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Top 6 Outdoor Adventure and Camping Blogs

This information is from www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca.

Growing up I was fortunate that our family would go camping several times each summer. It was nothing fancy; we’d set-up camp at provincial parks and entertain ourselves with beach activities, berry picking, and some hiking. Sure, we got dirty and got one too many mosquito bites, but the memories of spending time together as a family and having lots of fun were worth it!

Packing suggestions: If the whole family is going camping, simple low cost items like a Frisbee™, beach or sports ball can get everyone off their lounge chairs and playing games together. A pail and shovel for playing in the sand and making sandcastles can provide hours of fun. For those heading out with a partner or a group of friends, pack your running shoes for jogs or hikes, and a swim suit for the beach (don’t forget the sunscreen!).

To read the rest of the article and see what the top 6 Outdoor Adventure and Camping Blogs are, click here.

Here in Abbotsford, you can also have fun outside with our Live 5210 Playboxes. Click here for more information.

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Changing Physical Activity Habits

This article is from www.healthyfamiliesbc.ca

There are a lot of motivating reasons to be physically active. For me, it’s a time I spend with friends who share similar interests, the feeling of increasing my fitness level, and it allows me that mental break from the day.

Everyone is different in what motivates them; it’s about finding what works for you!

So how do you make a change to be more active? One tool that can help is a decision balance analysis. This is about writing down the benefits and costs of both changing and not changing your physical activity habits. Below is an example of a decision balance I wrote. Keep in mind that your reasons might be completely different.

 

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MEND – FREE Healthy Living Program for Families

What is it?

MEND is a fun, FREE 10 week program for families with 7-13 year olds who want to learn more about healthy behaviours. The program supports families to live a healthy lifestyle. Groups of up to 15 children, accompanied by at least one parent or caregiver meet with program leaders twice a week for 8 weeks. The first hour is an interactive family session on nutrition and behaviour topics, followed by one hour of fun exercise for the children, while parents and caregivers meet for support and discussion on topics such as goals and rewards, label reading and problem solving.

This program is open to all families with a priority given to families who have a child who is above a healthy weight.

When is it?

Our current program just started and we can accept new registrations until Feb. 10. Sessions take place Tuesdays (6-8pm) and Saturdays (9:30-11:30am) at Eugene Reimer Middle School.

Families that attend at least 80% of the sessions will also receive a FREE 3 month pass to Abbotsford recreation centres at the end of the 8-week program!

Where do I get more information?

For more information, or to register, please contact Brenda Adams at mend@abbotsford.ca. You can also put your name down on the waitlist for our session starting in April.

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Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work

Weight loss happens to be one of the most popular goals that people set. Sandra Aamodt is a neuroscientist and science writer, who takes the complexities of neuroscience research and whips them into fun reads that give people a better understanding of their minds and behavior. In this 12 minute video she shares some of the research that helps to explain why diets don’t work.

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • The set point for the weight that your body likes to be at is actually a range of 10-15 pounds
  • If you lose 10% of your body weight your metabolism will slow down 250-400 calories per day
  • You can take control of your health by taking control of your lifestyle, even if you can’t lose weight
  • The typical outcome of dieting is that you’ll gain more weight in the long run
  • A lot of weight gain boils down to eating when you’re not hungry
  • If diets actually worked, we would all be thin right now
  • At its worst, dieting causes collateral damage (weight obsession, eating disorders etc.)
  • At its best, dieting is a waste of time and energy

So, what’s the solution?

MINDFUL EATING

  • Sit down for regular meals, without any distractions
  • Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full

Instead of trying yet another diet this year, why not try mindful eating? And definitely watch this 12 minute video, it’s worth it.

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All or Nothing Thinking Will Always (Eventually) Get you Nothing

This article comes from Weighty Matters.

Keep-Calm

 

Is there an area of life that is more all or nothing than dieting and weight management?

Truly everything else in our lives we’ll happily accept our personal bests as great, and more importantly, we’re realistic about them. We appreciate that while we can no doubt always do better or try harder that there are fair limits to how hard we can try.

