Thursday, October 6, 2011

Make it Happen


A few things to catch you up on regarding the last couple of posts…

1) The Vancouver to Whistler GranFondo was awesome! They couldn’t have ordered a better day to take a ride from Vancouver to Whistler. My job as a bike medic was great, and I’m glad to have finished the race without having to attend any medical emergencies. My time was a leisurely 4hrs 50mins. Although, next time I’ll skip the bike commute from home and save myself the extra 15km before a 121km ride. Chalk that one up to experience.

Hoorrrah for Bentall Centre Athletic Club members: Michel Pelletier 4hrs 20mins, Mike Fertuck 3:55, and Damon Williams who finished with the lead pack at 3hrs 33mins. WOW! (Probably more members whom I’m not aware about – Yaah hooo!)

2) Our Bentall Floor Play Ball Hockey Tournament was postponed to Saturday November 19th due to lack of entries. So… C’mon get off your asses and sign up!! It’s cheap, it’s for charity and it’s going to be a blast!

Please follow to enter yourself and or/a team for Floor Play on November 19th. More details about event written below

Last, Some Inspiration...

3) Do something real every day. Like really exercise. Ignore all that talk out there about exercising three or four days a week. Ignore it! (Like the cholesterol guidelines… ) 3-4 sessions of physical activity a week is the bare minimum. This amount could be equated to a desperate plea from the medical profession to a nation of couch potatoes.

Just know that your body craves the daily chemistry of exercise. Whether the exercise is long and slow, slow and steady, short and intense; is less important. What is important is the “dailyness” of it. Be consistent and be physically active six days a week.

Experiment with what you like to do. Remember the whole point is to give your body and brain sustained signals to grow younger. Regular exercise will achieve this. Try it. It works.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Bentall Floor Play - Ball Hockey Tournament

On Saturday November 19th we are please to announce that the Bentall Centre Athletic Club will be hosting a ball hockey tournament in the Bentall 4 parkade. Known as “Bentall Floor Play”, 16 teams will be going head to head in a 4 on 4 double-knockout style tournament, with 50% of the proceeds going to support the BC Cancer Foundation.

The event starts at 10am and will feature complimentary refreshments from Molson Canadian, and catering from the Ringside Lounge. All teams competing will receive logoed T-shirts, food, refreshments and of course a chance to win the coveted Bentall “Floor Play” Cup! DJ Alltunes will be mixing it up all day to provide a festival atmosphere that will rock the downtown core.

The registration fee is $50 per individual or $200 for a team of 4. We are still looking for teams to fill the competition roster. Please call 604 837 6026 for entry details or email Or call the club 604 689 4424 and ask for Robin Russell.

The location of the tournament is on levels 1 and 2 of the Thurlow Parkade, and is found just off on the cul-de-sac of Eveleigh Street, which is just off Thurlow Street between Dunsmuir and West Pender. You can also find us by entering the Bentall Centre Athletic Club, which is located in the lower plaza of Bentall tower 4 at 1055 Dunsmuir Street Vancouver.

Please bring your hockey stick and gloves are recommended. We are encouraging Co-Ed teams, featuring small nets (no goalies), and Non-contact family fun. All friends and family are welcome to come play, or just enjoy the event.

I hope to see you there!!


Sunday, September 4, 2011

GranFondo Whistler - Sept 10th 2011

I’m pretty excited to be apart of the RBC GranFondo Whistler this summer. There’s so much happening around this year’s Sea to Sky bicycle festival, I barely even know where to start!!!

How ‘bout here…

This year I’m volunteering with the medical team. Talk about an awesome job!! My role is to ride the course, provide first aid (hopefully no casualties), and officially drink beer at the finish line. I knew this position was for me when I volunteered for the Granfondo Kelowna earlier this summer. I remember seeing the bike medics pull into the finish line full of smiles and then enjoying a few cold ones. Man was I envious! Not only did they get to ride the course, but as soon as the race was over… refreshments!!! Ahh the life! Thanks to Dr. Sian Spacey for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the team. Whoa Yeah!

