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  • 5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Ticks this Season

    We’re all enjoying the outdoors this year, especially as the weather gets warmer and sunnier. We want you to be aware that this year is an active year for ticks, which are picked up outdoors. They are more prevalent in grassy, wooded areas, but can also be found in urban areas. In the Niagara Region, the American Dog Tick is the most common tick found – this tick does not carry Lyme disease.  However, there are also Black-legged, or Deer Ticks found here, these ticks can carry Lyme disease. 

    It is important that you examine yourself and your pets after being outside, to ensure that you do not have a tick on you.   

    The Niagara Region provides some tips for protecting yourself against picking up ticks.  These include: 

    1. Wear light-coloured clothes to spot ticks. Wearing high socks and tucking in your pant legs keeps insects away from your lower legs while walking in grassy areas. 
    2. Use insect repellents that have DEET or Icaridin (always follow the instructions)
    3. Conduct daily full body checks on yourself and pets after coming in from the outdoors. 
    4. Cut your grass and dispose of leaf litter.  
    5. Outdoor workers should shower or bath within two hours of being in forested or long grass areas. 

    For more information from Niagara Public Health, including removal of ticks, where to submit a tick for identification, and statistics about the prevalence of ticks in the Region, visit Niagara Region Ticks and Lyme Disease. 

  • 5 Reasons to Start running Today

    5 Reasons to Start Running Today 

    With the nice weather arriving, it’s the perfect time to lace up those running shoes that have been sitting in your closet all winter. Taking time out of your day to be physically active is so important and running is a great way to do this! 

    If you’re not sure where to start your running journey, look no further than Brock Recreation! Starting on Wednesday, May 25 we will be running a 6 week “Learn to Run a 5k” program. With this program you’ll be provided with weekly plans, tips and tricks for running, drop-in sessions with a personal trainer, nutrition advice, and accountability. Here’s some reasons why joining this program is a great idea: 

    1. Stress relief

    Running is a great outlet for your stress! The “runners high” you always hear about is due to our brains releasing endorphins, which are known as the “happy” hormones. Also, it can reduce anxiety and stress by slowing down the release of cortisol, one of the “stress hormones.” 

    1. Good for your immune system

    Having a good immune system is on many peoples mind right now. Running is a great way to give your immune system the boost it needs! It can reduce chronic inflammation, increases white blood cells and antibodies, and fight off infection/slows bacteria from multiplying. 

    1. Gets you outside

    `Getting some fresh air is needed for many of us during lockdowns and after winter weather. Being outside is proven to restore our focus, enhance creativity, and reduce blood pressure and heart rate. Not to mention it gives us our daily dose of vitamin D, something many Canadians are deficient in. 

    1. Gives you energy & helps you sleep

    Kick the caffeine and start running for that daily boost of energy! Those endorphins that come from the “runners high” can give you energy for up to hours later. Running also strengthens the heart, which will give us more stamina. Additionally, running can help you have a better sleep, which will help increase your energy. 

    1.  Live longer 

    If all those reasons didn’t convince you than this one will! Running can help you live longer! Studies have shown that those who run regularly for even as little as 50 minutes a week have less of a chance of developing cardiovascular disease or cancer. That’s only 5-10 minutes a day! 

    To learn more and register for our Learn to Run 5k program, visit https://brocku.ca/recreation/learn-to-run-5k/ 

     

    Happy running! 

    Your friendly neighbourhood Badger 

  • Brock Recreation announces new virtual camps, online safety courses for youth

    Brock Recreation has launched new, engaging programming for youth that will take place from June to August.

    Recreation Services is offering two more weeks of virtual camp for youth in Grades 2 to 8 after successfully running its first Virtual April Break Camp last month.

    Participants enjoyed hands-on activities designed by Youth University, the innovative learning environment for kids.

    “It was nice to connect with old and new participants to our camps. In addition, we received positive feedback from parents and campers around our April Break activities,” said Greg Zwiep, Program Manager, Recreation. “There was a dance activity and slime-making session that were highlights for everyone.”

    The new sessions of programming run from July 12 to 16 and Aug. 16 to 20.

