Forest Time to Calm the Mind

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Have you ever stepped foot in a beautiful grove of tall trees, and noticed a sense of calm? You wouldn’t be wrong. Scientific studies have proven that even as little as 20 minutes in a forest is enough to noticeably reduce both cortisol levels, and stress and anxiety inducing excitatory neurotransmitters levels. (more…)

Stretch Inside and Out

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As the weather gets a bit grey, so can our health. They do call it a “cold and flu season” after all. But we can’t let that get in the way so we do all that we can to keep our bodies happy and healthy. To avoid getting sick, you don’t have to lock yourself away and avoid all potential human interaction/contamination. There are lots of things you can do to be proactive and create a body and a system that is ready to fight off whatever this “season” throws at it. (more…)

Becoming More Mindful

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Are you a commuter? Chances are you’ve thought of and tried all kinds of things to help pass the time – music, video, podcasts, books – but, how about mindfulness? Sure the commute is a great time to feed the Netflix binge watching urge but it is also a good time to check in with yourself. Standing on a crowded skytrain car could just become the most peaceful part of your day! (more…)

Conquer icy sidewalks: The Penguin Walk

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Consistent sub-zero temperatures, and accumulating snow and ice has been a new reality for Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. With the snowiest season on record, it has taken us all some time to adjust. Gone are the days of a single snow day where  you hunker down, stay inside, and in the morning it has all melted away! This stuff is sticking around so we’ve all got to carry on with our day to day.  (more…)

Epsom Salts: How do they Work?

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How do Epsom Salts work to soothe your muscles?  Here’s an explanation: Magnesium is one of the main components of Epsom salt. It is a mineral that the body needs and, unlike most minerals, is can absorb through the skin as you soak in the bath. The mineral helps relax skeletal muscles by flushing lactic acid buildup in the muscles, which builds up during physical exertion, such as a vigorous workout. Magnesium also plays an important role in the absorption of vitamins in the body, in addition to aiding in regulating muscle and nerve function. All of these roles of magnesium significantly influence muscle soreness, which in turn relieves muscle stiffness. (more…)