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Returning to Campus - What to do

Posted on August 11, 2020 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Returning to Campus - What to do

Thunder Bay

 

In the coming weeks and months, more students, faculty, and staff will gradually begin returning to our campuses. As such, and in light of recent announcements from provincial and federal health authorities, new health and safety measures are being implemented to safeguard our University community.

 

While all Lakehead University employees are still to follow the current guidance that indicates if you can work from home you should, below are the measures all faculty and staff must follow if they intend to return to working on our campuses from time-to-time, temporarily, part-time, or full-time.

 

When you do return to campus, you'll notice that new signage has been put up in many areas to help inform you of some of the changes to our campuses, including new health and safety regulations, the direction to be followed in certain spaces such as stairwells, and other appropriate precautions in keeping with public health authorities' guidelines.

 

The information on this page is to be considered part of a living document - to be updated, as required, in keeping with provincial, federal, and public health announcements, regulations and guidelines.

 

Mandatory Reintegration Training

 

A critical component of a safe return to campus is a shared understanding of proper measures to protect the health and safety of everyone. To this end, staff returning to campus are expected to complete a brief course focused on an overview of COVID-19, health and safety guidelines, and infection control measures.

 

Masking

 

Wearing a mask contributes greatly to the reduction of the spread of COVID-19 (in addition to frequent hand washing and physical distancing). Once you have completed your reintegration training and are ready to return to campus, be advised that masks are now to be worn in all indoor public spaces where physical distancing may not be possible.

 

A mask, or face covering, is understood to be a medical or non-medical mask or similar, partial facial covering such as folded handkerchiefs/bandanas, scarves, and other materials that could serve to cover one's nose, mouth and chin - thereby establishing a barrier to limit the potential spread of respiratory droplets.

 

Visit the Health Canada information page to learn about non-medical masks and face-coverings, including their appropriate use and limitations.

 

Exemptions to masking

 

Where physical/social distancing is certain, here are circumstances when masks or face coverings may be removed in an indoor space on our campuses:

 

If you are working in a private office, or alone in a room. However, a mask should be worn while walking through buildings to and from such private spaces as you never know when you might suddenly come into contact with others.

In classroom/class settings, instructors may use their judgement when deciding if masks/face coverings will be required while considering everyone's comfort level, the tasks to be performed, and the need to maintain physical distancing.

In office spaces, supervisors may use their judgement when deciding if masks/face coverings will be required while considering everyone's comfort level, tasks, and the need to maintain physical distancing.

Lakehead University also follows the Thunder Bay and Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Units' acknowledgement that masking may not be appropriate or possible for everyone. The following are exemptions defined by these District Health Units:

 

Children under the age of 2 years old, or children under the age of 5 years either chronologically or developmentally who refuse to wear a mask and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;

Individuals with medical conditions rendering them unable to safely wear a mask, including breathing difficulties, cognitive difficulties, hearing or communication difficulties;

Individuals who cannot wear or are unable to apply or remove a mask without assistance, including those who are accommodated under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or who have protections under the Ontario Human Rights Code (R.S.O. 1990, c.H.19), as amended;

Any person who is employed by or is an agent of the Operator of an Enclosed Public Space and is within or behind a physical barrier (e.g. Plexiglass).

Anyone who is unable to remove the mask without help;

Anyone wearing a face covering that would inhibit the ability to breathe in any way such as, but not limited to, during moderate to intense physical activity (such as running) or activity that would preclude its use (such as swimming); and

Individuals who cannot wear face coverings for any religious reasons.

Where to get masks

 

While students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to obtain their own masks or face coverings, Lakehead University has ordered masks to be given to employees returning to campus. Watch for a Bulletin notice informing everyone how to get your Lakehead mask.

 

While on campus

 

When you return to our campuses to work, Lakehead University and public health guidelines maintain that masking, physical distancing, thorough and frequent hand-washing, and disinfecting your private work offices/spaces is the best way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please do your part to help protect others.

 

Approved disinfectants are available for purchase through Physical Plant.

 

Hand sanitizer, wipes and disposable masks are available for purchase through the bookstore.

 

Classrooms

 

As some courses will be delivered within classrooms as part of hybrid class delivery models, measures are being taken to ensure that such spaces are scheduled appropriately and cleaned between uses. The number of people a classroom or similar space may accommodate will be limited so as to adhere to physical distancing rules.

 

Enforcement of Health and Safety Measures

 

On July 13 and 24, 2020, respectively, the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit announced that non-medical masks or face coverings must be worn when entering an enclosed public space. These regulations apply to all employees and members of the public and are issued under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

 

Procedures to address violations of social distancing, masking, and other health and safety measures on Lakehead properties are the responsibility of the University and will be enforced through existing codes that protect members of our University community.

 

Lakehead University's COVID-19 Transition Committee and its Working Groups

 

Click here to learn more about what Lakehead University's COVID-19 Transition Committee and its Working Groups are doing to help prepare our campuses for our next phase of operations.

 

Notice from the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) - PTR Information Session

Thunder Bay

 

There will be an Information Session held on Promotion, Tenure and Renewal (PTR) process and procedures.

 

Please note the following date, time and connection information:

 

Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 1 to 2:30 pm via Zoom

https://lakeheadu.zoom.us/j/92090352794?pwd=d1ZmMGZ4V0x6YU5BU2hiRWg3ejdk...

Password: 98765

Faculty members who are considering making application for promotion, tenure or renewal or who are interested in knowing more about the PTR process are encouraged to attend.

 

Request your Online Site for the Upcoming Academic Sessions

Thunder Bay

 

Instructors are reminded to submit their requests for an online mycourselink (D2L) course site for the upcoming academic sessions.

 

Click the Request an Online Course Site button located at the top of your class roster in myInfo, and you'll receive an email to your Lakehead University email account confirming the successful set-up of your online course site.

 

For more information, please contact the Teaching Commons at mycourselink@lakeheadu.ca.

 

PLEASE NOTE: A new site request will need to be made each time a course is offered. Content can be migrated from a previously used site to the new one by selecting the Migrate Course option on the Request Form.

How to Avoid Getting Nauseous When You Exercise

Posted on August 1, 2020 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

How to Avoid Getting Nauseous When You Exercise

Thank you to                                     By Paige Smith • Nov 14, 2019

How to Avoid Getting Nauseous When You Exercise

You’re halfway through a three-mile run, intense pilates class, or round of your weight circuit when — suddenly — you’re feeling nauseous.

 

Despite your best intentions to push on with your workout, you’re forced to stop, sit down, and struggle just to take steady breaths. Within moments, your body feels zapped of energy. What little strength you have left is used to fight back a gag reflex.

 

Sound familiar?

 

Exercise-induced nausea is a common phenomenon, one that most people — fitness experts and novices alike — have experienced at some point.

 

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Kyrin Dunston, MD says vomiting during or after exercise usually has to do with one or more of the following factors:

 

hydration (too little or too much)

nutrition (whether or not you’ve eaten, and what you ate)

workout intensity vs. baseline fitness level

specific exercise

anxiety

gastrointestinal dysfunction

a serious medical condition

The cause of your exercise-induced nausea may not be evident at first, but one thing’s for sure: throwing up when you’re trying to work up a sweat is zero fun. Not only does it derail your workout, but it also makes it difficult to feel motivated and excited to continue challenging your body.

 

The good news? That turbulent feeling in your stomach is avoidable if you take the proper precautions.

 

 

nauseous after workout- drink water

 

1. Eat and Hydrate Properly

To prevent nausea, be smart about when and how you fuel your body before a workout. Kristin McGee, an ACE-certified personal trainer based in New York City, recommends giving yourself at least an hour to digest a meal before you start moving. Keep pre-workout meals light, and be sure to include both proteins and carbs if you can. If you’re hungry and can’t wait an hour to work out, opt for a banana, handful of raisins, or an energy gel, all of which can be digested quickly.

