Prom­ises, prom­ises, prom­ises: How to keep those res­o­lu­tions

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From aer­o­bics to zumba, there is a plethora of op­tions for the many of us who have vowed that this is the year that you are go­ing to be­come a bet­ter ver­sion of what you were last year.

And if you are de­ter­mined to add more spice and va­ri­ety to your diet, there is a wide, and grow­ing, menu of food op­tions out there.

Fore­cast­ers pre­dict that we will be tuck­ing into more meals that con­sist both of plant-based in­gre­di­ents and con­ven­tional meats.

One dish that is ex­pected to be a favourite is a blend of mush­rooms with ground meat, a recipe that is healthy, hearty and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.

Bone broth has al­ways had a cer­tain ap­peal. But in 2019, food­ies are pre­dict­ing that the broth will more fre­quently be in­cor­po­rated as a base for a wide range of meals.

How about ba­nana milk or pea pro­tein?

Do not be sur­prised to see such items on gro­cery store shelves this year.

While the dairy-free move­ment will carve out a large chunk of the food mar­ket, ba­sic tra­di­tional in­gre­di­ents will con­tinue to be the nour­ish­ment of choice for many.

Un­der the Dome

If you merely want to work up an ap­petite, or work off those ex­tra kilo­grams gained over the hol­i­days, there is no valid ex­cuse for re­main­ing on the couch.

This re­gion is blessed with a mul­ti­tude of pub­lic and pri­vate recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grams.

Area mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties main­tain are­nas and part­ner with com­mu­nity groups to pro­vide a net­work of trails.

Weather is never an is­sue for users of the Tim Hor­tons Dome in Alexan­dria.

Some would say that it is sum­mer all year long at the fa­cil­i­ties si­t­u­ated at 202 St. Ge­orge St.

Con­structed in late 2010, the Dome houses a soc­cer field, walk­ing track and ten­nis courts and al­lows res­i­dents to take ad­van­tage of the health ben­e­fits of car­dio­vas­cu­lar ex­er­cise, re­gard­less of the con­di­tions out­doors.

Soc­cer, lawn bowl­ing, ten­nis and var­i­ous spe­cial events take place in the fa­cil­ity that fea­tures a 200-me­tre rub­ber­ized sur­face walk­ing track and a 90' x 180' rub­ber­ized in­door soc­cer field.

Pub­lic Skat­ing

Pub­lic skat­ing, most of it free to fam­i­lies of all ages, is hosted in the Glen­garry Sports Palace (GSP) in Alexan­dria and the Maxville & Dis­trict Sports Com­plex in Maxville from Sep­tem­ber to April.


Res­i­dents of South Glen­garry have ac­cess to a wide va­ri­ety of recre­ational pro­grams and ser­vices. Some are pro­vided by mu­nic- ipal staff, while oth­ers are of­fered by the pri­vate sec­tor, but the vast ma­jor­ity of these pro­gram are or­ga­nized by vol­un­teers.

One of the ac­tiv­i­ties, of­fered at Char-Lan Dis­trict High School in Wil­liamstown, is bad­minton pro­gram de­signed for teenagers, adults and play­ers 55 and over.

Ac­tive Liv­ing Char­ter

The Town­ship of South Glen­garry has adopted an Ac­tive Liv­ing Char­ter for its res­i­dents. This Char­ter was de­vel­oped in part­ner­ship with the Eastern On­tario Health Unit. It states that: “Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, sport, recre­ation, and play can oc­cur any­where and at any time!”

Ex­pand your mind

Lacto-fer­men­tol­ogy is just one of the top­ics to be delved into by the Glen­garry En­core Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, which holds a se­ries of talks at Glen­garry Dis­trict High School in Alexan­dria.

Writ­ing, carv­ing, ethics, re­cy­cling, acrylics, law en­force­ment and gar­dens are just some of the sub­jects that will be ad­dressed over the course of the year.

Hip to be square

Danc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is a great way to move, have fun and make new friends.

