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Staying Healthy (10 ways to stay healthy)

It’s easy to stay healthy when you play sports and eat well. But with not being able to play sports recently for reasons mentioned in my last post, I’ve needed to find other ways to stay healthy. And that’s what I want to give to you guys who don’t play sports so much.

The key to staying healthy, I believe, is exercise and a good diet. I’ll touch on both of those here, first starting with ways to get exercise that even elderly people can do. In total, I hope this will be a resource for people who are looking for “10 ways to stay healthy.”

5 Ways to Get Exercise without Playing Sports

  1. Go for a hike around a lake or a mountain trail.
  2. Get a treadmill in your home, so you can walk while you watch movies.
  3. Get a dog so you’re forced to walk it everyday.
  4. Babysit a toddler or a grandson and take them to the park.
  5. Go on a canoe ride with paddles if you have any bodies of water nearby. If not, bicycling is also nice, or simply walking around the city.

5 Ways to Get Yourself Eating Healthier

  1. Take vitamin supplements, after getting a blood test and a professional opinion.
  2. Remove something from your diet and stick with it, like sugar or carbs.
  3. Hire a personal trainer, a good one.
  4. Get a friend or family member to be an accountability partner, so that they go through the same steps as you and you motivate each other.
  5. Stop eating out and ordering food to your house. Instead, cook all your meals at home. This is also a great way to learn new recipes and become a better cook for the whole family.

All together, these 10 things, if you do them all, should be enough to get healthy or stay healthy, and even if you just pick 2 of them your results will be greatly improved. I know because these are the things I’ve been doing. If none of them appeal to you, create your own list and do that! Whatever you decide, deciding anything is the first step and sticking with it is most of the battle. So just stick with it, don’t give up and you’ll start noticing a change pretty soon!


Does Being Good at Lacrosse Benefit You in Hockey?

The reason I ask the question “does being good at lacrosse benefit you in hockey” is because I recently started dabbling in hockey over the winter. Hockey is much more popular than lacrosse, even in Penticton BC, and so when looking for stuff to do I found that there is always hockey to be played. I played hockey a bit growing up but never as much as I played lacrosse. Now by explaining my experience you can answer this question for yourself.

I recently saw an article where a video game player was able to use his experience to beat a real formula 1 racer on the track. I thought this was amazing, and it applies here because skills can often find themselves overlapping in different disciplines. For example I also know that being a good welder can help with such things as power washing because you already have the ability to keep your hands steady and move them in smooth patterns.

This doesn’t change for sports. Many baseball players when they retire take up golf as a hobby because they find it enjoyable to hit balls with sticks.

For me, I noticed I had an edge over other people who had more hours than me on the hockey rink because my years of lacrosse experience has made me quick on my feet. I am alert on the rink just like I was alert on the field and I definitely noticed how a lot of my skills crossed over into hockey.

So now you can answer this question yourself. It’s quite obvious after examining things for a bit. The skills you learn in one area can become quite handy in other areas, and lacrosse vs. hockey is a great example of this.

So if you’re like me and can’t always find a good lacrosse game, try out hockey and have fun with it! It was so exciting to realize how good I was at the game even though I have never really played it all that much.

Until next time!

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My Visit to Victoria BC, got Grandma Window Cleaning Services for Christmas!

Every December my family goes to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to visit grandma and grandpa on my mother’s side, then in late December we fly to Paris to visit uncles on my dad’s side for Christmas Day and New Years. I’ll write a post about my Paris trip later, as that’s where I am now, just got here yesterday, but for now I want to tell you about my amazing time on Vancouver Island.

For this story to make sense you should probably know that my grandma and grandpa don’t live together. Grandma has a whole house to herself in Saanich, though it’s a small house, and grandpa lives in a retirement home because he suffers from dementia. I don’t want to get into the sad details of their situation. To make this happy I’ll tell you about my grandma’s love for sewing medieval-style tapestries. She loves the hunting scenes of medieval England and is still working on a tapestry of a castle for me. I hope it gets done soon.

