In this month’s newsletter, you’ll learn how to keep up with your workout routine during cold weather. In addition, you’ll learn three ways to fight holiday stress.

Don’t Let Cooler Temperatures Derail Your Workout Plan

If you find it harder to keep up with your workout program as the temperatures drop, you’re not alone. Every year, many Canadians find it increasingly difficult to remain committed to their plans as the holidays, shorter days and less-than-ideal weather create obstacles.

Whether you’re a gym-goer or outdoor exerciser, there are simple ways you can overcome the winter obstacles and stay on track with your workout plan.

  • Acclimate to colder weather by warming up inside. If you’re an outdoor exerciser, try doing your warm-up inside. By doing so, you’ll raise your body temperature and already be warm before you step outside.
  • Prep for your next day the night before. If you’re an early morning gym-goer, try getting everything you need for the next day together the night before. This way, all you need to do when your alarm goes off is get up, get dressed and go to the gym.
  • Have a backup plan. Even the most dedicated exercisers will lose their motivation. That’s why it’s essential to have a backup workout plan that you can do at home. It doesn’t have to be lengthy, doing something is better than doing nothing at all. Aim to have three or four full-body workouts ready for when you need them.

 

 

This One Thing You Use All the Time May be Covered with Flu Bacteria

With peak flu season approaching quickly, you know how important it is to constantly wash your hands and disinfect shared spaces, but there’s probably one thing you’ve been neglecting to disinfect: your cellphone.

Researchers found that cellphones carried 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats. And, what’s even more alarming is the fact that cellphones are the perfect vehicle for spreading germs to other people.

That’s why it’s so important to take the proper steps, like disinfecting your phone daily, using hand sanitizer and practising good hygiene habits, to keep your phone germ-free this flu season

 

3 Ways to Fight Holiday Stress

Holiday stress plagues many Canadians every year. Top holiday stressors include staying on a budget, managing multiple commitments and finding the perfect gift. Use these three tips to help keep holiday stress at bay this year.

  1. Create your budget now. If you’re stressed about how your holiday spending will impact you after the holidays are over, you’re not alone. Remember, the sentiment of a gift is much more important than the cost. Set a realistic budget and do not go over it.
  2. Shop early. Sometimes, you can get great deals on presents even before the holiday season hits. Moreover, you can avoid the scenario of not being able to get the gift you want because it’s sold out.
  3. Don’t overcommit yourself. Are you planning on hosting a holiday dinner? Are there any holiday parties you have to attend? Do you have to pick up loved ones from the airport? Making a list of your commitments will help you plan your time and help you avoid double-booking yourself.

Don’t let stress get in the way of you enjoying your holiday season.

 

Recipe of the Month – Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 L (8 cups) water
  • 2 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 250 mL (1 cup) whole-grain egg noodles
  • 250 mL (1 cup) frozen peas
  • 60 mL (¼ cup) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 30 mL (2 tbsp) chopped fresh basil or parsley

PREPARATIONS

  1. Trim any visible fat from the chicken thighs and set aside.
  2. In a soup pot or Dutch oven, bring water, parsley, onion, carrot, garlic and trimmed chicken thighs to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and spoon off any foam that forms on top. Cook chicken for about 15 minutes.
  3. Using tongs, remove chicken thighs to a clean cutting board. Let cool slightly and chop into bite-sized pieces. Return chopped chicken with noodles, peas, cheese and basil to broth; cook for about 5 minutes or until noodles are tender. Add a splash of hot sauce to each bowl if desired.

Makes: 6 servings

Source: Government of Canada


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