    Registration is open and includes a camp kit with a collection of unique participant materials, including a T-shirt. Hands-on activities touch on various themes such as art, adventure, science, technology and sport.

    Youth University has also created a new series of virtual workshops revolving around online safety for youth, including the Babysitting Training Course, Home Alone Program and Online Safety Course.

    “These workshops are full of practical tips and ideas for both youth and adults to help kids be engaged, have fun and stay safe while at home,” said Michelle Leone, Program Manager, Recreation. “Our new Online Safety workshop was developed in response to how much more time we are all spending online and how navigating all these new games and platforms safely can be a challenge.”

    The Babysitting Training Course is for students in Grade 6 or above and runs Friday, June 11 to Saturday, June 12 from noon to 4:30 p.m. The course includes an online exam to be completed to earn a Canada Safety Council certificate.

    The Home Alone Program provides children 10 years of age and older with the necessary skills and knowledge to be safe and responsible when home alone. Youth University staff will help students understand how to prevent problems, handle real-life situations and utilize basic First Aid. This session takes place Wednesday, June 30 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    The Online Safety Course is for students in Grades 3 to 6 and their accompanying adults, and is geared towards learning helpful and practical tips to stay safe online. Topics include Your Digital Footprint, cyberbullying, following YouTube and social media rules, and safe online gaming. These sessions take place Wednesday, June 16 and Thursday, July 8. Both run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

    For more information and to register for these courses, click here.

  • 5 Steps to Starting your own Veggie Garden

    Have you ever tried fresh picked vegetables from the garden?  There’s nothing quite like it, especially if you’ve grown them yourself.  Planning, planting and eating from your own garden is a rewarding experience and can be a lifelong hobby. 

    1. Planning ahead. 

    • If you rent at a student house, make sure your landlord is okay if you start a veggie garden plot.  Using a pallet garden or raised garden box would save you from digging a plot in the backyard. 
    • If renting an apartment, don’t feel left out. You can use an upright pallet or garden box on your balcony. 
    • Will you be at this location in the spring, summer, and fall?  Some vegetables take a while before they are ready. 

    2. Pick a location for your garden. 

    • The location of your garden is important as the wrong location could result in poor growth and subpar veggies. 
    • Pick a sunny location that gets at least 6 hours a day.  Very few veggies do well in the shade. 
    • Plant veggies in a well-drained area. A constantly wet area will rot the roots of the plant. 
    • Be sure that you can access a water source, whether a hose or watering can. 

    3.  Garden Plot Size 

    • The most common beginner gardening mistake is planting too much.   
    • For reference, a garden that would be 10 ft long and 11 rows across would feed four people. 
    • Remember the bigger the garden the more weeding you have. 
    • A couple of planter boxes or pallet gardens would be a good starting point. 

     4.  Choosing your vegetables 

    • Pick vegetables that you enjoy eating 
    • If it’s your first time planting a garden choose vegetables that are easy to grow. 
    • 10 easy vegetables to grow are: peas, beans, tomatoes, beets, leaf lettuce, spinach, chard, zucchini, peppers. 
    • Some vegetables prefer cooler temperatures over hot and should be planted in early spring where others prefer warmer temperatures and should be planted later.
    • Cool temperature vegetables should be planted now. These include peas, spinach, lettuce, radishes 
    • Warmer temperature vegetables should be planted around May long weekend.  These include beans, zucchini, beets, chard, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins. 

    5.  Maintaining Vegetables 

    • Water regularly in hot summer months. 
    • Pick weeds around plants to ensure weeds aren’t taking plant’s food and water. 
    • Keep an eye out for bugs eating plants and check online for solutions to managing harmful ones. 
    • When the vegetable is ripe you could be picking everyday as certain varieties can mature quickly. 

    Most of all have fun with the process and enjoy the fruits vegetables of your labour. 

    Happy gardening!  

    Your Friendly Neighbourhood Badger 

     

  • 5 Ways to Spend Your Exam Study Break

    Between final exams and assignments, the end of a school year is often a very busy and stressful time. It’s important to check in with yourself, assessing what you need to maintain your personal wellness throughout long and tiring study sessions. Rather than having to google tips, we’ve compiled 5 ideas for how to spend your study break to help with your health and wellness. 

