Healthy living in Tofino
by Natalie Rousseau, Tofino
The New Year is a great time for making new intentions and top on the list of popular resolutions is "to be more healthy". At the same time many of us suffer from a feeling of let down after the excitement of the holiday and this combined with less daylight and poor weather can leave us feeling heavy, depressed or sluggish.
Here are some suggestions to keep you active and feeling good this winter. Spring is just around the corner!!
1. Go Beachcombing.
Don't let poor weather keep you indoors. Get your raingear on, borrow a friends dog and get yourself to the beach, see what you can find or just enjoy the dynamic scenery. Easy on your joints and better than a coffee for waking you up.
2. Start Running.
Join our local running club s.w.e.a.t. and start burning up the bike path. Your heart will thank you for it.
3. Check out the Gym.
If running in the rain doesn't inspire you get yourself a gym pass and try out the treadmill, or start pumping some iron. Weight bearing exercises do your bones good and make you feel better naked!
4. Go for a Paddle or Surf
Get out on a kayak tour with some of our great local companies or try out a surf lesson. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and to be enjoyed rain or shine.
5. Get a Massage.
Tofino is blessed with an abundance of talented bodyworkers and I think that regular massage is an important part of any self-care routine. It increases circulation, releases muscular tension, and it encourages deep relaxation - who doesn't need that?
6. Get in the Pool.
Go for a swim for an amazing whole body workout or try something different with an Aqua-Fit class.
7. Strengthen your Mind-Body Connection.
Start a new low impact exercise program like Tai-Chi, Qi-Gong, or Yoga and reap benefits you never imagined.
8. Learn Something New.
Tofino is very fortunate to have two great bookstores. Try a new cookbook to inspire you to eat better or check out the health and wellness section and find something that appeals to you.
Remember that it is important to keep your mind as well as your body active for balanced health.
9. Eat More Organic Foods and Local Seafood.
Support organic farming by shopping at our local Natural Foods Market and request that the Co-Op bring in more of what you'd like to see on the shelves. Take advantage of the abundance of local seafood Tofino has to offer and support local fishermen while supplying your body with healthy fats and minerals-important for a steady mood and a sharp mind.
10. Go for a Steam.
Sweat out the impurities (think of all those Christmas spirits and sugary treats...) and warm yourself from the inside out with a session at one of our local spa's steam rooms or saunas. A nice relaxing treat with many healthy benefits.
11. Work with the Professionals.
Get help creating a new healthy eating program from our resident naturopath or go for a chiropractic tune-up. Give acupuncture a try and join the growing number of people who have found relief from a wide variety of symptoms from weight loss to pain relief with this ancient healing technique. Our local alternative health care team hold a wealth of information between them - book yourself an appointment and enjoy professional support on your path to wellness.
Devote yourself to something bigger than you and help others in your community. There are a number of worthy organisations in Tofino that rely on the help of volunteers and this is a great way to get out and meet people. You'll feel better for making the effort
13. Make Time for Friends.
Make time for the people who love and support you. Make time for laughter and good conversation. Winter is a great time to enjoy some of our local restaurants and we've all heard the benefits of a good glass of wine - I'm quite sure the benefits are tenfold when shared with a friend.
Natalie Rousseau teaches yoga locally and does her best to look graceful while juggling motherhood, a busy schedule, and a desire for healthy living.
Tofino lifestyle: Tips for a healthy living in Tofino. From beach combing to making time for your friends, Natalie Rousseau gives you ideas for a healthy life in Tofino.