Browsing Category : 50 Ways to Stay Well

50 Ways to Stay Well #35 – Carpooling


Carpooling is utilized to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save money, reduce wear and tear on cars, and to utilize the carpool lanes to get there faster. In Lethbridge we’re fortunate to drive from one end of the city to the other in about 15 minutes so carpooling is not as popular in our city as other cities. But this doesn’t…

50 Ways to Stay Well #34 – Hydrate


Just because it’s cooled off it doesn’t mean you need less water. The Dieticians of Canada recommend 3 L (12 cups) for men 19 years old and 2.2 L (9 cups) for women 19 years old and over every day. Fluid helps you stay healthy and energized. It also: controls your body temperature aids digestion carries nutrients around your body…

50 Ways to Stay Well #33 – Budgeting


Does the word ‘budget’ make your eyes roll?  Life is hectic enough and it can sometimes seem like budgeting is too much extra work on top of everything else. However, budgeting is a crucial step in staying in good financial health. According to a 2017 report from TransUnion, Canadians owe more than $21,000 on average, in addition to any mortgage…

50 Ways to Stay Well #32- Get a Pet!


My dogs enrich my life so much! Many households in Canada have a pet, or they at least have kids begging for that cute little puppy. The reason people have pet’s vary, but research shows that pet can help your health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Pets can decrease your: Blood pressure Cholesterol levels Triglyceride levels…

50 Ways to Stay Well #31 – Paddle Sports


This is one that may be on hiatus until next year. Though, a warm fall day can be GORGEOUS to be on the water, just take proper precautions to avoid any accidents. Canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding involve paddling a small craft through water. They are low-impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Canoeing typically takes…

50 Ways to Stay Well #29- Limit Screen Time


Just say no to “Netflix and Chill.” It’s the last month of summer so why not set a goal to limit your leisure screen time? Not much we can do about phones and computers at work, but at home opt to bust out a book, board games, or deck of cards for evening entertainment. Health experts say screen time at…

50 Ways to Stay Well #26 – Geocaching


Geocaching (pronounced JEE-oh-cash-ing) is a recreational activity where you utilize GPS technology to find hidden objects left by others. To play, you find a specific set of GPS coordinates to discover the buried treasure left at that location. It’s free, it’s easy and once you really get into it, it’s fun for the entire family. When you find a cache,…

50 Ways to Stay Well #25 – Spirituality


Typically, when talking about health and wellness we focus on the body and look at health from a medical stand point. But spirituality is a part of the overall wellness wheel and can contribute to improved health. Whether you consider yourself Christian, Buddhist or mindful spiritual yogi, research suggests you are more likely to report being “very happy” have a…

50 Ways to Stay Well # 24 – Golf


Playing golf regularly may prevent chronic illness, improve mental health and increase life expectancy. These benefits can largely be explained by the exercise associated with golf. Players typically burned a minimum of 500 calories over 18 holes. Additionally, golfers walking the full course could cover four to eight miles, while those using electric buggies typically chalked up four miles. Fresh…

50 Ways to Stay Well # 23 – Crosswords & Sudoku


People who tackle a daily crossword or sudoku puzzle keep their mind alert as well as boost their brain power into old age. Mental exercise in the form of a regular “brain-teaser” puzzle is a great way to boost brainpower. Benefits of these games include:  Improves your memory  Stimulates your mind. Sudoku keeps you practicing your logical thinking process which improves your…

50 Ways to Stay Well #22 – Yoga


Yoga is an activity that is seeing a huge spike in participation. Maybe it’s because our hectic pace of life requires a calming activity or because we’re becoming more sedentary and need to restore flexibility. It could also be that yoga has a long list of mental and physical health benefits! Whatever your reason, participation in yoga has many physical…

50 Ways to Stay Well #21- Quilting


Just like knitting and crocheting, many people are turning to hobbies like quilting for stress release and to improve mental wellness. Once a necessary skill to keep your family warm at night, quilting has turned into an art form with elaborate patterns and amazing pieces that some hang on their walls as décor. Quilting improves well-being in ways that physical…

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…