The overall picture of wellness can be daunting, but don’t let that stop you. Your wellness can be tackled one small change at a time, and a big change for your health that really takes little effort is drinking more water.
Don’t underestimate the wonders that water can do for your health. Water cleans your dishes, car, and your clothes, and who out there doesn’t appreciate how good you feel after a shower? When you drink water, you’re doing that for your insides. Water is a key component in your overall health. It aids the body by flushing out toxins, regulating body temperature, assisting in digestion and relieving constipation, as well as aiding in weight loss.
Flushing out Toxins – Water allows the body to remove toxins through sweat and urine. Water also allows for greater function of the kidneys and even helps to reduce the chance of kidney stones by diluting those toxins.
Regulation of Body Temperature – When you get hot, you sweat. The sweat evaporates off your skin and leaves you with a more balanced body temperature.
Digestion – Water aids the breakdown of food and promotes regular bowel movements. Allowing our body to become dehydrated forces the body to extract water from the colon, leaving stool harder to pass. Adequate water consumption stops this process, thus relieving constipation.
Weight Loss – Drinking water in between and before meals makes the stomach feel full, reduces the urge to snack, and limits the amount of food we eat at meal times. Water is also has no calories in it, and replacing soda and other sugar filled drinks reduces our caloric intake.
Today was the first day of our new Fitness Director, Kaia Kjar, noon BARBELL BLAST drop-in class. I was one of the participants and I really loved this class! Kaia was awesome and we really worked up a great sweat! I loved the new time of day for this class and she has a lot of knowledge and expertise to share with all. The stretch was especially good and hit all the right spots. Why not come out next Wednesday and see for yourself?
This past weekend, YMCA staff had the priviledge of taking part in a traditional Aboriginal sweat. This special event took place at Hull Child & Family Services and it was an honor for YMCA to be part of the ceremony. Staff who took part included Isaac H., Emy U., Helene W. and Eugene M.
“In Aboriginal culture, the sweat lodge empowers the natural elements of our being with the four elements of water, air, fire, and earth. Each element brings a quality of balance to our lives. As you participate in the ceremony, you are purified with breathing, meditating, and in the sharing of words, prayers, songs, and storytelling.
A lodge ceremony is a gentle and caring approach to the cleansing of your mind, body, and spirit. Through the experience, your body is cleansed of the toxins within your body, which aids in the de-stressing of your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. The non-threatening, non-imposing, and safe environment allows you to seek your greater power.” (BCIT Aboriginal Services)
YMCA President & CEO Helene Weir commented: “It was a priviledge to participate in the Blackfoot Sweat Lodge Healing Ceremony held by the YMCA Aborignal department this past Sunday. It was a powerful experience that I would recommend to anyone.”
Learn more about YMCA Calgary Aboriginal deparment. There are FREE cultural programs for Aboriginal people of all ages. These include:
- Aboriginal Day Camps
- Aboriginal Buddies
- Vision Seekers
- Aboriginal Active Life (including annual BBall Tournament)
- Aboriginal Drum & Dance
Lena’s Tip of the Day: When you are doing pull ups or latt pull downs don’t wrap your thumb around the bar. Instead place it on top alongside your index finger. This decreases involvment of arm muscles and makes your back work harder!
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