Five Exercises to Improve Trail Running

Rebalancing your muscles is not only good for preventing injury but can make your joints stronger and improve your sport. The following exercises are specific to trail running, where problems arise in the ankles from rough terrain, as well as IT bands, knees and lower backs from the repetitive motion of a long run. I usually recommend incorporating these exercises into a strength training program or after a run as part of the cool down. Remember that none of these exercises should ever hurt.

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Jul 31, 2014 in Health

Counselling in Health Care

I was recently at an international midwifery conference in Prague, where almost 4000 midwives from all over the world joined to discuss many issues related to women’s health worldwide.

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Jul 24, 2014 in Health

Fernie Shape

Today, my physical activity included walking my Labrador Retriever about five blocks. I have had a lot of those days over the last month or so.

Posted by Adam K. MacDonald on Jul 24, 2014 in Health

Exercises to Prevent Neck and Low Back Pain

With bike season comes the influx of bike related injuries. Very commonly, neck and lower back pain arises from the position of biking – bent forwards at the waist and looking up with your hands on the handlebars. This position tightens your hip flexors, rounds your shoulders and scrunches the back of your neck leading to postural changes that can impact your spine and cause pain. By training the opposite muscles you are using when biking, you can correct these imbalances, which in turn will improve your biking and decrease discomforts.

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Jul 24, 2014 in Health

Nova Scotia, Part 1

On a damp and drizzly Canada Day afternoon last year, I wandered into a shore-side visitor centre in the tiny coastal town of Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Posted by Rebecca Hall on Jul 15, 2014 in Health

It’s Not Just a Ride

The combination of yoga and sport is endless. Yoga for golfers, yoga for runners, yoga for cyclists, yoga for... it’s endless! Some may view this as an exploitation of the history and sacredness of yoga. Others see the lines of yoga and life activities as not parallel or perpendicular but rather as one intricate matrix. Take for example this month’s Fix theme of biking. The experience of being on the bike is so much more than just a ride. It is a pastime that has the potential to expand and create both social change and personal growth. It can transmute for many into a way of being.

Posted by Heather Ivany on Jul 15, 2014 in Health

Energy Balls

Need some balls for biking? Before, during or after biking you may need a little energy pick me up. These chocolate coconut energy balls are the perfect snack for sustained energy! Gluten free, dairy free and sugar free – just what is in these so-called-balls?

Almonds are resistant to mold without being roasted, making them the perfect nut to eat raw. Like all nuts, almonds are rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats and phytonutrients.

Walnuts are rich in B vitamins, which are needed for energy.

Posted by Krissi Hyland on Jun 29, 2014 in Health

Adventures in Africa

One cold winter’s night earlier this year, I sat down with the lovely Margie and Lynn and a bottle of red wine to hear all about their trip to Africa last fall. A mutual dream and Fernie’s “slow season” had brought the two an opportunity to travel to Tanzania with a desire to see as much of the famous wildlife as possible. I asked if they hiked Mount Kilimanjaro, the continent’s highest peak but as Lynn explained, it wasn’t a priority. “We have so many wonderful mountains to climb right here at home – we went to Africa to see something completely new.”

Posted by Rebecca Hall on Jun 24, 2014 in Health

Yoga in the Park

Thoughts of summer are often pregnant with potency and embrace the potential for awakenings. Have you ever had that experience while carrying out an ordinary activity, you catch yourself in a moment? It is as though time has paused and lengthened both at the same time. You pause and witness the horizon before you with fresh eyes. The senses heighten, your breath deepens and the moment is forever etched into your memory bank of images. Then just like that the moment is gone and leaves behind a small taste of poignancy.

Posted by Heather Ivany on Jun 24, 2014 in Health


Wish you could garden but don’t have the time or perhaps a backyard? No matter the season, where you live or what your budget is you can grow these little gems called sprouts! I’m talkin’ about alfalfa sprouts, mung bean sprouts, broccoli sprouts, radish sprouts, lentil sprouts… to avoid sounding like Bubba Gump, I’ll stop here.

Posted by Krissi Hyland on Jun 19, 2014 in Health

Hats Off to Grads

As Fernie’s highschool students prepare to graduate, I find myself thinking back to my own graduation. I remember my highschool graduation ceremony well. The day was hot. Record-breaking hot.

Posted by Adam K. MacDonald on Jun 12, 2014 in Health

June Ab Challenge

Back by popular demand, we have revised the Ab Challenge for this June. Check off the box as you finish each day. Remember that you must keep breathing during your abdominal exercises and consult a health care professional if you have any concerns prior to commencing your challenge. As the workouts get harder you may want to break it up into sets. Keep us posted on Facebook (Sarah’s Active Rehabilitation) on your progress. Good luck!

1 - 15crunches
10s plank

2 - 20crunches
14s plank

3 - 25crunches
18s plank

Posted by Sarah Ingram on Jun 04, 2014 in Health

Our Capital

Ottawa may not be a likely place for a “short city getaway” from Fernie, but that is where I found myself for three days last October, so I grabbed the opportunity to explore our capital city.

Posted by Rebecca Hall on May 26, 2014 in Health


It seems paradoxical that the practice of yoga, which is designed for relationship with oneself can often times have its greatest rewards when experienced in the company of others. The Sanskrit name for this phenomenon is Satsang—usually translated as "truth-company" or being in the company of the wise. Satsang, according to several texts of yoga, is one of the great doorways to inner freedom. A group practicing together creates a mystical field, a field of grace. It is within this field that inspiration is sparked, creativity is enriched and healing and happiness are given freedom.

Posted by Heather Ivany on May 14, 2014 in Health

Dynamic Soccer Warm-up

The Fernie fields are clear and will soon be dotted with various soccer teams. Weather you are a part of the Fernie Youth Soccer Association (FYSA), the ladies team (Fernie Flash), rep soccer, drop in, or just playing a pick up game, a good warm up is essential to prevent injuries.

- Start with a light jog around the field, one to two laps.

- Perform the following travelling approximately ten metres, then lightly jog back to your start position. You can get your team to do these in unison or split into two lines:

Posted by Sarah Ingram on May 08, 2014 in Health