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Physical Wellness

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Your physical wellness is not limited to exercise. It also includes healthy eating, moderation, being tobacco-free, and getting enough sleep.

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Physical Exercise – Resources

Keep Moving: Active living improves both physical and mental well-being. It helps reduce the risk of chronic disease, improves cardiovascular and joint health, increases mental clarity and overall energy levels, and improves sleep patterns. Strive for thirty minutes of physical activity a day, five days a week. This can include walking the dog, gardening, biking, yoga, pickleball, or walking to a neighbour’s house for coffee; the possibilities are endless.

Healthy Eating – Resources

Healthy Eating: Nutritional health is the foundation of overall well-being. The food choices individuals make daily have a profound impact not only on their physical health but also on their mental capacity and productivity.  A healthy diet protects you against many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Eating a variety of foods and consuming less salt, sugars and saturated and trans-fats, are essential for healthy diet. Small changes can have a big impact. A recent study showed that a relatively small weight loss in obese people—just 5 percent of their body weight—lowered diabetes and heart disease risk and improved their metabolic function.

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Moderation – Resources

Moderation: Moderation can be defined as the avoidance of excess or extremes or simply not overindulging. When speaking of wellness, it can include consumption of alcohol, sugary and fatty foods, screen time, work and exercise. Enjoy your glass of wine on a special occasion but not every day, or swap it up for a non-alcoholic version, eat a variety of foods including fruit and vegetables and by all means have that piece of birthday cake on your birthday–it is all about balance.

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Stop Smoking Resources

Be Tobacco Free: Every year, an estimated 48,000 Canadians die from tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Good habits can help you quit unhealthy ones. For instance, moving, eating healthier, and reducing stress can help smokers quit. Embarking on the journey towards a smoke-free life is a transformative and empowering decision. Below are some resources that can help you on this journey.

Sleep Resources

Sleep: Sleep impacts productivity, focus, and overall well-being. The Mayo Clinic states that for adults, getting less than seven hours of sleep a night on a regular basis has been linked to poor health, including weight gain, having a body mass index of 30 or higher, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and depression. The quality of your sleep is just as important as the quantity of sleep. If your sleep is frequently interrupted, you’re not getting quality sleep.

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