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Before we move on to Grasslands …

There are so many great trails and beautiful things to see in the Prince Albert National Park, I thought I would post some photos and the map of where to find the trails.  There are over 150 km. of trail.  How many can you check off on the way to your fitness goal?

Follow this link for the Parks Canada (Prince Albert National) site:  https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/sk/princealbert/activ/experiences/activ21.  There you will find a short description and the distance of each of the hiking trails.

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The cross country ski trails/distances and map can be found here:  https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/sk/princealbert/activ/experiences/activ22.

If you need a few more miles (although it is a little bit out of way on our route), Meadow Lake Provincial Park boasts one of the longest trails in Canada – the BOREAL TRAIL.  It is the only destination hiking trail in the province – a short 120 km stroll 🙂  Their site can be found here:   https://www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/listings/900/meadow-lake-provincial-park-boreal-trail.

ON TO GRASSLANDS NATIONAL PARK!

 

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Telomeres: Our Biological Clock

 

Telomeres are the caps on the ends of our chromosomes or DNA strands.  They are like the tips of shoelaces.  Without these plastic tips on the ends of our shoelaces, the shoelaces quickly start unravelling.  The same is true of our DNA.

As we age our telomeres gradually get shorter and shorter.  This is like the sand in the hourglass ticking away the years of our lives.  When our telomeres get too short our DNA is no longer protected.  Thus, when cells divide, errors will be made causing cancer and other chronic medical conditions.  Eventually, our telomeres get too short to maintain life.  Fortunately, there are things we can do to lengthen our telomeres and reverse aging at the cellular level.  By making these changes now, we can reverse our biological age and dramatically slow the overall aging process.   We can start growing younger today!

Six Ways to Reverse Your Biological Age

  1. Manage Stress to Shave 10 Years Off Your Telomeres

In a very interesting study, Dr. Elissa S. Epel from the University of California at San Francisco and colleagues determined that those who perceived they were under the most stress for the longest periods of time, prematurely aged their telomeres by about 10 years.  Fortunately, in a separate study, she showed that mindfulness and meditation could reverse this premature aging effect to telomeres.  While we cannot avoid stress, we can change how we perceive stress and we can block the effects of stress on our telomeres through mindfulness, meditation, etc.

  1. Exercise To Take 10 Years of Your Telomeres

exerciseIn a similar study, Dr. Lynn F. Cherkas from King’s College in London showed that in 2,401 twins that regular exercising slowed telomere aging by about 10 years when compared to their non-exercising twin.  The message here is clear, exercise can reverse or slow the aging process.

  1. Eat a Healthy Diet To Reverse Telomere Aging By 5 Years

Many studies have shown that a healthy diet can reverse or slow telomere aging.  In particular, diets high in vegetables, fruits, fish, nuts, seeds, and legumes can protect our telomeres from shortening.  Sugar, processed foods, and processed meats have the opposite effect to our telomeres.  Eat right to stay young!

  1. Maintain an Ideal Weight To Lengthen Telomeres By 9 Years

Being overweight is another cause of premature aging.  Carrying excessive weight causes oxidative stress, or “rusting,” to our cells resulting in telomere shortening and premature aging.  Studies show that maintaining an ideal body weight can lengthen our telomeres by 9 years.

5. Sleep At Least 7 Hours To Reverse Telomere Old Ag

sleepSleep is when our bodies go into repair mode.  We need this repair process functioning optimally if we want to reverse our biologic age and “grow younger.”  In a fascinating study, researchers found that older people sleeping at least 7 hours had the telomeres of middle aged people. In other words, at the cellular level, you can completely reverse telomere “old age” with at least seven hours of restorative sleep each night.

  1. Avoid Loneliness for Optimal Telomere Health

Social isolation, or feeling lonely, is not only a powerful predictor of heart disease but telomere shortening as well.  In one study, social connection was shown to be an additional way to keep our telomeres long.  Thus, if you want to slow the aging process, stay connected to your friends and family every day .

