Category Archives: Fit for Life

Mindfulness can help you deal with life’s stresses

Janet Cranston
Fit for Life

Each day you face multiple demands, such as taking care of loved ones, making financial decisions or developing priorities at work. Your body treats these demands as threats. How you respond to these demands will play a big part in your overall happiness and how long you live.

When you encounter a perceived threat – for example, a large dog barks at you during your morning walk, or you receive an upsetting text or email from a family member or friend — your hypothalamus, a tiny region at the base of your brain, sets off an alarm system in your body and releases hormones. The release of these hormones causes increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure and boosts your energy supplies. These hormones also increase sugars in the bloodstream and alter your immune system. This complex natural alarm system also communicates with regions of your brain that control mood, motivation and fear. Continue reading Mindfulness can help you deal with life’s stresses

Prevent injuries before they occur

Janet Cranston
Fit for Life

Over coffee the other day, a friend and I were discussing out desire to continue our active lifestyles as we age and avoid injuries at the same time. My friend is a tennis player and no longer cares about winning her next tournament or moving to the top of the ladder. Her goal is simply to remain playing the game that she loves for as long as she can. So how does she go about avoiding tennis elbow or preventing a foot problem? And how does she even know what potential injuries lurk in her future before they surface? Continue reading Prevent injuries before they occur

Need balance in your life? Give yoga a try!

As a medicine, yoga has something for everyone: from the overly stressed to the incontinent, or a person suffering from fibromyalgia or a torn ligament. But choose your instructor carefully.

Janet Cranston
Fit for Life

There is much research to support the claim that Exercise is Medicine, and that concept comes as no surprise to those who practice yoga.

Yoga is unique in that it combines the mental, physical and emotional elements to help people find the balance that they are looking for. Often the people who are drawn to yoga are interested in slowing down or their bodies have let them know that they need to slow down. Continue reading Need balance in your life? Give yoga a try!

Incorporate strength training into your exercise routine

It’s easy and the benefits are huge – including better capacity to react to the unexpected and avoid falls.

Janet Cranston
Fit for Life

As we age it is natural for our bodies to lose muscle mass and it is more difficult to build strength. Maintaining strength allows us to enjoy an active lifestyle and also allows us to live independently for a longer period of time. Strength training is also good for keeping our bones strong and healthy. Continue reading Incorporate strength training into your exercise routine

Embrace winter Make it your own

The Forks, Fort Whyte, Birds Hill Park all beckon. Or choose an indoor activity: you might find fun and exercise swatting pickleballs.

Janet Cranston Fit for Life
Janet Cranston
Fit for Life

If you let them, winters in Manitoba can be long, dark and cold. Or, if you embrace them, they can be adventurous and fun. Staying physically active 12 months of the year should be your goal. So how do you do this in the cold Manitoba months?

Winnipeg comes alive in the winter with many outdoor activities. Skating at the Forks is one of my favourite ways to stay physically active in the winter. Experience the Red River Mutual Skating Trail and enjoy the warming huts along the pathway. If you don’t have skates they are available to rent. Continue reading Embrace winter Make it your own