Why Health is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

By on December 18, 2015
Submitted –
December 8, 2015
For Immediate Release
Why Health is the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Langley, BC – The Holiday Season started early this year as the City of Langley handed out special stocking stuffers to attendees of the Magic of Christmas Parade. A special early gift, which includes up to 7 days of free access to the new Timms Community Centre by signing up online. “When the Holiday lights go up, so does our awareness of the New Year, which means we are making resolutions and carving a new outlook for the New Year,” said Sue Wisely, Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer at the City of Langley. “All of us are striving to begin a new year with a solid foundation to implement healthy change. That’s why it is always important to remember that there are five rules during your fitness adventures to ensure safety and success.”

Here are some tips for you to follow:

Do not harm – People hurt themselves all kinds of ways when they work out. One way to reduce the chance of this is to have a proper warm up and cool down. This ensures that your body is ready for the strain of working out.

Work smarter, not harder – The reality is that everyone tends to push themselves too hard and they usually have this thought in their mind, “no pain, no gain.” The reality is that you want to work smarter, not harder. Your body is better at burning fat at low to moderate intensities of activity, especially if you are just starting to exercise.

Refuel and rehydrate – Research has found that hydration and nutrition are two key techniques you can use between workouts that will help you recover faster. The essential idea is that once your workout is finished, you immediately rehydrate and refuel. This gives your body the ability refuel, restore and heal.

The 5,2,1,0 and why this is important – The 5,2,1,0 is an important initiative, especially for families with children. The 5 represents five fruits and vegetables you need to eat every day. The 2 represents the power down of your devices and no more than two hours of screen time per day. The 1 represents, at least, one hour of active play. The 0 represents no intake of sugar-sweetened drinks.

Rest and prepare for self-care – During exercise, you’re placing stress on your physiological systems. Your heart, lungs, and muscles are all pushed past their comfort zones and may even experience micro-damage. This sounds bad, but it is good. If you fail to prioritise rest and recovery – if you fail to take rest days, get enough sleep, or properly manage muscle tightness, you could open yourself to injury.  That is why it is so important to schedule rest and recovery and ensure you prepare for self-care.

The new Timms Community Centre will offer exciting new amenities, including a gymnasium, running/walking track, weight room, spin room, fitness room, games room and multipurpose rooms. The grand opening for Timms will be taking place on February 24th between 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Many of Langley City’s accredited fitness staff will also be on hand to guide you through the proper use of the equipment and weights at Timms and will also give you some tips on how to get the most effective use out of them.

“Remember to take your newfound energy and run with it. If you want this year to be different, the only thing standing in your way is you. Take that step forward, and if it happens that it lands you at Timms Community Centre, then follow these rules to ensure a safe and healthy future,” concluded Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, Sue Wisely.

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