 

As for fluids, make sure you’re hydrated, but don’t overdo it. There’s no need to chug all the water in your 24-ounce bottle 10 minutes before you start your run — an eight-ounce glass or two will do the trick.

 

And though sports drinks can help replenish lost minerals, the high sugar content of many of them can subvert your hydration efforts. Replace these sugary beverages with Openfit Fuel, our energizing pre-workout supplement, which contains no added sugars.

 

Dunston says it’s important to consume sports drinks in accordance with the duration and intensity level of your workout. Good old-fashioned H20 is sufficient under most circumstances, but for those seeking an edge during particularly tough or long workouts, try a low-sugar sports drink that maximizes fluid absorption and replenishes lost electrolytes.

 

Possible Cause: Too much or too little food and water

Dunston says dehydration — when your body doesn’t have enough water to function optimally — is a significant cause of exercise-induced nausea. The other possibility? You guzzled too much H2O, and your stomach is overly full.

 

“How recently you have eaten and what you ate before your workout can be issues as well,” says Dunston. “Low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, is particularly a problem if you work out in the morning and don’t eat anything beforehand.” If that’s the case, Dunston says you’ll usually experience both nausea and dizziness.

 

Overeating before exercise also pits your stomach against your muscles. Dunston says the body moves blood to the gastrointestinal system to help with digestion, but if you exercise on a full stomach, your body also has to send blood to your muscles to support their movements. When your body tries to handle both digestion and strenuous exercise simultaneously, there isn’t enough blood flow to assist with digestion, Dunston says. Nausea can result.

 

“Nausea is a precursor to vomiting,” says Dunston. “Dumping out the food in the stomach is one way the body can alleviate the blood supply problem.”

 

 

nauseous after workout- take it easy

 

2. Take it easy

If you haven’t prepared your body for a specific type of exercise or intensity (like running five miles at a seven-minute pace, or swimming laps non-stop for 30 minutes), don’t go at it full force. When you’re not used to a certain speed, distance, or movement, it’s essential to ease into it and adjust your expectations accordingly.

 

“Keep the intensity level within your tolerated range,” says Dunston. In other words, don’t assume you can handle a hilly six-mile trail run if you’ve only ever jogged on the comparatively flat streets of your neighborhood.

 

Make an effort to approach new workouts and movements with equal parts enthusiasm and caution. When you do feel ready to increase your pace, distance, or reps, do it gradually, and be sure to notice when your body starts to feel overworked so you can back off before you hit your breaking point.

 

Possible Cause: Overexertion

The line between pushing yourself to run two more minutes and pushing yourself to the point of nausea can be blurry. Exercise isn’t supposed to be easy (it’s meant to challenge you, after all), but it shouldn’t make you so sick that you can’t complete a workout.

 

McGee says overexertion can lead to nausea.

 

“If you’re exercising at an intense level or pushing yourself past your threshold, your body reacts by increasing blood flow to your muscles, heart, lungs, and brain so your body can process energy and continue working out,” she says. “When this happens, blood is diverted away from your stomach and that can make you feel sick.”

 

 

nauseous after workout- warm up

 

3. Warm-Up Properly and Avoid Exercising in Extreme Conditions

If you go from sitting at your desk to running at full speed without a sufficient transition period, you’re going to overexert yourself before you even get into your workout.

 

To prevent nausea by overexertion, McGee says it’s crucial to warm up your muscles before you start working them. Depending on your workout, you can jog lightly for five to 10 minutes, walk briskly for a few minutes, or do some dynamic stretching to boost blood flow, activate your central nervous system, and optimize strength, power, and range of motion.

 

Another tip? Avoid working out in extreme conditions, says McGee. Exercising in overly humid or hot environments can lead to heat exhaustion, nausea, and dizziness if you’re not careful.

 

If you love hot yoga or outdoor runs in the summer, don’t stress — stay adequately hydrated and start slow to give your body time to adjust to the high temperature.

 

 

Other Possible Causes of Nausea While Exercising

1. Disorienting movements

“Specific exercises, particularly those that contract the abdominal wall muscles and those that require head twisting can induce nausea as well,” Dunston says.

 

Moves like crunches apply extra pressure to the stomach, says Dunston, while twisting motions can cause the inner-ear vestibular system — the network of sensory components in charge of our sense of balance — to become disoriented.

 

Anyone who’s ever closed their eyes during sit-ups or tried to do camel pose at the end of a yoga class knows what happens when your body feels off balance: you get nauseous.

 

2. Performance anxiety

If you’re involved in a competitive event in which there’s enormous pressure to succeed — like a race, sporting match, or weightlifting competition — you might experience occasional or constant performance anxiety, which can cause you to feel overly nervous and nauseous.

 

You don’t have to take the starting line of a 10K or Tough Mudder to feel anxious, though. Dunston says any exercise under pressure can cause serious nerves. “It could be as simple as being in a new [workout] class where you are concerned with keeping up and looking good,” says Dunston.

 

3. Larger health concerns

Dunston says exercise can sometimes exacerbate the symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders and other health conditions, causing nausea and other problems.

 

“If the nausea persists despite addressing all of the above concerns, it’s best to see a doctor to be evaluated for underlying potential health issues that need to be addressed,” says Dunston.

 

 

What to Do if Your Workout Makes You Nauseous

Even when you think you’ve done everything right, sometimes nausea just happens. When that horrible, sick-to-your-stomach sensation starts to creep up on you, Dunston says it’s best to rest for a few minutes. Stop what you’re doing and find a something sturdy to sit or lean against.

 

If the nausea doesn’t subside, “it might be best to call it quits for the day or lower the intensity of the activity,” says Dunston.

https://www.openfit.com/avoid-throwing-up-after-exercise#:~:text=Possible%20Cause%3A%20Too%20much%20or,your%20stomach%20is%20overly%20full.


I am sharing this because met a young lady yesterday that gets nauseous every class she does says she likes feeling.

For a healthier workout recognizing this is important next step is to learn how to learn to stop.

Have a healthy day.  Anne 

Phase 3 COVID-19 opening

Posted on July 31, 2020 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

For all out there Teaching Fitness classes & personal Training.

The Canada is Phase 3 of getting back to our new normal, please familiarize yourself with what those guidelines look like for your specific area. The information isn’t always easy to find – but for running your courses and exams it is important to know for your business.

The number one priority is the health and safety of you and your participants!

Be mindful of:

  • the groups you teach age & wellness
  • the programs you were offering before will they work in this new social distancing?
be Safe stay healthy


Is It Better to Sleep In or Work Out?

Posted on July 29, 2020 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Staying healthy is so easy, right? Log eight hours of sleep, work out for an hour a day at least five days a week, and steer clear of processed foods. Also drink enough water, meal prep, and meditate. Trying to fit it all in, on top of all the other variables in your life (kids! work! relationships!), can seem impossible. So when you're debating the choice of lying in bed for another two hours or schlepping to the gym, sometimes shuteye wins. We get it: working out on no sleep can be a real drag.

 

But is that such a bad thing? After all, some mornings you just don't feel well, or maybe you overdid it yesterday. Is it ever worth it to sleep in and skip the gym? Turns out, science still doesn't have the hard and fast answer (yet).

 

"Both sleep and exercise are main behaviors that contribute to physical and mental health," says Kelly Glazer Baron, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and an associate professor at the University of Utah. Her research has found that clocking at least seven hours of sleep can actually help you work out longer and harder the next day. And the exercise/sleep equation goes both ways—people with insomnia who started a regular aerobic exercise program improved the quality of their sleep and felt less tired during the day, another study from Northwestern University found. So working out on no sleep can actually help with the whole “no sleep” thing! (Even more proof: Why Sleep Is the #1 Most Important Thing For a Better Body)

 

Considering multiple studies point to the direct relationship between sleep and exercise, there's no denying that you should strive for adequate amounts of both, adds Shannon Fable, director of exercise programming at national gym chain Anytime Fitness. "If that's impossible, try to only sacrifice your sleep two to three days during the week in order to hit the early morning cycling class. Get some extra sleep the other days and on the weekends."