    Go for a hike 

    • Getting outside and connecting with nature is a great way to break away from your studies and get some sun!  
    • Check out our previous blog about some great hiking trails in Niagara here.  

    Try aonline fitness class 

    • Brock Recreation offers fitness ondemand classes on our website that you can take advantage of whenever it fits your schedule.  
    • You can complete a full class or just do part of one based on your time and energy. 
    • Check out the classes available here. 

    Go for a walk (or run) 

    • A quick walk around the block or jog around your neighborhood is a great break from studying to get your body moving and enjoy some fresh air. 
    • Bring your pet or ask your housemate to join you for some company! 
    • If you want to get into running, take a read through our previous blog on 10 ways to become a successful runner. 

    Healthy meals and snacks  

    • Meal planning and preparation is important to schedule into your routine to ensure that you do not waste time at meals thinking about what to make  
    • This also helps with ensuring you’re eating healthy meals and snacks to fuel your studying. 
    • Check out our previous post about 5 money-saving tips for eating healthy to get you started. 

    Take a nap 

    • Naps have many benefits that can help optimize your studying 
    • The length of your nap will determine the different benefits to you. Take a look at Brock Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre’s Instagram posts regarding naps to see what works best for your needs 

    Best of luck on your exams! 

    Your friendly neighborhood Badger 

  • 5 Ways to Leave Behind Cooking Complacency

    Ever feel like life gets too busy and the next thing you know you’ve eaten pizza and pasta for the past month? You may feel like you are stuck in the same routine where cooking and meal prep has become no exception to that. Sometimes preparing and eating a meal feels more like a chore than an enjoyable experience.  

    Its time to spice it up a little (no pun intended) and find ways to make cooking a more enjoyable experience on a friendly budget. Rather than setting up for a meal service that may be too expensive on a student budget, here are 5 ways to leave behind meal complacency and say hello to fun exciting meals.  

    Plan your meals!  

    • Choose at least one fun meal a week.  
    • Plan your meals around your schedule so you know you can fit them in each day. 
    • Meal prep your lunches so you only have to make your dinners. 

    Have a theme to your meals 

    • Travel around the world and choose recipes from different countries. 
    • Have breakfast for dinner. 
    • Plan your meals around the seasons (bbq in the summer). 

    Make a meal from scratch 

    • Buy the ingredients to make a meal from scratch. 
    • Look up a recipe before going to the grocery store and buy all the ingredients you will need to do this.  
    • Choose some fancy ingredients you would like to try and find a recipe that incorporates them. Youll be impressed with your own cooking skills after this one.  

     Try something new 

    • This could be recreating your favourite meal from a restaurant or something you’ve seen on Tiktok 
    • Pinterest is like an online cookbook, check out some amazing recipes there for more inspiration.  

    Cooking together 

    • Invite members of your household to make a meal together. Put on some music and dance in the kitchen as your delicious goodness is baking in the oven. 
    • Make cooking an event by giving everyone a step of the recipe to complete.  
    • Living alone? Call up a friend or family member on video chat and make the meal together online. 

    For now, while we can’t socialize over food and drinks with friends, we can make cooking the event you look forward to throughout the week. Challenge yourself to try something new and find your inner chef! I bet you have more cooking skills than you thought you did.  

    Good Luck!  

    Your Friendly Neighbourhood Badger  

  • Walker Sports Complex closed until further notice (Zone, pool, courts, BSP, fields)

    The Walker Sports Complex is closed until further notice as part of Brock University’s response to positive cases in residences.

    See Brock Information

     

  • 10 Ways to Become a Successful Runner

    As many things in life, running can be that one task that you wish you could do but the thought of actually going to do it is deterring. You remember back to the cramps and the taste of iron in your mouth and think that running is not the activity for you.  

    Maybe you have tested the treadmill and got bored of looking at yourself in the mirror, or maybe you tried a neighbourhood run but you were worried that the person in the car driving by was judging your pace.  

