There are a lot of reasons for wanting to switch up all of your hygiene/beauty products for something a little bit greener, including wanting to have a little less of an environmental impact, and trying to be a bit healthier. What do body products have to do with environmentalism?

“To sit in solitude, to think in solitude with only the music of the stream and the cedar to break the flow of silence, there lies the value of wilderness.” John Muir. 

If you’ve been following this column in the Fix for the past few months, I’ve been sharing some concepts and opinions around mentorship in the mountains. I wrote about learning how to lay the perfect skin track with my friend Grania, the Queen of the Selkirks (December 2021), I shared that mentorship often is inaccessible by those who need it most (January 2021), and last month I explored some risk management and decision making techniques for backcountry skiing. 

Menopause, the final phase across the life span that we will be discussing. The last big shift we experience in our bodies as females, but unfortunately a shift we may not feel fully prepared for. Most of us are aware of hot flashes, mood swings and the ending of our menstruation, but in my experience a lot of women are not prepared for other changes that can occur, and most wonder why we aren’t educated earlier on. 

We go though our lives with the benefit of only our own perspective. We see our experiences and the experiences of those around us through that one perspective, which makes it difficult to fully understand what the true experience of others is like. As a result, it can be challenging to recognize when equality in health and social care is lacking for other people or even ourselves but us not recognizing it doesn’t make it any less of a concern. 

A woman’s intuition with her body is like no other. Most women are aware when menstruation is approaching, either by cravings, mood swings, or bloating. Studies show up to 90% of women endure menstrual pain, resulting in absences from occupational and leisure activities such as exercise. How many of you, though, will plan your life or exercise routine around these monthly hormonal shifts? 

I’ve spent a lot of years writing articles about kick-starting your health in the New Year as we are all conditioned to believe that January has some magical power to it, and that any deficiencies we see as we take stock of our health and wealth at the end of December can be addressed with sudden and severe changes to our lifestyles. 

In November, like so many others here in Fernie and around our province my little neighbourhood of Cokato went through unprecedented weather and we saw the devastating impact of an atmospheric river. I do not think I fully understood the power of water until those two weeks of storms. 

Often times with multi-day challenges, you start off strong and can get side-tracked or lose motivation along the way. Here are some tips from the #FernieStreak team to keep you motivated, engaged and having fun! Remember to share with your fellow streakers by using the hashtag, and most importantly this is a fun, community event to raise funds for an important local cause, Twin Meadows Animal Rescue Society, and to get people outside! Enjoy, and thank you for participating.   

With so much biking, running, golfing, skiing and the like, our bodies sometimes need a little TLC. Here are the top three ways Fernie residents and visitors maintain balance.

Gym / Strength Training