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Take care of your body and let your body take care of you

Monday January 28, 2019
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In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to let things fall through the cracks. You can lose track of things as crucial and seemingly simple as your own well-being. We’re here to remind you that health does not have to be difficult. Being healthier does not mean no carbs and five-hour workouts. Here are a few simple health challenges that won’t cut into your study (or social) time.

Challenge 1: Tell five people about your goals.

Establish fitness goals then tell people about them. Discussing them aloud with people close to you is a great way to ensure accountability, clarity, and progress measurement. It creates an unofficial social contract binding you to these goals. Remember, these are YOUR goals and not theirs, meaning you are the best person to decide if you need to adjust them and when you have achieved them.

Challenge 2: Eat more veggies!

Canada released a brand new food guide on January 22, 2019. It cut out recommended portions and serving sizes, instead emphasizing ideas such as eating balanced meals, eating mindfully, and cooking more. There was one recommendation that didn’t change: eat plenty of vegetables and fruits.

Challenge 3: Stretch every day.

Stretching is easy and you can do it without equipment. It helps increase flexibility, range of motion, performance, posture and well-being. As a bonus: get yourself a yoga mat and explore new stretches.

Challenge 4: Walk somewhere every day.

Whether this means walking to work, to the grocery store or going on a stroll with your loved ones, walking is very beneficial to overall well-being. Its health benefits are numerous, include weight loss, blood pressure regulation, and bone strengthening.

Challenge 5: Find a way to move that you enjoy!

Experiment! Exercise does not have to feel like a chore and the best way to make sure it doesn’t, is to find a way to exercise you enjoy. There is no single correct way to exercise. If you don’t like running, then don’t run! Try weight training, dancing, indoor cycling, martial arts, and more. The opportunities to get active are endless!