The other role I’m involved in this years “Fondo” is the rider package program. My job to assemble and distribute 7000 rider bags with the help a small army of volunteers. Inside the rider bags are all the free sponsorship items like coffee, chocolate, water bottles, socks, batteries and the like. After stuffing them full of loot, we will then distribute them one by one when the riders come through the plaza to collect their dockets & timing chips. It’s actually a 3-day process, a BIG process. Go commercialism!!!

The Sea to Sky Highway

As a Vancouverite born and raised, I’ve often driven up and down the Sea to Sky highway on my way to and from some of BC’s finest destinations. So, to have an opportunity to ride my bike on a lane dedicated to just cyclists, the GranFondo has become a very exciting venture. The extra appeal for me is that I would not typically ride the Sea to Sky. In the past due to the huge amount of fast paced highway traffic, an almost non-existent bike shoulder, and crazy tourist drivers have all been things that have kept me, and my bike from riding the 99. But now with major highway improvements, a proper shoulder installed, and a lane especially dedicated to the GranFondo, this Sept 10th is now awesome way to safely spin the highway, and take in some of the most amazing scenery that British Columbia has to offer.

The Event Company

I gotta tip my hat to Toit Events. I’m constantly amazed at the creative energy, dedicated hard work, tight team cohesiveness, attention to detail, and never ending enthusiasm in order to create, produce, and vet every detail to deliver an event like this. After seeing them in action, and visiting the Toit headquarters, I gotta shout out to Kevin, Neil, Sian, Alison, Johanna, Matt, Liz, Kaileigh, Lindsay, Krista, Stephan, Alex, Bruce, Janice, Chelsea, Baily, Lindsey, and Jen. ... “Hell yeah!!”

The Volunteers

An event like this couldn’t happen with out the help of volunteers…. 805 of them to be exact. (Holey Shit!! that’s a lot of volunteers) To volunteer is a great experience, which I can personally testify is a great time. Why so fun? I got the chance to meet some really cool people, I got fed and watered, and received some really cool Lululemon clothes that has gotten me a lot of recognition since I’ve been wearing them around town. And last, it might sound a bit cheesy, but I got a lot of satisfaction in knowing that I was a cog, albeit a small one, that helped create a fantastic event that everyone seems to know about.

So, if this interests you, Toit still needs a few more volunteers this week. Please go to the volunteer registration and sign up for the time of your life. You’ll be happy you did.

See you on Race Day,


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Things That will Give You Cancer

When you visit the Witness Your Fitness clinic, there are a few measurements that I will use to determine your risk of getting cancer or cardiovascular disease. You might ask.... How can you tell? Well, our lifestyle habits consisting of Exercise / No Exercise, Good Diet / Bad Diet, tend to show up around the mid section. If you maintain a good balance between your diet and exercise levels, your waist line will be in check and you will be likely to live long and prosper, and if not, yer pretty much screwed!!!

So, why is the waist size so important? It's important because research has proven having large fat deposits over your liver, hepatic portal vein, and vital organs causes bad things to happen in your body. However, the larger fat masses aren't just about physical inactivity but also about the types of foods you have consumed, and substances you're exposed to along the way. The good news is: that by initiating a routine to restore the right composition to your body, you will start to mitigate the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease almost immediately. If you need help putting the right routine together, or are unsure whether you are at risk ... I'd be happy to meet with you. Email

For Interest Sake: Here's a list of some the things that could give you Cancer along with physical inactivity.

Agent Orange
Alfatoxin (nut mold, nasty)
Alcohol (over consumption)
Barbecued Meat
Betel Nuts
Bread (refined white bread)
Charred Foods
Carbon Tetrachloride
Coke Ovens
Diesel Exhaust
Diet Soda
Free Radicals
Gulf War
Hair Dye
Heliobacter Pylori
Hepatitis B virus
Night shifts
Not Breastfeeding
Nuclear Power Plants
Oxygenated Gasoline
Ozone Depletion
Passive Smoking
Physical Inactivity
Red Meat (sausages most linked to bowel cancer)
Sulphuric Acid
Tight Bras
Unvented Stoves
UV radiation
Vinyl Acetate (in chewing gum)
Vinyl Bromide
Vinyl Chloride
Well Water
Wood Dust

