Healthy Lifestyle Resources


Ottawa Outdoor Club

The Ottawa Outdoor Club organizes daytime, evening, and multi-day, environmentally-sound, outdoor recreational activities year-round at minimal cost for residents of and visitors to the Ottawa and Gatineau communities. Check out their website if you have an interest in:


  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Skating
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Walking
  • Social activities

Running Groups in Ottawa

If you’re interested in running and would benefit from doing it with others, Meetup has a list of Ottawa and area running groups. Maybe you’re looking for accountability or maybe you’d love to turn running into a social event. Whatever your reason might be, this is a great place to start!

Motivated (Podcast by ABC Radio)

Motivated is an upbeat podcast for people who simply want to learn more about health, nutrition, and wellness. During the episodes, Schiavocampo interviews fitness experts and doctors about interesting health trends. 

The Ultimate "Deskercise" Routine (Healthline)

A collection of easy to follow tutorials to work out those computer kinks!

Moving Through the Winter (Podcast by Stitcher with Katy Bowman)

It’s hard to feel motivated to exercise outside during the winter months. In this podcast episode, learn why it matters not only that you get outside, but that you move outside. They also share tips and tricks for getting the entire household moving before you all feel a case of cabin fever take hold!

Mental Health/Meditation/Mindfulness

The following are a listing of meditation/mindfulness resources in the Ottawa area.

Simply Meditation

Simply Meditation offers free meditation workshops, kirtan, yoga asana classes, day retreats, and other activities in the Ottawa, Gatineau, and Wakefield areas.

The casual, welcoming atmosphere is a great place to make new friends.

Metta Movement and Meditation Studio

The Metta Movement and Meditation Studio devotes itself to bringing the genuine elation of authentic, natural movement, along with the joyful bliss of mindful meditation, to the people of Hintonburg and beyond.

Ottawa Shambala Meditation Centre

The Ottawa Shambhala Meditation Centre is part of a global community that aspires to awaken kindness, goodness and wisdom within society. This vision is rooted in the principle that every human being has a fundamental nature of basic goodness.


Ottawa Farmer's Market

The Ottawa Farmer’s Market offers a market in 4 convenient locations across the city!

  • Lansdowne
  • Westboro
  • Orleans
  • Barrhaven
We’ve linked you straight to the “what’s in season page” so you can see exactly which foods are in season & when, but there’s a ton of other information on this site.

Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin D

Living in the northern hemisphere means that we struggle to keep our vitamin D levels at an optimal level, especially as the winter lingers on. This article tells you:


  • Why vitamin D is so important
  • 3 ways to get vitamin D
  • Spells out how much you need based on your unique circumstances
  • Just how much we can take in before worrying about toxicity


Avoiding Back Pain or Injury When Shoveling (Alberta Chiro)

Take 30 seconds to learn these important snow shovelling tips for keeping your back healthy and injury free!

How to Stay Healthy During Cold & Flu Season (Dr. Axe)

Tips & tricks to help you stay healthy during the cold & flu season. Plus, ways to treat when you do get sick.

Predominant Pollen & Spores in Ottawa

Be better prepared for the seasonal allergy season by knowing when particular pollen & spores are at their peak in the Ottawa area. If you use their app you can join their pollen forecast alert program to be really in the know!

10 Alternatives To New Year’s Resolutions (Sam Laura Brown)

These alternatives to traditional new year’s resolutions are sure to provide you with inspiration for ways to work towards your health, wellness & personal goals.

Extreme Heat (Government of Canada)

An excellent overview on the effects of heat exposure and safety tips you can follow.

7 Strategies for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season (Chopra Center)

We care deeply about your overwell wellness & stress will wreak havoc on our well-being. Because the holiday season can turn into a source of heightened stress, we’re bringing you a great list of strategies you can use to take care of yourself around this time of year.