• How to Exercise With Your Dog this Winter

    Jan 22, 2018

    Cold weather presents a challenge to pets and owners alike.  As temperatures drop in the winter months, motivation to get outside wanes. Truth be told, the cold is often more of a deterrent to owners than pets. Most animals, except maybe shih tzus and hamsters, love whatever weather the planet can throw at them. Still, our furry friends need to get their heart rates up just like we do. To help keep them active in the cold, Timbercreek brings you a list of our favourite ways to get your pet’s blood pumping this winter.

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    Bundle Up

    There’s a vast selection of pet attire now available. With everything from parkas to booties, in all manner of styles and colours, there’s nothing standing between your pet and a cozy insulated winter walk.

    Interval Walking

    To pump up your heart rates without freezing your face off, try a high intensity interval walk with your pet. Try one minute of walking, followed by a 20 second jog. Repeat the cycle for a total of five (more) rounds.

    Indoor Tag

    It doesn’t take much to work a dog up into a frothy frenzy. Be it toys or treats, balls or straight up tail pulling, you can whip Fido into a house or apartment raging run. Try playing tag or chase, throw a ball, or play catch.

    Take the Stairs

    Another condo and split level advantage is stairs. You'll both get a workout when you take your dog up and down the stairs a bunch of times for some in-house exercise. Or try taking the elevator down, and the stairs back up.

    Skijoring

    Skijoring is a combination of cross country skiing and dog sledding. It basically amounts to your dog towing you while on skis. Just don’t hook up to your bichon frise.

    Doggie Gyms

    Yep. They exist. Indoor dog gyms are a real thing. They'll help your pet get in fighting shape in no time, indoors.

    Laser Pointers

    Laser pointers are fantastic dog (and cat) entertainers. You might need to rile up your pet first to get him or her into it, but it otherwise makes for easy inside exercise. 

    Dog Walkers

    You could go the easiest winter route and hire a dog walker. Unless you have a hairless chihuahua, most dogs love the cold and can at least muster a stroll around the hood.

    Off Leash Parks

    Nothing makes a dog forget his/her troubles - and obedience training - faster than an off-leash park. Bundle up and head on down to give your pet a winter rush. Bonus: you might even make some friends.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article helps keep your pet active this winter. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Hitting The Slopes In Canada

    Jan 16, 2018

    Are you ready for ski and snowboard season? From east to west, Timbercreek brings you this list of the best places to hit the slopes this winter in Canada.

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    Alberta

    One of the premiere provinces for snow sports, Alberta has an abundance of snow, and mountains which means it offers a near equal abundance of ski and snowboard locations. From Calgary’s Olympic Park to Banff’s famous trio of Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Norquay, Jasper’s Marmot Basin, Castle Mountain and Pass Powderkeg, Nighthawk, Canyon, and Misery Mountain Ski Areas, it’s got to be one of the most skiable provinces in the country! Check out more here.

    Manitoba

    While not the first place you’d think of for ski and snowboard destinations, Manitoba rocks when it comes to snowsports. Holiday Mountain in La Riviere features a freestyle terrain snowboard park and 11 downhill runs. Stony Mountain Ski Area near Winnipeg is the city’s prime snow spot, priding itself on being the first to open and the last to close each winter. Springhill Winter Sports Park maintains 10 runs for boarders and skiers with night skiing for insomniacs, and snowboard and freestyle ski contests throughout the season. Asessippi Ski Area is the province’s largest, with 25 runs, two freestyle terrain parks, three aerial lifts and a bustling winter village. Ski Valley, Falcon Ridge, Ski Hill, and Mystery Mountain are other great options for the Manitoba ski lover.

    Ontario

    While Blue Mountain tends to rule the minds of most Ontario skiers and snowboarders, there are in fact numerous options in central Canada. Mount St. Louis Moonstone, Glen Eden, and Uplands Ski Centre tend to be the Toronto/Southern Ontario locations of choice for proximity, with Horseshoe and Hidden Valley, as well as Hockley Valley, Devil’s Elbow near Peterborough, Batawa near Belleville, and a laundry list of other fantastic spots like Laurentian, Caledon, Mt. Antoine, Sir Sam’s and Searchmont. For a mostly flat province, Ontario has some great ski hills.

    Quebec

    An Alberta-worthy snow competitor, Quebec has a lot to be proud of when it comes to ski and snowboard hotspots. Mont Tremblant is a world destination located north of Montreal, with Mont Sainte Anne and Le Massif close to Quebec City offering some of the best skiing (and the highest vertical drop) in Eastern Canada. Mont Saint-Sauveur is known for its world class night skiing, with Mont Sutton and Bromont high on that list as well.  Quebec is also filled with Nordic trails through The Gatineau Hills near Ottawa.

    Timbercreek hopes you find the ski and snowboard hills of your dreams this winter. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Get Fit In Your Living Room

    Jan 15, 2018

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    It’s hard enough getting to the gym in the sunny summer months, much less in the dark of winter. Good thing you can get in a killer workout without leaving the comfort of home. Even if you have nothing more than your own body and a pair of leggings, an intense workout is totally possible. To help get your heart rate up this season without leaving the house, Timbercreek brings you this list of living room workouts to help you get (or stay) fit this winter.

    HIIT

    High Intensity Interval Training is a system that revolves around short bursts of high intensity exercise followed by less intense periods of pseudo-rest. Nearly any exercise can be used, and while varied, standard intervals consist of 30 seconds of intensity, followed by a minute of low-activity rest. Think 30 seconds of jump squats followed by 1 minute of medium to low level jumping jacks. HIIT gets the heart rate up quickly and keeps it up, without the need for traditional exercises like running or a stairmaster. It's great for cardio and it activates the “Afterburn” effect where calories keep burning long after you’re done.

