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Member FAQs – COVID-19

By | Healthy Living

Updated on May 13, 2020

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In Canada, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low; however, it is imperative that as health and fitness leaders, we work towards protecting Canadian Fitness Professionals. It’s important as fitness professionals that we lead by example through maintaining our exercise regimes and healthy nutrition practices. We know this helps to support the immune system. Together, let’s encourage people to continue to work out and to pursue personal and professional fitness endeavors, while ensuring they are provided with correct information on how to protect themselves.

Because canfitpro’s number one priority is the safety and security of every canfitpro Member, Delegate, Participant, Associate, and Volunteer, we are working with all our partners to closely monitor the unfolding situation with COVID-19 and are following all available public health guidance to assure healthy and safety. To address questions that you may have or be asked about, we have prepared this “Frequently Asked Questions” with responses to provide all our Members with the most accurate information possible. When, and as circumstances change, additional guidance and direction will be offered via postings on our websites, social media outlets and other public releases.

Due to the developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s with a heavy heart that canfitpro has made the necessary and difficult decision to postpone canfitpro 2020 until August 13-15, 2021.  We naturally did not plan for this when we created, printed and distributed 20,000 brochures to all our members and took the usual steps to launch our live event earlier this year.  

At canfitpro, the health, safety, and well-being for our Associates, Members, Presenters, Sponsors, and Exhibitors is our highest priority. Mindful of our duty of care, we want to act on what is in the best interest of our community.

Although these times hold uncertainty, one thing does remain true - there’s a power in people connecting! This is why we’re excited to bring the magic of in-person conferences online for canfitpro 2020 Virtual Series. From your own home, canfitpro 2020 Virtual Series attendees can participate from wherever you are in the world, livestreaming education from fitness experts, leaders, pioneers and innovators from around the globe. You’ll network and chat with one another; and engage with some of the world’s most influential fitness professionals. You’ll even connect in a virtual expo hall!

Stay connected on our social channels and watch your inbox for details on canfitpro 2020 Virtual Series. Registration information will be available in the coming weeks.

Thank you for your support during this unprecedented time. We’re eager to stay connected with you in the virtual world. It is your passion for health and fitness that helps make canfitpro events a success every year and it is that same passion that will drive us into the future. 

We’ll see you at canfitpro 2020 Virtual Series – the event you won’t want to miss!

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all personally, and professionally, in a variety of ways.  The fitness industry presents a myriad of ways to work and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution to your current situation. canfitpro has compiled various programs currently available to help Canadian individual and businesses, during this unprecedented time to help guide you towards a solution that may be best for you.

Currently, we are expecting it to continue as planned and are moving ahead with great anticipation! Having said that, we are closely monitoring the situation and will act in accordance with Ontario Health Officials guidelines.

When you join us for canfitpro 2020, you'll be signing up for the incredible learning, networking and time of celebration.

Find out more about canfitpro 2020.

Please check this video for the information you need.

For new certification courses, you can re-book your course with us later in the year, free of charge. canfitpro will be immediately granting 60 day extensions to certification renewals that are due in March and April. With regards to exams, please note that theory and practical exams can be re-booked later in the year free of charge. 

Immediate extensions have been granted to complete certification courses and CPR courses can be re-booked, free of charge.  Your certification will not be affected if your CPR is delayed.

For course or exam re-bookings, kindly contact us June 1st, 2020 or afterwards.

All courses, exams and CPR courses that were scheduled to take place prior to June 22nd, 2020 are being re-scheduled.  We will provide further updates on re-scheduled courses as they come available.  Please see below on what happens if your course or exam has been re-scheduled. 

Right now, you can take advantage of some of the free education and resources that canfitpro offers:

  • Review the canfitpro magazine – back issues are in your canfitpro member portal
  • Use Trainers+ to get ideas and create workouts for yourself and/or clients in our canfitpro member portal – canfitpro members receive a 40% discount
  • Watch webinars, interviews, and workouts on the canfitpro YouTube channel, where topics range from How to Run a Successful Personal Training Business to The Science of Yin Yoga

Start thinking of new ways to support clients virtually – here are credible and reliable fitness sources to share with your people!

Stress Resiliency

The global pandemic is causing unprecedented levels of stress across all groups of people.   

The canfitpro Stress Resiliency Course teaches how to ease stress and anxiety for yourself, and give you tools to help the people around you. Packed full of…

  • hours of guided meditations and activity recordings
  • journaling prompts
  • practical relaxation tools

All within a self-guided online learning platform. 4.0 CECs earned for PTS, FIS, and HWL upon completion.

Engage in professional development that will help you, your clients, and participants, emerge from COVID-19 with resiliency.

To support canfitpro members in accessing this course we are offering it for 50% off (regularly up to $129 +tax). Register through your canfitpro member portal using code: “wellness” to receive your discount.

canfitpro Partners and PRO TRAINERS

Looking for best-in-class online workouts? Check out the canfitpro curated list of at-home exercise to help you, and your network, stay healthy:

Reach out to your clients and share value on social media. canfitpro endorses the following expert resources as the most reliable and credible fitness education.  Some of our partners are also offering education, at a discount, during this time.  We know that more are working to provide information soon to help you stay current.  

canfitpro is here for you. Keep watching canfitpro’s social media channels, and your inbox, for additional updates, information, and resources as we navigate the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

This has been a very challenging time for everyone, especially those of us in the fitness industry who passionately serve Canadians.  Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, we have been closely tracking its progression and following the advice of Canada’s health authorities.

As the virus continues to spread in communities across Canada, especially over the past 48 hours, we are seeing the need for further and more aggressive action to try and reduce the transmission of this virus.  

GoodLife Fitness and Fit4Less Clubs across Canada have made the difficult but important and necessary decision to close all their clubs across Canada, effective today, March 16, 2020.

As the leading global provider of fitness and wellness education, canfitpro empowers people to lead passionate and fulfilling lives through safe, fun and effective physical activity.  There is no moment in our history where that purpose is more important than today.  We encourage all clubs, studios and facilities within the country to follow the lead set by GoodLife and Fit4Less. It is an unfortunate but necessary thing to do.  canfitpro will continue to closely monitor the situation as it relates to our regional events and will provide updates relating to those events as they become available.  

