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What is Active Exercise?

Active exercise is any exercise in which a person must exert force to complete a motion. The opposite of active exercise is passive exercise, in which another person moves the client’s extremities to keep muscles from atrophying or better the client’s range of motion. Active exercise can be used to improve one’s strength flexibility, conditioning and overall functional capacity.

Our personal trainers at iBody are certified trainers who assess, motivate, educate and train clients by their health and fitness needs. They create safe and effective exercise programs, with focus on each client’s unique health and fitness goals. Our personal trainers work closely with interprofessional healthcare team (e.g. Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists, and RMTS) to ensure a client centered approach.



  • Depression, anxiety & quality of sleep: Studies show that low levels of serotonin in the brain may cause depression, anxiety, and sleep issues. Physical activity stimulates the release of serotonin and in many cases is preferred to the prescription of antidepressants.

  • Recovery from Injury: Low-impact, aerobic exercise can increase strength, endurance and improve muscle function in one’s body following musculoskeletal injury.

  • Pre and Post Surgery Rehabilitation: Exercise is recommended prior to and following orthopaedic surgeries to increase recovery and function of the area needing orthopaedic intervention, such as for knee or hip replacements.

  • Neurological Conditions: Exercise can help decrease muscle stiffness, decrease the chances of muscle wasting and maintain range of motion and strength in affected joints and muscles, for instance following a Spinal Cord Injury or a Stroke.

  • Heart disease: Regular exercise can improve your heart health. For example, interval training can actually hinder the progression of heart disease and lower one’s risk of dying from it.

  • Type II diabetes: Consistent exercise can help improve insulin sensitivity and lower one’s blood sugar level. Physical activity can also help one control their weight and boost their energy.

  • Asthma: Regular exercise can help control the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.

  • Arthritis: A carefully designed exercise program can help with pain reduction, alleviate joint stiffness and help maintain muscle strength in affected joints.

  • Dementia: People who are physically active on a regular basis are less likely to develop dementia and cognitive impairment.Studies have also shown that regular exercise can improve cognition in people who have been affected by Dementia.

What to expect on your first visit?

During the initial assessment the personal trainer will assess active/passive range of motion, basic postural alignment, performance of foundational exercises and discuss goals, challenges and barriers in regard to the performance of exercises and dietary habits. A client centered exercise program will be developed in collaboration with the client depending on the client’s goals, barriers to function and involvement of healthcare professionals.

Whether you are looking to improve your fitness or regain function our facility is equipped with everything you need to help you keep moving forward. Health Bound prides itself on taking a collaborative approach by working with clients, utilizing a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals and having a facility that’s accessible to clients from all ages and stages.

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