Browsing Category : 50 Ways to Stay Well

50 Ways to Stay Well #20- Hiking


Readers know that this week's way to stay well is one that is near and dear to my heart! As it is, I'm up early to hit the mountains with a girlfriend today! We here in Lethbridge are fortunate to have the coulee trail network within our city as well as the Rocky Mountains a mere 1.5 hours away from…

50 Ways to Stay Well #19 – Gardening


In a world where healthy food is costly and we turn to take out to feed our families, gardening has been growing in popularity as a way to get outside, get active, and to grow organic foods in our own backyards or even terraces. In addition to being a source of fresh, healthy produce, gardening can ease stress, keep you…

50 Ways to Stay Well #18 – Volunteering


You often hear about the benefits of volunteering. Besides the benefit to your community and worthy organizations, it helps you feel more socially connected and helping increase happiness. Studies are showing that people who donate their time see improved physical health, including lower blood pressure and a longer life. Other benefits include: Volunteering time makes you feel like you have…

50 Ways to Stay Well #17 – Art


Looking for an alternative way to reduce stress and anxiety, increase positive emotions, and reduce the likelihood of depression? Look to the arts! Making art (painting, sculpting, writing, etc.) offers many mental and physical health benefits. Mental health benefits include; stress relief, more positive emotions, release of hidden emotions, improved creativity. Art has been shown to help dementia patients, it…

50 Ways to Stay Well #16 – Active Commuting


May! Warm weather and sunny days at last. Why not take advantage of the great weather and bike or walk to work? In a Statistics Canada 2011 survey on commuting they found only 5.7% of commuters walk and 1.3% cycle to work. It makes sense, who wants to bike or walk to work in -15C or in 100km/hr winds? But…

50 Ways to Stay Well #15- Photography


It has been proven that creativity and art therapy are valuable tools for emotional wellness. Photography is one such tool that you can utilize without going to art school or being professionally trained. Modern technology provides easy-to-use options including a variety of automatic modes on point-and-shoot cameras, digital SLRs (single-lens reflex cameras), and camera phones. Now anyone can take photos…

50 Ways to Stay Well #14- Strength Training


Strength training is a key component of overall health and fitness for everyone. Did you know that lean muscle mass naturally diminishes as you age? Strength training is an important part of preserving your muscle mass. Strength training may also help you: Develop strong bones. By stressing your bones, strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.…

50 Ways to Stay Well #13 – Dancing


When is the last time you busted a move? Most of us loved dancing as children, but as we got older (and more self-conscious) many of us lost the joy of dancing. But dancing has so much to offer to your personal wellness! Dancing can be a way to stay fit for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It…

50 Ways to Stay Well #12 – Massage


Massage isn’t just for a day at the spa, it offers many physical and mental benefits. Physically, massage has been shown to help with; anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia related to stress, myofascial pain syndrome, soft tissue strains or injuries, sports injuries, temporomandibular joint pain. Research has shown that massage can provide mental health benefits such as alleviating depression…

50 Ways to Stay Well #11 – Reading


Reading is more than something we do for work, or a hobby for pleasure. Reading offers a multitude of health benefits including (but not limited to): Gives muscle to your memory. Keeps your brain young. Reduces stress Boosts your vocabulary. improves empathy And don’t think you have to go out and buy Shakespeare’s volumes to get these benefits. “It really…

50 Ways to Stay Well #10 – Swimming


Swimming is a great workout that’s easy on the joints. Swimming is a great workout because you need to move your whole body against the resistance of the water. Other health benefits of swimming include: keeps your heart rate up but takes some of the impact stress off your body builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness helps maintain a…

50 Ways to Stay Well #9 – Office Ergonomics


Did you know that back pain is the leading cause of lost time from work​? Whether you’re sitting at a desk, operating machinery, or lifting objects all day, keeping a healthy back is important. Preventing back injuries is a matter of staying fit and practicing good posture. I know that at only 32, I deal with chronic neck and back…

50 Ways to Stay Well #8- Nutrition


March is Nutrition Month in Canada and proper nutrition is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The saying "you are what you eat" is scarily accurate. The Nutrition Month 2017 campaign is dedicated to helping Canadians Take the Fight out of Food! by guiding them through a three-step approach to improve their relationship with food, no matter what the struggle.…

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…

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…

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…