For 27 years canfitpro has been a leading authority in the fitness industry and we would anticipate and hope the industry follow responsibly, the lead of GoodLife in closing fitness clubs, studios and facilities. 

We fully appreciate the financial difficulty that this poses to the industry however these same difficulties are imposed on the employees and all efforts should be made wherever possible to minimize the detrimental financial effects felt by those that are least able to deal with them.  We know that GoodLife has made the decision to continue to pay Associates for a period of time and while we cannot say what’s viable for your individual club(s), we hope that you take the well-being of your staff into consideration. 

We appreciate that this places a burden on all of our businesses as we deal with the situation with which we are presented. There’s no better time to work together as a community to create a positive and safe environment for you, your family, and your members’ and clients’ families.

Due to recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and based on the latest guidance and official announcements made by the Canadian government, it is with a heavy heart that canfitpro has made the necessary and difficult decision to cancel canfitpro East 2020, originally scheduled to take place on May 23 – May 24, 2020. 

At canfitpro, the health, safety, and well-being of Associates, Members, Delegates, Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Partners is our highest priority. Mindful of our duty of care, we want to act on what is in the best interest of our community. Although this is a disappointment, we look forward to hosting and celebrating future canfitpro East conferences and events with you, and we hope to see you at canfitpro Toronto 2020 this August! 

For those delegates who require continuing education credits (CECs) to maintain your certifications, canfitpro offers a variety of online courses that can be accessed through your member portal.   You will be offered a special extension if your certification expires as a result of not attending canfitpro East. Please stay tuned for additional options to obtain continuing education credits. 

We thank you for understanding the extreme difficulty of our position. It is your passion for health and fitness that helps make canfitpro events a success every year. And it is that same passion that will drive us into the future. 

Next Steps:  
Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you’ve made, such as travel, restaurant, and housing reservations. You do not need to contact anyone at canfitpro to cancel your registrations and full refunds will be provided. Please note that canfitpro East 2020 will not be rescheduled. However, we hope to see you at canfitpro East 2021! 

Due to recent developments surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and based on the latest guidance and official announcements made by the Canadian government, it is with a heavy heart that canfitpro has made the necessary and difficult decision to cancel canfitpro Winnipeg 2020, originally scheduled to take place on April 4, 2020.

At canfitpro, the health, safety, and well-being of Associates, Members, Delegates, Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Partners is our highest priority. Mindful of our duty of care, we want to act on what is in the best interest of our community. Although this is a disappointment, we look forward to hosting and celebrating future canfitpro Winnipeg conferences and events with you, and we hope to see you at canfitpro Toronto 2020  this August!

 
For those delegates who require continuing education credits (CECs) to maintain your certifications, canfitpro offers a variety of online courses that can be accessed through your  member portal.   You will be offered a special extension if your certification expires as a result of not attending canfitpro Winnipeg. Please stay tuned for additional options to obtain continuing education credits.
 
We thank you for understanding the extreme difficulty of our position. It is your passion for health and fitness that helps make canfitpro events a success every year. And it is that same passion that will drive us into the future.
 
Next Steps: 
Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you’ve made, such as travel, restaurant, and housing reservations. You do not need to contact anyone at canfitpro to cancel your registrations and full refunds will be provided. Please note that canfitpro Winnipeg 2020 will not be rescheduled. However, we hope to see you at canfitpro Winnipeg 2021!

Due to recent developments in the province of Quebec and based on the latest guidance and official announcements of Quebec’s Premier Francois Legault, it is with heavy heart that canfitpro has made the necessary and difficult decision to cancel canfitpro Montreal 2020, originally scheduled to take place March 27-29, 2020 in Montréal, QC, Canada.

At canfitpro, the health, safety and well-being of Associates, Members, Delegates, Exhibitors, Sponsors and Partners is our highest priority. Mindful of our duty of care, we want to act on what is in the best interest of our community. Although this is a disappointment, we look forward to hosting and celebrating future canfitpro Montreal conferences and events with you.

For those delegates who require continuing education credits (CECs) to main your certifications, canfitpro will follow up with options for online courses and will grant a special extension for members who certification might expire as a result of not attending canfitpro Montreal.

We thank you for understanding the extreme difficulty of our position. It is your passion for health and fitness that helps make canfitpro Montreal a success every year. And it is that same passion that will drive us into the future.

Next Steps

Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you’ve made, such as travel, restaurant, and housing reservations. You do not need to contact anyone at canfitpro to cancel your registrations and full refunds will be provided. Please note that canfitpro Montreal 2020 will not be rescheduled. However, we hope to see you at canfitpro Montreal 2021!

Ensuring the safety of our associates and members is our top priority. We want to maintain our service as best as possible during this time. The canfitpro Home Office located at 110-225 Select Ave., Toronto, ON, M1X 0B5 is closed to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) until further notice. Our phones will be closed temporarily. Our new member portal has been set up to help you manage your canfitpro account, including sending inquiries. You can still contact us by submitting a New Request through the “My Requests” section in the member portal or send an inquiry to info@canfitpro.com. We appreciate your continued patience while we diligently work to support all our members, PRO TRAINERs and customers. Please visit the canfitpro contact page for more information.

canfitpro is following the recommendation of every major public health agency, including the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), to encourage all canfitpro Members, Delegates, Participants, Associates, PRO-TRAINERS, and Volunteers to regularly wash their hands using water and soap which is available at all of our events, workshops, classes, and in-person courses. This is the most effective way to reduce the spread of all communicable illnesses including COVID-19.