    Perhaps you told yourself that today is the day to tie up those laces and enjoy a nice evening jog while soaking in the last few minutes of sunshine. But then you got home and excused yourself of that to enjoy a night on the couch instead.  

    Here are 10 ways that you can change your mindset and become a successful and confident runner. Set aside the cramps, catch your breath, and enjoy pushing your body to its limits outside of the gym. Running is a great activity to clear your mind, push yourself, and be active, so let’s talk about how you can get into it 

    Set your goals 

      • Maybe you want to sign up for a 5k in the summer or building up to a half marathon OR maybe your goal is to run for fun and start a new hobby. Either way, its important to set your goals.  
      • Set your goals for how fast you want to run a certain distance to help you increase your pace over time.  
      • Write down your goals in a journal and hold yourself accountable to this.

    Track your runs

      • Download an app like Nike Run Club to track your run  
      • Use the GPS tracker to mark out the distance of your run and the pace you want to run at. 
      • These apps are also great to inform you how far you’ve gone during your run and to show you what route you have taken 

    Prep a playlist 

      • Find a motivating playlist that has a great beat. 
      • Jam out to those sing along-worthy tunes to distract you from the distance 
      • Find a playlist that helps you set your pace.  

    Invest in good running shoes  

      • Nothing is worse than having blisters and sore feet after a run. Invest in some good quality shoes that will last a while and won’t hurt your feet.  
      • Buy shoes that are meant for running, not casual trainers that are meant for gym sesh. 

    Pace yourself!  

      • Don’t bolt out of the gate off the start! This will result in those awful unwanted cramps and make it difficult to catch your breath.  
      • Pace yourself throughout your run and try to stick to it.  
      • Increase your pace if you can but make it manageable to last the entire distance.  
      • If you have energy at the end, add in a sprint and push yourself!    

    Run somewhere new

      • Change up the scenery and ditch the treadmill.  
      • If you’re a beginner, run somewhere where the elevation doesn’t change.  
      • Add some difficulty by finding a route with some hills.  
      • Changing the scenery by running a new route once in a while will make it more fun!  

    Breathe! 

      • Don’t forget to breathe. In through your nose, out through your mouth!  
      • It is important to pace yourself not only so you don’t get tired, but so you can manage your breaths.  
      • Focus on your breathing throughout the run. Longer inhales will allow you to save your breath without feeling winded.  

    Rest and Recover  

      • This is just as important as working out and running. Schedule in the days that you are going to rest and recover.  
      • Fuel your body with healthy nutrition.  
      • Rest doesn’t mean not moving! Keep moving your body every day, just some days can be less vigorous.  

    Don’t forget the cool down  

      • You don’t want to come in for a run and plop on the couch. Take 10-30 minutes to cool down.  
      • Stretch your body!  
      • Do not just end your run at a halt. Take a lap, catch your breath and allow your body to slow down your heart rate.  

    Hydrate  

      • You may have seen those giant bottles around where people are trying to drink a certain amount of water by a certain time of the day. Impressive!  
      • Do not forget to hydrate your body to avoid dehydration.  
      • Water = fuel, fuel = energy! Drink up!  

    Take in this read and motivate yourself to try out a run. Maybe you make it around the blockmaybe you’ll run a distance you never thought was achievable. No matter what, get yourself moving. You will realize just how good it makes you feel.  

    Keep it up, Badgers 

    Your Friendly Neighbourhood Badger 

  • 8 Ways to Go Green This St. Patty’s Day 

    In past years, St. Patrick’s Day was the perfect excuse to celebrate with friends and family, sharing the luck of the Irish with shamrocks and gold, and rocking the colour greenHere’s a way you can stay repping your favourite shade of green, while doing good for the community and your own well-being too.  

    Rather than doing St. Patty’s the old fashion way, let’s bring in a new pandemic fad and “ggreen together. This starts with changing our habits and adopting ways to be more environmentally friendly! Here are 8 ways to get started: 

    Use your green bin 

    • Buy compostable bags.  
    • Have a smaller compost bin inside and once its full, bring it out to the green bin! This is a great method to encourage you to use it more.   
    • Here is a list from the Niagara Region of what can be disposed of in a green bin.  

