Tag - Health

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National Volunteer Week
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Cycling with team BMO!
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Wellness Pop-Up
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Aligned
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Inner Satisfaction
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Exercise

National Volunteer Week

“Celebrate the value of volunteering—building confidence, competence, connections and community” is this year’s theme for National Volunteer Week, which speaks directly to what The Ride to conquer cancer is all about. 

Volunteers contribute their time, skills and creativity to bring The Ride to Conquer Cancer to life. Volunteers help us to produce the powerful Opening Ceremonies in Cloverdale, build our Main Campsite in Chilliwack and manage the busy Finish Line in Hope. Volunteering is a great way to make a difference.

Our invaluable Crew Members and Volunteers man the Pit Stops, keep Camp running smoothly and provide around-the-clock encouragement to all of our participants. Because of their tireless work, The Ride truly is an event that fosters confidence and competence in every man and woman who takes on our cycling journey and deepens the connections and community of our epic Ridership. 

Cycling with team BMO!

Looking forward to cycling with Team BMO for the 10th anniversary Ride to Conquer Cancer. Together, we ride forward!

Two days. 200 kilometres. Spoke to spoke and pedal to pedal. The Ride to Conquer Cancer® Presented by Wheaton Precious Metals™ benefiting BC Cancer Foundation unites an unparalleled community of powerful men and women across British Columbia who are committed to conquering cancer. For the past decade, we have united the doctors, researchers and supporters on the front lines of the battle against cancer, vowing to conquer this disease once and for all.

We are on a conquest. We have decided to team up for the Ride to Conquer Cancer, presented by Silver Wheaton benefiting the BC Cancer Foundation. The Ride is an epic, two-day cycling event taking place on August 26-27 that spans over 200 kilometers! The money we raise for the Ride to Conquer Cancer will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation and support leading clinicians, scientists, and researchers whose search for new discoveries and improved patient outcomes will have a real impact in our communities throughout the province, across Canada, and around the world. Since 2009, the Ride has raised $77 million for the BC Cancer Foundation and is B.C.’s largest cycling fundraiser.

We will be doing training rides, helping each other fundraise and generating awareness for critical cancer research.

Please donate Here !

Thank you in advance for your support!

Hugs,

Michelle

 

Wellness Pop-Up

It was an honor to be invited to speak about healthy eating habits at work at the BMO Wellness Pop-Up

We all know how challenging maintaining wellness can be especially with personal and professional demands placed on us on a day-to-day basis

Bank of Montreal organized a Wellness Pop-Up for all their employees and it was a pleasure to be invited to a speak at the event. At BMO wellbeing is an important aspect of their corporate culture.

Listening to employee stories, seeing how wellness is integrated at BMO was exciting and heartening. Now I realize why BMO is ranked as the number two employer in Canada. Feeling gratitude for being a part of this awesome wellness culture at BMO.

To all those who are challenged with personal and professional stress, I encourage them to go for healthy eating habits, and aspire to spend the majority of their time in an environment that supports their wellbeing.

Incorporate movement in your daily life. Without a vigorous level of physical activity, one cannot maintain a  healthy lifestyle. Even the most cursory examination of the human body will reveal that our species is made for movement, and our biological foods are in sync with that aspect of ourselves.

Last but not least ensure that you get adequate rest. Enough sleep is the foundation that everything else rests upon. Many people who are under-slept become more and more immature and they begin to take foolish risks or become over-reactive to normal experiences.  As long as the amount of rest in one’s life is in balance with the demands being made upon one’s body and mind, the body can recover from remarkable amounts of stress.

The more stressful (both emotionally and physically) one’s life is, the more rest will be required. There is nothing more enjoyable to the body and the psyche than a deep, restful sleep. Ironically, though, sleep is something that many people find impossible to get under control, and are often highly resistant to.

If all the other factors in one’s life are well organized and planned but sleep is given short shrift, eventually, emotional and physical turmoil will be the result. During deep sleep, the brain is reorganizing and recharging every cell in the body, and it is building the connections between neurons that are learning and processing from the day’s experiences. Without adequate rest, everything else is worthless, because the body will become worn down and sick, unable to maintain the process of rejuvenation at a pace fast enough to stay ahead of the physiological processes of daily life.

My suggestion to anyone who wants to experience optimal health is to focus on what you eat, how much you sleep and move your body! Go for health! Focus on it, maintain it and sustain it on a day-to-day basis.

 

Aligned

Being aligned with your life’s purpose is crucial to your success, health and wellbeing in the long run. Livelihood as a factor for success is very closely related to the environment you expose yourself to on a day to day basis.

If every other aspect of one’s life and environment may be in order, yet one’s employment and livelihood may render true success as impossible. Most people, at a minimum, are spending 30-40 hours per week in the course of their employment and these hours can take a heavy toll. Spending the majority of each day surrounded by gossip, unrewarding labor, loud machinery, or toxic chemicals is simply not an option on the path to living your life’s purpose.

Aligning yourself with your life’s purpose involves facing reality head-on, staring it in the eye, and dealing with it on a mature and courageous level. It is for adults who are ready to maintain their responsibilities to family, community, work, and to their own life’s purpose. There are very, very few people who can maintain their responsibilities while going through the challenges of creating the necessary factors for success. If Aligning with your life’s purpose is your goal, it is best to focus on reality as it is. The greater the focus that is applied to what is, the higher the likelihood that you will be one of the few who will succeed.

 

Inner Satisfaction

Inner satisfaction is crucial to your success and well-being. Your inner satisfaction will determine how well you live your life on a day-to-day basis.  When you realize that what you have is enough, that’s when the existential angst evaporates and you realize that who you are is here, fully present, experiencing life as it is.

Exercise

Exercise is the most important component of a healthy lifestyle. Vigorous (for ones fitness level) and regular physical activity is the only way to ensure that the body is well fueled and is properly metabolizing and processing all of the healthy sugars and other nutrients found in fruits and vegetables.

Attempting to eat a healthy diet but then sitting on the couch all day is a recipe for disaster. Diet and exercise are two aspects of health that cannot be separated from each other. A healthy lifestyle includes a consistent attention to physical fitness and motion. Strength, flexibility, stamina, and coordination should all be a focus.

Without this, the sugars being consumed will wreak havoc, creating a foggy mental state, a “loopy” feeling, and unbalanced emotions. This point cannot be over-emphasized. Healthy food fuels an active body and poisons an inactive body.

Adequate exercise ensures that caloric demands are great enough to require the consumption of a quantity of food that will meet the nutrient needs of the human body. If one is inactive, and because of this inactivity only requires a minimal caloric consumption, then one will be undernourished as a result and symptoms of ill health and deficiency will be inevitable.

Exercise also ensures that the nervous system, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, and the endocrine system are functioning at an optimal level. All of these systems function best in an environment where demands are being placed on them. The saying “use it or lose it” applies here. Without exercise, these bodily systems will become weak and inefficient, eventually degenerating to a point where health is jeopardized.

Copyright © 2017 Michelle Aslan.