We are reminding canfitpro Members, Delegates, Participants, Associates, PRO-TRAINERS, and Volunteers to stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections by doing the following:

  • wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as per the PHAC’s recommended method of proper hand hygiene
  • avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • coughing or sneezing into their sleeve or tissues and not hands
  • staying home if sick to avoid spreading illness to others
  • maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing

Public Health Agencies have procedures in place to trace potential contact should an individual be diagnosed with COVID-19. If canfitpro is informed by these Agencies that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19, canfitpro will immediately and closely follow the direction given by the Agencies. This could include temporarily rescheduling courses or workshops.

canfitpro is following the recommendation of every major public health agency, including the Public Health Agency of Canada, to encourage canfitpro Members, Delegates, Participants, Associates, PRO-TRAINERS and Volunteers to regularly wash their hands using water and soap which is available at all of our venues. This is the most effective way to reduce the spread of all communicable illnesses including COVID-19. We are increasing education and awareness through signage, digital and verbal communications to further promote the PHAC’s hand hygiene guidelines.

During Events and In-Person Courses, we are advising limited physical contact:

  • When checking-in, your belongings will not be handled (e.g. key tags, lanyards, etc.)
  • Verbal direction and encouragement will be provided instead of physical contact during courses and workshops
  • At least 1 metre (3 feet) distance from anyone who is coughing, or sneezing will be maintained
  • Shaking hands will be avoided

canfitpro is closely monitoring information and recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Canada. We are sending out ongoing communication to keep our sanitization procedures as thorough as possible and to provide best practices in hand washing and respiratory hygiene. Should new information be shared by public health experts, we will re-evaluate and update our procedures, if needed.

canfitpro is following the travel guidelines of the Public Health Agency of Canada which can be located here. If any questions about your health while travelling or upon returning from a trip please immediately contact your health care professional (e.g. your doctor or local Public Health Authority) to seek advice. If you become sick while travelling, call ahead to a health professional to explain your symptoms. If you become sick upon your return, call your local Public Health Authority. They will provide advice on what you should do.

As usual, those with flu-like symptoms, who have not travelled internationally to an affected region, should stay at home. 

Those who have travelled to an affected region, or have had close contact with a person ill with COVID-19, should limit their contact with others for a total of 14 days from the date that they left the affected region or were in contact with a person ill with COVID-19. This means self-isolate and staying at home. In addition, they should contact their local public health authority within 24 hours of arriving in Canada. Travellers returning from other affected areas should monitor for symptoms. Those who develop symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or any other symptoms within 14 days after returning to Canada, are advised to contact your health-care provider, or local health authority. Inform them about your symptoms and travel history. If you are not already isolated, self-quarantine yourself in your home.

Travellers returning from other affected areas should monitor for symptoms. Those who develop symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or any other symptoms within 14 days after returning to Canada, are advised to contact Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000), your health-care provider, or local health authority. Inform them about your symptoms and travel history. If you are not already isolated, self-quarantine yourself in your home.

There are no plans to screen individual delegates. Every delegate is encouraged to be diligent and proactive as to their own physical wellness as well as follow healthy habits to prevent passing the cold/flu to others.

canfitpro is monitoring the situation daily and will make its decisions based upon the best available information and direction provided by government, public health and other decisional authorities.

The safety and security of every canfitpro attendee, delegate, exhibitor, and associate and volunteer is priority number one for canfitpro, and all partners. We work to assure that priority is fulfilled and canfitpro will always make decisions that ensure the safety, security and success of everyone involved.

Yes, canfitpro will issue a full refund in the amount paid should any event be cancelled by canfitpro. As long as canfitpro is moving forward with the Conference, those who choose to not attend will not receive a refund. A doctor’s note will be required if you want to get a refund if you are sick and unable to attend a canfitpro Event and/or Conference.

Are You Ready For What Comes Next?

By | Healthy Living

By Mike Lipkin

Yes, I know you’re still in shock. I know your life has been blown up. I know that no-one knows specifically what will happen next, or exactly when it will happen.

But that’s precisely my point. Getting ready for what happens next doesn’t mean you need to know exactly what and when things will occur, but there are some things about the future that we know for sure. And that’s what we need to prepare for. We cannot do more and we dare not do less.

Now is the time to anticipate the immediate future and take action on The Ten Things that We Need To Get Ready For:

FAD: Fear, Anxiety and Doubt

Fear, anxiety and doubt will be the dominant emotions for the foreseeable future.

Our foundations have been rocked to the core. We’re all unsteady on our feet. We need to manage our own FAD while we help others manage theirs. People will be drawn to those that boost their confidence, certainty and clarity.

Contact Avoidance

We will protect our space like our lives depend on it.

No hugging, kissing or shaking hands – except with the people closest to you. So keep your social distance. But learn to hug, kiss and embrace others with your words, your voice and your body language. Express your excitement. Declare your joy. Sound like you mean it. Look at others and smile from your soul.

Virtual Communication

Physical meetings will resume gradually. But even when we get back together, we will stay virtual. So master your virtual presence. Light yourself up. Build your online charisma. Become a Zoom wizard or a Webex warrior or a real Teams player. Make it a real pleasure to be with you or disappear into digital oblivion.

Global Contraction

Flat will be the new up. The world will shrink before it grows again. The recovery will be more like a swoosh than a V. Margins will be compressed. Consumers will be cautious. Non- essential spending will be curbed. Cost containment will be the order of the day. So become an essential service. Offer so much value that you cannot be refused. Differentiate yourself by going above and beyond anything you’ve done before.

Trust in Tribes

With so much uncertainty, we will endeavour to get into our comfort zones. We will seek the safety of the tried and tested. We will turn to the people that have come through for us in the crunch moments. We will rely even more on the guidance of our inner circles. We will shop local wherever we can. Geography matters again. So activate your power base. Connect with the people that you’ve served very well. Show them that you’re at your best when things are at their worst. Communicate frequently and meaningfully.

Breakneck Breakthroughs

Welcome to the epic reboot. The Next Normal has made so many things instantly obsolete. The problems confronting us will require a higher order of daring and inventiveness. Speed responds to need. Urgency is rocket fuel for creativity. Nothing galvanizes the mind like the lack of an alternative. Innovation and ingenuity will be the currency of survival. What can you do to help your team and customers become new and improved? And who do you need to help you?

The Great Give-back

To those that have earned much, much is expected.

Philanthropy is mandatory. Social Purpose will be a game- changer. Clients and customers will choose their partners on the basis of the contributions they’ve made especially during this period. Collective generosity is what will bind the village together. In ways both big and small, we all need to give, give, give. Altruism will pay big dividends.

