Deep, measured and mindful
breathing is calming and invigorating.
“We have to breathe in order to get energy, as well as
for balancing and harmonization,” says Dr. Steven Aung,
a professor in the Department of Medicine and Family Medicine
at the University of Alberta, and a pioneer in the integration of
Western, traditional Chinese and complementary medicine.
Good breathing activities include yoga, meditation, tai chi,
qi gong, and any cardio activity from biking to running stairs.
“Breathe slowly, evenly and regularly, and you can achieve
your goal of good health. That will keep a person
healthy, happy and balanced,” Aung says.
19. Hydrate. Choose water anddrink it throughout the day.
20. Move more. Try a physical activitythat intrigues you: orienteering,wall climbing, Zumba or Pilates—whatever excites you.
21. Raise the curtain. Have afamily entertainment night:dance, sing, stage a play or tellstories and jokes.
22. Weigh yourself regularly.
23. Know your Body Mass Index
(BMI), which is based on yourweight and height. Downloadthe Alberta Health Services appon the App Store and Google Play.
24. Nurture. Care for your spiritualand emotional health; find hope,purpose and peace through religiousand community support groups.
29. Ride safe. Take the child safetyseat and booster seat “YES”tests posted with this storyon applemag.ca.
30. Get a boost(er). Check tosee if your and your family’simmunizations are up to date.
31. Jump in. Walk, jog or run inwater. It’s a great workout andeasy on your joints. Aquasizeanyone?
Laugh. It reduces stress andanxiety, increases endorphins,increases oxygen levels throughout your body—plus it’s fun.
27. Practise gratitude. This week,write five things for which you’regrateful. Share them with yourfamily.
28. Brush and floss every day.Good dental hygiene ensures goodoverall health, for a lifetime.
Breathe. Take a few momentstoday to breathe deeply.
It clears body andmind andrelievesstress.
Embrace reading. Start afamily book club or read aloud toone another at home, in the parkor on vacation. It’s time well spent.
33. Work up a sweat. Try hot yoga,running or biking. Sweatingcleanses the body and skinfrom the inside out.
34. Leave the car. Walk, run,jog, cycle, inline skate or takepublic transit when you can.
35. Joyful. Do something thatbrings you joy and satisfaction.
36. Try vegetarian. Check outhealthyalberta.ca for recipe ideassuch as vegetarian chilli, hummusor salad.
37. Play. It’s how children learnand you can learn more aboutyour children.
38. Lend a hand. Volunteeringkeeps you active and connectedto your community.