50 Ways to Stay Well #7- Skiing/snowboarding


Skiing and snowboarding are challenging and fun activities to get you outside on a cold winter day. There are many health benefits to these sports including; improves the effectiveness of your cardiovascular system snowboarding & skiing strengthen leg, core, and abominable muscles building agility & flexibility increases self confidence improves mental health (gets you outside in the winter) Locally, we…

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Friday Fitness- My Lovely Lady Hunch


My title just cracks me up! I don’t know what it is about Reading Week, but I love to overdo it during what should be a relaxing break. I took on too much in terms of work, school, and prepping for my student teaching. Basically, ever since last Saturday I have been hunched over a computer from about 8am- 9pm.…

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Guest Post: How to Get Your Kids to Run


Running is an activity that humans were born to do. Soon after children master walking, it seems that they go from casually toddling around a room to practically sprinting through it, as though running were their only way of getting from point A to point B. Children are naturally great runners — have you ever watched a child’s form mid-run?!…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #6- Family Play Day


Families are a source of emotional support, love, security and protection. Healthy family relationships result in happy and secure children and give parents the ultimate reward of being important in the life of a child. Healthy family relationships often translate to healthy eating and exercise habits as well. According to Kids Health, families who engage in healthy eating and exercise…

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Friday Fitness- Sweatin’ at Lunch


This has been a pretty good week! The last couple of weeks I had school and work obligations that kept popping up and I would push back my scheduled workouts only to not do them later. And with this insanely busy couple of weeks I have leading up to my student teaching, I am going to have to be diligent…

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Windy Weekend in Waterton


Like the alliteration in my title? It’s just so catchy! This weekend was our anniversary weekend and Ryan and I headed to the place we got married, Waterton for a romantic little getaway and some outdoor fun. The weather on the other hand, had other ideas. But I digress, let’s walk through our overnighter. I booked a killer deal with…

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50 Ways to Stay Well #5- Crocheting/Knitting


Crocheting and knitting has been proved as a great way to reduce stress and anxiety and improve mood. Your challenge is to pick up some needles and learn to knit or crochet. In 2014 the Craft Yarn Council surveyed more than 3,100 crocheters and knitters and found that top benefits from the hobbies include: Feeling of accomplishment (93%) Reduced Stress…

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Valentine’s Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Folks


Valentine’s Day- a day for candy, love, and the stress of buying a present. I have returned almost every gift Ryan has gotten me. Terrible right? But unless I tell him EXACTLY what I want, he’ll get something I don’t like or need and he gets so insulted when I return or exchange them. I think it’s even become his…

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Phytoplankton for Health


I love to learn about the latest trends in health and nutrition and I feel like the theme of 2017 so far has been health benefits from the algae! When I was approached by Canadian company, Blugenics Karen Phytoplankton, to investigate the health benefits of phytoplankton I was intrigued. What is it? Phytoplankton – found in the ocean and considered…

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50 Ways to Stay Well in 2017- #1-4


Besides being a full time physical education student, I also work as the Wellness Assistant in the University’s Human Resources department.  In celebration of the University of Lethbridge’s 50th Anniversary, my department is writing and promoting “50 Ways to Stay Well in 2017.” I’ve been having a blast researching stats and articles on all these different aspects of wellness and…

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Friday Fitness- Damn 30 Minute Cardio Limit


This week was all about physical activity and less about actual workouts. School and life got in the way of HIIT training and running but I fit in a lot of other stuff. Friday- Hot Yoga- Funky Friday On Friday I ended my week with a fun black light yoga session at Hot Yoga Lethbridge! Saturday- Nothing Sunday- Hoodoo climbing…

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Help Your Dry, Winter Skin


I have been complaining since October about how dry my skin is. I can’t wear foundation because it highlights the teeny tiny dry flakes all over my skin despite regular exfoliating and daily moisturizing. I’ve been trying moisture masks, exfoliating, moisturizers and it’s just not working. I’m always on the look out for products to help and Oil Me North offered…

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Family Fun Day at Writing on Stone Provincial Park


Sunday was so much fun! I wanted to take advantage of the warm weather and have some outdoor fun so the family drove to Writing on Stone Provincial Park. Located about 40km from Milk River, Writing on Stone is this incredible place made of eroded sandstone structures that create a landscape that makes you feel like you’re on another planet.…

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Friday Fitness- Essential Oils to Help Your Cold or Flu


Happy Friday! Normally, I post first thing in the morning but this has been a week of perpetually being behind. I don’t know why but my mornings are just so rushed lately. I get up at the same time, I guess I’m just dawdling more. Friday- Sunday- Nothing. Oops! Monday- Killer basketball PE class I am LOVING my PE class!…

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Boosting Calcium to Help My Knees


I often praise my mom because that lady is a bad ass! Every year at Christmas I hit the gym with her and she kicks my ass at high impact work outs. She does tuck jump burpees! Mad respect! When I was with her at Christmas I noticed that after about 40 minutes I had to dial down my effort…

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Girls Cross Country Ski Day in Waterton


About a week before Christmas (or was it a week after?) I organized a girls cross country ski trip to Waterton. I invited all my friends, despite that they didn’t all know each other to join in on a day in Waterton, skiing to Cameron Lake and back. There is nothing I love more than a day out with the girls.…

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