1. Stress relief: The deep, full breaths we take during yoga postures calm us down, causing the opposite effect of stress on our bodies. Stress causes quick, shallow breathing, igniting our fight or flight reflex. Our breath and minds are connected, when we slow the breath, we slow our incessant thought patterns.
2. Improved energy: Complete breathing paired with the toxin release of our muscles heating up is believed to benefit the nervous system, releasing renewed energy stores. (Keeping the body hydrated during class is also important for energy levels.) Continue reading →
Shorter daylight hours, cooler outside temperatures and less-than-ideal road conditions all play a role in keeping people outside less and indoors more during the colder months. Keeping active and staying fit during the winter season can be challenging, even for those of us with normally active lifestyles. So how can we eliminate this temporary “sedentary period” from our lifestyles?
It’s as simple as finding new ways to get outside. The Okanagan Valley boasts some of the world’s most sought-after trails and snow conditions along with one of the longest winter seasons anywhere in the world. This time of year can be filled with backcountry snowshoe adventures or days spent cross country skiing on local trails. Continue reading →
As the health benefits of nuts are becoming more evident, their use in everyday food preparation is increasing. High in unsaturated fats, nuts can lower cholesterol and help with many health issues including cancer prevention, fibre intake and weight loss. Yes, weight loss! However, it’s important to be aware of the kinds of nuts you’re consuming. Just as you would rarely eat two fried steaks or a huge mound of mashed potatoes in one sitting without fear of repercussions, uncontrolled dipping into a bag of roasted, salted nuts should also be checked. By using fresh, raw nuts prepared in a variety of ways, you can make all your meals more delicious and nutritious. Continue reading →
As is typical of autumn, the days are shorter, the evenings are cooler and there’s a fragrance in the air that’s a mix of falling leaves and misty mornings. For some, autumn is like a new start to the year, or, simply, it means life as we knew it before summer–our company has gone home, the kids are immersed in school and we’re all back to busy schedules. Continue reading →
Okanagan Health & Wellness Magazinze is celebrating our first year anniversary! It has been an amazing first year – four great issues – tons of community support throughout the Okanagan and a huge amount of fun had by our team here at OHW Magazine. A huge thank you to all the advertisers that have supported us throughout the year – without you OHW Magazine would not be possible. Thank you to all the writers for sharing your knowledge with our readers! We are now sending copies of Okanagan Health & Wellness Magazine to every province in Canada, several copies to the USA and have followers on our social media sites from all over the world! Thank you all for sharing your amazing thoughts about the magazine and giving us great ideas for articles! Continue reading →