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wellness

Become a Ninja Warrior at these Calgary gyms

By MICHAELA RITCHIE

These aren’t your average monkey bars! Ninjas-in-training test their grip strength as they grapple through this obstacle at Cor.Fit’s WinSport location. (Photo courtesy of Alex Zabel.)

It goes without saying that working out is hard—heck, just gathering up the motivation to go to the gym can stop you dead in your tracks before you even break a sweat. But in recent years, reality TV competition shows like American Ninja Warrior and Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge have raked in viewers by the millions by turning incredibly difficult workouts into entertaining nighttime television. (more…)

Manitoba Memento: Camelina Oil

Courtesy of Freefield Organics

Courtesy of Freefield Organics

For a souvenir that pulls double duty as a tasty and ultra-nutritious pantry addition, take home a bottle of locally produced camelina oil. The non-GMO oil is packed with good-for-you benefits due to naturally high levels of Omega-3 and Vitamin E. Don’t worry about burning off nutritional value—unlike other culinary oils, can withstand high heat cooking up to 475°F.

This wonder ingredient, produced by Erna and Frantz Kracher of Freefield Organics, was the first certified organic camelina oil in Canada. On their 400 acre farm in rural Inglis, Manitoba the couple grows and cold presses the seed into oil. To try before you buy, visit restaurant and gift shop Pineridge Hollow and taste chef Matty Neufeld’s camelina-dressed wildberry salad before picking up a bottle. Also available in the city centre at DeLuca’s Market.

Pineridge Hollow, 67086 Heatherdale Rd, 25 km out of the city, 204‑777‑3881; and DeLuca’s, 950 Portage Ave, 204‑774‑7617

Top 5 Shops for Wellness Wishers

Colour therapy glasses from Float.Calm. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Colour therapy glasses from Float.Calm. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Shop these spots for products promoting health for mind, body, and spirit.

Chic duds made of earth friendly bamboo, cotton, and hemp fibres are feel-good buys at Hempyrean. Yogis get extra stretch in breathable bamboo and cotton leggings. 111 Osborne St, 204‑947‑5223, hempyrean.ca

Humboldt’s Legacy boasts eco-friendly gifts, fair trade goods, and local food products. Give beauty routines a makeover with natural and organic makeup from Ecco Bella. 167 Lilac St, 204-772-1404, humboldtslegacy.com

Shelves at Prairie Sky Books are stocked with tomes on self help and spirituality, as well as candles, decor, and aromatherapy items. Adult colouring books help calm and centre the mind through intricate patterns and swirls. 871 Westminster Ave, 204‑774‑6152, prairieskybooks.com

Sensory deprivation pods filled with a buoying epsom salt solution provide ultimate relaxation at Float.Calm. A small retail area carries take home de-stressors, like artisanal bath bombs and mood boosting colour therapy glasses. 337 Pembina Hwy, 204‑477‑6507, floatcalm.com

Organic produce, wholesome food products, and natural health and beauty aids fill The Fresh Carrot’s spacious interior. Health guru gourmands can cap off a shopping spree with a fresh cold pressed juice from the attached deli. 2-230 Osborne St, 204‑489‑3737, thefreshcarrot.ca

Hot Shopping: Perfect Fit

Sure, that holiday bingeing was fun but now it’s time to whip your butt back into shape. And you might as well look good doing it. You’ll find a unique selection of Canadian-made fitness wear at Bhavana Yoga Lifestyle Store on Quinpool Road, as well as accessories and gifts for casual practitioners and devoted yogis.