Why our neighbourhoods should be an extension of our homes
April 12, 2017
Photos courtesy Earth Day Canada
If you say the words “street play” today, most Canadians will conjure up images of kids playing ball hockey or pickup basketball on a quiet suburban road — think of that scene in Wayne’s World. If you ask whether street play is legal, most won’t be able to give you a definite answer (it changes, of course, from municipality to municipality and is often simply a bylaw that prohibits it but is rarely enforced).
Whether you’re an early riser or an after-worker, there will be days that you just don’t have the energy to make it to the gym. More often than not, once you get to the gym and start warming up, your energy will start to creep up and before you know it, you’re working up a sweat and pushing yourself harder than you had planned. But if that doesn’t happen and you’re in need of an extra kick to make it through your workout, consider adding in some extra supports to your routine:
You spend your day planning meals, packing lunches, and cleaning clothes, perhaps all while sitting at your full time job. Your day is so packed with taking care of everyone else that before you know it, the week is over and you realize you haven’t had a minute to yourself. If you are really struggling to meet your exercise goals for the year, check out these tips on how to make it part of your daily routine.
The excitement of the approaching New Year brings feelings of a fresh start and thoughts of a ‘new you.’ January 1st acts as the official start to the dieting season, with 45% of Americans(1) setting New Year’s Resolutions for weight loss, self-improvement, or restrictive eating. But what happens when the third week of January rolls around? What happens when we don’t meet our immediate goals, or life gets in the way of our time at the gym? Most importantly, what happens when we teach our kids to set these unrealistic goals unintentionally through our own actions?
Will your abs really split open during pregnancy? Well, If I'm being honest, yes, your abs will likely split during pregnancy. It is actually quite common during and post pregnancy and is called diastasis recti.
A big part of parenting is being a good role model, and a part of that means also living a healthy life, which includes healthy eating, staying active and exercising often.
However, exercising after having a baby isn’t always as easy as it seems. Finding the energy and inspiration can be tough, but mostly the time and just simply being able to organize childcare is what kills the motivation.
Once the immediate excitement settles after giving birth, the steep learning curve that comes with taking care of your baby and embracing your new role as a parent can be overwhelming. You’re also likely still healing from the physical challenges of birth. It’s common for these changes to take a toll on your mental health - you’re not alone! Up to 75% of women experience “postpartum blues” in the first few weeks of parenthood, with symptoms including tearfulness, sadness, irritability, mood swings, and feeling overwhelmed.
The term “core” has been increasing in popularity over the past decade, especially with the growing popularity of such exercise regimes as Pilates and yoga, and the use of stability equipment like the “stability ball,” BOSU, balance boards, etc. Many fitness experts agree that your core is, in fact, the foundation of your entire body. You rely on it each and every day as you move, as well as while you are sedentary, so it only makes sense that when you are exercising, you should ensure that core training is a regular part of your routine.
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