Recreation & Leisure

317 articles

Captivating Kyiv

By Irene Butler on Dec 31, 2011

My great-great-grandmother was born in a village near Kyiv, and although ties to our family line in Ukraine have long been lost, I feel the tug of my ancestral roots as I step onto Kyiv soil. Read more...

Taking the Stairs Improves Your Mind

By Don Lester on Dec 31, 2011

Significant research indicates that physical activity is beneficial for good mental health. Simply improving circulation can have a huge impact on the brain. Many people think staying mentally fit has little to do with physical exercise. Not true. In fact, physical activity can help improve one’s mood, ability to cope and general well-being. Read more...

Fit Body, Fit Mind?

By Gipp Forster on Dec 31, 2011

What happened to the mother who would not allow her children to leave the dinner table before they finished their vegetables? What happened to the dinner table? What happened to vegetables at mealtime? Read more...

Our Intrepid Seafarer from Saint-Malo

By Julie H. Ferguson on Dec 1, 2011

I glimpse Saint-Malo from the sea just as Jacques Cartier did on his three voyages home from the New World. Cartier, who claimed Canada for France at Gaspé Bay on July 24, 1534, and explored the St. Lawrence River, was a native son of Saint-Malo, the town that has bred explorers and seafarers for over 500 years. Read more...

Lovin’ the Lomilomi

By Jane Cassie on Sep 30, 2011

I confess. I’m a spa-fanatic. Wrinkle-reducing facials, rejuvenating massages, refurbishing body wraps - these Zen dens lure me in. And even though my husband, Brent, totally supports my pampering habit, it’s the last item on his holiday to-do list. Read more...

Working with Wood

By Bev Yaworski on Sep 1, 2011

Dudley Ritchie, with a playful twinkle in his eye, loves to get people’s attention by telling them he spent 13 years in jail - that is - as an Anglican prison chaplain. After this startling revelation, he revels in telling all about one of his main loves - the Ladner Woodworkers’ Club. Read more...

Boogie Boarding Boomers

By Diane Madson on Sep 1, 2011

Lined up at the edge of the surf, they stand there waiting - then spring to action at exactly the right moment. This is the sport of boogie boarding - Flamingo Beach style. Read more...

The Universal Game

By Ken Holman on Sep 1, 2011

Table tennis thrives on Vancouver Island, thanks to support from the 50+ crowd. After not playing since childhood, many are taking up the sport again for the excellent health benefits. Read more...

Dancing Keeps You Young

By Vernice Shostal on Sep 1, 2011

Besides the fun and many physical benefits, the British Columbia Square and Round Dance Federation maintains that dancing helps the body stay young, contributes to mental agility and decreases depression and loneliness. Dancing is healthy. Read more...

Fit for Life with Nia

By Deborah Redfern on Sep 1, 2011

A year ago last spring, I found out I was a diabetic. It was discovered during a routine checkup, but I wasn’t entirely surprised because my weight had been climbing steadily for a few years, even though I thought my eating habits were good. Read more...

A Passion for Pickleball

By Jane Cassie on Aug 29, 2011

“Wanna play?” asks the pepper-haired senior. “We need another person to make up a foursome.” After challenging my quads in an energetic fitness class, I find myself gazing into the adjacent gym. Read more...

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