    Tabata

    A version of HIIT training, Tabata is a fitness system that’s as simple as it is effective. The basics involve 20 seconds of intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Start with any group of 4 exercises (let’s say push ups, sit ups, jumping jacks and squats). Do the first for 20 intense seconds. Then rest for 10. Then repeat with the second, third, and fourth exercises. You then repeat that round of 4 anywhere from 4 to 8, or 10 times. It’s fast. Intense. And effective.

     

    Body Weight

    With just the weight of your body, you can get a killer workout. Exercises like squats, lunges (or jumping lunges), jumping jacks, running on the spot, and step-ups improve cardio and isolate your legs, butt, calves, and core; mountain climbers, sit-ups, leg-raises, and crunches target your abs; push ups and planks hit the triceps, chest, shoulders, abs, and back; while all of it, done in sets with no or little rest (as above), collectively get your heart rate up for cardio.

    Crossfit

    A variation on Tabata and HIIT, Crossfit combines an enormous array of exercises into a single system. With core exercises like the clean and jerk, chin up, push up, and squat, crossfit employs myriad (and sometimes tricky) variants (i.e. the rope climb) to get practitioners fit by applying and incorporating exercises from different sports and traditions. Check out their workout of the day.

    Pilates and Yoga

    Less intense options that still offer fitness, flexibility, and mental rejuvenation, Pilates and Yoga focus on holding static postures which simultaneously build strength and pliable muscles. A great option for indoor workouts in winter.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article helps you stay fit this winter in the comfort of your living room. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Decor Cozy and Beautiful in January

    Jan 09, 2018

    There’s nothing like a warm and cozy space to come home to on a cold winter’s night. Your decor choices can go a long way. Accents, colors, blankets, and decor all contribute to the perceived warmth of a space. To help outfit your home or apartment with seasonal yet cozy accents, Timbercreek brings you this list of ways to keep your decor cozy and beautiful in January.

    Greenery

    One of the best things about Christmas is the abundance of greenery. While trees dry out, pine and cedar boughs tend to last. Leave them up on the mantle after the holidays, or make an arrangement in a vase. Try tying a few boughs together into a bouquet and hang it on the wall or place it decoratively on a coffee or side table.

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    White

    White instills a clean, fresh look that while reminiscent of winter, actually does a lot to bring not only warmth but fashionable, bright, monochromatic accents to a space. It just so happens that white is Benjamin Moore’s colour of the year.

    Birch and Wood Accents

    Another fantastic Christmas carryover is wood. Whether birch, pine, or cedar, wood accents are always a cozy addition to a room and normally available well past the holidays. Toss some birch logs into a basket, make a faux fire by piling logs into a pyramid, or get a birch candle for the mantel.

    Area Rug

    Say no to cold floors. It doesn’t matter how thick your socks are, cold hardwood is cold hardwood. Warm up your floors, be they linoleum or brushed concrete, with an area rug. It doesn’t have to be Persian or monstrous. A square of plush softness can do wonders for not only your feet, but the appearance of coziness.

    Lighting

    Another constant key to keeping a space warm and inviting is lighting. Avoid harsh fluorescents and make sure your bulbs are the proper wattage for every fixture. Even the eco-bulbs can be warm with the right lamp shade. Pick up some full-spectrum bulbs to combat the darkness, or try the clear, exposed filament style ones to add ambiance and that cozy orange glow.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article helps you keep your decor cozy this January. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

  • Winter Fashion Trends 2018

    Jan 08, 2018

    With everything from colour to fur, boots to plastic, it’s an eclectic season with all kinds of surprises and throwbacks. To help sift through the options, Timbercreek brings you a list of the hottest trends to keep your style on point in 2018.

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    Red

    Stand out this winter with the it-color of the season: fire engine red. This warm, exciting hue will be a cheery pick-me-up on snowy days. Wear it as a pop of color, or go full-on head-to-toe. Check out more.

    The Beret

    Who doesn’t like a good beret? With Christian Dior models burning down the catwalk as a beret-wearing army, the masses are following suit. Lean into this headgear for winter. It’s a great alternative to your worn-out toque.

    Slouchy Boots

    For a perfect shoe for both day and night, try slouchy boots. Part '70s hippie, part Kate Moss-era '00s, and 100% what’s in this season. Check out more.

    Vintage-Inspired (Faux) Fur

    This trend is already on high display from catwalks to sidewalks. Dig through your local thrift store for this throwback-inspired trend or buy some new (fake) pelts. Get more.

    Office wear

    Not the first place you’d think of for high fashion, but the new trend for gray business suits is on the rise. Styled-up tailoring for business girls straight from the office, or on their way out. See more.

    Volume on the Sleeves

    An ‘80s throwback, voluminous sleeves are a standalone fall/winter 2017 fashion trend. They’re incredibly popular, growing more so by the season, and seen in everything from blouses to hoodies. Find out more.

    Cozy knits

    This isn’t your Grandmother’s knitting. A modern twist on the cozy classic, this trend sees wool broken down and reinterpreted: look for fringing and stretched knits. Learn more.

    Plastic chic

    Plastic is fantastic this season. Re-worked rain coats, clear plastic boots, hats, and gloves are on the rise this year. Learn more.

    Sterling silver

    From pants to prints, silver is big for 2018. Seen at so many shows this season, the shiny classic is showing up in shoes, belts, glasses and hats. Find out more.

    Folk


    Mixing and matching what may first seem at odds, designers this season are satisfying their thirst for folk, mixing and matching unexpected pairings of prints, materials and tones.

    Timbercreek hopes that this article helps you look amazing this winter. For more information about Timbercreek Communities in your city, please visit our website.

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