Recently a man received a ticket for distracted driving for answering a text message while waiting in line at a Beaumont area Tim Horton's drive through. While there is some speculation that he may have been texting on the way to Tim Horton's as well, it seemed like a good time to take another look at Alberta's distracted Driving Legislation.
On September 1, 2011 Alberta became the first province in Canada to write a law that addresses distracted driving and cell phone use. It is also Canada's most comprehensive distracted driving law, which has led to a bit of confusion over what activities would be considered breaking the law and what would be perfectly legal. Read below to dispel some of these myths.
Snowmobiling is a thrilling yet risky way to enjoy the great outdoors. Before you turn on the engine, it is wise to learn how to properly operate the mechanical controls and safety devices of the vehicle. It is also important to read the owner’s manual and take a safety course. Don’t let an accident or injury ruin your day – keep your rides scenic and safe with the following safety recommendations.
Safety Training is Available
Inexperienced riders are much more likely to be involved in serious snowmobiling accidents than their seasoned counterparts. Therefore, you should contact your province’s Ministry of Natural Resources for more information on available safety courses for both adults and young riders. In most provinces, they are mandatory for extremely young riders (ages 10 to 15) if they intend to ride off their parents’ property.
Exercise is beneficial for the body, the mind and the soul. But, According to Statistics Canada, only 15 per cent of Canadians meet the minimum recommended amount of exercise for the week. Exercise can improve your mood, fight chronic diseases, help manage your weight, lead to a better night’s sleep — the list goes on and on. In order to get the most from your regular workouts and decrease your risk of injury, it is very important to warm-up, cool down and stretch.
Tips for a Safer Workout
Warming up transitions your body from a resting state to more rigorous activity level. It increases blood flow to your muscles so they stretch easier and are less likely to tear. Warming up also lubricates your joints, reducing friction and unnecessary wear. While warming up:
- Move similar to how you will in your workout by walking briskly, jogging or biking at a slow pace.
- Increase the intensity gradually to reduce stress on your bones, muscles and heart.
- Warm up for approximately 15 minutes so that you break a light sweat.
Like warming up, cooling down should include movements similar to those in your workout, but they should decrease in intensity gradually.
- Cool down for at least 10 minutes so that blood returns from your muscles to your heart. If you do not cool down long enough, you may become dizzy, nauseated or even pass out.
Don't Forget to Stretch!
Stretching before and after a workout builds flexibility and range of motion, and reduces your risk of injury while you are burning calories in a sweat session.
- Use gentle, fluid movements while stretching and breathe normally.
- Focus on individual muscle groups and hold a stretch for 20 to 60 seconds.