Healthy Gratitude

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the one desire shared by everyone is to get their life back. All our research shows that resuming our daily routines is what we crave most. The simple act of going into a store, eating in a restaurant or even just having a real, live meeting seems miraculous. In the short term, no one is going to take anything for granted, especially their health. In fact, just testing negative is cause for celebration. So express your appreciation for the special moments and the people that help create them. If you see it, say it.

Authentic Humanity

Nothing will change our longing for human contact. We’re social animals. We need to be close to others. We need to share, laugh, lament, gossip, stumble and fumble together. In the absence of physical touch, we need to be reminded of what it feels like to be human. Slick and perfect doesn’t work in a pandemic. As Leonard Cohen sings, the crack is how the light gets in. So unconstrain yourself. Let people see the person behind the mask.

Have the courage to be vulnerable.

Personal Precedent

No matter who you are, you’ve never been through this experience before. You’re deciding what to think and do every day like its day one. You’re amazed by what you see and how it impacts your world. You watch the news. You follow the media. You see how people are surprised and humbled by daily events. Like the rest of us, you have to go where you’ve never gone before. But every step makes you bolder and better. Very soon, you’ll discover that someone else is following in your footsteps. We’re all a role model to somebody. That’s how progress is done.

Remember: not all times in life are created equal.

What you do in the next six weeks can transform your life forever.

Stay in touch.

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Wellness Series: Mental Health in Changing Times

By | Healthy Living

May 4 – May 10, 2020 is Mental Health Week.

canfitpro is offering wellness strategies every day during this time to help you cope in these rapidly changing and unprecedented times.

Take a look at our Wellness Series: Mental Health in Changing Times:

[FREE WEBINAR] Strength in the Storm™ with SGT Ken®: How to Find Fortitude in the Face of Fear™:

[FREE WEBINAR] Redefining Resilience with Dr. Gillian Mandich and Dr. Rumeet Billan:

To access the CEC quiz, please visit the Member Portal.

[FREE WEBINAR] Healthy Boundaries in a Pandemic with Cathy Perez:

[FREE WEBINAR] Breathwork for Optimal Health with Paul Galloro:

National Mental Health Resources

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers a range of FAQs, self-assessment tools, and tip sheets here.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers some tips to stay mentally well through these difficult times.

Canada’s National Defence department also offers some helpful tips.

World Health Organization (WHO) on coping with stress during COVID-19.

WHO on helping children cope with stress during COVID-19.

List of Canadian Crisis Centre Numbers - National and Provincial

Mental Health Commission of Canada: Tips for managing COVID-19 anxiety

Mood Disorders Society of Canada

 

Provincial and Territorial Resources

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression

BC Mental Health Services

HealthLink BC mental health resources

ALBERTA

COVID-19 and your mental health

Coping and connection for children and families during COVID-19

Alberta Health Services mental health resources

Alberta Health Services program Text4Hope: a free service providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)-based text messages written by mental health therapists.

ONTARIO

Ontario mental health and addiction services

Ontario promotes free mental health portal during Coronavirus pandemic

Bounce Back: Free mental health phone line support with a coach and online videos

Big White Wall: Free 24/7 peer-to-peer online mental health support network for Ontarians aged 16+

Toronto professor creates free online course to manage mental health during the COVID crisis

Psychotherapist Karen Dougherty created Ontario COVID-1 Therapists to offer free therapy to frontline healthcare workers

QUEBEC

Stress, Anxiety and Depression Associated With the Coronavirus COVID-19 Disease

NEW BRUNSWICK

Mental health and coping during COVID-19

Addictions and mental health

SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatchewan Mental Health and Addiction Services

MANITOBA

Government of Manitoba – Mental health and addictions

The Manitoba government launches a free online counselling program to help people struggling with anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

NOVA SCOTIA

Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

PEI Mental health and addictions supports

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR

Mental health and addictions

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

NWT Community Counselling Program

YUKON

Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services across Yukon

NUNAVUT

Government of Nunavut – Mental Health

Being a Compassionate Leader in Challenging Times

By | Healthy Living

By Mo Hagan

We are at an unprecedented and very unpredictable time of global change in history. In such times as these there is an incredible opportunity for each and every one of us to rise to new levels of leadership in work and life. Leadership is one of the subjects I am most passionate about in my speaking and presenting. It is important that we show compassion as leaders and consider how we may practice compassionate leadership. This is important in good times but even more so in time of crisis as we work towards our recovery and the “new” normal in our workplaces, communities and lives. I wanted to share with you some insights and advice on the theme of compassion and how this will serve you in moving forward in your leadership and life.

Compassion means showing concern for others and what they are going through. Compassionate leadership is about learning to lead from both the head and heart. Leading from the heart asks you to go deeper and helps you become the most authentic version of a leader you can be and inspires lasting loyalty in the relationships you can foster with those you lead and serve in your work and life. It makes you more inspiring in your leadership roles – both formal and informal – and will create a greater feeling of connectedness within the groups, organizations and communities to which you belong. Connection comes through relationship building and learning how you communicate as well as how you can best communicate with others. Everyone has their own personal style of communication and preference for this connection and learning about your style and how to best connect with other “styles” will serve you well in both your personal and professional relationships.

Mindfulness is important to being a compassionate leader. Sometimes we have to slow things down to speed things up. Being mindful comes from being present in the moment, by allowing others the space to express themselves and being able to actively listen respectfully and learn from what others have to say. This may in turn require an element of patience. Great leaders don’t just lead by reacting to situations as they arise. They take moments to pause and reflect, look and respond to what they see and adjust their leadership strategy to those they work with. Important as these principles are, I also strongly believe in the importance of finding ways of getting yourself grounded. One tool I personally use to help me with getting grounded, which also contributes to mindfulness, is meditation. Meditation is a practice that serves and supports leaders in so many ways, in addition to being mindful.

Compassionate leadership does not just apply to the workplace or professional roles. There are opportunities now for us to be role models and influencers of compassionate leadership wherever we are in our homes and communities. So, look around you and think about who you know and what you can do to show compassion in all spheres.