    Plant a garden  

    • Whether this is inside, a stand-up garden, or a small section in your backyard, choose a few vegetables, herbs, or fruit to grow on your own! 
    • Herb gardens need a lot of sunlight but can live inside year-round. 
    • Plant your fruits and vegetables early this spring to be ready for the summer.  
    • This is a great way to eat healthier and can be a fun activity to last you all summer long.  

    Use reusable containers  

    • Give up the plastic bags and go reusable.  
    • Use glass containers over plastic.  
    • Bring your own bags to the grocery store or other places. 

    Create clean air with houseplants  

    • Fill your house with gorgeous greenery 
    • Think you don’t have what it takes to have a green thumb? Here is a list of plants impossible to kill! (Okay not impossible, but extremely difficult!) 

    Shop local  

    • Help your local businesses by shopping locally! 
    • Take a day to explore your own town to see what they have to offer.  
    • Many local businesses offer online purchasing and door step delivery. 

    Avoid the disposables 

    • Rather than using one-use disposable items, switch to items that can be reused.  
    • Avoid one-use plastics like water bottles and straws.  
    • Check out this list for reusable household items.  

    Laundry? Wash full loads  

    • Save on energy and water by washing a full load of laundry.  
    • Be creative with your outfit choices or plan out what to wear for the week before having to wash laundry.  
    • Wash your full load in cold water.  

    Thrift it!  

    • Anyone else noticing that thrifting is the greatest thing of all time? After all, they do say that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. 
    • Check out Facebook Marketplace for some great local finds. Find a way to have a contactless pick-up. (Be sure to exercise safety measures when arranging pickups). 
    • Rather than bringing items to the dump, make a trip to your local Goodwill or Value Village. 
    • Update your furniture yourself! There are many resources online that teach you to dive into DIY projects like a professional. You can take that old dresser and make it new again! 

    In order for our environment to flourish, it starts with us taking the small steps to make an impact. When our entire Brock community comes together, we can do amazing things. 

    Good luck and Go Green! 

    Your friendly Neighbourhood Badger

     

  • 5 Simple Ways to Develop a New Healthy Habit (And Make it Last!) 

    I bet you’ve told yourself that you were going to exercise more this year. Maybe you were going to adopt a healthier eating plan and set aside the chips for a while. Maybe you wanted to be more mindful and focus on your well-being. Or maybe you wanted to be more intentional and connect with the things or people you love the most.  

    Did you set these goals and then eventually give up because they felt unachievable? Did you try to carry out all these goals at once and experience feeling overwhelmed, so you subconsciously stopped doing them? Research says it takes about 21 days to create a habit that sticks. This statement may be true for some, but for others it could take much longer than a 3-week period. Here are a few ways to focus on developing a new healthy habit that sticks without focusing on a timeline.   

    Master one habit at a time

    • Whether it’s fitness, nutrition, or well-being, it’s best to master one goal at a time rather than diving deep into multiple goals all at once. 
    • Focus on achieving one habit until it becomes a part of your daily routine and build from there. 

    Set realistic goals  

    • Keep it simple.  
    • Build upon existing goals. 
    • Set a manageable and achievable goal that suits you and your lifestyle. 
    • Be sure it’s something you know you can manage. 

    Document progress  

    • Track your progress in a journal. 
    • Set milestones. 
    • Reward yourself with each milestone you reach. 
      • New workout clothes 
      • Doing something you love 
      • Buying something nice 

    Incorporate your goal everyday 

    • Plan your goal into your day and do not plan your day around your goal. 
    • Fit your goal in where its most suitable for you – this will make it more enjoyable and easier to do.

    Share your progress  

    • Talk about it with others and hold yourself accountable. 
    • Share your experiences, trials, and strugglesBeing open and honest with yourself is part of the journey! 

    Starting a habit can be tough but sticking to it and making it a part of your lifestyle is something to celebrate. Following these steps above can lead you to success in your habits and your goals to help you feel accomplished.  

    Good Luck my Friends!  

    Your friendly Neighbourhood Badger