Browsing Category : 50 Ways to Stay Well

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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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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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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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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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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