- Bicycling: there are many trails and opportunities in Halifax to have a family bike ride during a day with nice weather.
- Checking out the local community center: they often have sports leagues that people of all ages can join for a low cost.
- Festivals, exhibitions, or trips to the countryside: getting out to the Valley or out of the city can be great to explore new activities and seeing what else Nova Scotia can offer.
- Museums: the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic or the Discovery Centre are fun and educational opportunities to bring the family together.
- Parks: luckily, there are many parks in the HRM that are family and pet-friendly. Getting out and enjoying the nice weather can be good for the mind and soul!
- Rollerblading: whether it be out on the street or at the Emera Oval, rollerblading can be fun and challenging for all family members!
Dalhousie Summer Softball League team registration is available at the Dalplex Customer Service Desk until Wednesday, May 16. The fee this year is $150+tax per team and the league will be starting on May 22 at the Gorsebrook and St. Francis Ball Fields (Close to the corner of South St. and Robie St. behind Gorsebrook Junior High). The games can be played any weekday during lunch and will rotate week to week. Each team will have 1-2 games per week (mostly 1 per week until later rounds of the playoffs). Individuals who don’t have a team can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and every effort will be made to find a team. All participants are required to bring their own glove. This league is available for Dalhousie Staff, Students and Alumni.
For more information please visit the below league webpage:
Intramural Tennis and Squash Ladders will also be taking place from May 22 – August 24 and will be open to Dalhousie Staff, Students and Alumni. Recreational and Competitive divisions will be set up for both sports and equipment (racquets and balls (and eye protection for Squash which is highly recommended)) will be made available for loan at Dalplex Customer Service Desk for those who need it. To register please email email@example.com by May 17 and include the contact information you want provided to the group who registers. No previous experience required for the recreational divisions! There is no charge to participate in either ladder except for having an active membership to Dalplex in order to participate in Squash. Day passes and multi-visit passes are also available for purchase for each game played.
For more information (including on how a ladder works) please visit the webpages below:
Squash Ladder: https://athletics.dal.ca/intramurals-clubs/intramural_leagues/squash_ladder.html
Any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical exercise per week OR 25-30 minutes per day
- Studies have shown that getting 150 minutes of activity weekly has positive impacts on over 25 chronic health conditions
- Some of the biggest positive impacts have been on decreasing risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, colon and breast cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, depression, and metabolic syndrome
- Mental health benefits include improvements in intellectual functioning, anxiety reduction, well-being, confidence, and sexual satisfaction
What kind of hydration and nutrition is necessary?
- 9-13 cups of clean water per day
- 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- A Canadian study in 2010 showed that only 41% of individuals ate 5 or more vegetables per day
- Eating well, which includes consuming the high levels of vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables, can boost energy and the immune system
This information is reproduced with permission from www.vendurawellness.com.
Sometimes changing up a routine to include new, fun exercise activities can create a positive experience. These are all examples that could be tried:
- Dance fitness: Signing up for a class with high-energy music, such as Zumba, allows you to explore different styles of dance and aerobic exercise while having fun and making friends at the same time.
- Spin classes: A great cardio workout in a social, supportive environment with high energy music.
- Boxing fitness: A great way to blow off some steam after a stressful day at work or an argument with a friend!
- Boot camps: These usually involve combinations of resistance training, aerobic exercises, and creative weightlifting for people of all fitness levels that are a fun interpretation of classic military training and can be very powerful and motivational.
- Running/walking groups: These groups are often centered around a goal and meet regularly on different routes or trails. They are often free to join and easy to find peers at a similar fitness level.
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- If you take public transit, get off a couple stops away and walk the rest of the way to work. If you drive, park your car farther than usual from your building’s entrance to get some extra steps in.
- Try to use your lunch break to either go for a walk outside or go to a fitness facility.
- Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Walk or run up and down flights of stairs, slowly increasing the number of floors and your pace.
- Do lunges, squats, yoga stretches, or wall sits in your cubicle.
- Sit up straight and maintain good posture at your desk.
- Good posture allows you to alleviate neck and back pain, and reduces fatigue and strain on your ligaments, muscles, tendons, and joints.
- Replace your chair with a stability ball. This way, you can strengthen your abdominal muscles and improve posture while working.
- Instead of emailing a co-worker down the hall, walk to their desk.
- Do calf raises while waiting for that big print job or for your boss to arrive. Stand with your feed shoulder-width apart, press up onto your tip toes, pause, and lower back down. Repeat.
- Plan lunch time yoga or stretch classes with your coworkers.
- Ask for a standing desk, which may help burn calories, lower blood sugar, reduce fatigue, reduce upper back and neck pain. Note, this may not be for everyone. Make sure to consult first.