Life is short and our to do list are long. Who’s got the time to exercise and eat vegetables? Luckily for busy people like you, there are many groan-free ways to move more and fret less. Rollerblade to work, plant your own herbs or downward dog your way to bliss. No fad diets are necessary. Here’s how to feel your best in four steps.
Step 1: Get Moving
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, adults should get at least 2.5 hours of moderate intense aerobic activity every week, and children should get at least 60 minutes every day.
Struggling to find the time to fit it in? Squeezing physical activity into your daily routine can be a lot easier than it seems. There are so many ways to be active: and to challenge your strength and stamina:
♦ Sign for a group class or purchase a gym membership
♦ Join an organized sports club (running, hiking, cycling, badminton, etc.)
♦ Choose active commutes (walking, cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding, etc.)
♦ Make the most of your daily routine. You’d be surprised how many calories you can burn while vacuuming, shoveling snow, gardening, going up and down the stairs, etc.
Here in Red Deer, exercising in fresh air is easy and free! Get sweat on at one of Outdoor Fitness Gyms that are located in 10 parks across the city. Each gym features 12 fitness machines with explanatory signage to give you a complete workout at any time of the day or night. With such great municipal facilities, you won’t need a gym membership.
For more information regarding the city’s Outdoor Fitness Gyms, contact the Red Deer PCN. www.reddeerpcn.com 403 343-9100
♦ Did you Know? ♦
June is Recreation and Parks Month in Red Deer. The event aims to encourage
residents to become more active by taking advantage of the city’s many
recreational facilities and programs. Special Activities are planned throughout the
month to keep you motivated. Find out what’s in store this year at www.reddeer.ca.
Step 2: Eat Healthy
A healthy and balanced diet is essential to our overall health. Eating well means consuming a large variety of foods from all four food groups, and avoiding foods high in sugar, sodium and fat.
Furthermore, you should pair your healthy eating habits with sufficient hydration. But don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink. Try to take a few sips every hour.
For more information: www.healthycandians.gc.ca
There aren’t many foods that can rival the health benefits of fresh fruits and veggies. Growing your own produce is a fun and cost-effective way to ensure your family has a constant supply of delicious and nutritious food. However, not everyone has the space to start a vegetable garden. Luckily, the city oversees three garden locations in Red Deer where everyone is welcome to join. Sign up for a plot this year and get your hands dirty for a tasty payoff. www.reddeer.ca/gardening 403 342-8234
Step 3: Take Care of Your Mind
Taking care of yourself means letting your mind relax once in a while. After all, your mind faithfully serves you day after day. So embark on a quaint retreat, schedule in a therapeutic massage or have a full-on spa day. You can also participate in stress-busting activities like yoga, tail chi and meditation, which will improve your mood, relaxation and optimisms. As the lyric goes, free your mind and the rest will follow.
Step 4: Have Fun!
Finally, make sure that your daily routine includes a crucial element: fun! Carve out some time in the day for your passions and hobbies. Dance to the tune of funk or splash some paint on that canvas. Doing what you love will amount to a much more enjoyable life.
If you’re bored and lacking inspiration on what to do in and around Red Deer, get ideas from our City Life, Festivals & Events and Outdoor Fun sections.