• How To Beat The Winter Blues At Work

    Nov 21, 2019

    As the weather gets colder, it’s hard for some of us to maintain a happy mindset. Timbercreek Communities has five suggestions for how to boost your mood at work this winter season and beat the winter blues.

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    Book Your Meetings In The Brightest Board Room Or Go To A Coffee Shop

    Spending an entire day in the office with very little light can be tough -- especially when days are already short. To boost your mood, try to book your meetings in board rooms that have natural light. If that’s not an option, choose the brightest room. Another little hack would be to go to a nearby cafe. It’s probably brighter and it’s a change of scenery.

    Invest in a sun lamp

    Not getting enough sunlight can impact your health in negative ways. In winter, one of the best things you can do is invest in a sun lamp. They are known to boost your mood, focus and overall health. You can purchase them online and in places like Walmart. Another tip would be to use the light in the mornings to mimick the sun’s natural cycle.

    Introduce plants to your desk

    When in doubt, buy some plants. They seem to be the answer to everything! Not only are they visually appealing, but plants help to freshen up the air by releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. It’s also been proven that seeing greenery reminds us of nature, therefore making us feel more calm and at peace. So what are you waiting for? Grab a few plants for your office!

    Keep Your Desk Free Of Clutter And Add Pops Of Colour

    If you want to beat the winter blues, declutter your desk and personalize your space. A neat space will make you feel calm, instead of a messy space which can make you feel very anxious. Put up pictures of friends, a travel calendar or beautiful landscape photography. Images of nature, much like a plant at your desk, can be very soothing and boost your overall happiness.

    Warm Up With A Workout 

    Another great way to boost your mood is to incorporate mini workouts into your daily routine. This could mean that instead of sending an email to your coworker, you walk over to their desk instead. Take the stairs as often as you can, and go for a walk on your lunch break. Set an alarm to do a few stretching exercises every 30 minutes, or take a quick walk to the washroom just to stretch your legs.

    Winters can be long, dark and a bit depressing, but these hacks from Timbercreek are very helpful when it comes to beating the winter blues. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • How to Work in 30 minutes of Cardio During your Busy Work Day

    Aug 09, 2019

    Some of us have really hectic schedules and the idea of fitting in a workout can feel impossible. But there are a few ways that you can sneak in some exercise, even on the busiest day. Timbercreek Communities has five tips for how you can pack in 30 minutes of cardio during your busy work day.

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    Get out of bed and stretch

    One of the first things you can do when you get out of bed is stretch. Start with just 5 minutes and work your way up to 10 minutes. It’s easy because you don’t need to go anywhere or put on gym clothes. All you have to do is set your alarm 5-10 minutes earlier. Everything is tight after a night of sleep, so stretching is the perfect way to elongate your spine and muscles and also improve your circulation.

    Calf raises and squats while brushing teeth

    This is a pretty simple and fun exercise that you can do anywhere! The best part is that you will barely feel like you’re exercising because it will become a part of your brushing routine. It doesn’t have to be done while you're brushing your teeth. You can do it when you’re boiling water, microwaving food and brushing your hair.

    10 sit-ups and 10 Russian twists before your shower

    You might have a busy schedule, but everyone has 20 seconds to spare. Right before you jump in the shower, work your abs with 10 sit-ups and Russian twists. These exercises are good for your obliques and lower abdomen. And if you have a little more time to spare, do 3 sets of 10!

    Stretch throughout your day

    Take breaks during the day as much as you can -- especially if you sit at a desk all day. Movement is important for circulation, muscle health and mental health -- so don’t sit in a chair for more than an hour at a time. In fact, you should stand up every 20-30 minutes and take at least a few minutes to stretch.

    Switch up your commute (take the stairs)

    One of the easiest ways to increase your exercise is to take the stairs whenever you have the chance. It might not seem like much, but at the end of the day it will add up! This will increase your heart rate and burn more calories.

    So what are you waiting for? Get moving! Timbercreek hopes you enjoyed these 5 tips for how you get in some cardio throughout your busy work day.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Top Five Bike Trails Across Canada

    May 21, 2019

    Biking is a great low-impact way to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you’re up for a leisurely bike ride or something more intense, there are numerous trails to explore in Canada. Timbercreek Communities has a list of the top 5 biking trails across Canada.

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    Toronto Waterfront Trail

    For a nice leisurely ride, the Toronto Waterfront Trail is amazing. The trail is mostly asphalt and it extends from Etobicoke all the way to Scarborough. If you’re feeling energetic, you can bike from one end to the other. The great thing about this trail is that it’s adjacent to the lake pretty much the entire time, making it one of the most scenic rides in the country. You can find parking along the way, too, which is nice if you are driving to the trail. And if you don’t own a bike, you can use Bixi, a bike share service with pick-up/drop-off points along the trail.

    Edmonton River Valley

    The River Valley is the largest urban park in Canada. It features numerous bike trails and is a beautiful place to be in the summer. It boasts gorgeous views of the North Saskatchewan River. The River Valley has over 150 km of trails scattered throughout the city, so don’t worry about getting bored! You can cycle on the paved roads or go off the beaten path if you’re looking for something more challenging.

    Saskatchewan's Battleford Trails

    If you’re a beginner or intermediate cyclist, the Saskatchewan Battleford Trails are for you! With over 40 km of grassy and paved trails, you can spend your entire summer here. Don’t forget to check out Finlayson Island, located between Battleford and North Battleford. Here you’ll find a variety of flora and fauna and a beautiful place to take a break.

    Corridor de la Rivière-Saint-Charles

    Enjoy gorgeous views of the Saint-Charles River as you bike along this beautiful path. Located in Quebec city, the trail extends from the Scott Bridge to the Samson Bridge and is about 9 km long. When you’re in need of a break, there are a few places to stop along the way including Cartier-Brébeuf Park and Victoria Park, as well as a few historical sites.

    Duck Mountain Provincial Park

    This stunning park is a wilderness lovers’ paradise. Duck Mountain Provincial Park is located approximately 450 km from Winnipeg near the Saskatchewan border. The park has well-groomed trails with some beautiful views and areas to take a break by the lake. It’s also good for kids as most of the trail is easy-to-moderate difficulty.

    Timbercreek Communities wants you to enjoy the great outdoors this summer by exploring one of these amazing Canadian bike trails. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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