Promises, promises, promises: How to keep those resolutions
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, 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]patico.ca 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.