 

That said, there are still a few hard and fast rules you can follow to determine what to do on those tough days when your bed feels oh-so-comfy.

 

Sleep or Sweat?

If you got seven to eight hours of sleep the night before... You're good to hit the gym, says Fable. Seven to nine hours of sleep is what most adults need, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

 

If you've been sleeping less than six hours most nights that week... It's time to rethink your schedule, recommends Baron. See where you can cut corners to be more efficient: Head to bed 15 minutes earlier or shave 10 minutes off your morning routine to get a bit more sleep. If you're not a morning person, consider a lunch break or an after-work gym time. (Try this insanely effective 15-minute workout when you're crunched for time.)

 

If you were up all night... Definitely skip the a.m. sweat sesh, Fable says. (And maybe stock up on these possible insomnia cures.) Not only do you need the sleep, but your coordination will be affected, making exercise potentially more dangerous. Your ratings of perceived exertion will also make exercise feel harder than it is, she warns. Even if you're working out at the same intensity as you usually do, sleep deprivation can mess with your mental performance, according to research in the journal Sports Medicine. Moderation is key when working out on no sleep or when tired. Exercising too hard can make you more tired and increase your risk of injury, because fatigue can hamper concentration and form. "When you're feeling sleepy, back off a little from your workout status quo; reduce the intensity and duration of your exercise," says Shawn Youngstedt, Ph.D., a professor in the College of Health Solutions at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

 

If you've only worked out once that week (and it's Friday)... If you're aiming for three to four workouts per week, it's time to move, says Baron. Just 40 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise three times per week can lower your risk for heart attack and stroke, says the American Heart Association. So don't hit snooze!

 

If you've been consistently killing it at the gym that week... Skip your workout, advises Fable. Everyone deserves a day off and your body needs sleep to repair after heavy workouts. Rest days allow for protein synthesis, which is crucial for building muscle, according to a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

 

If you're sore... Sleep in and take a day off. Overtraining can cause a decrease in sleep quality and duration, Baron says.

 

If You're Feeling Beat...Eat for All-Day Energy

After a rough night, whether you’re working out on no sleep or heading straight to work, skip the energy-drink IV in favor of revitalizing nutrients. "It's amazing how eating the right foods can help you make it through the day," says Lauren Antonucci, R.D., the director of Nutrition Energy, a private nutrition-counseling service in New York City. (See more about how to eat for better sleep.)

 

Antonucci’s meal plan will keep you revved—and full—until dinner.

 

When you wake up: Dehydration compounds fatigue, so down two glasses of water first thing. Aim to sip half your body weight in fluid ounces by bedtime (for a 145-pound woman, that's 72 1/2 ounces, or about nine cups).

Breakfast: Go for eggs, scrambled or hard-boiled. "They're one of the most absorbable types of protein, with just the right amount of fats and a dose of energy-boosting B vitamins," Antonucci says. For staying power, add healthy carbs, like a slice of whole-grain toast and some fruit. A hit of caffeine will kick-start your day; if java makes you jittery, grab a mug of green tea. It has some caffeine, plus a compound called epigallocatechin, which, studies show, produces a relaxed and attentive state.

Midmorning: Improve your focus with a handful of mixed nuts, such as almonds, walnuts, and peanuts. The protein provides a jolt of energy, while the combo of filling fiber and omega-3 fatty acids tides you over until lunch.

Lunch: Build your meal out of lean protein, slow-burning complex carbs, and healthy fats—try a skinless chicken breast with a broccoli, black bean, and quinoa salad—to power through the next few hours.

Late afternoon: Chips or chocolate chip cookies may sound awfully good right about now, but after causing a quick spike in your energy level, they will send it crashing. For a steady, long-lasting pick-me-up, choose nutrient-rich high-fiber snacks like hummus with a whole-grain pita or baby carrots.

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By Sara Angle

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Mastering Health Recovery and Rejuvenation.

Posted on July 27, 2020 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Well hello there, High Achiever.

 

How are you really doing?

 

If you’re anything like me, it can feel like you have one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake.

 

Times are challenging, and it can be really difficult to juggle two of the necessary aspects of life; work and health.

 

Juggling work? Pfft easy. You got that.

 

In fact, you probably rock that area of your life. It comes fairly effortlessly and you feel empowered and confident - challenging, yes, but you still feel empowered.

 

Juggling work AND health?

 

Now.. there’s where you hit a snag.

 

Studies show that, for the high achiever, health often comes at an expense.

 

It’s slippery. It can quickly slide out of awareness as you aim your focus on your career and managing the people around you.

 

And because you tend to be unsuccessful in that area of your life, as a high achiever, you feel powerless so you keep letting it slide and instead focus on what you do best.

 

You pride yourself on having it together, yet, you have the toughest time admitting when you need some help. Real help.

 

But you’re not alone. Many high achieving “jugglers” tend to let that ball drop.

 

And dropping that ball is so painful, not to mention, it’s such a waste of your true potential. Seriously… it’s an absolute waste.

 

But there’s no doubt in my mind that you could start having fewer low days and many more high days. Right now.

 

It might sound too good to be true but, I promise you, it’s not!

 

It’s time to add that ball back into your juggling act. It’s time to take back your power and reclaim your health.

 

Enough is enough.

 

Enough lowering your standards. You deserve more than what you’ve been giving yourself.

 

I’ve worked with thousands of people that make that misstep. Sacrificing health for the sake of your career because the demands never stop.

 

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5 Possible Reasons for Why You're Crying

Posted on July 27, 2020 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

That touching episode of Queer Eye, the first dance at a wedding, or that heartbreaking animal welfare commercial—you know the one. These are all perfectly logical reasons to cry. But if you've ever just been sitting in traffic waiting for a light to turn green and suddenly started weeping, well that can be jarring. You've likely wondered "why am I crying for no reason?” (or what surely feels like no reason).

 

Frequent crying spells can be short bursts of spontaneous, out-of-nowhere (sometimes anxiety-provoked) tears that tend to strike when you're just going about your life. Yet they likely leave you fairly confused, asking yourself “why do I feel like crying?” or “why am I ~really~ crying, actually right now?”

 

First of all, you probably aren't pregnant, and no, there's nothing wrong with you.

 

"Crying spells can have a physical cause, but they also indicate that you're built up a lot of subconscious emotions you aren't processing," explains Yvonne Thomas, Ph.D., a Los Angeles–based psychologist specializing in relationships and self-esteem.

 

If you find yourself in a crying spell for no apparent reason fairly often, this list can help you decode the potential health reason behind it. Just know that this is not an exhaustive list by any means, and seeking help from a loved one, confidant, therapist, or doctor is encouraged to deal with your individual triggers, emotions, or possible underlying issues. (More: 19 Weird Things That Can Make You Cry)

 

5 Possible Reasons for Why You're Crying

1. Hormones

The days leading up to your period can cause a rollercoaster of emotions. As levels of estrogen and progesterone swing up and down, brain chemicals responsible for mood are affected, and that can trigger irritability, moodiness, and yep, crying spells. If you're already stressed out or anxious, PMS can magnify those feelings and make your crying episodes even worse, says Thomas. You can wait it out—PMS symptoms clear up as your cycle moves on—or if the crying spells are cutting into your quality of life, ask your doctor to screen you for premenstrual dysphoric disorder, a more severe form of PMS that impacts about 5 percent of pre-menopausal women, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.

 

Getting enough sleep, taking it easy on the alcohol and caffeine, and integrating more self-care might help make PMS more bearable so you won’t have quite so many, “why do I feel like crying?!” moments. Also worth noting: No matter what time of the month it is, having female hormones means you're more likely to deal with crying spells, period. Testosterone (a hormone normally found in higher levels in males) tends to tame tears, while prolactin (generally in larger supply in women) may trigger them.

