Getting Ready for the Walk It Off 5KM at Ferry Lake on May 28!

5K guy with capeThe 6th Annual 5 km Run-Walk-&-Roll for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery at Ferry Lake on May 28th in Newmarket is quickly approaching!

Sunday, May 28th is just around the corner and all of our clients at Walk It Off are training hard to get prepared for the main event.  We’re working on their strength and endurance to make sure they are ready for what awaits them on the course.  And so they have enough energy for the pancake breakfast and other fun activities we have lined up!

Remember, this 5K is Super Hero Themed, so make sure to bring your cape!

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Everyone has been working incredibly hard during their training sessions; many wheeling outside, up and down the sloped driveways, putting some kilometres on the road and working on upper body and core strengthening.

In addition to all that, this month we are excited to announce that our in-clinic monthly challenge was designed to help our clients prepare for what they might run into out on the 5 km course!

Client’s Monthly Challenge

This month’s challenge is for each client to see how many lengths of the Walk It Off facility they can complete in 3 minutes…but there’s a catch! They have to do those lengths towing a 45 pound plate. Yes, that’s right, we said FORTY-FIVE pounds!

This challenge was designed to test our clients’ upper body strength and muscular endurance.

We have been encouraging and implementing specialized exercises in training sessions to help our clients prepare for the 5 km race at Ferry Lake for the last few months. This month’s challenge is putting that training to the test! The challenge was specifically designed to be only three minutes long because we want it to be an appropriate amount of time that our client’s can push and give 100% for the whole time. We are hoping the training from this challenge will help our clients give that extra push to the finish line at the end of the 5 km or help them easily climb a hill out on the course.

Here are some photos of our clients getting ready and training for the event. Remember these faces, they are sure to be some of the fiercest competitors at the 5 km!

Happy training and we can’t wait to see you all there Running, Walking or Wheeling on Sunday May 28th at Ferry Lake in Newmarket.

There’s still time to get involved!  Visit our Race Roster to sign up, or see our Sponsorship Opportunities to have your business showcased at the event.  And you can always donate to support a client’s recovery program at Walk It Off.

The event will take place at Fairy Lake in Newmarket on May 28th. We will be updating our Facebook Page, Instagram and the Walk It Off Website to keep you informed on race updates, registration, sponsorship information, and anything else that you may need to know! We are very excited for this year’s event and can’t wait to see you all out there supporting Walk It Off’s Clients in your own superhero costumes!

Hope to see you there!

Walk It Off Staff and Clients

6th Annual 5K Run-Walk-&-Roll Event May 28th at Ferry Lake

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6TH ANNUAL 5K RUN-WALK-&-ROLL
SUPERHERO THEME
When: May 28, 2016
Where: Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket, ON

5K Registration
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

With the official arrival of spring, and hopefully the beginning of warm and sunny weather, comes the start of outdoor running season.  Walk It Off is excited to announce that on Saturday May 28, 2016 we will be hosting our 6th Annual 5K Run-Walk-&-Roll event!

Whether you are looking to shed some pent up hibernation energy and walk with friends and family, run a personal best, or sponsor one of the clients of Walk It Off, our Run-Walk-&-Roll is the event for you!  Sign up here! Continue reading

Walk It Off Adds Registered Kinesiology to the List of Health Care Services Provided

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Walk It Off is proud to announce that two of our SCI Recovery Trainers, Rebecca and Taylor, are officially Registered Kinesiologists!

In September, both trainers wrote their entry-to-practice exam with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario (COKO). We are very pleased to announce that after enduring a painful wait period, both Rebecca and Taylor were informed they passed the exam and we are happy to add Registered Kinesiology (R.Kin) to the list of health care professions we can offer at Walk It Off along with Physiotherapy, Registered Massage Therapy and Personal Training.

You’re probably thinking, “What exactly is a Kinesiologist and what can they do for me?” Well, you were not the only one thinking that so we decided to explain it with a blog! Continue reading

Walk It Off Visits Project Walk Orlando!

