July 15, 2004 Volume 1 No. 11 activeimage.ca

Love the Skin You're In.

Television today bombards us with images of what we should look like. Truth is, only a very small percentage of us will ever fit into that mold. Dare to be yourself, learn to love yourself for who you are, accentuate the positive and forget about the rest !!!!

Enjoy the newsletter and have a Blessed Week!!

Cathy Morenzie

Keep Pressing On !

"If I were asked to give what I consider the most useful bit of advice for all humanity it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me."

~ Ann Landers

You are not defeated when you are challenged; you are defeated when you quit. It is an established part of life that we will all face obstacles on the road to victory but we must persevere. You must believe in the goals that you’re fighting for and rise above the all too frequent desire to throw in the towel.

Too many people are living their lives by default because they have allowed feelings and emotions to control their course. I encourage you to stay committed to your goals of living a healthy and active life this year. Life is far too short to stop half way – live your life with all the commitment, drive and enthusiasm that you have for there are no second chances.

~ Nadia C. Thomas


Oh, my aching back!!

A national survey conducted by the Environics Research Group reported that almost two- thirds of Canadians suffered from back pain in the last year. Health Canada estimates that musculoskeletal disorders, including back pain, cost society a total of $16.4 billion in direct (treatment and rehabilitation) costs and lost productivity

Regular physical activity can help to maintain a strong and healthy back and reduce the likelihood of suffering from back pain. Here are 4 modes of exercise to help maintain a strong and healthy back:

1. Regular exercise such as walking is a great way to maintain your body weight and strengthen all of your postural muscles.

2. Pilates exercise method focuses on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and are essential to providing support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of neutral alignment of the spine and strengthening the deep postural muscles that support this alignment, which are important to help alleviate and prevent back pain.

3. Exercising with a stability ball is also effective to strengthen the back and all the muscles that support the spine. The element of instability that the ball provides challenges muscles that do not get worked while doing floor exercises. The body responds to this instability to keep balanced on the exercise ball. Over time, the muscles used to keep in balance on the ball become stronger.

4. Abdominal and back exercises can be added to your daily routine to maintain strong muscles and reduce the likelihood of back pain.



I became positively addicted to “Extreme Makeover” and “The Swan”, two recent TV series which showed makeovers including major plastic surgery, liposuction, cosmetic dental work, laser skin treatments, vision-correcting eye surgery, etc. The Swan participants also had a three-month intensive two-hour-a-day boot-camp style workout program and stringent diet, resulting in weight losses of up to 35 lbs! Evidently these makeovers were worth up to $100,000!

Now I believe very strongly that when you look good, you feel good and as a confident, secure person you enjoy life more and are more fun to be around. Why not colour your hair, have crooked teeth straightened or get that big wart on your nose removed? However, having almost every square inch of your body invaded by a surgeon’s scalpel is a whole different and very risky, proposition!

In addition to the physical risk that the participants faced, I believe this type of show sends out a rather dangerous message: that it’s not good enough to look “average”, that being beautiful will solve all your problems and surgery is the answer to being overweight. I really wondered what happens to these “man-made” beauties psychologically – is their newfound self-confidence real? How are their relationships affected? Have they gained weight after they go off their 1200 calories a day diet and two-hour a day workouts when they are no longer monitored by their coaches and trainer?

Although shaping yourself up through moderate diet and workouts involves discipline and planning, just imagine the REAL self-confidence you gain! Not only will you look and feel better, but you’ll know you did it all yourself!

So join me in saving $100,000 as well as a lot of pain while building self-confidence, a healthy body and healthy mind – let’s get off the couch and MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!!!

Sheila Paterson

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