 

2. Depression

Crying spells caused by sadness—kind of a no-brainer, right? However, when sad feelings linger for weeks or months, that may signal a deeper kind of dispair seen with clinical depression. Depression often comes with many other symptoms such as severe fatigue, lack of enjoyment from things you used to like, and sometimes physical aches and pains too.

 

"Many women display depression as frustration, anger, or irritability," says Thomas. "Each of these emotions can result in tearfulness, so if you experience them, see your doctor for a depression screening, even if you don't necessarily feel down."

 

3. Extreme stress

Okay, we all get stressed (and 2020 has been no walk in the park), but if you aren't facing these work and life pressures head-on, and instead, sweeping tension under the rug, it's no surprise you're suddenly streaming tears, says Thomas. "Set aside some time and really ask yourself what might be stressing you out so much, and form a plan to tackle it head-on," says Thomas. Though being stressed itself isn't a formal medical condition, it certainly can be an answer to why you may be crying. Excessive stress can make physical symptoms worse or even trigger them in the first place; everything from digestive distress to heart disease.

 

Give yourself some grace if this is why you're crying—doing so while stressed can actually be a *good* thing. A study published in the journal Emotions found that getting teary while stressed can be a mode of self-soothing, helping you calm down and regulate your heart rate. (Related: The One Thing You Can Do to Be Kinder to Yourself Right Now)

 

4. Anxiety

Find yourself in panic mode a lot of the time, with a racing heart, butterflies in your stomach, and extreme self-consciousness that limits your participation in everyday life? This might be the reason for your crying spells. "Anxiety disorders are not uncommon among women, and all the emotion they cause can result in frequent explosions of tears, even when you're not feeling panicky," says Thomas. Medication and/or cognitive therapy may help, so it pays to ask your doctor for help if you think your crying spells might be linked to an underlying anxiety disorder. (Related: What Happened When I Tried CBD for My Anxiety)

 

5. Fatigue

Newborns cry when they’re sleepy, so it stands to reason that fully-grown humans might do the same sometimes. Crying spells, irritability, and sadness were all linked to sleep deprivation (in the 4- to 5 hour-a-night range) in research published in the journal Sleep.

 

Plus, anxiety and stress can increase feelings of exhaustion (when your brain or emotions are in overdrive, no wonder), but you can also just be tuckered out by a night or two of sub-par sleep.

 

Each person’s sleep needs vary, but start by bumping up your bedtime by 15 minutes each night until you can allocate enough time for seven or eight hours most nights, the amount recommended by the National Sleep Foundation for adequate R & R. And if you’re struggling to get to sleep, try adding these foods for better sleep to your pantry.

 

If you or someone you know needs help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or text 741741, or chat online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

 

By Esther Crain

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This can be very stressful these days, always think this will pass, enjoy each minute of the day, don't sweat the small stuff, take some long deep breaths and move forward to positive thinking.  Enjoy a nap when you can.


 

8 Exercises for Sciatica and Lower Back Pain Relieve

Posted on July 8, 2020 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

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If you suddenly start feeling unexplainable pain in your buttock, lower back or thigh, chances are that your sciatic nerve is not doing quite well. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body that plays the crucial role of connecting the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles. Unfortunately, every person alive has about 40% chance of experiencing some form of sciatic pain at some point in their lives. While it might not be a chronic condition for most people, even infrequent sciatic pain can be frustrating and devitalizing – it can feel like a bad leg cramp or like an electrical tingling, it can appear anytime you get up or even sneeze, and it can last for weeks.

 

While over-the-counter medications can offer some relief from the pain, they rarely address the underlying inflammation that’s the real root of the problem. Luckily, there are other, highly effective and drug-free sciatica treatments that can provide a long-term relief alongside with some extra health benefits. Read the rest of this article to learn more!

What causes sciatica?

Sciatic pain, or sciatica, is most commonly caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve that runs from each side of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine through the buttock and all the way down to the foot and in most cases, it’s the piriformis muscle (a small hip rotator muscle located in the buttock region) that irritates the nearby sciatic nerve, thereby causing pain and numbness. That being said, the nerve roots that exit the spine to form the sciatic nerve are very sensitive and can easily be irritated and a variety of back problems can also contribute to sciatic pain, including preexisting lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and/or spondylolisthesis. The pain can be made even worse if you’re overweight and physically inactive, or if you regularly wear high heels.

 

Symptoms

The specific symptoms of a troubled sciatic nerve can be different depending on how much the spinal nerve is compressed. They come in a great variety, ranging from nerve pain, numbness, electric tingling to reduced reflexes in your Achilles tendon and knee and fatigue, weakness or loss of feeling in your legs or feet. The symptoms most people experience are primarily felt in the buttock or in the back of the thigh, but they can also affect the calf, lower back and toes. For some people, sciatic pain can be severe, chronic and debilitating, while for others it might be infrequent and less intimidating, but with the potential to get worse. Therefore, addressing it on time and with adequate methods is a must for anyone looking to maintain optimal health.

 

In cases where the cause of sciatica is lumbar disc herniation, surgery is the most common approach. The procedure involves removing the portion of the herniated disc that is pinching the nerve. Fortunately, up to 90% of people recover from sciatica without surgery.

Exercises for reducing sciatic pain

You don’t have to use medications to treat your sciatica – they offer only short-term effects and never really fix the issue (with the rare exception of some hardcore anti-inflammatory drugs, perhaps). If you’d rather solve the problem on a more natural and more effective way, exercise is a fantastic way to both improve your overall health and get rid of your sciatica nightmare once and for all. However, if it’s too strenuous or intense, your problems could only get worse and therefore, we recommend taking it easy and creating a stretching routine with simple exercise that will actually do wonders for your back, buttock and leg muscles. Here are the best exercise stretches for strengthening your back, improving your posture and preventing or eliminating sciatic pain:


 

 

#1. The standing back twist

This exercise is great for people who are less then optimally flexible and have little experience with more advanced exercises. Place your left foot up on a chair, place your right hand on your raised knee and have your left hand rest on your hip. Turn your entire upper body to the left side as far as you can without causing pain, but keep your hips facing forward. Hold the final position for 30 seconds, then release and repeat on the other side.

 

#2. The knee raise

Lie on your back and draw one knee to the chest while keeping the other leg straight and resting on the floor. Press it against your chest, pushing it as far down as you can, and hold the position for 30 seconds. Make sure that your shoulders are firmly planted on the floor.

#3. The two-knee twist

Lie on your back, extend your arms to both sides, forming the letter “T” and bend both knees together. Keeping your shoulders on the floor, turn both of your knees out to one side and hold the position for one minute, then repeat on the other side.

#4. The single leg twist

Lie on your back with extended arms and bend the left knee to a 90 degree angle, while keeping the other leg straight. Place your right hand on the bent knee and turn your upper body to face the left arm and hold the position for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

#5. The twisted lunge

Take a step forward with your left leg and bend the knee, keeping the other leg out behind you. Your feet should be about one leg’s length apart. Twist your back to place your right elbow on the outside of the bent knee and hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

#6. The seated twist


Sit on the floor with your legs extended straight in front of you. Bend your knees and put your feet on the floor, then slide your left foot under the right leg to the outside of your right hip, bent at the knee, and lay the outside of the left leg on the floor. If this feels too uncomfortable, just keep your left leg extended in front of you. Then, bring your right foot over the left leg and place it on the floor just outside of your left hip (the knee should point directly up at the ceiling). Put your right hand on the floor behind you, twist the torso toward the inside of your right thigh and set your left upper arm on the outside of your right thigh, near the knee. Hold the final position for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

#7. The cat exercise

Get on all fours, bend your back down as much as you can and lift your chest by pulling the shoulders back. Hold for 10 seconds while breathing slow and deep. Return to a flat back, then perform an opposite movement by raising your back as much as you can and tucking your chin into your chest. Hold for 10 seconds, then release and repeat.

 

#8. The child’s exercise


End your routine with this easy exercise that will relieve all stress that has accumulated in your back. Get down on all fours then move your body backward toward your heels and sit on them, keeping the upper body resting on the floor and your arms extended in front of you. Take a moment to really relax the entire body and hold the position for as long as necessary.