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As many of you know, our SCI Recovery Trainers, Taylor, Alyssa and Rebecca, went down to Orlando for the last week of January to visit our friends at Project Walk!  If you are unaware of Walk It Off’s origin, Heather and Kevin went down to Project Walk in 2009 shortly after Kevin’s accident.  While at Project Walk, they were amazed by the innovative physical therapy Kevin received that was focused specifically on spinal cord injury recovery.  After their time at Project Walk, Heather and Kevin decided this special type of therapy needed to be available in Canada and that’s how Walk It Off was born. Continue reading

December Donations to Walk it Off

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We’ve said goodbye to November and all the Movember mustaches and are quickly moving through December, or for Kevin, Decembeard, with the holidays fast approaching. The holiday season is one for caring, sharing, and giving back. Finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be a challenging task so here’s an idea to make it easy for you! For those of you struggling to find that special gift this holiday season, consider giving back and making a donation to Walk It Off Spinal Cord Recovery & Wellness Centre. Continue reading

Walk It Off has Been Chosen as a Donation Recipient!

fundraisers Walk it OffWalk It Off has been chosen as a recipient of your donations! The Beta Sigma Phi Sorority will be kicking off another gift-wrapping service at Newmarket’s Upper Canada Mall from November 27-December 24. They will be located on the bottom floor near Santa’s Village.

For a donation, volunteers will help shoppers wrap their purchases until Dec. 24th. Proceeds benefit the following: Continue reading

6th Annual 2015 Walk It Off Scarf Auction

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It’s the season you have all been waiting for – Scarf Season!… Time to accessorize or find that original and special present for someone who admires meaningful, personal gifts… Join us at our 6th Annual 2015 Walk it Off Scarf Auction. We have an array of custom, hand-knit/crocheted scarves/hats and other hand-made goodies, made by WALK IT OFF supporters. Each item comes with a Donation ‘Thank You’ card.

Hand-made items will appear on the Facebook Group “Walk It Off Scarf Auction” on November 20th at noon (12pmEST). You can view past years’ scarves by clicking here to get an idea of the variety and quality.

100% of proceeds go to Walk It Off to purchase mirrors. Visual feedback is an important component of our clients’ recovery process. Continue reading

Walk it Off Welcomes Two New Staff Members

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left to right Jennifer McGowan, Taylor Huehn

Walk It Off is pleased to welcome two new staff members to our team! We are happy to introduce our new Spinal Cord Injury Facility Assistant, Jennifer, and our newest Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Trainer, Taylor. We have been getting to know them over the past month and we think you will enjoy working with them as much as we do! Continue reading

Walk It Off Clients Participate in 2015 Parapan Am & Pan Am Activities

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With the beginning of fall we get ready for a new season and reflect on the summer we just had. One of the highlights of this past summer must be the excitement from Toronto hosting the 2015 Parapan Am and Pan Am Games. The Parapan Am games were a great stage to demonstrate the abilities and talents of paraplegic and quadriplegic athletes from around the world. The Parapan Am games are a fantastic example of how different impairments, skill sets and competencies can be the winning combination for podium-placing performance. I think it’s fair to say that seeing athletes of all different abilities competing in many different sports caused a bit of “panamania” here at Walk It Off. From Canada placing second in overall medal count and our very own Anita Kaiser in the PanAm torch relay to Kevin Mills being asked to participate in the Parapan Am torch relay and complete a handcycling demonstration at McMaster University, it’s hard to not get excited about it! Continue reading

ICARE – Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical

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If you have been to or talked to anyone at Walk It Off in the past few months, you have probably heard about a new machine we are trying to purchase called the Madonna ICARE. But what is it? An Apple product sponsored by the ‘Like A Virgin’ singer? The Madonna ICARE actually stands for: Intelligently Controlled Assistive Rehabilitation Elliptical.

This piece of equipment differs from a typical gym elliptical machine by allowing individuals with varying disabilities the opportunity to stand and take strides safely. A harness is used to support the individual while increasing or decreasing the amount of weight that goes into the feet. The ICARE offers the option to exercise with different degrees of motor assistance. The ICARE can be used as a typical elliptical or set to move an individuals legs when the motor senses muscle fatigue. It can also be set in automatic mode for those with complete paralysis. Continue reading