Something that may be overlooked and under discussed is that compassion in leadership does not only mean being compassionate to others; it also means being compassionate to and with ourselves. We have faced some incredible and perceptively insurmountable challenges in the last few months. Those have come with some unimaginably difficult decisions and courses of action that had to been made for the future good. Not only that, adjusting to the “new” normal has been and will continue to be challenging on many levels – physically, mentally and emotionally. Are you caring about and are you being compassionate to yourself? Have patience and compassion for yourself as you take the necessary steps and make the adjustments you need to find security and stability for yourself and move you forward in your recovery towards the “new” normal we are all working towards. If you cannot have compassion for yourself then how will you be able to continue contribute as the leader you need to be today and become the leader you wish to be in the future?

Compassion is such an important leadership quality to practice and master in our relationships both with ourselves and with others in our personal and professional communities. The question is, when this global crisis is over, and you look back at this time in history, how will you be remembered? Will you look back and be proud? Did you do something to contribute? How did you show up and inspire others and yourself? This is the time where even the smallest act of kindness and compassion can lead to a greater legacy than you can possibly imagine.

Five Strategies to Manage Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19

By | Healthy Living

Many of us are feeling uncertainty about what they future will look like given the current interruption of our lives due to COVID-19 and this is causing extreme stress and anxiety.

While we may feel the impact of social isolation, there are ways we can manage.

canfitpro has your health and wellness top of mind.

Below are 5 top strategies to help you better manage stress and anxiety during this unprecedented time.

STRESS RESILIENCY CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT

canfitpro’s online Stress Resiliency Course guides you through self-care strategies to ease stress and anxiety.

Included in this course are hours of guided meditations and activity recordings, journaling prompts, and practical relaxation tools. Upon completion of this course, 4.0 CECs will be earned for PTS, FIS, and HWL certifications.

For a limited time get 50% off (regularly up to $129 plus tax). Register through your canfitpro Member Portal using code “wellness” to receive your discount.

MEDITATE

If you are feeling anxious and are looking for a self-care strategy to help you stay present and feel more grounded and focused, give mediation a go.

Whether it is a guided meditation, connecting with your breath or joining a online community; meditating is a great way to cultivate some calm and resilience through these challenging and changing times.

Find out more about guided meditations by our Stress Resiliency Course author Laura Warf.

ESTABLISH A REGULAR ROUTINE

Your regular routine is interrupted, but it’s important to accept that some aspects of this could be the “new normal” and therefore, to create a new routine around it.

Make a weekly schedule for yourself (and your loved ones), including on weekends. This can include setting an alarm for waking up, as well as having meals and going to sleep at the same time every day.

Make sure to fill your day with pleasant activities that make bring you joy, keep you active and help elevate your mood and avoid the overconsumption of COVID-19 related news. Be sure to consume positivity as this will help counterbalance the negativity. Involve everyone in your household in the creation of the routine, as this will give them a better sense of security and feeling of optimism.

Remember to maintain your sleep routines. To get the best sleep, turn off all technology an hour before bed.

Chris Hadfield offers additional tips for establishing routines in self-isolation.

VIRTUAL WORK OUTS

As well all know, working out has many benefits for your physical and mental health. With so much of the world in lockdown, anxiety is a natural response. Regular exercise will go a long way towards helping. Les Mills offers ways to Combat Stress and Anxiety with Exercise.

You can also hire a virtual Personal Trainer or look at some of these offerings by our friends and partners:

  • Les Mills on Demand– over 800 workouts including favourites like BODYFLOW AND BODYPUMP. Click here to access a Free Trial.
  • Oxygen Yoga & Fitness – follow on Instagram and Facebook for breathwork and poses that reduce stress
  • Jay Raymundo– follow our PRO TRAINER from Airdrie, AB on Instagram for awesome home-based circuit workouts
  • Vitality Practice Online Fitness– body positive exercises created by canfitpro’s own team member and PRO TRAINER, Beth Yarzab. Click here and use code “SOCIALDISTANCE” for one month of free access.

RELATED: Exercise for Anxiety and Depression

ASK FOR AND OFFER SUPPORT AND (VIRTUAL) CONNECTION

Given that most of what is happening is out of our control, we may feel helpless or overwhelmed.

Staying at home can feel isolating, but it doesn’t have to be. Phone a friend or loved one or initiate a video call using technology like What’s App or Messenger. You can also plan virtual group calls with a group of friends or family members.

If you’re feeling stressed, don’t be afraid to reach out to someone for help. If someone opens up to you, remember that you don’t necessarily have to provide them with a solution or advice. Oftentimes, people just want someone to listen to them.

Mike Lipkin, one of North America’s preeminent coaches and motivators shares 10 ways to master the crisis while you reassure the people around you. Check out his top ways to Get Into Your Comfort Zone during these challenging times.

We may be experiencing unprecedented times, but it doesn’t mean we have to face them alone.

Meet Our Members: Savoy Williams

By | Healthy Living

Why did you choose canfitpro?

It’s simple – canfitpro provides opportunities to learn and grow as an individual and collectively as people moving our bodies. That’s how we live – life is created through movement. So, now to be able to say I CAN help people move their bodies, in ways that foster healthy and active living… I feel incredible.

What is your WHY?

I want to empower gender and sexually diverse students through healthy eating and an active lifestyle, to develop (or continue!) a positive relationship with their body. To support students of diverse genders and sexual orientations in feeling confident in themselves, to me, is to forge greater possibilities of leadership and community in the future. By creating positive relationships with healthy eating and exercise in students at my school, The University of British Columbia, my hope is that other queer and trans graduate students will continue on to live healthy lifestyles for the rest of their lives and empower others to do the same.

What gets you excited to go to work each day?

It’s knowing that both myself, and the person I am working with, are furthering our own well-being through our working together. There becomes this opportunity to reimagine what an active space looks like, who can be in it, and how bodies are to be moving while in it. It’s pretty gratifying to engage in a career that benefits me as much as it does the person I am training, and also creates possibilities for active spaces to become accessible for everybody!

