Networking events can be nerve-wracking and stuffy, have no doubt. You have to get dressed up in your best business attire, which is rarely comfortable and definitely not a bohemian gal's favourite gear. There's awkward introductions and small talk. I always go in with the goal to connect with a few specific people, then feel like I'm that annoying person at a party who wont leave you alone. Thankfully, Y.E.S Vancouver must have felt the same as they found a way to put on a fun and informative networking event that still allowed participants to find balance in a more casual environment.
Spin & Stress-Bust with Vega Vancouver hosted by Y.E.S. was one part spin class (which is by far one of my favourite ways to sweat), one part nutrition talk and one part meeting new people. Cyklus Vancouver hosted the event and proved to be a wonderful new cycling community. I'm certain they will have earned a few new members thanks to the evening of Wednesday July 23 (myself included). The class was taught by Shannon Hoesing and after one half-hour class, I would recommend spinning with her in a heartbeat. She brought in the exact amount of energy, support and guidance one needs while climbing hills or going in for a sprint. Plus, she had a down to earth and kind soul that I felt connected to right away. My kind of instructor.
Though the cycling was my favourite part of the event, the nutrition portion was so valuable and provided me the swift kick in the butt I need to get my diet back on track. Having been diagnosed with clinical depression, I have always known my eating habits play a major role in my mood. But the team from VEGA taught us the science behind how our meals play with our emotions and good ways to ensure you find balance and stability in all realms of heath through food. Some of the lessons they shared were actually pretty eye opening.
Your body goes through a lot of stress in a day. There are good stresses such as exercising and training. This is known as complementary stress which provides long-term gain for short term stress. But then you have your uncomplimentary stresses: psychological, environmental and nutrition. Nutritional stresses actually make up over 70% of one's uncomplimentary stresses. That's a lot of avoidable stress! Start by staying away from preservatives and synthetic foods, they are bad for you in more ways than one. Eat foods that are low on the glycemic index (under 55) to avoid peaks and valleys in energy level. Don't skip out on the good types of fats. All these things we, for the most part, kind of already know helps bring balance and sanity into our lives. We just find ourselves having a tough time sticking to it. But I speak from experience when I say that in the end, it's totally worth putting in the effort. For more ways you can bring more balance into your life through nutrition, check out thriveforward.com
All in all, this event was a true example of how communities that sweat together, stay together.