Welcome to the first Wellness link up of 2019! I started this monthly link up last year with a fabulous group of blogger friends and now we're in year #2. My blogger friend, Leslie, and I worked together to come up with the new Wellness link-up graphic. A fresh start! Feel free to join in on the fun with your recent or past wellness-related posts every second Wednesday of the month.
THE OPTIONAL PROMPTS for our 2019 monthly Wellness link up are as follows:
- January 9: A Fresh Start
- February 13: Healthy Heart
- March 13: Indoor or Outdoor Fitness
- April 10: Healthy Mind
- May 8: The B.E.S.T. Care (BEST is for Breasts, Eyes, Skin, and Teeth)
- June 12: Mid-Year Review - How Am I Doing?
- July 10: Family
- August 14: Friends
- September 11: Sleep Hygiene
- October 9: Gratitude
- November 13: Healthy Holidays
- December 11: Year-End Review - What Went Well?
MY HEALTH GOALS FOR 2019
Last week, I posted my goals for 2019 here. I've started working on them and have been tracking my progress on a simple sheet. I'll provide a monthly update this year. My Health goals for 2019 include:
- Meditate 15 minutes daily.
- Find humour to smile or laugh daily.
- Walk 45 minutes near nature 6x/ week.
- Strength workouts 3x/ week.
- Yoga 2x/ week.
- Swim 1x/ week.
A FRESH START
Today I want to share my first 'fit and fun' outing of the year because fitness and fun can and should go together. We're more likely to stick to a fitness plan when we have fun doing it.
So I planned an outing to the Winter Flower Show at the Allan Gardens Conservatory. The show was on from December 2 to January 9. We had no snow on the ground which made walking outdoors easy.
HOW I PREPARED:
- Choose a point of interest: The Winter Flower Show at the Allan Gardens Conservatory.
- Bring what I need: Comfortable clothing, walking shoes, my purse, and camera.
- Go at non-peak time when it's usually quieter at the Gardens.
- Walk briskly for 20 minutes outdoors to arrive at the Conservatory.
- Walk in the gardens to view the flowers and took photos for about 1 hour.
- Choose a quiet spot in the gardens to meditate for 15 minutes.
1. Visual: Plants and flowers, mostly poinsettia for the holidays, were beautifully arranged at different heights, with different textures, colours, and shapes. They were a real visual treat as shown in my photos below.
|Three reindeer among beautiful poinsettia|
|Heights, textures, shapes, and colours|
2. Auditory: The soft sounds of a toy train circling the track built above a small pond, and the gurgling water at the Lena and the Swan fountain gave soothing effects. Both were nice spots for quiet meditation or contemplation.
|A toy train circling above a small pond|
|Lena and the Swans fountain with koi fish|
3. Olfactory: The mild smell of potting soil gave me a sense of closeness to earth and nature. The design of a house added to the feeling of comfort.
|There is no place like home|
4. Tactile: As I walked along the nice winding paths leading from one garden to another, I could feel the warm temperature in the gardens. I could touch and feel the textures of the plants and flowers.
|Winding path in Allan Gardens|
- Raised heart rate from the brisk walk outdoors,
- An enjoyable quiet walk in the beautiful gardens,
- Positive sensory experiences,
- A sense of mental clarity and calmness,
- A time for reflection and contemplation.
OVERALL RATING - I gave this outing 5 out of 5 points, one point for each of the following:
- Affordability: Admission to the Conservatory is free.
- Elements that support wellness: Walkability and tranquillity in the gardens.
- Fun: Beautiful and colourful flower displays.
- New experience: It was my first visit to the Winter Flower Show.
- Uniqueness: The Winter Flower Show is once a year and its design is unique.
I was pleased with how well my first winter outing turned out. I left the gardens feeling energized, joyful, and peaceful. A fresh start indeed.
What do you think? I'd love to hear your comments.
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