Imagination, Courage, and a Violin with 3 Strings...
Living Well...together, while apart
Our inspiration today is brilliant violinist Itzhak Perlman who lost use of his legs to polio when he was 4-years old. One evening during a live concert, he broke a string a few bars into a piece. What happened afterwards is quite remarkable:
Difficult times incite some to retreat and others to push forward with courage and creativity. While this first reaction is understandable, the second one surely is accompanied by far more favourable outcomes. And so – wonderful reader – let’s segue to a brief discussion on how exercise – our powerful and sometimes elusive companion – can help support our endeavours to be more creative:
Numerous studies support the positive relationship between physical activity and positive affect. Running, powerlifting, mountain biking… the list of activities that encourage the release of endorphins - is endless. Specifically, many forms of exercise increase production of dopamine, the neurotransmitter in the brain, which encourages pleasure, happiness, even euphoria.
A recent study in Scientific Reports decided to track activity in a group of average results to measure whether or not increased physical activity was positively related to higher levels of creativity. Their findings? A resounding “Yes”. The most active volunteers were also the most creative. And – not surprisingly – the most active were also the happiest. But here’s what’s really cool: the increased happiness doesn’t seem to be the influencer. That is, while it would be understandable to assume that moving creates positive affect which in turn impacts creativity, the findings of this study suggest that it is the movement or activity itself that encourages creative thinking.
And so? NEVER let a busy workload out-trump your plans to exercise. You can put away any and all guilt knowing full well that every minute of exercise will ensure you return to your desk a more innovative, effective thinker.
Just one more amazing reason to get up and move.
“You know, sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much music you can still make with what you have left.” – Itzhak Perlman
Today’s Live Workouts
Happy Monday! Ready to get moving to start your week off right? We’ve got TWO classes on the schedule for today!
TOTAL BODY CONDITIONING WITH ROBERT S
Join Robert S today for a Total Body Conditioning workout! Challenge your cardio and strengthen your muscles from head to toe with this incredibly effective no-nonsense bodyweight training.
No equipment needed today.
Join Robert at 12:00pm (30 minutes) from your own living room.
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Meeting ID: 864 5295 2847
YOGA FUSION WITH ROBERT Y
Join Robert Y today for our new Yoga Fusion workout! A combination of hatha, ashtanga, and kudalini yoga techniques. This class will engage your muscles, open your joints, calm your mind, and lift your spirits. (All levels)
No equipment needed today.
Join Robert at 5:15pm (45 minutes) from your own living room.
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Meeting ID: 899 4248 0739
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
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If you have questions about our virtual live workouts, please reach out to Lauren.
Today’s Trainer Moves
Looking for a great workout featuring both stability and strength moves? Join Meg and get moving!
For questions about today’s Trainer Moves, you can connect directly with Meg here.
Ride for Rehab
This month, we’re participating in the Virtual Ride for Rehab in support of the Toronto Rehab Foundation.
Participants will “move” their way across Canada by: walking, wheeling, swimming, spinning, running, dancing, skating, snowshoeing, steps/distance in the house…you name it! You’ll log your distance, and together, we will watch our daily progress travelling from the east coast to the west, all while raising funds and awareness for the incredible work of Toronto Rehab.
For a $25 registration fee, participants will have access to free daily classes: spinning, yoga, and a movement class (some of which will be led by our very own team!). Those who join the free classes will earn “mileage” to add to the daily distance covered.
DATES: February 20th – 27th
COST: $25 to participate
REGISTER: Click here
Kimchi Bibim Guksu
Try making this spicy, slightly sweet, savoury, and tangy cold noodle dish. It’s simply made with kimchi and a few staple seasoning ingredients! Enjoy this easy, tasty recipe!
To find more recipes like this, check out our latest Spice of Life blog.
For the Sauce
- 1/2 cup kimchi (about 3 1/2 oz), chopped into 1/2-inch pieces, plus 1/4 cup kimchi juice
- 3 tbsp gochujang
- 2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp roasted white sesame seeds
For the Noodles
- 6 oz somyeon (thin wheat flour noodles) or soba
- 1 cup salad mix or leafy greens
- 1/2 cup julienned cucumber
- 1/4 cup julienned carrot
- Perilla leaves, chopped (optional)
- Gim (roasted seaweed sheets), crumbled or crushed (optional)
- 2 soft-boiled or hard-boiled eggs, halved and served chilled, warm or at room temperature, depending on your preference (optional)
- Bring a pot of water to boil. While the water comes to a boil, prepare the sauce: In a small bowl, mix all the sauce ingredients. When adding the sesame seeds, crush them gently between the palms of your hands to release a deeper flavor. Stir sauce to combine, then set aside. (Makes 3/4 cup.)
- Cook the noodles according to package directions, making sure not to overcook. Once the noodles are cooked, rinse thoroughly under cold water, to ensure they maintain a chewy consistency.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the noodles and the sauce. Mix well with clean hands. (This adds 손맛 or sohn mat, which is Korean for “the taste that comes from one’s hands” or “a homemade taste.”)
- Divide the mixed noodles between two bowls. Top with small piles of salad greens, cucumbers and carrots, plus perilla leaves, gim, and eggs (if using).
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