Got it? Cool.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Advanced Postural Training

Today I’d like to tell you a little ‘bout my friend and colleague Massimo De Angelis. Not only is he a certified Ohashiatsu practitioner, an advanced postural trainer, but he’s also one of the most health-knowledgeable and down to earth people I’ve ever met. So, you may ask… What in the hell does this have to do with wellness??? I’m telling you this because Massimo opening the door to a workshop for people in the wellness and fitness industry to learn skills in postural analysis, postural alignment, postural training, and how to commence in a balanced postural program. (Basically, some of the things I wasn’t taught in skool).

So, Massimo has diligently translated an entire curriculum from Italian to English, and created a forum to invite his mentors from Italy to offer the Advanced Posture Training Workshop. They are collectively: Andrea Manzotti, Claudio Suardi, Dario Crippa, Stefano Zambelli whom will be teaching with Massimo and are the Head Instructors & Technical Directors of the International Sport Sciences Association Italy among other prestigious associations in Europe. They are the creators of this unique postural training philosophy which based on rehab science and myofacial muscle tracts. Here is the official description of the course that will be offered in 6 weeks. September 2-3-4.

Hope you can make it.

Cameron Hunt

Date(s) 2011: September 2nd , September 3rd, September 4th


This is a high level technical course that the Individual Training Company®, Italy is introducing for the first time to the Canadian health and fitness industry. It is designed to help Personal Fitness Trainers, Kinesiologists, Physiotherapists, Osteopathic Practitioners, manual and rehabilitation therapist or anyone involved in health and fitness, improve their understanding of posture, anatomy and biomechanics in order to design an individual & highly personalized exercise program.

The purpose of postural training is to stimulate the body within its complex regulation mechanisms to regain the best functional equilibrium in relation to the external stimulations through stretching, mobility and specific and precise postural strengthening exercises. The training method and exercise techniques originate from postural and osteopathy techniques. It is a multidisciplinary and holistic method combining Mezieres and Souchard posture techniques, mobility, strength exercises, as well as specific Swiss ball and proprioception exercises.

You will Help Your Clients:

Relax their muscular tensions
Retrieve their initial length from the shortened muscles.
Improve coordination and equilibrium
Improve the knowledge and consciousness of your body
Reduce stiffness and pain, improving flexibility and joints mobility
Develop consciousness of the relationship between the breathing, movement and posture
Design and organize a postural training area in your facility

FRIDAY, September 2, 2011

9:00am – 12:00pm: Anatomy and Biomechanics of the Spinal Column. Cervical, Dorsal, and Lower Back Spine

1:00pm – 4:00pm:Postural Analysis and Evaluation Ideal Plumb Alignment & Referral Points

SATURDAY, September 3, 2011

9:00am – 12:00pm:Anatomy of the PelvisPelvic Analysis in Relation to the Muscles:Abdominals, Psoas, Rectus Femoris, Gluteus, PiriformisStretching and Mobilization

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Pelvic Analysis continuedPiriformis, Hamstrings ,Quadaratus LumborumParaspinal Musculature

SUNDAY, September 4, 2011

9:00am – 12:00pm: Muscle Chains: Mezieres & Souchard Stretching and Postural Muscle Chain ExercisesPractical Application, from theory to practice

1:00pm – 4:00pm:Case StudiesOrganization of the Postural Training Area in the GymSelf evaluation test, Discussion, Feedback


Individual training Company® based in Bergamo, Italy, is at the leading edge in the health and fitness industry. In just a few years, they have created a network of more than 20 affiliated Personal Training Centers and opened the first Postural Training school in Italy. The founders of the company are Masters in Fitness Sciences and are the Head Instructors & Technical Directors of the International Sport Sciences Association Italy. They teach at several prestigious universities and provide consulting services for numerous national and European professional sports teams and individual athletes from beginners to elite.

