Winter is long in Canada. It can feel even longer when you can’t fit in your usual exercise regime (or if you don’t have an established routine).
Whether you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors, it’s important to do it safely to get the best results. At MedFit we use a medical exercise approach to help people develop a strategy when faced with the darker, colder, slipperier days of winter. So, whether you have pain, an injury, or condition such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or diabetes, we can guide you on the right path.
BENEFITS OF WINTER EXERCISE
You’ve probably heard the common benefits of exercise, such as weight management, muscle strengthening, and immune system enhancement. Winter exercise does all this, but it has its own special perks.
Here we are, already in the middle of February and Valentine’s Day is upon us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need a special day to eat chocolate. When I Googled ‘health benefits of chocolate’, over 2 million articles came up. Yikes! Just remember, the higher the cocao content, the more benefits there are.
Jane travelled to see her brother in Victoria for his fiftieth, recently, and came back with a shaggy dog story!
My dogs name is Dylan he is the mascot of Home Instead Senior Care in Victoria because my dad runs Home Instead Senior Care. Dylan is 20 months old he is a funny pup and very cuddly. Dylan likes to eat his food but also eats trash like paper towels and lots of other garbage he also likes to eat snow and when he does sometimes he gets a snow beard. ☺ And the other day I brought out my remote controlled car and he started barking his head off and biting it so I put it away. When I play with Dylan it is usually fetch and sometimes he doesn’t bring the ball back so I have to go and get it but sometimes he brings it and then I start petting him♥.
Pets Have a Positive Effect on our Health–Pets Appreciation Corner, Mosaic Homecare Services & Community Resource Centre
Meet Maize who looks like he provides his owners with happiness!
Welcome to Pet Appreciation Corner at Mosaic! Mosaic Home Care Services asks the community to share with us their pet pictures and stories to show our appreciation for pets and the positive impact they have on our lives.
Studies from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Lincoln in the U.K and the University of Missouri have shown the incredible health benefits that pets have, providing an important role in our lives. A number of great articles on the benefits pets have on seniors can be found on the Pets for the Elderly Foundation website and the Humane Society of Canada, which helped to provide the statistics below. In 2008 the Humane Society of Canada released a report, “Silver Paws: The Role of Pets in Reducing Human Health Care Costs” looking at how pets could reduce costs on the healthcare system, referencing an Australian study that found:
- · people who own pets typically visit the doctor less often and use less medication
- · pet owners, on average, have lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure
- · pet owners recover more quickly from illness and surgery
- · pet owners deal better with stressful situation
- · pet owners are less likely to report feeling lonely
The studies from the Pets for the Elder Foundation and the Humane Society of Canada have shown to increase physical activity, lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, and stave off loneliness. The strong bonds that we share with ours pets are especially beneficial to seniors and people who are ill, by providing a social connection and comfort in their time of need. Pets help to improve our quality of life and both physical and mental health. Here are a number of benefits pets can have on our health:
Share your Stories and Photos with us!
This January Mosaic is showing our appreciation for our beloved pets! As companions, family members and best friends, pets play an important part in our lives. They help keep us healthy and reduce our stress. For all the positive things that our pets do for us, we want to take the time to appreciate them. Share with us your stories and photos with your pets. How has your pet had a positive impact on your life? Can you recall a time that your pet helped you through a tough time? Mosaic will combine and share all the photos and stories we receive throughout the month. Here are a few photos we have already received!
Jane Teasdale takes time away from Mosaic to relax with her dog Bella over the Christmas Holidays.
Opie, a friend of Mosaic’s Kevin, looks a little shy before having his photo taken!
Show your appreciation for your pets with us this January by sharing a photo and/or story with Mosaic! Send your submissions to Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mosaic will be sharing photos and stories on our website, Twitter and Facebook page as we receive them, so be on the lookout throughout the month!
Over the past few weeks Mosaic has been spreading the holiday spirit in the community. Jane Teasdale and Dina Campeis have been travelling to different organizations and groups providing refreshments and photo-ops.
Heather leads attendees at the Holiday Festive Tea at the Markham Community Resource Centre.
With tasty treats, warm beverages and props for photos, attendees were serenaded with Christmas carols by the wonderfully talented Heather who led the singing at both events. Mosaic was excited to be able to provide Christmas cheer for the community!
Mosaic offered me a wonderful opportunity to explore with its guests a 1-hour presentation on Christmas: Stories & Symbols on November 25th, 2016.
We looked at the roots of the Christian tradition of Christmas, understood how the pagan elements in Scandinavian, Germanic and Celtic cultures were fused into this creating our current full array of symbols (from candy-canes to mistletoe), how the Restoration period actually cancelled Christmas for English-speaking people (such killjoys!) and how it was all brought back again (yay!). Lastly, we finished off with an look at the evolution of Santa Claus–and were even treated to a composited picture of St. Nicholas–the real Santa Claus!–whose bones and image have forensically analyzed and reconstructed by scientists.
Symbols are an important part of learning and retaining information. But symbols are useless if we don’t use them to our benefit. As for Christmas today, I often hear people say, “Christmas is for kids”. I don’t think that’s true at all. Christmas is for everyone–everyone should be part of time in the year where we remember to hopefully be kinder, warmer, friendlier, and more willing to spend time with each other.
Lianne Harris currently works as a Social Studies Resource Specialist Consultant with the Toronto Board of Education and curriculum advisor for Upper Canada College.
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It was a beautiful day for a walk in the park with friends and my new rescue dog of two weeks, Buddy. We were in the woods and Buddy was having the time of his life being off-leash. So much so, that as he ran by me he knocked me to the ground. Boy, did that take me by surprise!
While sitting for a few minutes to catch my breath, all I kept thinking was, my parents are going to say ‘I told you so’ for rescuing a dog that weighs over 100 lbs! It took a while to get back to my car as I had severe pain in my wrist and ankles.
I didn’t want to go to the hospital – they are so busy there! But, I knew I had to. After a few hours and increased pain level, I finally bit the bullet and went to the fracture clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre via taxi as I couldn’t drive.