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End of season bike & body maintenance

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Time to check your levels

It’s that time of year when your trusty steed is gettin’ some preventative end-of-season maintenance! Part of your bike care is identifying general issues to watch for or that require repair. This is a great time of year to check your body too.

After several friends thinking I’m crazy for never having had one, I recently got a full blood panel to analyze my health. The results were fascinating, and not unlike your bike…if you’re never checking, there could be something way out of whack. Continue Reading…

Meaning & Passion/ Wellness/ Zesty Adventures

Zest: The happiness trait and how to harvest it

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To live is a rare thing. Most people just exist.

The warm summer air blew in through the windows and tousled our hair as we cranked the music and giggled about some silly story of when we were teens. Dierks Bentley’s song Freedom on the stereo was the perfect pairing to our girls wine tour. We cruised around the twisty Naramata roads, without a plan and lost in the moment; smiling, laughing and full of energy.

You could say we were full of zest. In positive psychology, zest is one of the five character strengths that contribute most to a sense of life-satisfaction. As a component of the virtue of courage, zest means approaching life enthusiastically, as an adventure and being excited about life. Continue Reading…

Meaning & Passion/ Wellness/ Zesty Adventures

Zesty Meditation: The healing power of solo bike rides

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The body benefits from movement, the mind from stillness

The cool light of morning casts shadows across my bed as I open my eyes. It’s 5am and Kula noses up for her morning snuggle and more importantly, to tell me it’s time for her breakfast.

Passion is the best alarm clock. We follow our usual routine of a Ginja Ninja Smoothie and a bit of work at the computer before the call of the forest quickens our pace and we set off for the trails. Continue Reading…

Health Tips/ Perseverance/ Wellness/ Zesty Adventures

Concussion Recovery: The Zesty Life TBI rehab strategy

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What to do when your melon gets whacked

This summer an unexpected waterskiing accident left me with severe whiplash, five stitches in the back of my skull, a compressed occipital nerve, a puncture in my neck that nearly hit an artery, a punctured eardrum and a pretty nasty concussion.

Concussions suck. They demand a lengthy recovery, prolonged down time and they affect many aspects of your life including mobility, career, relationships and finances. Mild traumatic brain injuries (also called TBI’s) an invisible injury that has no fixed timeline for recovery—Now, before you get too meloncholy, I’ve got some tips that helped me get through my concussion in about four weeks. Continue Reading…

Health Tips/ Wellness/ Zesty Adventures

Zesty Multi-tool: Emotional maintenance 101

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Deal with your emotions or they’re bound to bubble up later

Just like your bike, your body needs regular maintenance and a lotta­ love. It’s important to take care of ourselves and not ignore problems—or they’ll get bigger and more expensive.

When life throws us obstacles, it’s helpful to have some tools in our back pocket. Here are a few tips for maintaining your mental, emotional and physical well-being. Continue Reading…