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Should Clients Wear Masks While Exercising?

Posted on July 2, 2020 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Should Clients Wear Masks While Exercising?

 

Many governors across the country have mandated masks to be worn in all indoor, public locations to help stop the spread of Covid-19. That leads many of us to ask whether or not there are any safety risks associated with exercising with a mask on.

 

As fitness professionals we should have a response ready when our clients ask this question, but what should we tell them?

 

Since many academic institutions are currently closed, large scale experiments are not feasible to effectively test usage of various types of masks during exercise and how it affects the user. It is also very difficult to effectively test and examine the spread of Covid-19 in the current conditions and control for all variables. As a result, the information and guidelines being released seem to change daily as we learn more about the virus. Try to be patient (and ask your clients to be patient) with the inconsistencies in guidelines – the world has only been studying this strain for 6 months!

Here are the assumptions we can make based on the limited information we have. Much of this probably seems obvious to most regarding exercise while wearing a mask…feel free to share this with your clients:

Wearing a mask is less comfortable than not wearing a mask and that discomfort increases during warmer temperatures and/or humid conditions.

 

Wearing a mask will restrict breathing more than not wearing a mask.

 

You heart rate will typically be higher at the same intensity when you wear a mask compared to not wearing a mask. Dr Cedric Bryant from the American College of Exercise reports that heart rates are typically 8-10 beats per minute higher when you wear a mask compared to when you don’t. The elevated heart rate is more pronounced during intense efforts such as hill repeats or intervals.

 

Your rate of perceived exertion will be higher wearing a mask compared to not wearing a mask. It will feel like you are working harder at the same intensity.

 

Your performance will be lower wearing a mask compared to not wearing a mask at the same level of intensity.

 

If you have existing respiratory or health problems, the issues with wearing a mask will be compounded.

 

If you have poor hearing, not being able to see and read peoples’ lips make communication during exercise very challenging.

 

Understanding this information can help you and your clients make decisions about mask usage during workout sessions. At some point, each individual has to weigh the risk to benefits and decide on an approach that is the safest for them, their fellow exercise buddies and their community.

 

It’s important to note that some athletes use masks during training purposely, even prior to Covid-19, because it does make breathing more challenging therefore developing the respiratory system. Mask wearing has been likened to high-altitude training. Some athletes also opt to wear masks when environmental conditions require it such as high pollution levels, extremely cold conditions and/or high pollen levels.

Here are some tips you can share with your clients….for exercising with a mask:

Purchase a mask designed specifically for working out. Avoid paper or cotton masks.

 

Here is an article that ranks the Top 15 Masks For Working Out and there is also this article, written before COVID 19, which also ranks masks designed specifically for working out.

 

Keep in mind, it’s not clear how effective these masks are at protecting you and others from Covid-19. Some exercise-enthusiasts have found success with buffs, while others have found Face Shields to be more comfortable during exercise. Bottom line – experiment until you find an option that works best for you. Consistency in your workouts is by far more important to your overall health than discontinuing your workouts so figure out an option that works for you.

 

Once you place your mask on, avoid touching or adjusting it during your workout session. Yes, this is easier said than done!

 

Focus on slow, deep breaths while wearing a mask.

 

Exercise at lower intensities than usual when wearing a mask.

 

Take breaks when needed when wearing a mask.

 

Slow down or stop if you feel lightheaded, dizzy or nauseous when wearing a mask.

 

Consider adapting your workouts to include more rest breaks and less high-intensity intervals. Include more strength, yoga, or barre workouts compared to high-intensity cardio if you struggle with wearing a mask.

 

Keep your workouts with a mask shorter than normal and/or consider bringing a second mask if the first one becomes too damp for effective breathing.

 

Carefully remove your mask at the completion of your workout, immediately wash/sanitize your hands and wash your mask after each workout session.

Try reminding your clients that the risk for exposure outdoors is less than indoors. If they will be exercising outdoors away from others, the risk of exposure and contacting Covid-19 is very low. It would be prudent to have a mask with them in the event they do find themselves in a public setting while exercising outdoors.

 

Yours in health, fitness & business,

Sherri McMillan

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This lady is a treasure!!!!

Posted on May 29, 2020 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I love her saying, "If you can't change something, don't worry about it"!!

 

I'm going to put that on my bulletin board!!!

 

 

In case you think you're old?

 

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Jeanne Louise Calment had the longest confirmed human

 

Lifespan on record: 122 years and 164 days.

 

 

It seems that fate strongly approved of the way Madam Calment lived her life.

 

 

Jeanne was born in Arles, France, on 21stFebruary 1875.

 

 

When the Eiffel Tower was built, she was 14 year old.

 

 

It was at this time that she met Vincent van Gogh.

 

 

"He was dirty, badly dressed and disagreeable," she recalled in an interview given in 1988.

 

 

When she was 85, she took up fencing, and she was still riding on her bike when she reached 100.

 

 

When Jeanne was 114, she starred in a film about her life; at 115 she had an operation on her hip, and at 117 she gave up smoking (having started at the age of 21 in 1896).

 

 

Apparently, she didn't give it up for health reasons, but because she didn't like having to ask someone to help her light a cigarette once she was becoming almost blind.

 

 

In 1965, Jeanne was 90 years old and had no heirs.

 

 

She signed a deal to sell her apartment to a 47-year-old lawyer called André-François Raffray.

 

 

He agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs on the condition that he would inherit her apartment after she died.

 

 

However, Raffray not only ended up paying Jeanne for 30 years, but died before she did at the age of 77.

 

 

His widow was legally obliged to continue paying Madam Calment until the end of her days.

 

 

Jeanne retained sharp mental faculties.

 

 

When she was asked on her 120th birthday what kind of future she expected to have, she replied: "A very short one."

 

 

Quotes and rules of life from Jeanne Calment:

 

 

"Being young is a state of mind, it doesn't depend on one's body, I'm actually still a young girl; it's just that I haven't looked so good for the past 70 years."

 

 

"I've only got one wrinkle, and I'm sitting on it."

 

 

"All babies are beautiful."

 

 

"I've been forgotten by our good lord."

 

 

"I'm in love with wine."

 

 

"Always keep your smile. That's how I explain my long life."

 

 

"If you can't change something, don't worry about it."

 

 

"I have a huge desire to live and a big appetite, especially for sweets."

 

 

"I never wear mascara; I laugh until I cry too often."

 

 

"I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything's fine."

 

 

"I think I will die of laughter."

 

 

"I have legs of iron, but to tell you the truth, they're starting to rust and buckle a bit."

 

 

"I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I'm very lucky."

 

 

(At the end of one interview, in response to a journalist who said he hoped they would meet again the following year):

 

 

"Why not? You're not that old; you'll still be here."


 

 

 

 

 

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs

Success Secrets

Posted on May 11, 2020 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

I loved this article I had put away as I am decluttering.  Very appropriate for the times!!

200 SUCCESS SECRETS:

Consider yourself as an orange.  Only what is really inside can come out.  If you fill your mind with thoughts of serenity, positivity, strength, courage and compassion, when someone squeezeds you, this is the only juice that can flow.                - Robin Sharma

  1. Goal Setting:  Where are you going and how are you going to get there!!
  2. Nutrition and What is Really Takes to Lose One Pound of Fat: Servings and portions and all that technical stuff we need to know so we are not confused by that darn 5 pounds of fluid that ebbs and flows like a blinking tide!  The more you know the more you are in control!!
  3. Time Management:  How are we going to fit this into our already busy, busy day!!  And like It - no love it!!
  4. Motivation: Remind me!!  Why is it we are doing this again??
  5. Stress Management:  It is 5:30pm!!  What do you mean head office needs the market analysis by 8:00am tomorrow morning??
  6. Success Programs are for Life: You bet they are!!

 One hour Outdoors and in the Studio: We will do a combination of: Cardio: (you will need runners - No, No!  We aren't going to jog/run - at least not right away!!) [unless you are doing already.]  