The Glen­garry Tar­tans Modern Square Dance Club takes to the floor Sun­days at La Fra­ter­nité in Alexan­dria. For more de­tails, con­tact Ca­role and Bernie Lau­zon, 613-931-1783, clau­[email protected]­pa­ or François Des­marais, 613798-9163, fran­[email protected]

As the group says, “Don’t hi­ber­nate this win­ter! “

The Hôpi­tal Glen­garry Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal ther­a­peu­tic pool of­fers a fun way to be­come and stay fit.

The fa­cil­ity at the Alexan­dria hos­pi­tal, which opened in 2001, can be used by any­one and ev­ery­one. The pool has be­come a sta­ple of the com­mu­nity, not for only health pro­mo­tion but also for the sim­ple en­joy­ment of a good swim. The HGMH pool boasts com­plete wheel­chair ac­ces­si­bil­ity at not only the en­trance to the build­ing, but the fa­cil­ity is also equipped with a wa­ter wheel­chair for those re­quir­ing help de­scend­ing into the pool.

Please take note that there are fees as­so­ci­ated with all pool usage. For pool in­quiries, call 613-5255671. Sched­uled cour­ses and fam­ily swim are avail­able. The pool can be booked for rental on a per hour ba­sis for two hours and for a max­i­mum of 30 peo­ple.

In con­junc­tion with the phys­io­ther­apy de­part­ment, the hos­pi­tal is now of­fer­ing an ex­er­cise pro­gram de­signed specif­i­cally to ad­dress the needs of in­di­vid­u­als who have had joint re­place­ment surgery or are an­tic­i­pat­ing surgery. Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise can help pre­serve the life of your new hip or knee.

The buoy­ant prop­erty of wa­ter means there is less stress on your joints dur­ing aquatic ex­er­cise,

which is es­pe­cially help­ful dur­ing the early stages of re­cov­ery. When com­bined with the re­lax­ing 90 de­gree pool tem­per­a­ture, par­tic­i­pants find aquatic ex­er­cise can be an en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence that can im­prove flex­i­bil­ity, mus­cle strength, pos­ture, and bal­ance. The wa­ter is also a safe ef­fec­tive way to cor­rect gait im­bal­ances. Ex­er­cis­ing prior to surgery can add to a quicker re­cov­ery.


Stay­ing mo­ti­vated is a chal­lenge for ev­ery­one.

To keep your in­ter­est in a new ac­tiv­ity, find a fun rou­tine that is also de­mand­ing enough to pro­vide a work­out.

Writ­ing down your fit­ness goals helps.

Make sure that you also note the rea­sons you want to get into bet­ter shape.

A jour­nal to log your progress can be help­ful for some peo­ple too. Keep in mind that if you are not the type of per­son to make lists and track things this might not work for you and may feel like more of a bur­den than a bonus.

It is im­por­tant to re­ally look at your pre­vi­ous at­tempts at keep­ing your res­o­lu­tions and to un­der­stand what works for you per­son­ally. For ex­am­ple, if you like to work in a group and are mo­ti­vated by oth­ers, then choose a group fit­ness class that in­ter­ests you. Group fit­ness is also a great way to spend time with friends on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and to meet new peo­ple too.

If you are some­one who needs alone time or needs or likes a more flex­i­ble sched­ule you might want to try walk­ing, run­ning, or swim­ming, all of which can be done in the pool. Sched­ule ex­er­cise like a meet­ing. If you miss a day don’t sweat it! Start where you left off the next day or as soon as you can get back at it. Make mov­ing your body a habit like brush­ing your teeth. Never feel guilty about tak­ing time to ex­er­cise. It is a ne­ces­sity not a nov­elty.

Some is bet­ter than none when it comes to keep­ing on track with fit­ness. If you have less time don’t skip it, work a lit­tle harder in the time that you have. If you are in pain in one area of your body move the pain-free parts.

JUST MOVE IT: A sim­ple weight and some stretch bands can be used if and when you can­not at­tend or­ga­nized ex­er­cise ses­sions.

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