Walk into Health

This simple habit can trigger anti-aging process. Just 20 minutes or 10 000 steps a day is a great way to maintain a “healthy lifestyle”.

Every time you can walk instead of using your car, do it for yourself and for the environment!

Every time you can use the stairs instead of the escalators or the elevators, go for it!

With or without snow.

With a purpose or not. Walk!

Mostly because we have sedentary lifestyles working indoors and sitting all day, walking is a smart choice for a healthy lifestyle. That is why you should choose to go to work walking. Go to your grocery store and drop your kids to school, all by foot. If you really can’t because of distances, within your office, take the stairs, on your break, go outside, walk, and get some “vitamin” sun. Every opportunity of walking should be invested in!

We chose to live downtown so we are able to do everything by foot. Groceries, school, kids activities, restaurants. We walk to every destination we have. Even with the kids. They are now used to it and walk a great pace and reasonable distances without difficulties.

Walking has additional benefit to your mood. Walking triggers your endorphins. The more steps I take during a day, the better my mood tends to be! Try it and tell me if you felt it too!

For beginners, walk at a comfortable pace and work gradually on increasing your pace and distance. To help you count your daily steps and kilometres, there are even a few apps you can upload on your phone.

Surely, it should be added to you daily exercise routine. Personally, I don’t even consider walking an exercise.

It’s a way of life, a healthy life!

In health,

Chantal

Pilates, stretching and muscles

I had a lower back problem for many years.

Debilitating hernia that led me to stay a few weeks in bed not able to move. At twenty something of age, it’s not a life.

Once moving, I was followed by osteopaths and chiropractors improving my situation. No operation, no infiltration.

But it is only when I started Pilates exercises that I felt real improvements. And in the long term (I have been doing pilates for at least 10 years now) I can affirm it is the best form of exercise for this kind of problem.

Strengthening my core, stretching my thighs and toning pelvic and abdominal muscles (all part of pilates technique) has done miracles!

Since I do pilates exercises at lease 4 times a week for 30 to 45 min each, my body’s in shape.

But… it’s still a weakness and it has to be maintained / strengthen.

I spent a 6 week summer vacation without doing any pilates, just swim and play around with my kids. It is only at the end of those weeks that I felt that my lower back still has a weakness.

I travel by plane a few times per year and let me tell you that after sitting in an airplane for 7 to 8 hours is also a reminder.

Not moving, sitting long periods of time and mostly not having kept tonus of my core for 6 weeks… Not a good thing!

But you know what? I just love doing pilates ❤️ The feeling it gives me afterwards is so great that I no longer skip a moment to do at least some of the exercises.

Pilates is part of my routine, it’s part of my life, it’s part of my lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle. Chantal’s healthy lifestyle.