Strength Training:  using Exercise/Stability Balls (you have to buy - if you don't already own one that gets batted and moved around the house - because yes, there is homework!!) and Resistance Bands (which I will provide and will also be used for your homework)

Flexibility: Okay - relax - enjoy!!  Homework: Absolutely!!  Making healthy nutritional choices and adding exercise into your life on a daily basis in nothing more than creating a habit!

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important information on CoronaVirus from John Hopkins University

Posted on April 2, 2020 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Via Tommy Hanson from Bobbie Cupples McKenzie, so Uncle Tommy says it has been well-vetted: The following is from Irene Ken physician, whose daughter is an Asst. Prof in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University, quite informative.

The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).

By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 77 degrees Fahrenheit for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.

Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

NO BACTERICIDE OR ANTIBIOTIC SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; antibodies cannot kill what is not alive.

NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only -between 3 hours (fabric and porous),

4 hours (copper and wood)

24 hours (cardboard),

42 hours (metal) and

72 hours (plastic).

But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.

The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars.

They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein.

For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin.

The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.

Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.

The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less

You have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.

You have to Moisturize dry hands from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.

Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL


Thanks for my sister Maureen Ahokas for sharing


 

 

Potential for Massive Closures to Fitness Industry

Posted on March 30, 2020 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

For Immediate Release just received this. 

 

Potential for Massive Closures & Bankruptcies to

 

Fitness Industry Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

 

 

+ Dealing with Government-Sanctioned Closures and no Cash Flow,

FIC Members Seek Temporary Rent Relief

Edmonton – (March 30, 2020) Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC), the trade association representing over 5,000 fitness businesses who serve over 4 million members nationwide, is issuing an urgent appeal to government at all levels across Canada for emergency support.

 

In the wake of unprecedented fitness business closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, FIC members are asking provincial governments for help in the form of rent abatement until facilities can responsibly be reopened. With clubs closed and membership dues suspended, many facility owners will have difficulty paying end-of-month operational expenses, including rent, and seek temporary abatement to help them financially survive.

 

“Our members responsibly agreed to close their doors to limit the spread of COVID-19 earlier this month,” noted Scott Wildeman, President of FIC. “However, as the timeline around business returning to normal becomes less and less clear, we are pleading with government to assist our members from closing permanently. If fitness clubs are all forced into bankruptcy, the social impact to society will be devastating,” added Wildeman.

 

Health and wellness have never been more important. Physical fitness helps support a strong immune system, which is critical to staving off or recovering from COVID-19. Studies have shown that getting lots of sleep, eating healthy foods, and regular exercise are cornerstones of today’s recommended best practices, especially as we traverse the unknown landscape of global pandemic. The fitness professionals of FIC are committed to helping foster a healthy population – both physically and mentally.

 

“Members of FIC are united in this appeal. The fitness industry needs urgent assistance in order to survive. With rents due imminently, owners and operators of fitness facilities across Canada will be reaching out to MPPs and MLAs to press for relief,” noted Wildeman.

 

FIC members recognize that government’s initial priority is focused on ensuring Canadians have enough money to pay their household bills and feed their families. Yet important community businesses like gyms and fitness clubs will be critically important for Canadians when they’re able to get back to regular day-to-day routines and regular physical activity.

 

+ HOW TO WRITE TO YOUR MLA OR MPP:

https://www.legalline.ca/legal-answers/writing-to-your-mp-or-mpp/

 

+ FIND YOUR MLA OR MPP:

 

BC: https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members

AB: https://www.assembly.ab.ca/net/index.aspx?p=mla_home

SK: https://www.legassembly.sk.ca/mlas/

MB: https://www.gov.mb.ca/legislature/members/mla_list_alphabetical.html

ON: https://www.ola.org/en/members/current/contact-information

QC: http://www.assnat.qc.ca/en/deputes/index.html#listeDeputes

NB: https://www1.gnb.ca/legis/bios/59/index-e.asp

NS: https://nslegislature.ca/members/profiles-table

PEI: https://www.assembly.pe.ca/members

NFLD: https://www.assembly.nl.ca/Members/members.aspx

YT: https://yukonassembly.ca/mlas

NT: https://www.ntassembly.ca/members

NU: https://assembly.nu.ca/members/mla

 

About Fitness Industry Council of Canada:

 

Fitness Industry Council of Canada (FIC) represents the voice of the fitness industry in Canada. Representing over 5,000 fitness businesses with over 4 million members, FIC pursues a legislative agenda of protecting and promoting the fitness industry. FIC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and Provincial Council members who are all industry leaders with representation from big box gyms, group ex/studios/boutiques, private training, education, and technology.

 

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Scott Wildeman, President

Fitness Industry Council of Canada

swildeman@ficdn.ca

 

Trisha Sarker, Executive Director

Fitness Industry Council of Canada

tsarker@ficdn.ca

We are the industry that helps all begin and stay healthy for a life time.  Getting through the tough times body, mind and spirit.

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virtual vacations 8 ways to travel without leaving home

Posted on March 27, 2020 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

love sharing what's new out there.  Now we are home here's ideas for you

Travelzoo's mission has always been to get members off the couch and exploring the world — but if there was ever a time to stay on the sofa, it is now. Let's face it, we're all going to be spending a lot more time at home. And while travel may be out of the question for the present, we're still dreaming of our next adventure and all the places we hope to get to soon.

Until then, virtual vacations (#VirtualVacay) are open to everyone with an imagination and an internet connection. Whether you need an antidote to cabin fever or are pining for the flavours of a favourite destination, here are eight ways to travel without leaving home.

 

1. Get an up-close view of the world

With Google Street View, you can visit famous sites and monuments while lounging in your pyjamas. Immerse yourself in history at Rome’s Colosseum, admire the view of the Kohala Coast in Hawaii or stroll through the opulent interiors at the Palace of Versailles in France. For more adventure, check out Google Maps' virtual treks. You can go from climbing to Everest Base Camp in Nepal to diving in the Galapagos Islands of Peru to searching for polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba — in just a matter of clicks.

 

2. Take a virtual museum tour

The world’s best galleries and museums are just a few clicks away with Google Arts & Culture, a platform that allows you to take digital tours of legendary places from the Guggenheim in New York City to the Louvre in Paris. We also love the free online tours at the British Museum, The Louvre, The Smithsonian and The Vatican, Closer to home, The Virtual Museum of Canada bills itself as the largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations. You can even see iconic art pieces up close. The best part? It's all free.

 

3. Cook meals from your favourite destinations

Travel and eating are one of life's greatest matches, so what better way to satisfy your wanderlust than by feasting on food from a place you're longing to return to or to see for the first time? Explore the globe from your kitchen by sourcing recipes from the corner of the world you're craving. You can also take online cooking classes such as Nonna Live, where you'll learn to make classics from an Italian grandma. Free lessons have cropped up during this downtime, including daily Delish.com cooking videos for parents and children, and Kitchen Quarantine, Instagram lessons from Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura.

 

4. Learn a new language — or research your mother tongue

Duolingo allows you to spend just a few minutes a day learning a foreign language, in a fun game style. It’s free and there’s even an app for kids. You could also have a go at a new hobby. Maybe it’s time for you to get started on your family tree: Ancestry has a free trial, giving you access to billions of family records. Who knows, your next trip could be to the land of your ancestors.

 

5. Explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites

It’s not quite the same as being there, but you can visit some of the world’s most celebrated heritage sites without leaving home. The UNESCO website has a list of 1,121 sites that are considered to have “outstanding universal value.” Many of these cultural sites, such as India's Taj Mahal, England's Stonehenge and Peru's Machu Picchu, have their own virtual tours that enable you to see detailed panoramic images while reading all about these fascinating places to appreciate why they are so important.