My grandma’s house is perfect for her to live in, but things get hectic when my whole family stays there. Almost 9 people try to share a two bedroom house for a week and things get chaotic sometimes. I always bring my lacrosse stick and a few extra balls so I can practice in her driveway and get some fresh air when people start to fight over who gets to sleep on the couch tonight. Most people put up with the floor, like me, and I don’t complain.

This year I wanted to get grandma something special that would impact her life for many months to come. She’s a tidy person but doesn’t have the physique any more to do a lot of the major cleaning in her house. She hires a maid that comes once a month to do the basic cleaning. When I got there, the first thing I noticed was how dirty all the interior and exterior windows were. They were filthy! So I spoiled her by having a professional window cleaning company Victoria BC show up to clean all the windows. The cleaners did an amazing job and now the windows are spotless. I’ll never forget the look on grandma’s face when she saw the results. She begged me to know how much it cost so she could pay me back but I said the truth, that it was actually very affordable and she could keep her money. She ended up giving me 200 dollars for Christmas anyways, which was almost enough to make up for it. Last year she gave me 300, though, so I think she was genuinely allowing me to get her the gift I did.

Here’s a list of a bunch of other things we did:

  • Went out for tacos
  • Played frisbee at Beacon Hill Park
  • Flew kites at the beach
  • Helped grandma set up the Christmas tree
  • Enjoyed the view of the street through freshly cleaned windows

On my last day in Victoria BC the whole family went bowling in Langford. Victoria has a lot of cool things to do, but my family can be boring sometimes. I suck at bowling despite my lacrosse skills but at least it gave Dad something he could beat me at. I beat him at everything else.

Now I’m in Paris where things are even more boring surprisingly and I can’t wait to share the exciting parts that come up every now and then. Thanks for reading and I wish you a very, very merry Christmas!

Sorry if you came for more┬áinfo about lacrosse. I plan to focus on lacrosse more than aught over time but this is Christmas and I thought I’d change it up a bit. Until next time!


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How I Came to Be a Lacrosse Player in BC

It’s rather strange that I became a lacrosse player in British Columbia because my parents are computer nerds who originally lived in Alberta. The transition all started when my dad bought a personal computer for me and while looking for something to do on social media my friend invited me to come play lacrosse. Years later when my parents moved to Penticton I continued this hobby at a competitive level and next thing I new I was the top player in my Penticton team.

My dad bought me my own personal gear customized to emblazon my favorite colors for practice, and my team got me equipment with colors to match those of the team.

Check out this video to see some of my friends playing:

Lacrosse is my favorite activity in the world and I’m so glad I found my passion at such a young age. If you’re looking for something to do, play lacrosse. It’s so fun!

Thanks for visiting Penticton Lacrosse and I hope to see you around again soon!

What Does it Feel Like to Win Your First Lacrosse Game?

Winning your first serious lacrosse game feels like getting married to the woman you love. Or at least I’d hope so. I’ve never gotten married before. If getting married doesn’t feel this good then there’s something wrong with the world. Anyways, if you’ve already lost your first lacrosse game, I wouldn’t say it’s impossible to never feel the way I did when I won mine. Practicing everyday because you enjoy it is the key to success. If you deserve victory and you know you do, I bet it would feel better to finally win your eighth game than it does to win your first. Like my dad says, there’s nothing better than striving toward a goal and seeing it done.

The picture in this post isn’t of me but it is a picture of a great inspiration of mine. I’m just a teen, but I hope to remain a lacrosse champion right into the big leagues and making a career out of it. For me there’s nothing better than winning a lacrosse game, not even driving my sports car down a dirt path to visit my girlfriend in the middle of the night. Nothing!

If you strive to feel the way I did then keep practicing. There’s enough competition to keep us all busy, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you!