15 Ways to be More Active (with bonus weekly checklist)
Did you know that too much sitting can impact your health? Even with bouts of exercise, a sedentary life has been linked to increased blood sugar, blood pressure, weight, and heart risk factors. Being more physically active doesn’t always mean hitting a gym or exercise class.
The Real Reason to Train your Core
Having a strong core is more important than a visible six-pack will ever be. Your core is your entire support system. But don’t get it twisted (or do, because twisting is excellent for your core), the ‘abs’ or six pack are definitely a part of the core system, but not the only part to focus on.
How Stress Impacts Our Hormones and Ways to Cope
We all know what it feels like to be stressed out. Around 25% of Canadians report feeling ‘quite a bit’ to ‘extremely stressed’ most days (Source). People living with chronic illness are even more likely to experience higher levels of stress on a regular basis.
When the package says “No Sugar Added”…
Consumers are trying to make healthier choices, and food companies are making it harder on them with misleading advertising. Consider a box of granola bars that says “naturally sweetened and “no sugar added” – when in fact you look to the ingredient list and see brown rice syrup and honey listed within the first four ingredients! This kind of false advertising makes us so frustrated for our clients!
Improving How We Talk About Obesity
When people talk about obesity, they are often focused on what people eat and how much they move. However, obesity is an incredibly complex chronic health condition! One piece that often gets missed in obesity-talk is the very important issue of weight bias (sometimes called weight stigma) and discrimination.
Determining Nutrition Priorities
Improving nutrition can look daunting and overwhelming if we try to tackle everything at once. There is a lot to think about: Am I getting adequate protein? Is my breakfast balanced?
5 Strategies to Help Reduce High Cholesterol (AKA-Dyslipidemia)
Dyslipi – Whaat?? Being diagnosed with high cholesterol, also known as dyslipidemia, can be scary, especially when you’re unsure what it is and how to manage it! Some cholesterol is made in the body, but it can also come from the foods we eat like meats, eggs, butter, and dairy.
How To Reframe New Year’s Resolutions So That They Last
Thinking about setting a New Year’s resolution this year? According to a study done in 2020, the most popular resolutions were set on the topics of physical health, weight loss, and eating habits. From this same study, after 1 year 55% considered themselves successful at keeping their resolutions.
The concept of resilience can be hard to define and its relevance to mental health is often missed. Dictionary definitions touch on the capacity to recovery quickly from challenges or setbacks. I tend to think of resilience as our “bounce-back” factor.
The Fresh Start Effect: Why Good Habits Get Off Track and How to Fix It
By Kimberly Eckert, Registered Psychologist Eckert Psychology & Education Centre Fresh starts are moments when we naturally activate and start making changes in our lives. As humans, we inspire ourselves with important anniversaries – like a milestone birthday or a new calendar year – to make meaningful changes. For me, my “fresh start” was the start of my summer vacation this year.