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Ways to Stay Fit During Winter

Ways to Stay Fit During Winter

Brrrrrr. Looks like Old Man Winter is on his way. And when the cold blustery weather does arrive, it sure can make it tough to keep up with your fitness routine. After all, who wants to go for a run when you have to bundle up in bulky clothing. But if you think winter means staying inside and missing out on a ton of fun activities, think again. Here are some great ways to stay fit and keep yourself motivated this time of year. Read more

Keep Your Dog Active and Healthy This Winter

Keep Your Dog Active and Healthy This Winter

Brr, the cold weather is right around the corner. The days are getting shorter, there is frost on the ground, and there is a bite in the air. Winter is coming and this means it’s time to think about how you can keep your dog safe and content this winter.

The good news is that it’s pretty easy to keep your dog warm and happy this winter. In fact, just as we wear winter boots and pull on a warm coat – similar adjustments can make a big difference for your dog. If your dog has arthritis or other joint problems, it’s extra important that you keep him warm while out on walks and playing outdoors.

We’ve put together a list of tips for you to think about when as we enter the cooler months of the year. We want to hear from you, share your best warm dog tips with us on our Facebook page. Read more

Antioxidants – Your key to a long life

Antioxidants – Your key to a long life

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of antioxidants in food, from helping prevent heart disease, cancer and other diseases to reducing the signs of aging. But what are antioxidants and what are the best food sources?

Think of your body as a car. Over time and during extreme weather, the metal reacts with oxygen and begins to rust. If you neglect to maintain the car with frequent washing and polishing, your car will inevitably rust at a higher rate. The same goes for your body. Free radicals are toxic byproducts of oxygen metabolism that can cause significant damage to living cells and tissues, and antioxidants are the protective “gear”. Read more

Latest Information on Longevity

Latest Information on Longevity

The quest to live forever has always been part of the human spirit. Ever since we became aware of our own mortality, we’ve been looking for ways to slow down the hands of time.

From the latest anti-aging products and supplements to “miracle” drugs and biohacking, the hottest fountain-of-youth trends are only fueling our continued obsession to a longer and healthier life. While there is definitely some interesting, emerging science behind longevity, we still are a long way away from avoiding the inevitable.

Taking cold showers, dumping loads of butter in your coffee, and transfusing the blood of young people into the elderly—it seems there’s no shortage of longer-life hacks out there. In all likelihood, the secrets to longevity don’t have to be all that complicated (or disgusting, for that matter). Read more

Caring for Your Dog’s Mental Health

Caring for Your Dog’s Mental Health

As a dog owner, it’s important to be aware of your dog’s health. For most of us, we first think of our dog’s joint health and pay attention to how our dog is moving and playing. When we notice joint discomfort, we’re quick to respond with a visit to the vet and taking the steps to ensure this joint discomfort does not become chronic.

Have you ever thought about your dog’s mental health? Your dog’s mental health is equally as important as having healthy and flexible joints. Often the biggest mental health struggle dogs have is with boredom.

Unexpected changes in behavior such as chewing furniture, excessive barking, nervousness around children or new people, extreme energy bursts, or reluctance to play with a favorite toy can all point to boredom. Read more

Your Guide to Successful Meal Planning

Your Guide to Successful Meal Planning

Cooking can be easy, but meal planning is a whole different ball game. With the right mindset and the following tips, meal planning can become a positive habit that can be easily implemented into your weekly routine.

Once you establish a meal planning schedule, it will help you save money, reduce food waste, reduce stress, save time, add variety to your week and allows you to allocate more time for family, friends and active living.    Read more

How to Prepare Healthy One-Pot Meals

How to Prepare Healthy One-Pot Meals  

By: Dr. Melissa Carr

Most of us love to eat, fewer of us love to cook, and none of us love to stare into a sink full of dirty dishes. One of the best ways to skimp on the mess without skimping on taste is with one-pot meals. They’re easy to prepare, super delicious, and good for you—with no major clean-up to worry about afterwards. Sounds too good to be true? Here’s a great guide to healthy one-pot meals that’ll help change the way you cook and eat, and get you back to loving your kitchen again. Read more

Benefits and Safety Tips for Outdoor Activities

Benefits and Safety Tips for Outdoor Activities

What is affordable, accessible and a form of preventative medicine? If you guessed Nature, you’re correct. Many studies show significant health gains for those in contact with nature. Spending time in nature can: Read more

Staying Healthy While Travelling

Staying Healthy While Travelling

By: Dr. Melissa Carr

If there’s one passion I share with Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s travelling. Packing my bags and venturing into the unknown is always exciting. Whether I’m heading out on a long overseas trip or a quick weekend getaway, nothing gives me a bigger rush than exploring somewhere new.

Sure, travelling is amazing, but it can also be detrimental to your health. If you are one of the lucky few who can jet-set across the globe and never get sick or hurt, count your blessings. For the rest of us, staying healthy during our travels can be challenging. Here are 5 tips to help keep you healthy while on the road.   Read more

How to use a tennis ball for myofascial release

How to Use a Tennis Ball for Myofascial Release

BY: Melanie Trepanier

A tennis ball is the perfect size tool to offer deep self-massage to just about any sore and tight muscle. Learning some of these exercises will mimic acupressure, reflexology and massage combined, saving you hundreds of dollars a year on treatment. What’s more is that they’re available to you anytime with something small enough to fit in a pocket and cheaper than your morning coffee (even the home brew kind!). So head to the dollar store if you don’t already have a tennis ball at home, preferably one that isn’t covered in dog slobber, and set aside 15 minutes a day for some myofascial release.

What’s commonly referred to as a “knot” is really a muscle spasm that can be willed into relaxation with the proper technique. Something that can make the tennis ball massage more effective is to start with a heat treatment before you begin rolling, put a hot water bottle on the area you plan to massage for 5-10 minutes, breathe deeply and intentionally into the areas that are tight and let any stress melt away. Next comes the “fun” part! The idea with any massage is to essential trap the tight muscle between your body and another spot which will apply pressure to trigger the release. The pressure should be enough to illicit a strong sensation but not so strong that you’d be wincing or gritting your teeth, keep it fun yeah?! Below are 6 exercises to target the most common areas of myofascial pain. Read more