Andrea Manzotti

PhysiotherapistOsteopathic PractitionerOsteopathy Teacher Co-founder, owner and teacher at the SOMA Osteopathy School Co-founder and owner of the Individual training Company® ItalyMaster Fitness Sciences and Teacher of International Sport Sciences Association ItalyState University Teacher at Sport and Exercise sciences Faculty

Claudio Suardi

Co-founder and owner of the Individual Training Company® ItalyMaster Fitness Sciences and Technical director of International Sport Sciences Association, ItalyTechnical consultant for the German National Volleyball teamState University Teacher at Sport and Exercise sciences Faculty Author of books, articles, DVDs and software

Dario Crippa

Co-founder and owner of the Individual training Company® Italy Teacher and founder of the first Postural Trainer school in ItalyCertified top level Personal Fitness Trainer ISSA ItalyCreator of the T-Stretch® machineTechnical consultant for the German National Volleyball team Teacher for International Sport Sciences Association

Stefano Zambelli

Master’s degree Sport and Exercise SciencesCo-founder and owner of the Individual Training Company® ItalyMaster Fitness Sciences and Technical director of International Sport Sciences Association, ItalyTechnical consultant for the German National Volleyball teamBroad experience Teaching personal fitness trainer and postural training coursesState University Teacher at Sport and Exercise sciences FacultyAuthor of books, articles, DVDs and software

COST:Regular: $ 850 / 800*Students: $ 700 /650**If registered by August 19

TIME: 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

LOCATION:555 Burrard St, Suite 1165.

Bentall Tower 2 (National Bank Tower)Vancouver, BC

CONTACT: Massimo De Angelis Cell: (604) 726-4746



Monday, June 27, 2011

GranFondo Kelowna - July 16th 2011

For 3 weeks every July since 1903, between a half and a third of France’s entire population line the streets to watch the Tour De France. Wow! But this spectacle (now a widely televised event around the world) can’t really be experienced unless you’ve already booked a trip to the Pyrenees, Vosges or the Champs-Élysées. Instead this summer, you can find something equally exciting locally here in British Columbia called RBC GrandFondo Kelowna.

The term “GranFondo”, translated from Italian meaning “Big Ride”, will need BIG efforts from locals and people from all over BC to ride, cheer, and volunteer. On July 16th 2011, the inaugural race will commence in downtown Kelowna and eloquently spin 115km winding its way through the Okanagan Lake Country to Vernon and back to Kelowna again.

So, special events require special people to help make them happen. If you haven’t decided to enter the race, and you’re not sure who exactly to cheer for, the GranFondo Kelowna is recruiting volunteers to assist in a variety of roles. These roles could include greeting the riders at package pick up, to helping with the event set up and event tear down, bike corralling, course safety marshaling, handing out rider refreshments, assisting in the celebration plaza, and keeping the cheer alive in the Family Fun Zone.

Besides getting front row seats to behold the 1200 cyclists, and meeting 300 fresh volunteer faces, each helper will receive a logo’d GranFondo t-shirt, lunch, and refreshments. In addition to this, (as if it could get any better…) you will also receive some skookum kit from the GranFondo partners at Lululemon and RBC, attain some valuable work experience, and obtain an official volunteer letter as a ‘thanks’ for your contributions. There are volunteer positions available on July 14th, 15th and 16th and typically last from 4 – 6 hours. You can also be involved in multiple volunteer roles if you’re really spinning your wheels to get involved. We hope to see you at the start line!!

To register, visit where you can learn more about the positions that are waiting for you. Please direct all inquiries to

Get fit and get active.


Monday, June 13, 2011

The Stanley Cup

That’s Hockey EH!!! It’s hard not to feel a swell of patriotic pride when seeing the enthusiasm alive in Vancouver for Canada’s favorite pastime. Yes, I’m talking about the Stanley Cup. Tonight, in game 6 of the NHL finals, the Vancouver Canucks have taken the lead against the Boston Bruins in the series (3-2), which has created an opportunity to signal the end of a 96 year battle to bring the Stanley Cup to Vancouver. “Rah-rah-rah!!”

All the Canucks have to do tonight is WIN!!! Lose, and they’ll get a second chance on home ice in game 7 this Wednesday. But let’s not talk about that right now.

