Posts Tagged "summer"

VIP Event: You’re Invited!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on VIP Event: You’re Invited!

VIP Event: You’re Invited!

Tuesday July 9, 20135:30pm – 8:00pm At Source Centre for Health & Wellness 326 Adelaide Street West, Suite 202 416-923-4325   You’re invited to Source Centre’s VIP Event: Your Health Matters.   Meet our Expert Health Panel and learn how you can: Feel Young Lose Weight Optimize Health   Highlights of the event: Complimentary health checks, massages and acupuncture. Gain valuable advice from our health talks. One-night only special offers and prizes Healthy snacks and refreshments   Limited seating is available so please RSVP by July 2, 2013 to reserve your spot. Call 416-923-4325 or email health@sourcecentre.ca.  Tweet...

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Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

I think of myself as someone who takes good care of my health. I eat nearly 100% vegan and mostly whole foods. I ride my bike to and from Source Centre on a daily basis. I get adequate rest. And I have regular Network Spinal Care. What more could I do? I was in for a shock when I stood in front of the camera lighting for a video shoot to answer frequently asked questions about Network Spinal Analysis. I squinted as my eyes adjusted to the brightness. Partway through the filming, I was fanning myself because of all the heat and perspiration! Most shocking though was how I felt standing in front of the lights. Yes, I was nervous, but I was much more alert than usual. I felt energetic and ready to take on anything. How could I feel so much more alive standing in front of these bright lights? How could I, unless I’ve been missing something? Maybe sunshine? Like many of you, I spend a lot of time indoors. Between all the responsibilities of running Source Centre and caring for my patients and practice members, I have limited opportunities to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I look for easy ways to maximize the benefits of being outdoors. Here’s my advice: Any time outside is better than none. Get outside even if you can only spare 30 seconds. Getting off your chair and away from the computer will give your body a break from the strain of sitting. Look for some green space near your office and home. Being surrounded by green multiplies the benefit of being outside. Being on grass rather than a sidewalk makes a world of difference. Being surrounded by tree and plants is much more calming than being around buildings. Studies show that time spent in parks ease stress and frustration. If you live or work near Source Centre or the Toronto Entertainment District, there are quite a few options nearby for green space. My top picks include: David Pecaut Square behind Metro Hall and Roy Thompson hall. Consider coming for Wednesday morning yoga starting July 2013. St. Andrew’s Market and Playground on Adelaide and Brant. Grange Park on John north of Queen. Clarence Square on Spadina and Wellington. Bike to work. It’s a great way to get exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and to reduce the stress of your commute. Expose your skin. Roll up you sleeves and wear short or skirts. Skin that normally doesn’t see the sun will generate more vitamin D. Get out in the middle of the day. The sun is the brightest between 11am and 3pm. How do you get the most of the outdoors? Share your ideas by leaving a reply. If you found these tips useful please share this blog with your friends, family and co-workers.    Tweet...

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Let’s Get Outside

Posted by on Jun 2, 2013 in Featured, Health | Comments Off on Let’s Get Outside

Let’s Get Outside

Heading into June finds us in the longest days of the year. This is it: the time to get outside and enjoy as many drops of sunlight and warm weather as possible. We wait through many months of darkness to get to here so what are you doing to make the most of it? I was inspired by the David Suzuki Foundation challenge this past May to spend 30 minutes in nature for 30 days. Sounds simple enough. However, according to the D S F website, the average Canadian spends more than 90% of their time indoors! Unless we make a deliberate and conscientious effort, it can be easy to miss the summer.  Do you find yourself saying “Where’s all the time gone?”I hear this from people quite frequently and especially so this past May. Perhaps you tell yourself that you’ll make it out to something eventually but never somehow quite seem to manage to. It’s so easy to lose track of time and let these days of light and sun slip through our fingers. Don’t let it happen! In the spirit of these beautiful long days of light leading up to the summer solstice, and inspired by the David Suzuki Foundation, I encourage you to commit to spending at least 30 minutes outdoors for 30 days in June. (Then, maybe continue it through to July, August – you get the picture.) There are many health benefits to being outdoors, including increased vitamin D which has a host of benefits (see Dr. Tara Andresen’s blog earlier this winter on the importance of Vitamin D http://www.sourcecentre.ca/vitamin-d-to-the-rescue-your-secret-weapon-during-the-cold-flu-season/ ) We experience greater peace and healing in nature; our stress levels lower, we are restored and feeling happier. We’re also more likely to experience greater fitness levels the more time we spend outdoors.  So are you ready to commit to more time outdoors this June (and beyond)?   Let’s walk, run, play, swim. The options are endless. Or why not take indoor activities and bring them outside? This could be office meetings…or eating lunch…or brushing teeth! Check out the great suggestions on the David Suzuki website and drop by and pick up a journal at Source Centre where you can track your outdoor adventures. Take on the great outdoors this summer, so that when it draws to an end and the days become perceptibly shorter, you can feel satisfied and satiated by all that you did. Enjoy this sublime season. See you outside. (photo by Lana, who got outside)  ...

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SummerTime to disconnect to reconnect!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2012 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on SummerTime to disconnect to reconnect!

SummerTime to disconnect to reconnect!

The sun is here to stay and we are enveloped in the heart of summer.  As we welcome this glorious season full of activity, I just wanted to share how connected we can be to nature; if we let ourselves be free of electronic gadgets for a few moments in time. Working in holistic health and wellness, it is always amazing for me to see how tech savvy and innovative the world can be.  However, we all know how much stress and anxiety technology can introduce into our daily lives.  It leads us to being so wired up and though we may feel like we are making social connections, really where is the natural human connection in a virtual transaction? On top of it, what is all this technological ‘advancement’ doing to our bodies? Toronto writer Sheena Lyonnais tells us that health concerns such as text neck, touchscreen finger, tablet slouch, insomnia and stress are just a handful that have been popping up!  More than ever we are disconnected to what is going on within ourselves.  We are constantly being bombarded by external stimuli such as email inboxes, websites, text messages, facebook updates, phone calls, twitter posts, and the list goes on… All of these stressors strain our bodies little by little, eventually leading to one condition or another. It’s hard to unplug (or be free from WiFi), but just try it!  Instead of the beat of your Ipod, let your ears hear the sounds of nature like back when you were a kid.  Time out and lay on the beach or in the grass, listening to the gentle breeze and watching the sun radiate through a perfectly blue summer sky. Click here for 8 ideas for enjoying the outdoors in the city. If you would like some assistance getting back to nurturing your body, come check-in to Source Centre and then go ahead and check out of the daily tech grind.  Allow your body to re-center and reconnect.  It’s time to be your authentic self with or without your tech toys. Happy Summer!   [Image from...

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