and Katrina (Registered Massage Therapist): Nothing says health like the trifecta of Naturopathic Medicine, Chiropractic and Massage. Some of our patients like to book all 3 of us in one day to pamper themselves on every level. I love to help patients on a nutritional, functional and emotional level, while John does great work with physical ailments, allergies and emotions; and Katrina provides relaxation and pain relief. This is just a brief summary of what we do, I could write a novel on all of the ways we can help people but you’re probably sick of reading by now.

Okay I’m done. Go explore one or more of my healthy recommendations!

If you have any healthy tips or you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Thanks for Reading!
Dr. Justin Gallant ND of Advantage Chiropractic and Massage

59 Dunsmure Road (Dunsmure and Sherman)

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This entry was posted on November 11, 2013 by in Health in the Hub.
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