42 Quick Tips for a Healthier You

It’s been quite a while since my last post, and I’m disappointed that I haven’t been keeping up with my blog. My feeble excuse is that I had a busy summer working at the Royal Bank of Canada and that 2nd year at King’s has proved to be very fun but also very hectic. So, I’ve decided that my early New Year’s Resolution is to blog at least 4 times per month. Oh, and to hit the gym more often!

As I’ve mentioned before, I love my dance classes with the Dalhousie Dance Society; the range of dance styles that Dal offers is truly amazing. However, my family just booked a trip to Aruba from Dec. 18-25, so I have a month to get in even better shape before the time comes for us to don our swimsuits 24/7. I’m sure you, like me, have made countless promises to yourself to explore your local gym or fitness centre, if for no other reason than to see what all the fuss is about. Last year my roommates and I wanted to take a tour of the King’s gym, but somehow it didn’t happen. I recently did get around to checking it out, and I loved it! Some of you may recall me saying that King’s is tiny – we have a grand total of 4 buildings – but we’ve somehow managed to fit 20 fitness machines, a changeroom, and 2 recovery/yoga rooms into the second floor of one of the buildings. Pretty impressive, right? The room itself is clean and looks brand new; the same goes for the treadmills, stationary bikes, stair climbers, and rowing machines. I spent 30 minutes on a stationary bike blasting some high-energy workout songs alongside 5 other second year students (the emptiness of the room was a definite plus). Needless to say, I plan to use the gym three to four times a week and I hope I can help motivate you to do the same!

You can expect a full report about the upcoming trip to Aruba, but in the meantime, check out this article from Fitness Magazine that I came across the other day. It provides 42 nifty tricks for a healthier body and a better mindset: http://m.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/tips/quick-tricks/42-one-minute-better-body-tricks/. I particularly like tips #6: Lunge day and night, #9: Tone during commercials, #21: Think yourself stronger, #24: Strengthen your neck, #28: Open your chest, #39: Tune in to your acupressure points, and #42: Rev up with aromatherapy. Take 60 seconds to try your favourite suggestion from the list and see if it makes a difference in your body and in your general attitude. I’d love to hear some feedback!

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