It’s that time of the year again…it’s the Holiday’s!!
This is a time to kick back and relax as you attend countless family and social gatherings and lets not forget of course about the feasting! Sadly with all the lovely Holiday feasting and dinning that occurs between Thanksgiving and New Years studies have shown that people on average can gain up to 1 pound in weight!
Now you might consider that a relatively low number, one pound, but a pound a year over several years can add up rather quickly!
So here are some Holiday treats that you should probably avoid and others to love 🙂
Try to avoid this tempting treats…
Eggnog: This oh so tasty treat may tantalize your taste buds, but consider this before having a glass…one 8-oz (~250mL) serving can exceed 250 calories and 5g of saturated fat! Throw around the idea of having a small glass of red wine or some light fruit juice as an alternative 🙂
Dips: Though they are extremely delicious you never actually know what can be lurking within them…extra extra cheese…heavy cream? The only thing that is not a mystery about them is the fact that they are like a chorus of angels in your mouth when you eat it. As an alternative to the mystery dip try hummus or a home made salsa instead.
Now for some Healthy Alternatives!
Sweet Potatoes: These yummy powerhouses are absolutely delicious! and they taste like dessert!! Packed with an assortment of healthy nutrients you can swap out your regular potatoes and add these guys in to amplify the taste and you can cut back on added sugars too!
Cocoa: Chocolate lovers will love this one, in moderation of course. Studies have shown that having a small amount of chocolate (the darker the better) can actually lower your blood pressure!
So remember this Holiday season to watch what you are treating on and look out for these guys! Maybe you’ll save yourself a pound if you do! 🙂
With Healthy Workplace Month coming to a fast close it seems like this would be a good time to remind everyone about your BINGO cards!
In case you have forgotten they look something like this bingo, they should be well on their way to be completed and handed in by the beginning of November to be enter to win some of the amazing prize we have!
These prizes may include such things as Fresh gift cards/items and even lululemon athletica gift cards/items!
All you have to do is print out a Bingo card from above, if you don’t already have one that is, and start completing the tasks outlined in each box. Yes it’s that easy! 🙂
For every column/row you complete you are entered into the draw for the gift prizes….yes that means that you can be entered to a max of 5 times if you complete your entire card. That’s pretty awesome!!
So get your Bingo Cards completed and send them in within the week! The deadline is fast approaching!
With the winter months and weather coming in rather fast this past week we will be starting to “run” a Nordic Pole Walking Club here at Toronto General Hospital.
The club will meet from 12 noon to 1 PM and go for a 3-5km walk. Meet at the Wellness Centre.
This is an excellent opportunity for staff to come out and take a lovely stroll while on their lunch break 🙂
Bring your friends and co-workers and just go for a nice walk, have a talk about last nights game or perhaps how your dog Tyson has been doing.
For those of participating in Activate Your Commute this is an excellent opportunity to help build up those steps and then log them to win some awesome prizes!
I’ll be sure to see ya on Monday at the Wellness Centre at noon!
Lace Up and get ready to walk 🙂
Today at the Wellness Centre I was working away on important things, type type type, read read read, type type type, read read read….before I knew it I had this slight pain in the back of my neck from being hunched over my computer all day! 😦 Lucky for me, Ashley had already planned for us to facilitate an Office Stretch Break for a department within the hospital!
After a long trek through the maze like corridors of Toronto General we arrived! And so the stretching began…after the short stretching tutorial I felt revitalized and refreshed! The slight pain was gone and I could move my neck again, hooray for stretching! After this tutorial I was determined to stretch myself out at least once an hour, if not more so that this slight annoyance would not come back and annoy me again.
Now a lot of people ask “Well…why do I have to stretch at work?” and the answer is actually very simple…because our bodies aren’t meant to sit all day, we are meant to be outside running with the hippos with the wind in our hair. Rather, most people sit for prolonged times which causes soreness, muscle tension and stiffness.
Remember most importantly, relax while you stretch and don’t forget to breathe. (hold each stretch for 10-30 seconds allowing for a nice relaxing stretch)
Nordic Pole Walking was created in the early 90’s as an alternative for cross-country skiers to train during the summer months. It is a low-impact form of exercise that involves walking with a pair of poles, hence the name “Nordic Pole Walking”.
Earlier today I took part in a 1-hour Pole Walking adventure, and I must say it was a fun!! An experience I know I’ll enjoy again…and I’m going to be sore tomorrow, haha :p
One of the other participants during the walk stated, “I’ve never had to think so hard while walking!”, and I would have to agree with her. Not only does it work your cardiovascular system and is an excellent resistance workout, it is also somewhat of a mental challenge. Our instructor reminded us during the walk to coordinate the poles with every step while also maintaining good posture and remembering to swing and push with your shoulders as you walk with a slight “strut/swag”‘. If you are interested in trying pole walking please contact the Wellness Centre at the UHN!
Thank you to Insideout Physiotherapy & Wellness Group for the awesome time and I look forward to poling again 🙂