So about that cup… The Stanley cup is the oldest professional sports trophy in North America. It was Lord Stanley of Preston, the governor general of Canada from 1888 to 1893 who donated the famous cup in 1892. It cost him a hefty $48.67. Lord Stanley was known as a devoted British sportsman who helped create the world of organized sport that dominates our culture today. I’d also like to take a moment to recognize that he also donated the land which is now Stanley Park. What a guy!

A few other Hockey Firsts:

1843: First written reference to hockey on ice: A British army officer Arthur H. Freeling, stationed in Kinston, wrote in his diary: “began to skate this year, improved quickly and had great fun at hockey on the ice.”

March 3, 1875: First reported indoor game of Hockey: appeared in the Montreal Gazette.

1876: First reported use of the word puck: “What the puck was that?”

Feb 27, 1877: First printed playing rules for hockey appeared in the Montreal Gazette.

1881: The first know photograph of a team wearing a hockey uniform. McGill University Club.

1883: The first hockey championship trophy: the Montreal Winter Carnival Cup, won by McGill. It wasn’t for another 10years that the Stanley Cup was first presented.

Dec 8 1886: The first organized hockey league: the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association with 5 teams: McGill, Montreal Amateur Athletic Association, Montreal Victorians, Montreal Crystals, Ottawa Hockey Club.

June 15, 2011: First time the Vancouver Canucks win a Stanley Cup…??? ... and FAILED!!!

Origin of the Puck: Believed to derive from the Scottish and Gaelic word puck or Irish word poc, meaning to poke, punch or deliver a blow.

Hockey is believed to have several derivations. The most common seems to be the old French word hoquet, meaning curved stick or shepherds crook.

Alright hockey fans… just remember to keep your stick on the ice.


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Quality Of Life - Part 2

cont'd from May 6th ...

Social Relations
Sexual Functioning
Physical Functioning
Emotional Wellbeing
Standard of Living

Out of these examples listed… Do you think that increasing your physical fitness could link you to more life satisfaction in the each of categories listed???…. I believe so.

In reviewing the literature, I’ve found that the activity theorists say that happiness and pleasure arises from the behavior, and not just that of the endpoints. What this means is: actually riding the bike, skating the wall, running the trails, hitting the ball, punching the bag, surfing the wave, opening the door for someone, talking to others, liking your job, … or just the plain act of “doing” and “liking” will make a difference in your perception in your quality of life. So, get out there, pick something you like, and do it.

Furthermore …Feedback / Praise / Reinforcement are useful tools in goal progression, and using them will help you gauge the difference of how you perceive your quality of life. Feedback about your body; feedback about how it moves; feedback about your mental quickness; and feedback about how you are improving are what will enhance your self efficacy and belief that you can get what you want out of life.

So put simply, learning about your body, and having positive reinforcement about your body through the act of doing, self discovery, or experiential learning is essential in moving forward to attaining your goals.

I am the founder of the Witness Your Fitness wellness clinic and daily help people get the feedback and empower them gain the control of the essential components of their quality of life. I provide the feedback and reinforcement that makes progression simple and easy. Although you’ll still have to do the hard work; I can make it fun.

My goal for you is to not only add years to your life, but also add life to those years. If you really think about your best life in 10 / 20 / 30 or 50 years down the road from now, what do you see? If it includes walking up and down stairs, getting in and out of a car, getting your groceries, cooking, enjoying recreation, or getting yourself to the pub or any other social events, you’d better start investing in your wellness now through physical activity .

It’s what I do. I can help.

Cameron Hunt
Registered Kinesiologist
The Bentall Centre Athletic Club
604 837 6026

Friday, May 6, 2011

What is Quality of Life?

Quality of life is conscious judgment of satisfaction…. Or answers the question: What is the “best life for you?”

Dr. Happiness (as I like to call him), or Edward Diener has studied the influences of well-being in people for the last 25 years. He’s recognized many domains of people’s lives to evaluate life’s satisfaction. His research is useful today in many medical applications, but more importantly in identifying the causes of change that makes a difference to how people see their own quality of life. Here are a few examples of the types of domains with which people can judge their quality of life…

… In general, how would you rate yourself in these categories? Are you on track to living the best possible life for you? …

Physical Functioning
Emotional Wellbeing
Social Relations
Sexual Functioning
Standard of Living

… more to come soon.

