By Tawnya Plain Eagle
Files from Alberta.ca
Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, and Erica Wiebe, Olympic champion and Alberta Ambassador for Sport and Active Living, urge Albertans to maintain physical and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic and be #HealthyAtHomeAB.
As Albertans adapt to the current situation, they may find themselves feeling uncertain and unsure of how to stay active in this new normal, or feel unmotivated.
Minister Aheer and Wiebe know the importance of being active while staying at home to slow the spread and do our part to flatten the curve.
“COVID-19 has created a very different sense of what’s normal. We must adapt to the situation for the good of all Albertans." says Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women.
As a coach, community leader and volunteer ADD athlete, Wiebe wants Albertans to know there are tools available to support them.
She stresses the importance of balance and encourages everyone to take care of their mental health, as well.
“There are many things we can’t control right now, but we can control our physical wellness, routines and thoughts,"Wiebe says.
"Take back control – maybe try something new or make a healthy meal every single day, or reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in a long time.”
To maintain active living, Wiebe challenges the minister and all Albertans to try to get outside or get their heart rate up for at least 15-30 minutes every day, or take time to do some body weight exercises, such as squats, burpees or pushups, for repetitions. Deep breathing or meditation can also a great way to manage stress.
Wiebe and Minister Aheer challenge Albertans to post their home wellness activities during COVID-19 using the hashtag #HealthyAtHomeAB.
"I hope all Albertans take up the challenge and join us in being active and healthy at home.” Sharon says.