 

6. Visit a virtual zoo or aquarium

Hippos, monkeys and penguins can be viewed through webcams, virtual tours and “home safaris.” Visit Ripley's Aquarium of Canada in Toronto to keep an eye on the sharks. The San Diego Zoo is livestreaming a number of animals on its website, including koalas, pandas, giraffes and polar bears. You can also bring exotic animals like snow leopards into your living room with a selection of live video streams from Australian zoos. The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is livestreaming a "home safari show" on its Facebook page each weekday at 3 p.m. ET. Each episode will feature a different animal and an accompanying educational kids activity that can be done from home.

 

7. Walk in the park — virtually

We may not be able to visit Canada's national and provincial parks in person, but you can still get back to nature (from a distance) with virtual tours and videos. Discover the beaches of Pacific Rim National Park and the magnificent peaks of Banff National Park via Google Earth, watch a live view of Algonquin Provincial Park and let a guide take you on a video tour of Gros Morne National Park. For even more park inspiration, we put together a roundup of our favourite videos and virtual park tours in Canada and the U.S.

 

8. Start planning your next trip

Just because you've had to shelve your immediate travel plans doesn't mean you can't look forward to a future trip. Often the happiest part of travel takes place before you ever pack your bag — reading about destinations, searching for hotels and deciding on what to do once you get there. If nothing else, it will tide you over during this lockdown period and give you something fun to look forward to when this is all over. Check out Travelzoo's Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds for #VirtualVacay ideas. You can also get inspired by our fully refundable vacations, flexible trips and flexible hotel deals — all designed to let you book with peace of mind.

 

Dean Seguin

Deal Expert 

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Up date on COVID - 19

Posted on March 17, 2020 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Best ways to be safe in this trying time is stay CALM.

Do what feels right. 

Avoid letting yourself get anxious.  Listen to your body, rest, stay hydrated, wash your hands well, keep your distance.

Find everything positive, visualize rainbow at the end of a storm.

THUNDER BAY – THUNDER BAY HAS updated the city response to COVID-19.


https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-health-officials-test-32-people-for-covid-19-virus-1.5499101" target="_blank">Public health waiting for more COVID-19 test results


(CNN)Contrary to what some may think, not everything on social media is rooted in fact.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/16/us/coronavirus-myths-debunking-holding-breath-10-seconds-trnd/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3X3estYhkCAInGBRmif5Q5n8kE-lshhRPbsKQw9u0LQxKW1tTgsrqfvq8" target="_blank">https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/16/us/coronavirus-myths-debunking-holding-breath-10-seconds-trnd/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3X3estYhkCAInGBRmif5Q5n8kE-lshhRPbsKQw9u0LQxKW1tTgsrqfvq8


This will all pass. 

Coronavirus important safe guards

Posted on March 16, 2020 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Sharing 

Mar 15, 2020, 1:26 PM

I would like to share Peng You's message he gave to the Taiji membership. Feel very important for all.

 

From member of the Stanford hospital board. This is their feedback for now on Corona virus: The new Coronavirus may not show sign of infection for many days. How can one know if he/she is infected? By the time they have fever and/or cough and go to the hospital, the lung is usually 50% Fibrosis and it's too late. Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing, without discomfort, stiffness or tightness, etc., it proves there is no Fibrosis in the lungs, basically indicates no infection. In critical time, please self-check every morning in an environment with clean air. Serious excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases: Everyone should ensure your mouth & throat are moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 minutes at least. Why? Even if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids will wash them down through your throat and into the stomach. Once there, your stomach acid will kill all the virus. If you don't drink enough water more regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs. That's very dangerous. Please send and share this with family and friends. Take care everyone and may the world recover from this Coronavirus soon.

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - CORONAVIRUS

 

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold

 

2. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose.

 

3. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.

 

4. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.

 

5. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with a bacterial soap.

 

6. On fabric it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.

 

7. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.

 

8. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on

 

. 9. You should also gargle as a prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.

 

10. Can't emphasis enough - drink plenty of water!


Stay active within safe bondaries.  Walking is still best.

In Wellness and Health  Anne

Discover The Secret To Unlocking Your Shoulders In Just Minutes So That You Can Get Back To Your Workouts & Pain Free Life�?�

Posted on March 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Discover The Secret To Unlocking Your Shoulders In Just Minutes So That You Can Get Back To Your Workouts & Pain Free Life…

Former Shoulder Pain Sufferer Reveals “4 Strategies To Reduce Pain” and Prevent Injury From a Unique 3-Step Method That No One Else Will Tell You About.

By: Mike Westerdal, CPT, RKC

Powerlifter, Best Selling Fitness Author

and former sufferer of shoulder pain

 

Dear Friend,

 

 

It’s true, close to 40% of all injuries related to resistance training affect the shoulder, making it the number one cause of pain in the gym.

 

Doesn’t that make you wonder how some people are able to train with 100% effort month after month, without ever having to slow down due to a nagging injury caused by shoulder pain? And it doesn’t seem like they spend extra time warming up or have to limit their exercise selection?

 

If so, I’ll tell you how they do it.

4 Strategies to Avoid Shoulder Pain that were taught to me by injury specialist and exercise physiologist Rick Kaselj, MS.

STRATEGY TO AVOID SHOULDER PAIN #1

WARM UP THE MUSCLES & NOT JUST THE JOINT - Total warm up of all major muscle groups & joints is key 

- neck to toes.

Quick Fix: During your warm up add resistance to wake up the muscles of the shoulder, rotator cuff and shoulder blade so they are ready to protect and prevent a shoulder injury.

STRATEGY TO AVOID SHOULDER PAIN #2

DON’T GET STUCK IN THE TRADITIONAL SHOULDER PAIN CYCLE

TRADITIONAL SHOULDER PAIN MODEL

 

STEP 1: REST, ICE, DRUGS, SAFE

EXERCICES

At some point in your lifting career you come home and your shoulder just feels extra sore and you know something isn’t right so you take some anti-inflammatory pills and throw an ice pack on. It’s not a big deal and part of playing sports and training hard right? Hopefully in a few days it will be completely better, but usually some kind of discomfort or pain lingers. That’s no reason to miss a workout though. I know what’s on your mind, you can always avoid a few exercises that cause it to flare up or just train legs.

 

STEP 2: DOCTOR

Eventually this gets old and if it doesn’t feel better after a few weeks or months it’s probably time to visit the doctor to find out what’s going on. After using up a sick day and sitting for an hour in the waiting room it’s pretty annoying when the doctor tells you to rest, ice, and don’t do things that hurt. Seriously? If your insurance isn’t that great you’ll probably have to go back to your primary care doctor to get a referral to see a specialist. They’ll have you do an MRI which is super expensive. You’ll have to schedule another appointment for that though.

 

STEP 3: DIAGNOSIS

After the MRI you’ll get the diagnosis at your next appointment. How many appointments is that so far? I’ve lost track already…sigh

 

STEP 4: PHYSICAL THERAPY

You are advised to go to a physical therapist. If you’re in luck, your therapist has worked with athletes in the past. But who are we kidding? Most of the people in the center are not physically fit at all.

 

STEP 5: MISCELLANEOUS MODALITIES

Modalities you might be exposed to include hot packs, cold packs, ultrasound and electrical stimulation to name just a few.

 

STEP 6: STRETCHING AND STRENGTHENING

Once your insurance runs out or you think you know the stretches and strengthening exercises well enough you can continue with the rehab on your own time.

 

STEP 7: MRI

If it still doesn’t feel better it’s time for another MRI……cha-ching, the cost is really adding up fast.

 

STEP 8: PHYSICAL THERAPY, CORTISONE INJECTION, SURGERY

Next you can try more physical therapy or you can cover the symptoms with a cortisone shot that will numb the pain for a couple months. After that there’s always surgery, but something in your gut tells you that’s not what you really need. Listen to your instincts.

- Been through lots of shoulder pain done all the above.  

Suggests

TRATEGY TO AVOID SHOULDER PAIN #3

DEAL WITH THE ROOT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM…NOT THE SYMPTOMS

- makes good sense.

