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What do you value the most?

If you are like the majority of people, your health will top the list.

The new year is underway, and the health trends of 2020 are likely going to find their way into your healthcare regime. Plant-based eating is leading the way, with more people embracing a flexitarian-eating style, which focuses mainly on plant protein, but allows for meat in moderation. Gluten-free, keto diets continue, along with gut-friendly fare, such as kefir, and kombucha. There are more options for plant-based milk and beans are on everyone’s plate with chick peas leading the way.

Here’s our local health experts on tips to improve your health and make 2020 the year for a new, improved you.

Try eBikes

Looking for an easy way to improve your health, save money and help the environment? With a pedal assist electric bike, you can get exercise and experience the joy of cycling. Studies continue to show the many health benefits of eBikes — you get the same exercise benefits of a regular bike, but  with the hills no longer a daunting task, you will actually be out on the bike.

Pedal assist electric bikes are ideal for all ages, abilities and riding interests. There are urban commuter bikes, cargo bikes, mountain bikes, cruiser bikes for comfort, e-trikes for ultimate stability and even fat tire bikes for riding on the beach or snow. “The great thing about an eBike is you can choose how hard you work your body. It is much gentler on your joints, and you get to see more because you are able to ride further distances,” says Kelly Demoline of CitrusCycles. A bonus is all the money you will save by not driving

Fitness For Life

By Tyler VR Buck, Owner/Coach, Boundless Fitness and Nutrition

Fitness for life means that you are able to do what you love for as long as possible at a high capacity. Drinking water, eating vegetables, sleeping well, having great relationships, finding joy in life, eating adequate amounts of protein, walking outside, laughing, moving daily all contribute to a healthy life.

This change in lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. It takes years of practice, coaching and refinement.

Your practices should be tailored to your goals. Do you want to be able to lift your grandchild? Do you want to be independent well into your 90s? Do you want to feel strong and mobile? Much of the same principles apply to you, but the methods in them change based upon your individual needs. If you want your car to last as long as possible, you take it to a great mechanic. Your health is no different.

Our purpose at Boundless Fitness & Nutrition is to help individuals live a life without limits. Making an investment in your health is a worthwhile endeavour, and we strive to help you get the most out of your journey. We offer free initial consultations, individualized coaching plans, a life-changing guided nutritional education program and a few more services that we are sure you’ll love.

bounlessfitnessandnutrition.ca

or phone 250-716-6306

Yoga: A path to freedom

By Jessica Lowry, certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, owner Align with Jessica

Iyengar Yoga is yoga for everybody. When we can bypass our attachment to our thoughts and busy brains, we can feel, know and source the peace of our true selves.

Iyengar Yoga is a specific path to yoga founded by the late BKS Iyengar, who was a yoga luminary. Teachers train and study for a minimum of six years before testing for certification.

Iyengar’s inventive and creative use of props to enhance the learning and healing aspects of yoga is key to the practice. In my classes, I am fully stocked with bolsters, foam bricks, straps, blankets and chairs to work with a practice that is supported and that offers us the potential to explore creatively and safely on our path of learning.

We undo negative postural habits, source strength, work on balance, proprioception, flexibility and reconnecting the energetic body through alignment in the postural practice. We work through a syllabus of poses that gradually opens the body and mind, progressively and safely, with accommodations and alternatives to everybody. The practice of inversions (where the head is below the heart), or safe alternatives, is key in balancing the nervous system and accessing that intrinsic sense of well-being and peace. Deeper and more subtle layers of practice working towards specific breath work and meditation develop over time and with learning. This is not a quick fix, but a lifelong practice to sustain you as you change, age, evolve with yourself and the world.

Jessica has taught and studied yoga since 2007.  alignwithjessica.com

Volunteer

Physical, mental and spiritual health all play important roles in staying fit for life. Medical experts are recognizing the benefits of volunteering, meditating and unplugging from distractions, essential for balanced mindful living. The Ladysmith Maritime Society is hosting a Volunteer Fair on February 16, at 2 p.m., at the Welcome Centre on the dock of LMS. Phone Shanti at 250 516 6107 or your local non-profit group, and get involved – for your health’s sake.

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