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what shape you're in. The results will astound you. You'll find yourself full of energy and you'll feel terrific. Whatever you choose, go at your own pace and stay within your limits. Have fun and keep doing it. The more you exercise, the better you'll feel but if you stop exercising you could lose all your health gains in as little as two weeks. Once you've started walking, you'll probably want to do even more. And you're in luck because Ontario's a year-round playground where you'll find clean lakes, natural snow, fields and forests, and a host of facilities where you can take part in many exciting activities.

30 minutes of brisk daily walking is all you need It's easier to get active than you think. All it takes is the equivalent of 30 minutes of brisk daily walking if you are able. That's why it's shocking that 55% of Ontarians are inactive and getting less of out life than they should. You can fit 30 minutes of brisk walking into your daily schedule every day of the year no matter how old you are or

Taking care of your mental health A mentally healthy person is able to cope with life’s challenges. And looking after the “basics” of healthy living is a key component for good mental health. Here are some tips to help you develop and maintain good mental health: Eat a well-balanced diet. Follow the food guidelines in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. You can also speak to a registered dietician, free of charge by calling 1-877-5105102 or through Eat Right Ontario. Exercise regularly. Physical activity can positively affect your mood by reducing anxiety and stress and improving

symptoms of depression. Learn to balance work and life. Your work and personal life should not be demanding so much out of you that you feel out of control and overwhelmed. This balance is different for each person - find what works best for you. Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can affect your mental health. You may feel irritable and grumpy, have difficulty concentrating, and want to avoid your usual activities because you are too tired. Manage your stress. Find out what causes your stress so that you can find ways to effectively cope. Stress can cause confusion, decreased

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concentration, and anxiety. Learn communication skills. Good communication skills can help enhance relationships between you and your family, friends, and health care provider.

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To really get things going, set a simple goal like going for a brisk half-hour walk every day at lunchtime, riding your bike to work, or going for a swim after supper a few nights a week. You can also set a longer-term goal like getting in shape, losing weight, or training for a charity walk, a 10k run or a bike-a-thon. You can fit 30 minutes of brisk walking into your daily schedule. If you haven't been active for a while or have any medical problems, talk to your doctor before starting to exercise again. Get active today. It's easy. It's fun. And you'll feel fantastic!

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The Canadian Mental Health Association has information on mental health. You can use their Mental Health Meter to find out your strengths and areas for improvement when it comes to balancing your life.

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June 7, 2012 Issue  

News and views from in and around St.Thomas and area.