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Leanna hiking

Leanna

I grew up in Edmonton and having experienced the harsh winters wanting to hide in my bed all day, the idea of getting up and moving sometimes felt like such a task. I have been a personal trainer for over 15 years and keeping people focused on their goals and staying motivated through these long winter months are hard. We all struggle some days but staying focused and motivated is key.

Here are my top tips for staying healthy and active over the winter:

Consistency: Regardless of what you get done on the day, show up and at least make an attempt. Creating healthy habits is so important. Even if you're struggling to get moving, show up and do something. You notice you'll start to miss it if you skip a day. 

Accountability: Stay accountable to someone else, find a friend, a trainer, someone to hold you accountable to your goals. With my clients they have to check off a completed box on their online programs. Even having a friend to meet you.

Goal: Find a goal that excites you and pick a goal that makes you motivated to train. Many people perhaps pick a goal like running because they think that is the way to get their health back but later discover they would rather do something else physical. There are lots of other fun things you can do to get your health back so make sure its something enjoyable.

Assess: Plan a mini assessment midway, and have a midway target check in, no matter what your goal is. These can be fun fitness challenges to see what you've accomplished, a VO2 test, or other measurement. It takes 21 days for your body to reach adaptation so I like to pick a mid away assessment around the 8 week mark. This is also a great opportunity to change things up if something is not working.   

Variety: Keep it fun in the winter. Mix it up and try something new. Whether it's a fitness challenge, a new sport or a fun class, just go out and try. Keeping variety in your training through the winter will also help with overall wellness and athleticism.

We all have a hard time getting through the long winter months. I enjoy getting outside when I can to go for a walk/run/stairs to refresh my mind.The Edmonton river valley is a great place to explore and bring some excitement into the long winter days.

 

Andrea & daughter

Andrea

I feel so fortunate that I grew up on Ktunaxa territory in the Rocky Mountains. This meant we had four seasons of sport and access to so many outdoor recreational activities. My mom was really active and was a great role model for me. I had the opportunity to develop movement skills in all different environments and then as I got into my later teens I found running and biking as outlets where I could just be free.

I still seek that space and find so much solace in going for a run or a bike ride. After a multisport childhood, I got into triathlon in my late teens and settled into that as my main sport for the next decade or so. Life took me away from triathlon for a few years but in 2019 I circled back to this sport that had been such a huge part of my life and provides me a goal each year.

I spent a lot of my career working in sport and recreation and it is such an important part of my life. In my career, I worked hard on inclusion so we build better sport and physical activity systems and structures that include each person in the ways they want to be involved. Our company, INclusion INcorporated, is focused on how each person feels like they belong in the spaces and places where they are.

More than anything, I am active so I can be active with my little human. My daughter is 10 and I am raising her as a multisport athlete but hockey is definitely stealing her heart. We spend time hiking, biking, skiing, skating, walking, climbing and playing together. Recently we got a new puppy to join us on our outdoor adventures together.

My live active story is about being fit, healthy and able to take on whatever adventures come my way! I am grateful for my strong body and to have the physical literacy to take part in so many incredible activities.

 

 

Nellie McClung - We always find a way to stay active...

 

Shannon - Find an activity that fits into your life...

 

Josie - Hiking is a very affordable activity...

 

Daniele - My family and I adore skating...

 

Serena - I'll opt for walking or biking...

 

Councillor Keren Tang - I make the most of winter...

 

Councillor Erin Rutherford - My dogs & I love long walks...

 

Mandy - My daughter is now active as well...

 

Brooklyne - The outdoors hold so much serenity...

 

Sarah - An opportunity for some quality family time...

 

Alnoor - I started to dabble in road cycling...

 

Drew - I love to play baseball...

 

Ava - Being active outside is fun...

 

Aisulu - Rhythmic gymnastics is gaining popularity...

 

Grayson - We got way better at skiing...

 

Christian - I love scootering...

 

Eman - I always played outside...

 

Jeff - I take a 20 minute walk...

 

Christine - Movement is medicine...

 

DougA - I like to cycle...

 

Coleen - I was in the middle of training...

 

Jason - Challenge Alberta is an excellent platform...

 

JulieK - I want to be mobile...

 

Rachel - New challenges require curiosity...

 

CJ - Bruce helps me train...

 

Karah - I found some pretty rad trails...

 

Karen - We venture out on long trail runs...

 

Jessica - I loved our family bike rides...

 

Dustin - I walk as much as possible...

 

Jillian - I love to run...

 

Lauren - Find outdoor places to skate...

 

Kenadi - Find new areas to explore...

 

Michelle - I grew restless at home...

 

Gabrielle - I love to go for walks...

 

Tara - I have always enjoyed strength training...

 

Jennifer - I really appreciate the four seasons...

 

Mackenzie - I’m no stranger to staying active...

 

Kacey - I grew up with physical activity...

 

Quinn - I love to go to the gym...

 

Councillor Michael Janz - Adapt to what you can do...

 

Slav - I have enjoyed getting creative...

 

Jamie - I’ve been trying new activities...

 

Councillor Ashley Salvador - Staying active has been crucial...

 

Stacy - I am never sitting still...

 

David - I start with 20-minutes of Yoga...

 

Doug - Movement is life-changing...

 

Vahid - Nothing will stop Edmontonians...

 

Giselle - Find joy in small ways...

 

Dounia - I developed a love for fitness...

 

Brittany - I believe movement is medicine...

 

Councillor Andrew Knack - I started a 14-day pilates routine...

 

Julia - Edmonton has such great trails...

 

Lindsay - I would set a new goal each year...

 

Megan - Physical fitness is a way of life...

 

Candice -  This year I need a little more inspiration...

 

Megan & Adam - We had to think outside the box...

 

Adrienne - You can run anywhere outdoors...

 

Tracy - Exercising outdoors boosts my mood...

 

Megan - Have a furry, adorable workout buddy...

 

Dia - I’ve come to embrace change...