The Gift of Self Care – a Healthy Lifestyle is a Gift to Yourself and Loved Ones

December 12, 2017

The Gift of Self Care – a Healthy Lifestyle is a Gift to Yourself and Loved Ones

Lisa Forsyth
Certified Personal Trainer
CoreFit Instructor


My dad had his massive heart attack on the morning of Christmas Eve. He was working crazy hours to meet deadlines before taking a break over the holidays. He hadn’t done his Christmas shopping. My mom later found his list – he had planned to do it that day. It was the most difficult time I have ever experienced, and the fact that it happened at a time of year that is supposed to be the happiest made it that much more trying for my family.

The main reason I am so passionate about health and fitness is because I lost my father to a disease that can be prevented by following a healthy lifestyle. It continues to be my mission to help people realize how important it is to reduce stress, exercise and eat right. These are pretty simple things to do really, but it’s amazing how people think a heart attack or stroke won’t happen to them. It’s this kind of denial that prevents people from seeking medical help when they’re feeling symptoms. At this time of year there are so many stressors that weigh heavily on us. Not to mention the overindulging in holiday treats and alcohol!

Studies have shown that the number of cardiac deaths is higher on Dec. 25 than on any other day of the year. Second highest is Dec. 26 and third highest is Jan 1.

The study also suggests that people may put off getting medical treatment over the holidays because they don’t want to disrupt the festivities.

This is the most important time of year to stay with your exercise routine, drink in moderation and continue to make healthy eating choices. Listen to your body and get plenty of rest and relaxation. If you’re feeling a little “off”, it’s better to get checked out than leaving your family to plan your funeral over Christmas.

When you’re working long hours, it’s difficult to find time to get your body moving and your blood flowing. As a Personal Trainer, I can ensure my clients are active when they’re with me but it’s so important for them to incorporate movement into their everyday activities as well. Over the holidays, it’s even tougher to find time for regular exercise. But there are lots of fun ways to build in activity that will make a difference. Why not get the family outside for a walk after dinner and check out the festive lights. Hit the tobogganing hills! Those uphill climbs are the best and burn a lot of calories! If you have a dog, they won’t object to another walk when you need a little break from the mayhem.

I wish you all the best for a healthy, happy and fit holiday season and the best of the New Year! Give your family the most special gift of all, your presence for many, many more years!

I miss you dad xo

Lisa Forsyth is a Certified Personal Trainer and creator of CoreFit, exercise routines developed for use in conjunction with the CoreChair.

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About CoreChair

Introduction to the CoreChair

Patrick's Story

With a degree in Kinesiology, the study of human body movement, Patrick has committed his personal life to an active and healthy lifestyle and pursued solutions to optimize this among others. 

                                                            Patrick Harrison on a Conference Call   Patrick Harrison Snowboarding 
Patrick's initial success was the development of a company that focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of specialized seating solutions for non ambulatory persons dependent on wheelchairs for mobility. Special Health Systems Ltd., was considered a leader in this field in North America as well as other global centers prior to the sale of this company in 1995 to US based Invacare Corporation. 
After the sale of this company, Patrick pursued many other entrepreneurial ventures that ranged from agricultural to philanthropic opportunities, but was drawn back to his passion to create solutions that would address physical challenges experienced by everyday people.
Patrick Harrison SHS
With the emerging awareness on the perils of sedentary lifestyle coupled with the musculoskeletal damage incurred by desk jockeys, Harrison was inspired by the number of persons who intuitively sought activity in their day at the office by taking an exercise ball to replace their traditional office chair.
Thus he began what became a 7 plus year project to create what is best described as a disruptive innovation by developing an active sitting chair that is now commercially known as CoreChair. 
                                                 Patrick Harrison Paddleboarding   Patrick Harrison IronMan  Patrick Harrison Surfing
Aware that human nature and the resistance to change is the biggest challenge that we all face, Patrick collaborated with Centers of Excellence such as the University of Waterloo, Mayo Clinic, Cornell University and others, to validate the efficacy of this design. 
In parallel, Patrick sought practical input from clinicians, health experts and everyday people to gain feedback on the design evolution to ensure a comfortable and effective solution. 
The result is a very high quality seating solution that challenges traditional doctrine of healthy workplace environments, with attention to detail on every day needs and value to those who use it. 

Our Core Design

The vision of CoreChair is to offer the world’s healthiest, ergonomic and therapeutic office chair. Paying little mind to convention or tradition, we chose to focus on you, the sitter. Our tech innovation focuses on optimal posture through core stabilization and movement that mobilizes key joints most affected by sitting. We made our seat highly sculpted to relieve pressure points, prevent sliding and deliver comfort. It works in conjunction with the low back, stabilizing the pelvis to optimize your sitting posture, reduce back pain and prevent slumping at your desk. Many of us are actively seeking therapeutic remedies to help reduce our back pain. Prolonged static sitting in traditional chairs (even high end ergonomic chairs) can result in uncomfortable back strain and lack of movement. Invest in your health with an innovative seating solution designed to harmonize your personal movement with your chair.





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