Exercise Better Together

In recent years the world has really started to see and take notice of what large groups of people can create when they come together for a common purpose. Everything from humanitarian groups like Action Against Hunger (AAH), Doctors Without Borders, and UNICEF, to smaller groups just wanting to put a smile on your face (flash mobs, pos2012 community yoga eventitive graffiti art, etc.) Whether the group is big or small having similar interests and passions combined with working together can create some pretty spectacular outcomes.

So what about coming together to exercise on a grand scale? Could the same positive outcomes come from a large group of people gathering to promote and engage in physical activity? The answer is…..YES! Of course!

Being a part of something that contributes positively to your community (like health and wellness) encourages us to be our best selves and helps others find inspiration within the actions we present. There is statistical proof that exercise lowers our risk of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis (to name a few). As well studies show that being involved in group activities increases motivation and determination to reach goals. There is no wonder that when the two are put together there is no limit to what a community can achieve!


With statistics also showing that almost a third of Canadians aged 5 to 17 are overweight or obese, (Statistics Canada) and almost one-quarter of adult Canadians being classified as obese (Statistics Canada)
it stands to reason that there is a definite need for communities to rise up to the occasion of inspiring and motivating Canadians (and perhaps others) to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Picture a community where health and wellness is not only a priority to the individuals who dwell within it but a community that creates a physical activity movement that inspires other communities to do the same! Strength comes in numbers but the strength always begins with one individual, deciding to be a part of (or maybe starting) something big.

So whether it is walking, running, skating, skiing, paddling, Yoga or Pilates, next time there is a health and wellness event going on in your community get involved! You’ll be amazed at what everyone can do when they come together.

Written by: Anna Reid


This weeks recipe comes from the Meals that Heal Inflammation book by Julie Daniluk R.H.N

Dijon Chicken
This is a fast, healthy meal that tastes great as leftovers the next day. The coconut milk contains lauric acid, which helps to boost the immune system. The mustard seeds in the Dijon mustard are a good source of selenium, a nutrient shown to help reduce the severity of asthma, decrease some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and help prevent cancer. Turmeric has been shown to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Using skinless chicken reduces the amount of saturated fat in the recipe.
•    8 skinless chicken thighs
•    2tbsp extra virgin olive oil
•    1 tsp turmeric
•    ½ tsp grey sea salt or pink rock salt
•    ¼ cup vegetable or chicken broth
•    2 cups red onion sliced
•    ¼ cup natural Dijon mustard
•    1/3 cup coconut milk
•    2 tbsp unpasteurized liquid honey
•    1 tbsp Italian herb blend (basil marjoram oregano, rosemary, sage, savory, thyme) or herbes de Provence (basil, fennel, lavender, savory, thyme)
1.    Drizzle oil over the chicken thighs and sprinkle with turmeric and salt. Spritz liberally with filtered water or broth to keep meat moist and ensure the oil doesn’t overheat. Cook in a large cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium heat for 5-7 minutes, turning every couple of minutes until golden on all sides.
2.    Add the onion and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes until the onion has softened.
3.    Spread the mustard evenly over the chicken pieces using a spoon or brush.
4.    Cook for 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the center. Remove from skillet and set aside.
5.    Pour coconut milk and honey into the skillet and stir for 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce has thickened slightly.
6.    Arrange the chicken thighs on a shallow serving dish and pour saice over and around the chicken. Adjust seasonings to taste.
7.    Garnish with the herbs and serve immediately.
Makes 4 servings.

By balancedmotionblog Posted in Recipes