“Neither Strengthening nor Stretching Will Help You Until The Shoulder Joint Has Been Reshaped Into a Pain Free Joint.”

While strengthening is important, it needs to be done when the shoulder joint has been reshaped into a pain-free shoulder joint. If you have not reshaped the shoulder joint into a pain-free joint, you are just adding more strength to a painful joint and making the problem worse. In time this stress leads to repetitive shoulder injuries, increased shoulder joint damage and shoulder pain.

 

In the next strategy I’ll share with you how to re-shape your shoulders so that when you strengthen them you will NOT be causing more damage.

 

STRATEGY TO AVOID SHOULDER PAIN #4

RESHAPING THE SHOULDER JOINT CAN ACTUALLY BE EASY (WITH THE SR3-METHOD)

......https://www.fixmyshoulders.com/

After improving the quality of life for my family, I became a “believer” in Rick and practically begged him to team up with Critical Bench and allow me the privilege of sharing his new Fix My Shoulder Pain System utilizing his trademarked SR3 Method.

 

WHAT IS THE SR3 METHOD?

This led to the creation of the SR3 Method which is based on one key concept: Reshaping your shoulder from a painful shoulder joint to a pain-free shoulder joint.

I know it sounds amazing but let me show you how you can do this for yourself and have your painful shoulder move into a pain free shoulder.

 

PART 1: ALIGNMENT

The first part of the SR3 method involves using the concept of alignment. In order to begin reshaping your shoulder you need to make sure your shoulder joint is in ideal centration – the best possible position. The SR3 method will show you how to do this.

PART 1: ALIGNMENT

The first part of the SR3 method involves using the concept of alignment. In order to begin reshaping your shoulder you need to make sure your shoulder joint is in ideal centration – the best possible position. The SR3 method will show you how to do this.

 

 

PART 2: TISSUE QUALITY

The second part of the SR3 method is improving tissue quality. With ongoing pain and injuries the tissues change over time. This leads to the shoulder reshaping into a painful shoulder joint. This could cause dysfunction, less movement, poor circulation, less malleable muscles, stiffness around the shoulder joint and tight ligaments.

 

This all ends up affecting the positioning of the shoulder blade, leading to the shoulder blade changing its tilt. This biting tilt leads to the most common shoulder injury – a rotator cuff injury. The SR3 method will show you how to reposition this tilt and experience a pain free shoulder.

PART 3: ACTIVATION & ENDURANCE

Activation is turning on the right muscle in the shoulder to decrease the stress on the rotator cuff, provide stability to the shoulder joint and allow you to layer on strength to your shoulders.

 

Finally, and something that is often overlooked, is the concept of endurance when it comes to a shoulder pain relieving program. The reality is your shoulder muscles to be able to work for a long period of time in order to prevent the shoulder joint into reshaping into a painful shoulder joint again. By focusing on endurance you can ensure the shoulder joint muscles will hold the shoulder joint in a pain-free position after shoulder reshaping has occurred.

To learn more https://www.fixmyshoulders.com/

Also see at end on ebook Fix my Knee Pain

Good information sharing from Anne 

Diabetes drugs - recalled across Canada

Posted on February 27, 2020 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

TORONTO

-- Health Canada has expanded a national recall for certain types of diabetes medications due to concerns that an impurity in the prescription drugs could be linked to cancer.

 

The recall, issued Wednesday, is for certain brands of drugs containing metformin, which is prescribed to some patients with Type 2 diabetes to help control their blood sugar levels.

 

The recalled medications contain alarmingly high levels of an organic compound called N-nitrosodimethylamine, or NDMA. The compound is safe when ingested in small doses over a lifetime, but studies have shown that it is potentially carcinogenic above a certain threshold.

 

 

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The new recall includes six lots of the RAN-Metformin drug, sold in 500 milligram tablets by Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. Earlier this month, Health Canada issued a similar recall for eight lots of APO-Metformin ER tablets, sold in 500 milligram tablets by Apotex Inc.

 

Lot numbers for the recalled products are listed on Health Canada’s website.

 

Some lots of the recalled drugs contained levels of NDMA that were higher than what is considered acceptable, “if the drug were to be taken over a lifetime,” Health Canada said. Other lots contained NDMA levels that were close to the acceptable limit.

 

“We are all exposed to low levels of nitrosamines through a variety of foods (such as smoked and cured meats, dairy products and vegetables), drinking water and air pollution. NDMA is not expected to cause harm when ingested at low levels. A person taking a drug that contains NDMA at or below the acceptable level every day for 70 years is not expected to have an increased risk of cancer,” Health Canada said in a statement.

 

The public health agency advises patients not to stop taking their medication unless they have spoken with their health care provider. Stopping the medication without speaking to a doctor could lead to uncontrolled diabetes, high blood sugars and long-term conditions such as heart disease, nerve problems and even blindness.

 

The recall comes just a few months after Health Canada announced that it was looking into possible concerns about NDMA in metformin drugs. The federal agency has asked multiple drug companies to test their products, and similar testing was conducted at Health Canada labs.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/health/diabetes-drugs-recalled-across-canada-due-to-cancer-concerns-1.4828883" target="_blank">https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/health/diabetes-drugs-recalled-across-canada-due-to-cancer-concerns-1.4828883

Natural Fridge and microwave cleaner

Posted on February 27, 2020 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Cleaning the fridge and microwave can be two of the most difficult chores around the house. Caked-on food, mystery stains, and questionable smells can make this a dreaded cleaning job that gets put off until the last minute. If you need a little help, try this DIY Refrigerator and Microwave Cleaner featuring Lemon essential oil for an easy cleaning job and refreshing aroma.

 

 

Ingredients

1 cup white vinegar

2 cups hot water

15 drops Lemon oil

 

 

Instructions

 

Combine the ingredients in glass spray bottle.

Spray mixture inside fridge or microwave, then scrub and wipe using damp cloth.

5 Foods to avoid if you have arthritis

Posted on February 17, 2020 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

https://healthandwellnesstools.com/products/121/sp-heal-n-soothe-5-worst-foods?utm_type=paid&utm_source=Youtube&utm_campaign=ytube-5wfa-DR-HWT&utm_content=null&utm_medium=null&utm_term=null&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuZj_1s_Y5wIV0igBCh2zsw9wEAEYASAAEgIiFPD_BwE" target="_blank">5 Foods to Avoid if you have Arthritis


1- SUGAR 


2. Night Shade Vegetables


3. Blackened Barbecued foods.


4. French Fries & Processed foods.


5. Gluten - bagels, muffins etc.


This link explains why these foods are bad also promotes a product.  

NOTE: I am not endorsing product - only educating on the foods to avoid ad why as expressed by expert in video.

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30 day Challenge changing food habits

Posted on January 3, 2020 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Days 1,2 & 3 are usually the hardest because withdrawal symptoms from caffeine and sugar creep in!

 

Withdrawal symptoms vary for people but just know that they will pass and it’s totally normal. It really is eye opening to realize the effect that food has on your body. This is all part of the learning process.

 

Here are some tips to get you through the tough part

�� Drink plenty of water �� ! Add lemon, a Fizz Stick, mint, cucumbers or strawberries to flavor the water! Whatever you have to do, push yourself to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces!

�� If you were a heavy coffee drinker, you will definitely want to have 2 Energy Fizz Sticks/day. If you were not a big coffee drinker or did not drink coffee at all, then you may be fine with only 1. (Max would be 3). Fizz Sticks will help with hydration and also reducing headaches.

 

�� Listen to your body and EAT when you are hungry and STOP when you are no longer hungry ...not when you're full (and yes, there's a difference). TAKE YOUR TIME drinking your shakes + eating your meals.

��Make sure you are having a snack between both of your daily shakes.

 

I promise this FOG will pass and soon you will start to feel like a totally new person!!! Stay STRONG!! It is SO worth it!

shared on facebook by  Aislinn Anderson

Member of 30 days to Healthy Living Community �� since June 18, 2019

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