Dr. John Day:
Dr. Day is a cardiologist/electrophysiologist at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from Johns Hopkins Medical School and completed his residency and fellowships in cardiology and electrophysiology at Stanford University. He currently serves as the president of the Utah chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

 


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Amazing Trail Choices in Prince Albert National Park

104207Hiking the Prince Albert National Park offers many opportunities for both day trips and backcountry excursions. The park also offers quite possibly the most famous hike in Saskatchewan, the Grey Owl Cabin hike. (An overnight 20km hike to where Grey Owl’s cabin still stands.)  The park is open all four seasons.  Their are trails ranging from easy to difficult, from a couple of hours to a couple of days.

Let’s start with two of the longer trails – Elk Trail (about 80 km round trip) and Grey Owl Trail (40 km round trip)

Elk Trail was built by conscientious objectors during World War 2. These workers carved out the trail through the surrounding aspen forest to create a fantastic easy to navigate trail. Elk Trail is a multi-use trail so you can bring your horses or bikes on the trail as well.  The first section of the hike will take you along the shores of Sandy Lake. Once you pass Sandy Lake its about 4km before you get to Kapesiwin Lake and 6km to where the trail splits to Fish Lake or Camp Lake. Elk Trail passes many pristine wetland habitats, which are home to thousands of birds.

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The hike to Grey Owl’s cabin in Prince Albert National Park can be described as a“Hiker’s Pilgrimage.” The story of Grey Owl and his dedication to conservation  speaks strongly with anyone who likes to spend their time in the wilderness. Spending a weekend to visit his cabin and final resting place is a must for anyone who loves Saskatchewan’s hiking trails.  Most people take two days and one night to complete the trip.grey owl's cabin wnterSAMSUNG CSCkingsmere and grey owl trailkingsmere river trail 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

That is a beaver lodge, inside the cabin, at the end of the cot – no wonder Grey Owl’s wife and daughter lived in a second cabin!

Watch for more on the Prince Albert National Park Trails this week.

 

 

 


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Trail of the Day – Duck Lake

Eb’s Trails are just 17km north of Duck Lake, Saskatchewan on Highway 11 and offer a great day escape from the city. There are 52km of trails that intersect throughout the network that has been built by the Saskatoon Nordic Ski Club.  These trails are specifically designed for Nordic or Cross-Country skiing and in the winter can only be used for skiers.  If you don’t own a pair of ski’s there are many places that will rent you a pair for the day. 3816karenltos5Eb's Trail Duck Lake

This trail system is within Central Saskatchewan but it looks nothing like the prairies of the south. Just on the edge of the boreal forest, it offers picturesque scenery of the forest only 60 minutes from Saskatoon.

 

I could spend weeks posting about Saskatchewan’s parks, but we have the whole country to cover in four months.  So I will move on to our first major stop – Prince Albert National Park.

However, if you want to see beautiful pictures of winter in Saskatchewan parks, along with activities, trail distances (hiking, snowmobiling, skiing etc) follow this link:

Winter in Saskatchewan Provincial Parks

This province is amazing!  Please remember to like and share our posts.

ON TO PRINCE ALBERT!

 

 


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Globe Walk Updates

We successfully launched the 2019 Globe Walk yesterday!  We had about 50 captains in attendance along with many of our sponsors/partners.  We even had TV coverage!  We couldn’t ask for better than that.  Thanks to all of those who attended and to the volunteers and staff members who helped make it happen.  Globe Walk is off to a great start!

good newsThe Martensville Program Supervisor, who is also the Captain of the Martensville Globe Walk Team, has invited all Globe Walkers to join them on the track at the Martensville Athletic Pavilion on Tuesdays at 1 – 2 pm.  So if you live or work in Martensville or would like to take a short drive, this is a wonderful opportunity.  Thanks to Angela Reddecopp and the Martensville Athletic Pavillion (200 Mike Sands Boulevard).

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Mark your calendars for our next event.  Our annual outdoor walk will take place on February 18th (Family Day) at the Forestry Farm.

This is an intergenerational even so we encourage everyone to bring their children and grandchildren.

The site is beautiful for walking and the historic Superintendent’s house is a perfect place to warm up and enjoy a hot chocolate.

See you there!