Health

Just breathe. 
 
I’ve uttered those words so many times this past year. When Covid-19 caused the world to shut down. When I went into labour. When I began to think about exercising again, post-delivery. When I held my crying baby at 3am. On the eve of the US election!...  

Just breathe. 
 
I’ve uttered those words so many times this past year. When Covid-19 caused the world to shut down. When I went into labour. When I began to think about exercising again, post-delivery. When I held my crying baby at 3am. On the eve of the US election!...  

December is upon us and so is the end of 2020, a year no one will soon forget. For so many, December is a month rich with tradition, indulgence, and faith. As the world around us faces new challenges in its struggles with COVID-19, it might be difficult to envision what this holiday season will look like, let alone figure out how to make it special. It is also more important than ever to go into this season and the new year with a strategy for maintaining your health – both physical and mental. 

Meet Laura! You might recognize her from Elk Valley Dog Grooming right here in Fernie, where she lives with her partner and their two dogs, Odin and Jake. With Laura being a professional groomer, I’ve brought her on board so she can share her expertise on dog grooming.

In July, I had finally had enough. I was no longer happy beating up my body with hill repeats, maximal start intervals and tempo efforts with no fixed or tangible goal in sight. I finally put aside any aims at competition for the rest of the season and sought joy and adventure in my own backyard instead, nervously embracing the freedom and spontaneity of a clear horizon.

Most of us can easily list off all the things we need to do in order to take care of ourselves, but are we really doing it? Is the holistic in nature? In my experience we tend to be very good at knowing what to do and struggle with the actual living it part.

On October 31, 2020, Calvin Domin, a long-time Elk Valley resident proudly raising his family in the Elk Valley, is running approximately 175km for Youth Mental Health. "In my spare-time I train for and run ultramarathons of varying distances," Calvin said, utilizing something he is passionate about in the support of youth in the Valley.

So how do we perform a proper bodyweight squat? Here are a few absolutes that must be followed. 

There is an old proverb that says, ‘you reap what you sow.” These words imply that the actions we take today greatly impact our behaviours and interactions in the future. In our community we could use these words to cultivate kindness and gratitude in order to improve our quality of life and increase our connection to others. 

Like a lot of us, fall is a favourite time of year for most dogs. The days are cooler to adventure outdoors and it leaves them feeling like they can go all day. While we all indulge in the season of pumpkin spice and everything nice, why not share some of those yummy goodies with your best pal?