Spring is often a time for renewal – this year, take your spring cleaning one step further by giving your health a spring cleaning of its own. Richmond has been named “The Healthiest City in Canada“, according to a study published by Canadian Living. You can follow in the footsteps of fitness-conscious locals by hopping on a bike at Garry Point Park in Steveston and riding along the scenic dyke trails or the city’s 50 kilometres of designated on-street bike routes.
Or pack a picnic and walk or jog the four kilometer (2.5 mile) Iona Jetty at Iona Beach Regional Park. If the forecast calls for spring showers, hop indoors at the Richmond Olympic Oval to try the impressive 40 foot high new climbing wall, which boasts 31 unique routes suited to all skill levels.
After working up a sweat, cool down at one of Richmond’s three Asian malls – Yaohan Centre, Parker Place or Aberdeen Centre – all major destinations for shoppers looking to stock-up on health-promoting Chinese herbs. According to Chinese medicine, spring is associated with a cleansing of the liver and gallbladder. Many of the store associates at these Asian malls are bi-lingual and will be happy to assist you in finding the right Chinese herbs to help you feel healthier, happier, calmer and more connected to life.