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107 Answers to “what should we do today?”

Information from Tourism Abbotsford.

107 Days of Summer is an unique daily guide indentifying fun and intersting activities for the entire summer in Abbotsford. This is the perfect answer to ” what should we do today?” Check out 107 answers of how to spend a day in the beautiful Fraser Valley.

Printed guides are available at the Visitor’s Centre (34561 Delair Road) or download your copy here!

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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.

 

To read the rest of the article click here.

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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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Stuck in a Rut? Try Something New

In this 3:30 minute TED Talk, Matt Cutts shares his experience with doing various 30 day challenges (take a picture everyday for a month, ride your bike to work, stay away from sugar etc.). In particular, he found that doing these challenges:

  1. made his time much more memorable, instead of the months just flying by;
  2. improved his self confidence and sense of adventure;
  3. proved that small changes are sustainable.

He finishes the talk with a fantastic statement,

 

“the next 30 days will pass whether you like it or not. So why not think about something that you’ve always wanted to try, and give it a shot for the next 30 days.”

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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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Families – Get Fit and Healthy for FREE!

The City of Abbotsford has been chosen to offer the MEND (mind, exercise, nutrition, do-it) program which is funded through the Ministry of Health. This 10 week program is a fun, free program for families with 7-13 year olds who are above a healthy weight. The program facilitates safe, effective and lasting lifestyle changes by improving children’s physical activity levels, nutrition and self-esteem.

 

Program starts January 7, 2014. Space is limited to 15 families.
Call or email now to secure your spot.

mend@abbotsford.ca or 604-859-3134 local 5297

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If You Don’t Design Your Life Someone Else Will For You

A while ago I watched a fantastic video on TED. Nigel Marsh, who has written extensively over the past seven years about work-life balance shares four observations from his work and experience. Here are some of the highlights of his talk:

1. Certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with being meaningfully engaged in a day to day basis with a young family – he talks about how there are so many people out there who are working long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.

Is this you? Are you currently in a job that just simply isn’t compatible with having balance in your personal life? If you are, chances are that you have tried time and time again to create more time with your family only to fall short. Take an honest look at your job – is it really possible to have balance with it and  your life?

2. Governments and corporations aren’t going to solve this issue for us – Nigel says, “if you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you and you may just not like their idea of balance.”

Who is designing your life, you, or the people around you? You have the ability to design your life the way you want it. It will likely mean making difficult choices but at the end of the day if you get to live the life that you want isn’t that worth it?

3. We need to be realistic about the time frame we use when judging the balance in our life, we can’t do it all in one day – it is about finding a realistic time frame without putting your life on hold.

What time frame would be realistic for you? For me, I look at balance on a weekly time frame. During that week did I connect with friends, was I physically active, did I take time for personal reflection and growth? For me a week is long enough to judge the overall balance in my life. Some days are completely out of balance but when I look at the week as a whole that is how I judge my level of balance.

4. We need to approach balance in a balanced way. The small things matter, balance doesn’t have to be a drastic upheaval of your life.

I think that this is a point that is so easy to miss. We live in a society where everything has to be big, be dramatic. Because if it’s not big and dramatic how could it possibly have a major impact on my life? The jokes on us folks, it’s the small things that truly make the largest difference.

Take a moment to think about Nigel’s closing statement - we need to change society’s definition of success from the idea that a person who dies with the most money wins to a more balanced definition of what a life well lived looks like.

My challenge to you – find a quiet place, grab a pen and piece of paper and write down what your life, well lived, looks like. Then do one small thing this week that will move you closer to that vision of success.

To watch the full 10 minute video click here.

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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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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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