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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

Begin with one change

Janet Cranston Fit for Life
Janet Cranston
Fit for Life

You may need to make many changes to reach your desired goal, but take one step at a time and watch improvements come.

When you think about all the changes you want to make in your life, the task can seem daunting. There’s so much, in fact, that it becomes an overwhelming burden weighing on your conscience, and many of us quit even before beginning. The easy part is figuring out what you need to change. The hard part is actually making the change. The good news is that making just one change at a time can have a positive impact on your life. Continue reading Begin with one change

Ongoing physical activity pays off in healthier, happier life as we age

Check in on Active Aging Week; learn how to achieve a more active lifestyle.

Janet Cranston Fit for Life
Janet Cranston
Fit for Life

Don’t miss out on this year’s Active Aging Week. This week is about educating and empowering adults over 50 so they can live as fully as possible in all areas of life — physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, vocational and environmental, regardless of age or health conditions. Throughout this week there will be several different events taking place across the province to give as many older adults as possible experience with wellness activities and exercise in a safe, supportive environment. It also promotes the benefits of healthier, more active lifestyles across the life span. Continue reading Ongoing physical activity pays off in healthier, happier life as we age