Tag Archive | Walking

Activate Your Commute

The Activate Your Commute campaign closed yesterday and we would like to send a friendly reminder to log your biking and walking trips to work for the month of October. You are able to go back and log your trips for the entire month of October. Even you log a commute once, you are still eligible to win fantastic prizes!

http://www.smartcommutetoronto.ca/en/programs-services/activate-your-commute

The winners will be drawn in a couple of weeks.

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Pole Walking…Nordic Style

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”.

pole_walkingOne of the most amazing things about Nordic Pole Walking is that it is low-impact and yields such amazingly health benefits for people of all ages and fitness levels.

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 🙂

Sneak It In

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Lose the loafers. Give the heels a break. It’s Sneak It In Week!
Wear sneakers to work from April 8-12 and you’ll see how easy it can be to fit in more activity. Walk to lunch. Park a few blocks away. Hit the pavement on your coffee break. As long as your heart beats faster for 10 minutes, it really counts! So get active and sneak it in. You’ll be rewarded with a longer, happier, more fulfilling life.

To find out more information and tips on how to sneak in 10 minutes of activity every day please visit: http://www.participaction.com/programs-events/programs/sneak-it-in/

An Alarmingly Strong Link Between Lack of Walkability and Diabetes

Many urban planners and activists subscribe to the central belief that a walkable neighborhood is a healthier one, quite literally. After all, if you have the choice to stroll to school, or the corner store, or even just the nearest bus stop, all those steps add up over time, amounting to a more active lifestyle than is possible at the end of a cul-de-sac.  Click here to continue reading.

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