What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I remember a time when I dreamed I could be myself whole heartedly and find a career that supported me throughout my life’s journey. So, now to sit comfortably, knowing I am growing into the person I always dreamed of becoming, by remaining dedicated to healing, growing and receiving the support to do so, how could I not want to give it my all, in supporting people doing the same.

The Savvy Trainer

In this short video, Savoy shares his passion for transforming active spaces!

Created and Directed by Love Intersections.

Top 4 Strategies for Fitness Professionals During COVID-19

By | Healthy Living

As Fitness Professionals, we know how important achieving and maintaining a healthy physical regime is, and we also understand how critically important mental and emotional health is. The COVID-19 global pandemic is causing unprecedented levels of stress across all groups of people and canfitpro is committed to supporting you and your clients.

Here are the four strategies to help you through these tough times.

1) MANAGE STRESS AND ANXIETY

Stress and anxiety over COVID-19 can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions for fear of an uncertain future. It’s okay to feel more anxious than usual. What’s important is to take time for yourself and to manage your mental well-being.

Some strategies to cope with COVID-19 include taking breaks from watching or listening to news stories; meditating and taking deep breaths; and eating healthy, well-balanced meals. Make time to unwind and talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling or simply to reach out and check-in with your loved ones.

canfitpro’s online Stress Resiliency Course is an added option as it teaches how to ease stress and anxiety for yourself, and give you tools to help the people around you. Included in this course are hours of guided meditations and activity recordings, journaling prompts, and practical relaxation tools. Upon completion of this course, 4.0 CECs will be earned for PTS, FIS, and HWL certifications.

To support canfitpro members during this time, we are offering 50% off this course (regularly up to $129+tax). Register through your canfitpro Member Portal using code “STRESS” to receive your discount.

2) CONTINUE YOUR FITNESS EDUCATION WITH FREE canfitpro ONLINE RESOURCES

Your role as a fitness professional is important now more than ever. canfitpro is committed to supporting your mission and purpose to educate and motivate your clients and members with the following free education and resources:

  • canfitpro magazine – back issues are in your canfitpro Member Portal
  • Watch webinars, interviews, and workouts on the canfitpro YouTube channel, where topics range from How to Run a Successful Personal Training Business to The Science of Yin Yoga

Until March 31, canfitpro is offering a FREE CEC Quiz to our members. Use discount code “quizcode1”.

  • Cultivating Resilience (ID: 100024)
  • Cultiver la Résilience (ID: 100058)

Upon successful completion of the quiz, you will receive one (1) CEC towards your certification(s).

3) USE DIGITAL TOOLS TO CONTINUE TO SERVE YOUR CLIENTS AND MEMBERS

For those with personal training clients and members, there are also digital options where one can build, deliver, and share a customized workout plan. Our favourite is TRAINER PLUS since it offers the first two workout plans for free. canfitpro members take 40% off the subscription price automatically when you log into your member portal.

4) SOCIAL DISTANCING DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN SOCIAL ISOLATION

There are several digital solutions you have at our fingertips that can bring us together virtually. Hold your own virtual classes on Facebook, Instagram or a private platform such as Zoom or GO-TO meetings. This is a great way to keep you connected with your clients to help them stay healthy and active while at home. Just be careful when posting classes on social platforms that you’re abiding by the rules around the use of music. If in doubt, it’s best to leave music out so that you’re being compliant.

If you’re looking for best-in-class online workouts, check out the canfitpro curated list of at-home exercises to help you and your network stay healthy:

Build Better Workouts Using Positive Language With Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas

By | Healthy Living

Your clients are doing everything “right” and somehow, you know that when your back is turned, they jeopardize their success. 8 times International No.1 Bestselling Author Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas discusses the main problem that fitness professionals face with their clients as well as one technique you can use to help them achieve their goals.

In This Episode

1:00 – How Nathalie got started in the fitness industry and how this transitioned to neuro science

6:30 - The main problem that fitness professionals face with their clients

9:00 - What causes the problem of limiting beliefs

20:00 - The kind of language trainers should use with their clients

21:00 - One technique fitness professionals can use right away with their clients

24:00 – Nathalie discusses her thrilling sessions at canfitpro Montreal

Catch Nathalie at canfitpro Montreal with her sessions Transform Social Media Fans Into Paying Clients, Why Do Your Clients Self-Sabotage, Transform Into A Kick-Ass Version Of You and Don’t Be Just Be A Trainer. Be a Coach.

About Nathalie Plamondon-Thomas

Nathalie is the EXPERT with a PROVEN SYSTEM to get you transformational results. She is international No.1 Bestselling Author of fifteen books on success, communication, wellness and empowerment. She is the Founder and CEO of the THINK Yourself® ACADEMY, offering leading-edge courses, training and events.

Along the past 30 years, she has inspired over 100,000 audience members and empowered thousands of clients internationally to get rid of their negative self-talk. She combines over 10 years of experience in human resources, 25 years of experience in sales and over 30 years in the fitness industry. In 2007, she was "Fitness Instructor of the Year" for Canada.

Visit her website, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Heart Attack and Exercise

By | Healthy Living

By Igor Klibanov

Your client or someone you know had a heart attack. It’s now behind them and they want to get back to their daily life as fast as possible, and prevent that from ever happening again. The good news: they’re alive. The bad news: if they don’t change something about their life, the future isn’t bright.

  • They’ll be tired all the time, which could affect the amount of things they’re able to get done in their day.
  • A heart attack could change their heart’s rhythm, requiring regular trips to the cardiologist
  • They have a chance of suffering another heart attack in five years or less.

That’s if they don’t change something about their life. But, if they take their heart attack for what it is (a warning sign), and make some necessary changes, they can live a long and healthy life afterwards.