I remember trying to get into medical school. Boy I spent a lot of time in the library and when I didn’t get in to medical school on my first try, following my rejection I didn’t wish I’d truly eliminated every last ounce of my social life to study – I was disappointed, but I was sure that I had done my best knowing full well that at the expense of real life no doubt I could have done more.

Bests aren’t perfection. Bests are affected by real life. Bests need flexibility. And bests change depending on circumstances.

Those folks who head into weight management thinking their bests need to be perfect, that they need to always be on? No doubt in my mind for the vast majority it’s just a matter of time before they’ve frustrated and disappointed themselves often or badly enough that they’ll quit trying altogether.

All or nothing almost always gets you nothing.

Click here to go to the original article.

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Is This Your Year to Quit Smoking?

If it is, read on…This information from www.quitnow.ca will be a critical tool in helping you kick the habit for good.

Congratulations. You’ve made the choice to quit smoking and are about to embark on the road to freedom, but getting there will take careful planning to ensure you successfully reach your destination. Research shows the more prepared you are, the more likely you are to succeed. And the most effective way to quit, is to have a PLAN.

Take a look at all the different tools that you have access to for FREE! Click on the image to access the tools.

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The Real People of Abbotsford

This time of year we get bombarded with images and videos of super fit, beautiful people that seem to have everything figured out. Their life is great and if you buy whatever product they are selling your life will be great too. Right.

So, how about being inspired by some real life people, who live right here in Abbotsford, who have actually made changes to live a healthier life?

ParticipACTION has a wall of inspiration where anyone can share their story. Click here to learn about the real people of Abbotsford who are changing their lives for the better.

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New Year’s Resolution Again?

Sherri McMillan is an internationally renowned Fitness Expert. She recently wrote a blog looking at why approximately 80% of people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Given this extremely high number she suggests that the problem is not with the people who are trying to achieve the goal, but with the process of setting resolutions.

In her article she walks you through 4 simple steps that can help you not only set your resolutions but also achieve them.

Step 1: Determine what it’s going to take to keep you motivated.
Step 2: Set SMART goals!
Step 3: Take itsy, bitsy baby steps.
Step 4: Determine obstacles and strategies.

Click here to read more.

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Do You Confuse How You Are Doing With What You Weigh?

This blog post from Weighty Matters is a great reminder of how to keep things in perspective.

If you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight the scale will tell you how you’re doing.

Bollocks.

The scale never tells you how you’re doing. The scale only tells you what you weigh.

How you’re doing is what you’re actually doing. Are you cooking healthful meals? Are you organizing your dietary timing, calories, and proteins? Are you minimizing meals out? Are you being thoughtful? Are you keeping track of your choices and intake? Are you exercising? Are you consistent in your efforts?

Boiling it down even further ask yourself,

“Am I living the healthiest life that I can honestly enjoy?”

If the answer’s yes, you’re doing great – scale be damned.

The fact is sometimes you weigh more than how you’re doing even when you’re doing great.

To access the original blog post click here.

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50 Things To Do Before You Are 12

This is a great article from Active for Life. Especially with summer here, this is a great time for your kids to start scratching things off their own under 12 bucket list. And what about you? Just because the title says it’s for kids under 12 doesn’t mean you can’t do them too – come on, release your inner child!

Are your kids spending too much time indoors? The National Trust of England is taking a fresh approach to getting kids active outdoors by publishing a “bucket list” – 50 things to do in the outdoors before you are 11 ¾ years old!

Bucket lists have become de rigueur for adults looking to cram excitement and adventure into their lives before old age.

But a bucket list for kids? Are we really “over the hill” by age 12?

The truth is that our physical activity habits – and our connection with nature – are best established when we are children. The National Trust has recognized that fact and launched their bucket list campaign to get kids into nature at an early age.

The National Trust has also created an online, interactive bucket list so your child can participate and learn more.

Hats off to the National Trust. In keeping with its proud history, it is again showing leadership and imagination to promote the value of nature!

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