Monday, March 21, 2011


If your eyes stay open when you sneeze; you've had too much coffee. How much Caffeine a day do you consume???

Love it, or leave it, here's the facts. ..

8 - Decaf brewed coffee
38 - Coke
40 - Espresso
41 - Dr. Pepper
47 - Diet Coke
54 - Mountain Dew
60 - Green Tea
75 - Dark Chocolate bar
85 - Instant Coffee
90 - Coffee Ice Cream
120 - Energy Drinks
130 - Pain Relivers
150 - Large Cappuccino
200 - Regular House Coffee
240 - Large coffee-house coffee
I'll have an Uh-mer-i-kan-oh!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Bentall Kennedy Fitness Month 2011

I'm writing an additional blog for Bentall Kennedy fitness month which I will duplicate and post here. It's a corporate wellness program that utilizes the H.F.A. - Health and Fitness Appraisal system I developed with Robin Russell at the Bentall Centre Athletic Club; aaaand it incorporates over 30 days of engaging fitness, wellness, and outdoor adventures for 250 corporate employees in the Bentall Towers. Whooo Hoooo !!!!

I think it will give you a great sneak peak at the corporate event & recreation planning that is available in Vancouver through JHDesigns Event Co. and Witness Your Fitness wellness consulting and the Bentall Centre Athletic Club.

Here's my first corporate blog post with much more to follow through the month of April 2011.

I'll add the itinerary so you can see all the great events we have planned this group this season.

"Welcome to another great year of Bentall Fitness Month. This year we'll have to re-name it Bentall Kennedy Fitness Month, but either way it's going to KICK ASS!!!

FIT in as much as you can ( pun intended )


Friday, February 18, 2011

What the CELL is going on?

The health of your body is determined by the health of each one of your cells. Evidently there about 75 trillion of them in each of us; but what constitutes a healthy cell? What you eat, drink, breathe and bathe in nourishes our cells with oxygen, water, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, glucose and amino acids. However, it’s the pH that impacts every biochemical process in the body. For those who are unfamiliar with pH, it’s a scale similar to a thermometer numbered 1-14, measuring the acid or alkaline content of fluids. Our bodies function best at the center of the scale at about a neutral pH of about 7, well… 7.3 - 7.45 to be precise. What has recently come to my attention (thanks Mum!) is that deviations above or below this narrow range of pH can signal potentially serious and dangerous symptoms or states of disease.

So, if our pH is unbalanced, what is the result? Pick your disease, choose your unbalance. Cancer, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue, allergies, obesity, just name it. If you don't feel good, one of the basic things that stand between you and perfect health is your body's pH. It’s the body’s basic metabolic balance.

Unfortunately a lot of the things we love to eat are extremely acidic. Meats like beef, lamb, pork, turkey, seafood … wine, beer, spirits, cereal grains, soybeans, coffee, sugar, tea, cocoa, soft drinks, ketchup and tobacco to name just a few. In this acidic state we feel sluggish and have a tendency to pack on the pounds. Acidic bodies attract fat!!!! You can counteract them through awareness and making choices that act on your body’s pH. And being too alkaline is just as bad as being too acidic.

What recently sparked my interest about pH was in contemplation about ways to loose an extra few pounds around the midsection - which is the worst place to have it. Adipose tissue (or fat) is in scientific terms is called Free Fatty Acids… AH HA… A-C-I-D. Thus, to change our fat laden acidic bodies back to a neutral state we must Alkaline. Furthermore, from my basic knowledge of chemistry, is that acids mixed with alkaline equal water and salt. BINGO. If I want to help melt those excess fatty acids off your body take steps to make yourself more alkaline…!!!

Consequently, what can be done to balance your pH ? The answer is diet. To understand more about foods you can eat to change your pH levels click …

However, there is much more to it than just that.