In this article, we’re going to cover:

  • Interesting statistics about heart disease in Canada
  • What happens to the body after a heart attack
  • The three factors that predict both the quality and quantity of life after a heart attack
  • How soon they should start exercising after a heart attack
  • How they should exercise differently if they’ve had a heart attack
  • One warning sign during exercise that tells you to stop the workout, and see a doctor immediately

Heart Disease in Canada

  • About one in 12 Canadians lives with heart disease. Chances are you either currently have, or at one point will have a client with heart disease.
  • Every five minutes, one Canadian with heart disease will die. This is where we shine as fitness professionals because much of heart. disease is preventable with a combination of exercise, proper nutrition, and sleep.
  • Of the people who are at risk for heart disease, 49% are at what’s considered to be “high risk” – the vast majority of those are over 40.

Fortunately, as fitness professionals, we can help prevent heart attacks with exercise and lifestyle modifications.

The Body after a Heart Attack

You live your life, humming along, your ticker is ticking and you never really think about how it works. Then, you have a heart attack. Your ticker stops ticking.

  • Part of the heart muscle dies, so that part can’t contract. If it can’t contract, it can’t deliver as much oxygen to the rest of the body. Cardiac output decreases by 30-50%.
  • The ejection fraction also decreases. Ideally, it’s 60%. After a heart attack, it can drop as low as 35% (so the heart pumps only 35% of the blood that it contains).
  • The part of the heart that was “attacked” (in medical terms, “infracted”) gets thinner and longer, so it can’t contract as hard.
  • Scar tissue develops in the heart. Scar tissue is strong, but it doesn’t allow for full expansion of the muscle. The heart, essentially, becomes stiffer.

As a result of this, quality of life certainly declines:

  • If your client was an active person before the heart attack, and liked to play tennis, hike, etc., their capacity to carry out those activities will be limited.
  • They’ll also have constant anxiety about another heart attack – not fun.
  • Any time they get chest pain, they might think another heart attack is coming on (and you, as the trainer will too).
  • They might get dizzy and sweat without much effort.
  • They might get pain or swelling in their legs.

…and other undesirable symptoms.

Fortunately, the more serious and aggressive they are about their recovery, the better their quality of life will be afterwards. It’s not inconceivable that with the proper approach, their life post heart attack may actually be better than their life before the heart attack.

Quality and Quantity of Life after a Heart Attack

After a heart attack, what people often want to know is, “how much do I have left to live?” and “what will my quality of life be like afterwards?” Valid questions.

Three factors that help answer those questions:

  1. Ejection fraction. As mentioned in the previous section, this is how much blood your heart pumps out with each beat. It should pump out 62% of its blood with each beat. The lower it is, the higher the probability of an early death, as well as poor quality of life.
  2. Degree of adequacy of blood supply to the heart (this is called “myocardial ischemia”). The less blood you get to the heart, the more likely you are to suffer an early death.
  3. The single best predictor of both quality and quantity of life after a heart attack: your cardiovascular fitness. In the cardiovascular research, they use a unit called METs – metabolic equivalents. If fitness is tested to be below four METs, the likelihood of early death is very high. I know that using METs is not helpful outside of a laboratory, so how does it convert to “real life?” If someone can’t walk at a pace of approximately four miles per hour (that’s a fast walk) for a prolonged period of time, well… that’s not good. Fortunately, improving endurance is where we, as fitness professionals, really shine.

While it’s still controversial whether exercise and nutrition has any effect on ejection fraction, what’s clear (and obvious) is that exercise and proper nutrition certainly help improve blood supply to the heart, and exercise is pretty much the only thing that can improve cardiovascular fitness, making it a first-line treatment post-heart attack.

Exercising after a Heart Attack

You know those old school recommendations of “oh, you had a heart attack – you should take it easy.” Better to do the opposite – get on the bike and start pedaling.

How long after a heart attack should someone start exercising? That’s what the researchers in this meta analysis wanted to find out. They accumulated studies that began exercise at four different time periods:

  • Evolving: under six hours after a heart attack
  • Acute phase: six hours-seven days after a heart attack
  • Healing phase: seven-28 days after
  • Healed phase: 29 or more days after

What the researchers found was that if exercise was initiated in the six hour-seven day period, people recovered much better than if they began after seven days.

According to the previous meta analysis, if exercise is begun six hours – seven days after a heart attack, the undesirable changes (weakening and stiffening of the heart) don’t occur to the same extent. Whereas, if someone waits for a month or more, some irreversible changes will have occurred by then, like the deposition of excess connective tissue on the heart, making it stiffer than before the heart attack.

The immediate question is “doesn’t exercise so soon after a heart attack increase the risk of another heart attack?” Fortunately, the researchers did not find that to be the case.

In the “clinical implications” of that meta-analysis, the researchers state that;

Most rehabilitation post-myocardial infarction [that’s medical terminology for heart attack] programs start at least four to six weeks after hospital discharge… early exercise training could attenuate left ventricular remodelling and improve cardiopulmonary capacity in patients with myocardial infarction after hospital discharge (around one week).

So, there you have it – you should be training clients within one week of having a heart attack (after getting the doctor’s clearance, of course).

How to Train after a Heart Attack

Now we know that you shouldn’t wait for a long time after a heart attack before exercising. But should you be taking it easy with your clients? Should you use a lower intensity?

The answer quite clearly is “no.” A higher intensity is actually required to have the beneficial effects on the heart. Translation: just going for a leisurely walk is not good enough (unless the walk makes your client huff and puff).

One study compared two exercise intensities: moderate intensity (65-85% of maximal heart rate), and high intensity (over 85% of maximal heart rate). What they found was that high intensity improved their cardiovascular fitness more than moderate intensity. But, this was more than one week after a heart attack.

In the initial period after a heart attack (up to one week), it’s better to do low to moderate intensity exercise and over time raise the intensity.

What about strength training? That’s what this study wanted to find out – should you just do cardio after a heart attack, or should you also do strength training? To answer that question, researchers divided participants into two groups:

  • Group 1: only cardio, at 65-85% of maximal heart rate
  • Group 2: cardio (same as above) plus strength training

The results: the group that did cardio AND strength training had improved ejection fractions. The group that did only cardio did not improve ejection fraction.

What should the duration of exercise be each time? Ideally, the answer comes from numerous studies that have done head-to-head comparisons of different exercise durations, like 30 minutes vs. 60, or 20 vs. 40, etc. Unfortunately, such a study has not yet been done (at least to my knowledge). But, the studies that do show improvements in cardiovascular health after a heart attack had people exercising for 20-60 minutes.

