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Join us on Thursday, February 15th, 2018, from 7 to 9 pm and be introduced to our comprehensive approach to help you kick-start your body's ability to lose weight.
Please RSVP before February 9, 2018.
Space is limited.
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What are the mental health benefits of exercise?
Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size. Sure, exercise can improve your physical health and your physique, trim your waistline, improve your sex life, and even add years to your life. But that’s not what motivates most people to stay active.
People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being. They feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories, and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. And it’s also powerful medicine for many common mental health challenges.
Exercise and depression:
Studies show that exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side-effects, of course. In addition to relieving depression symptoms, research also shows that maintaining an exercise schedule can prevent you from relapsing.
Exercise is a powerful depression fighter for several reasons. Most importantly, it promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well-being. It also releases endorphin's, powerful chemicals in your brain that energize your spirits and make you feel good. Finally, exercise can also serve as a distraction, allowing you to find some quiet time to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed depression.
Exercise and anxiety:
Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment. It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphin's. Anything that gets you moving can help, but you’ll get a bigger benefit if you pay attention instead of zoning out.
Try to notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground, for example, or the rhythm of your breathing, or the feeling of the wind on your skin. By adding this mindfulness element—really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise—you’ll not only improve your physical condition faster, but you may also be able to interrupt the flow of constant worries running through your head.
Exercise and stress:
Ever noticed how your body feels when you’re under stress? Your muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck, and shoulders, leaving you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. You may feel a tightness in your chest, a pounding pulse, or muscle cramps. You may also experience problems such as insomnia, heartburn, stomachache, diarrhea, or frequent urination. The worry and discomfort of all these physical symptoms can in turn lead to even more stress, creating a vicious cycle between your mind and body.
Exercising is an effective way to break this cycle. As well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body. Since the body and mind are so closely linked, when your body feels better so, too, will your mind.
Exercise and ADHD:
Exercising regularly is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce the symptoms of ADHD and improve concentration, motivation, memory, and mood. Physical activity immediately boosts the brain’s dopamine, nor-epinephrine, and serotonin levels—all of which affect focus and attention. In this way, exercise works in much the same way as ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall.
Exercise and PTSD and trauma:
Evidence suggests that by really focusing on your body and how it feels as you exercise, you can actually help your nervous system become “unstuck” and begin to move out of the immobilization stress response that characterizes PTSD or trauma. Instead of thinking about other things, pay close attention to the physical sensations in your joints and muscles, even your insides as your body moves. Exercises that involve cross movement and that engage both arms and legs—such as walking (especially in sand), running, swimming, weight training, or dancing—are some of your best choices.
Outdoor activities like hiking, sailing, mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and skiing (downhill and cross-country) have also been shown to reduce the symptoms of PTSD.
Other mental and emotional benefits of exercise:
Sharper memory and thinking. The same endorphins that make you feel better also help you concentrate and feel mentally sharp for tasks at hand. Exercise also stimulates the growth of new brain cells and helps prevent age-related decline.
Higher self-esteem. Regular activity is an investment in your mind, body, and soul. When it becomes habit, it can foster your sense of self-worth and make you feel strong and powerful. You’ll feel better about your appearance and, by meeting even small exercise goals, you’ll feel a sense of achievement.
Better sleep. Even short bursts of exercise in the morning or afternoon can help regulate your sleep patterns. If you prefer to exercise at night, relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help promote sleep.
More energy. Increasing your heart rate several times a week will give you more get-up-and-go. Start off with just a few minutes of exercise a day, and increase your workout as you feel more energized.
Stronger resilience. When faced with mental or emotional challenges in life, exercise can help you cope in a healthy way, instead of resorting to alcohol, drugs, or other negative behaviors that ultimately only make your symptoms worse. Regular exercise can also help boost your immune system and reduce the impact of stress.
Winter has arrived! This delicious, low calorie soup is the perfect bowl to cozy up with tonight after work. Quick to prepare and full of yummy, good-for-you ingredients, you'll actually be happy that the snowy weather has inspired this dish!
Click on the photo to check this incredible recipe out for yourself!
Fall seems to be everyone's favourite season and this is a perfect meal to get you into fall spirits, with seasonal veggies and appealing bright fall colours, your belly and your family will love you! You can have this meal ready in one hour so you can get out and enjoy the crisp air and crunchy leaves before calling it a night.
1. Place a rack in the centre of your oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Halve the butternut squash, scoop out the seeds, then arrange the halves on a baking tray, cut sides up. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Bake 45-55 minutes, just until the squash is fork tender. Remove from the oven and let cool. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
2. While the squash is baking, place the broth in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa, return to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and let simmer for 12 minutes, until most of the broth is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let sit, covered, for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork, then set aside.
3. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium heat. Add the kale and cook until wilted, about 4 minutes, then reduce the heat to medium low. Add the garlic, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cook 30 additional seconds, until is fragrant. Stir in the chickpeas, orange zest, orange juice, cooked quinoa, and cranberries.
4. Once the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick border around the sides and a 3/4-inch border along the bottom. Reserve the flesh for another use (or if you don’t mind a super duper stuffed squash, mix it in with the rest of the filling). Stuff the kale-quinoa filling into the squash halves, then return the squash to the oven. Bake at 375 degrees until hot, about 10 additional minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and serve warm.
Cal 308.4; Fat 7.0g; Cholesterol 6.9mg; Sodium 866.8mg; Potassium 623.4mg; Carbohydrates 57.4g; Protein 10.8g
Summer Holidays are over and September is here! We are all back in full force to work, school and extracurricular activities.
Give yourself an hour break this month and book with our Registered Massage Therapist. A one hour massage at an extra special price of $65.00!
Book your break today!
Community YOGA Classes
On September 11th begin 13 weeks that combines yoga, strength training, meditation and awareness. Listen to your body, become aware of how you sit, stand, sleep, walk and breathe. When you pay attention to your breath it becomes regulated by the cerebral cortex, the highest functioning area of your brain, where creativity, peace and contentment thrive.
Maximum 16 students
Black Gold Yoga Classes
After school yoga classes resume the week of September 11th.
Our yoga classes teach you how to fully utilize your muscles in the healthiest way possible. Poses are tailored as necessary to the level at which you are capable while striving for challenge without risking unnecessary injury.
Minimum 10 students
For more information go to BLACK GOLD SCHOOL EMPLOYEE CLASSES
Mint Chocolate Chip Banana Popsicle's
The weekend is going to be warm, so we've found a sweet treat to make that won't hurt your waistline! This recipe calls for just five simple, wholesome ingredients your body will thank you for. Bananas star in this nutrient-rich recipe, complemented by a few drops of peppermint extract for a touch of minty goodness that cranks the flavor up a few notches. Toss in some mini chocolate chips for a hint of sweetness your taste buds will go wild over!
Add bananas, mint extract, milk, and honey, to blender and pulse on high until a creamy consistency. Add to a bowl and stir in chocolate chips. Pour into Popsicle moulds, or small paper cups and insert Popsicle sticks. Freeze for at least 6 hours.
Optional: for mint green colour pops, add 2 drops of natural green food colouring.
One serving (one popsicle) contains:
Calories: 184 | Total Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 42mg | Carbohydrates: 27g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Protein: 3g |
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