To gain clarity on this topic I’ve spoken to Nicole Sedgwick Stewart who is a nutritional wellness consultant and Isagenix associate. She has further confirmed my suspicion about the importance of pH balance in addition to the proper nutrients as an essential way to get the bounce in your step and melt off the extra pounds. On her site you can find out about some details about amazing Isagenix products that are effective in balancing and alkalizing your body, which will start you down the road to internal rejuvenation.

So, how can you read your pH? Most of the literature I’ve examined pertains to blood pH. However, there isn’t currently a viable, cheap, or unobtrusive method for testing it. Alternatives to blood testing include using litmus paper strips to analyze your urine or saliva, but these methods might not correspond exactly to the information pertaining to the neutral goal of 7 for blood pH. Urine is more acidic because it is a vehicle to remove hydrogen (acids) in the from body in the form of urea and ammonia; and saliva has an enzyme called amylase that aids digestion and could alter a pH readings of 7… However these methods can still be very useful in determining your pH balance by investigating what levels are normal for you, and monitoring it over time to determine the changes depending on your lifestyle choices. COMPRENDO?

Lastly, Mum says try the age old remedy of drinking 2 tablespoons of Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar or drinking Lemon Water every day to alkaline the body. I’m still deliberating on how exactly it works… But I’m sure she’s right.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Fountain of Youth

What is it about the quest for the fountain for youth !?! Is there such a thing? Well, the answer is yes! However, is a youthful body the result of drinking water from a secret mountain spring, or from rubbing expensive lotion from a tiny bottle at the cosmetic counter ?


Are ready for the secret?? … The fountain of youth is Exercise.

Here’s why…

What has convinced me of this of this are the observations I’ve made running the wellness clinic at the Bentall Centre Athletic Club over the past 4 years. When I’ve met with new members it’s necessary to ask their age as a routine part of the fitness appraisal. Interestingly, one of the trends I’ve noticed is that the people who look young have excellent aerobic fitness and work hard to maintain it.

A typical example is a man I tested who was 56 years of age. When he told me his age I was astonished to find he was in his late 50’s, and thought he could have easily been in his mid 40’s. After I had finished calculating his fitness scores I noticed an interesting connection between his level of aerobic fitness and his youthful appearance. Instead of his aerobic capacity being 41ml/kg/min, which is excellent for men in his 50s, it was actually much higher at 49ml/kg/min – which is excellent for men in their late 30’s. Eureka!

The same trend I have found quite reliably and consistently for both men and women I’ve tested between age 21 and 70. It leads me to believe that if someone’s aerobic scores are comparable with a demographic a decade younger… then a youthful body will follow suit.

Don’t believe it??… Here’s why…

1) Lets start with an easy one: skin. When you exercise regularly your pores are able to push out debris and excrete toxins from you body. Your vascular system through exercise is enhanced bringing more circulation and nutrients to your skin having a positive effect on your collagen, bringing more elasticity to your skin. It irons out the wrinkles and produces a youthful appearance.

2) Sexy shape. Lets be realistic, the focus for many men and women is to retain their sex appeal. Everyone likes to look sexy, and athletic bodies are attractive. Exercise will help your self-image and is proven to reduce the incidence of cardiovascular diseases.

3) Range of Motion. By engaging in flexibility training as a regular part of your routine you will do more than reduce your day to day kinetic aches and pains, you will be working towards retaining your mobility and functional independence through out the rest of your life.

4) Youthful energy. After polling my online community the number one goal to exercise regularly is to feel energized. It’s true, the more exercise you get the more endorphins your body will create. These are the substances your body makes that lift your mood and makes the youngster inside you come alive.

5) A Strong Heart and Lungs. You can’t live much more than 3minutes without oxygen. If you want to move like a young person you’ll need to be physically active to have a strong heart. This will enable your body to transfer more oxygen to your working muscles and carry more carbon dioxide away from them. Exercise will increase your hearts aerobic capacity and ergo: you will feel like your sipping from fountain of youth.

OK? So exercise is the fountain of youth. Do you need to get help attaining that next fitness level or committing to an enjoyable program? Get help from the staff at the Bentall Centre Athletic Club. We have brand new state of the art work out equipment, a eucalyptus steam room, and the industries best sports professionals.