The frequency recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is at least times per week.

In summary, exercise prescription after a heart attack is as follows:

  • Type: cardio and strength training
  • Intensity:
    • For cardio: over 65% of your maximal heart rate
    • For strength training: 30-70% of your maximum
  • Duration: 20-60 minutes
  • Frequency: Four times per week

Perhaps, as more research becomes available, these recommendations will change, but as it stands right now, this is the gold standard.

A Word of Warning

Your client is now on their way to better heart health, so they’re exercising on a regular basis, using the guidelines put forth in this article. But, there is one thing to be very cautious about: their blood pressure (BP).

BP should rise during exercise. That’s normal, and in fact, desirable. It should not shoot through the roof, but it should rise (the degree of the rise will depend on the intensity). The problem happens if it actually fails to rise, or even falls. If this happens, you should stop the workout, and have your client go to see a doctor immediately.

If you’d like to learn specifically how to exercise if your client has high blood pressure (including one little-known exercise that drops blood pressure 15/7 mmHg with just eight minutes per day, three days a week), and heart-healthy foods, you can download the special report here.

About Igor Klibanov

Igor Klibanov is the author of five books on fitness and nutrition, as well as the CEO of one of Toronto’s premier personal training companies, Fitness Solutions Plus. He was selected as one of the top five personal trainers in Toronto by the Metro News newspaper, and has performed approximately 400 speaking engagements, many of which have been to some of Canada’s largest corporations (including RBC, IBM, Intact Insurance, and others).

Additionally, he has multiple programs for personal trainers to enhance their skills and is a regular speaker at various personal training conferences, including can

Exercise Can Help Prevent Dementia

By | Healthy Living

By Holly Klamer

There is no known cure or prevention yet for Alzheimer’s disease and other cases of dementia. As it happens, it’s quite difficult to know these aspects when the sources and causes have remained unknown. But, based on research, there are ways that one can lower the risks of developing dementia as time passes by.

Introduction to Dementia

Dementia, by definition as per Alzheimer’s Association, is basically an overall term for diseases or conditions that involve the apparent decline of one’s brain functions. These may include language, memory, skills, and other things that may affect the ability to perform day-to-day activities. With this at hand, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common causes of dementia.

About 60 to 80 percent of cases of dementia are related to memory loss, as suggested by the same organization. But, even so, there are still other causes that can be accounted for dementia.

According to the World Health Organization, about 50 million individuals of today’s population are living with dementia. It is also projected for the number to increase by three times in the next few decades. This is why awareness and comprehension of the condition are largely emphasized in recent times, both inside and outside dementia care homes for seniors. In other words, dementia is a “public health priority.”

Cure and Prevention

While science and technology have been improving and advancing as time passes by, there is no known cure yet for dementia. As per NHS, it is “unlikely” that there will be a single cure for the condition. This is because the causes are either unknown or too many to regard.

Whatever the case, though, experts continue to seek for answers toward finding the cure. There are several studies today that are actually making huge improvements, as attested by the same platform. But, among all of the studies, it has been found that there are practical ways to lower and decrease the risks of having dementia.

These ways normally involve lifestyle habits, health care, and holistic care for self-improvement. And above all of the aspects, exercise became the most significant practice to decrease the risk of dementia.

Exercise Helps Prevent Dementia

It is worth noting that there is a huge difference between ‘exercising that prevents dementia’ and ‘exercising that helps to stay physically fit’. Although many are looking forward to learning more about the former, case studies and research today are more inclined toward the latter.

Apparently, several studies have concluded that exercises and physical activities can help prevent dementia.

Exercising Affects Brain Metabolism

In a study conducted at Goethe University Frankfurt, researchers concluded that exercising affects brain metabolism. It is found that regular physical activities “prevented” the increase of choline.

As established, choline is a metabolite that normally shows an increase in concentration, especially when the patient has Alzheimer’s disease. This is because the rise in the concentration of choline is a result of an increase in the loss of nerve cells.

The study has proven that exercising daily “led” to a more stable choline concentration. As a result, cells are protected, which only goes to show that exercising impacts brain metabolism.

Exercising Increases Blood and Oxygen Flow

Dementia Care Central recently released a series of notes on how to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related conditions. The most apparent point on the list is physical activity and exercise.

Based on the platform’s assertions, having a healthy brain makes it much harder for Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia to happen. The reason being is that regular exercise increases the flow of blood and oxygen throughout the brain and the body.

As a result, abnormal brain changes and cognitive impairment are less likely to happen, the same way the physical body can protect itself from diseases through exercise. This is why many assisted living facilities always include physical activities and exercises in their daily schedules.

Exercising Prevents Brain Aging

As people age, the risks of having dementia increases. While it is not deemed normal for dementia to happen to seniors, the trend shows that dementia is more rampant to older individuals.

The most probable reason behind this is due to the fact that, as you age, the brain also ages. This means that impairment and decline are much more apparent.

But, in the study titled Physical Exercise As A Preventive or Disease-Modifying Treatment of Dementia and Brain Aging, it has been concluded that regular exercise can naturally slow down brain aging. It is also contended that people who have dementia, but regularly exercise, had significantly reduced the rate of mortality.

Best Exercises to Help Prevent Dementia

There are several exercises and physical activities that one can do to help prevent dementia. But, among all, here are the best ones:

  •         Restorative Yoga
  •         Walking
  •         Functional Training
  •         Aquatic Exercise
  •         Gardening
  •         Tai Chui

It is also noted by many experts that doing these activities two to three times per week can already offer significant results.

Final Thoughts

All in all, dementia, along with all the other diseases that fall under the umbrella condition, is truly challenging and even daunting. Thankfully, experts of today are eager to solve the never-ending problem of this condition. As a result, preventive measures and possible beneficial practices to decrease the risk are now being discovered.

About Holly Klamer

This post was written by Holly Klamer. She loves to write on issues related to memory care facilities  for seniors, assisted and senior living  and retirement, and is a frequent contributor on many blogs and online publications.