Spring Active Living Challenge - “Flatten the Curve”

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Extended until June 28!

During these difficult times of isolation and physical distancing, regular physical activity can positively affect your physical and emotional well-being. This challenge is for all ages and fitness levels.


Spring Active Living Challenge - Two children doing yoga


It can be as easy as walking ten to fifteen minutes a couple of times a week. Each week try to increase your time or number of days active. Try walking, jogging, cycling, stair climbing, body weight exercises or yoga. Anything that gets you moving counts. Challenge your family or friends - do it with your kids. Try to have as much fun as possible.

Download the worksheet and at the end of each Sunday, submit your weekly log to craig.baillie@townofws.ca for your chance to win prizes. There will be prizes specifically for children so don’t forget to have your child include their age.



Extended until June 28!

During these difficult times of isolation and physical distancing, regular physical activity can positively affect your physical and emotional well-being. This challenge is for all ages and fitness levels.


Spring Active Living Challenge - Two children doing yoga


It can be as easy as walking ten to fifteen minutes a couple of times a week. Each week try to increase your time or number of days active. Try walking, jogging, cycling, stair climbing, body weight exercises or yoga. Anything that gets you moving counts. Challenge your family or friends - do it with your kids. Try to have as much fun as possible.

Download the worksheet and at the end of each Sunday, submit your weekly log to craig.baillie@townofws.ca for your chance to win prizes. There will be prizes specifically for children so don’t forget to have your child include their age.


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    Is it best to stretch before you work out or after? Is stretching best to be included in a warm-up or a cool-down?

    B Collins asked 16 days ago

    Static stretching, the kind where you hold a position for 15-60 seconds, have not been proven to be of any benefit before a workout.  Before a workout and especially an intense workout or sport, it is more important to have a good warm-up, that includes, dynamic stretches or range of motion exercises.   These exercises move a muscle group, fluidly, through the entire range of motion.  The types of movements you should perform should mimic what you will be doing in your sport or activity.  Start slow and gradually build-up speed and intensity.

    After a workout, it is a good idea to perform static stretches as the muscles are already warm and pliable.  Including static stretches as a regular part of your cooldown, will help you maintain the flexibility in your muscles and help prevent muscle imbalances, which often lead to injury.

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    Is there are heart rate target I should aim to get on my smart watch to make the activity beneficial for my overall health?

    Britt asked about 1 month ago

    If you are striving to increase your cardio vascular health you can challenge your self a bit.  It is normal to feel a bit breathless when exercising; but you should always be able to respond to a question while exercising.


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    I love hiking...is it OK to hike everyday for my activity or should a take time off or do something different on some days. What are the advantages of doing different activities instead of the same thing each day?

    B Collins asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for the question.  It is okay to hike everyday if that is what you enjoy, but you should always listen to your body.  If your legs, feet or back are starting to get sore, you may need to take a day or two off.  Try some light strength training exercises to compliment your hikes and remember to always stretch your muscles.