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Healthy Swellness: Rethink Tires this year as you resolve to get fit!

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As someone who hasn’t owned a car for quite a while, I must admit I haven’t given much thought as to what happens to used car tires when they are thrown away. When it was brought to my attention that just disposing of them means that thousands of tires are just ending up in landfills, it was scary to think about. I feel I’m pretty aware of how much garbage I create in terms of packaging, clothing and the like, but tires, that’s a significant level of waste, to put it mildly.

Knowing this, I was happy to learn about the good work of Ontario Tire Stewardship; since 2009, their Used Tires Program has diverted close to 100 million tires from landfills! How does it work? Well, when you have old tires to get rid of, rather than dropping them at the dump or tossing them with the trash, you bring them to a registered collector and they’ll have your tires hauled so they can be responsibly recycled into new products.

I didn’t realize that tires can be made into other useful items, such as surfacing for playgrounds and flooring for gyms – which you know speaks to me! I had the opportunity to test out recycled rubber flooring in a gym I worked out in recently. The flooring is super soft underfoot and provides a lot of cushioning, it’s easy to keep clean, and it’s slip resistant.

And that cushioning is great not only for any high impact exercises you may do, but also, say, if you drop a heavy dumbbell (which my weak arms have been very close to doing more than once) It’s also a budget-friendly option, so I’d definitely want this in my home gym, if I were to have the space at home.

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With winter here (and perhaps you’ve made some fitness New Year’s resolutions), you may be wanting to do more of your workouts indoors. Consider looking into the repurposed rubber flooring option  and remember, you typically don’t need much space to get in a good workout. So carving out a corner where you can get Zen or do some strength training using your own body weight won’t call for much flooring.

Many of the other ways the tires are repurposed are for the outdoors such as rubber landscape tiles and rubber mulch, which I didn’t even know existed but plan to try in my potted plants in the nicer weather. It can also be used for landscaping bricks, paving, planters and roofing shakes – something to keep in mind for spring when you decide to do some renos or updates. I’m also thinking these tiles would be an easy way for me to spruce up my downtown balcony floor, which I’ve left as the builder made it: plain and grey. A soft rubber flooring would be much more inviting.

So enough daydreaming about the nice weather… and back to the resolutions. In addition to hitting the gym in 2017, remember to Rethink Tires and ways that repurposed tire products can be used in your life. You’ll be doing the planet some good, which is a great way to make 2017 even better than last year.  

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Leave a Comment January 4, 2017

Healthy Swellness: 2016 Green Living Show

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Last weekend, I escaped to Ste.  Anne’s Spa in Grafton, Ont., as I was invited there to learn more about the 2016 Green Living Show, which takes place this weekend, April 15 to 17th in Toronto.

It was my very first time to Ste. Anne’s, which will be exhibiting at the Show. Over two days at Ste. Anne’s:

I ate gluten-free meals and did a few quick cooking lessons at the bakery.

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I took part in a yoga nidra class (which is also referred to as sleeping yoga). It’s more like a meditation class, which I’d hoped would be relaxing but I think I was so exhausted due to jet lag that lying in class, I just felt woozy and disoriented. Thankfully, the session was only 15 minutes.

I had my very first meeting with a homeopath, Julie Henry, who is working now at finding the right treatment for me.

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I indulged at the spa where they use the signature Ste. Anne’s spa natural line of products, Skin Nourishment (where many of the essences in the products are grown right on the property). Besides a Chakra Awareness Massage (not my first choice, but it was interesting nonetheless; I was naturally drawn to pick the Crown Chakra, which makes sense as that brings up your energy to its highest point–and I was feeling quite drained at the time). I also had a chance to try one of their mineral masks, which left my skin feeling much rejuvenated and hydrated. Ste. Anne’s will be at the Green Living Show so be sure to stop by their booth

And, of course, I got to learn much about the  Green Living Show from Green Living Enterprise’s President and CEO, Laurie Simmonds, and I found out the Show’s got a ton to offer everyone (it’s not just for super tree-hugger types, in case you were wondering). Check out 5 must-sees at the Green Living Show in my article over on AmongMen.

I’ll be popping into the Green Living Show this weekend…and while I’m too squeamish to try the protein powder I talk about in my AmongMen article, I hope to check out some of the fitness demos, and more.

Oh, and btw, if you plan to go to the Show, be sure to bring any e-waste (ie. anything that plugs in that you’ve been letting collect dust at home before throwing in the garbage or donating to a cause), and if you’re a Toronto resident, you’ll get the power bar pictured below (valued at $100 retail). (Non-Toronto residents, you’re not left out! You receive one worth $40 retail).

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Leave a Comment April 11, 2016

Shop til you drop…

…from an infection, yikes.

Feeling a tad queasy just reading this report on how of 84 reusable shopping bags tested by researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University, nearly every bag was laden with bacteria, 50 percent of them showed evidence of coliform bacteria (indicating potential raw-meat or uncooked food contamination) and 12 percent featured E. coli.

Shopping shouldn’t make you sick. Add machine or hand washing your super cute reuseable shoppers (we personally love the ones from Blue Q such as this little number here) to the top of your to-do list.

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