Discover Revitalized Grange Park in Toronto

 

After 15 months of construction, the newly renovated and revitalized Grange Park is now open to the public. This two-hectare green space in the city’s downtown core was originally part of the Grange estate, built in 1820 by the Boulton family. In 1910, the estate was bequeathed to the newly founded Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The museum and the City of Toronto agreed to use the land south of Grange House as a public park. The park was expanded in the mid 1970’s to its present size.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

On July 10th, 2017, Grange Park officially reopened after a stunning transformation, to offer a sustainable, inner city green space for everyone to enjoy.

 

“The revitalized Grange Park is simply spectacular. Full stop. Grange Park is more than a neighbourhood park. It will be a destination for residents from across our city and beyond ” City Councillor Joe Cressy, Trinity-Spadina.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

Responding to the vision created by the local community, the award-winning Canadian planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm PFS Studio was brought in to design the project. The ensure lasting beauty for future generations, 80 new trees were planted including horse chestnut, beech and oak. There is also an expanded great lawn and pastoral grove area, an off-leash dog park, perennial beds and a sustainable auto-irrigation system.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

Visitors will also appreciate the new park furniture, and LED lighting, new public washrooms and the decorative and interactive water features.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

To help celebrate the history of Grange Park and its location at the AGO, the expanded children’s play area is customized with unique equipment and shapes, including paint palettes, paint cans and crumpled paper, designed to inspire and celebrate creativity.

 

The project was made possible due to the shared vision and partnership of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the local community and the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.

“The Grange community will benefit enormously from the revitalization of Grange Park,” said President of the Grange Community Association, Ralph Daley. “This wonderful outcome is due in large part to the dedication and sense of community shown by the residents and institutional representatives on GPAC. Our community thanks you.”

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you discover Toronto. For information on our Greenrock Communities throughout Toronto, including Village Green 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

Find Balance at Reach Yoga

Find Balance at Reach Yoga

We all want balance in our lives, but sometimes it can be really hard to establish it. There is no one ‘right way’ to achieve it — it’s an ongoing practice and commitment. Incorporating yoga into your life is a good place to start. We caught up with Cathy Mines, owner and founder of Reach Yoga (40 Underhill Dr, Don Mills) to talk about her studio and philosophy.

Photo courtesy of Reach Yoga

Cathy has been a certified Yoga Instructor since 2003 and created Reach with a “dream of creating a place where we could share yoga with our local community. As part of the deeper understanding of a life in balance, I have learned that collaboration, partnerships and community are the things I need most to keep me accountable to the message of yoga.” Helping to create and contribute to a community is a goal that came up several times in our conversation with Cathy — it’s also a key goal for Greenrock Communities. Reach Yoga has been a part of the Don Mills and Lawrence neighbourhood for the past 14 years. The studio is home to a “community of like hearted people looking to breathe, move and laugh their way out of life’s stresses.”

Photo courtesy of Reach Yoga

So what is yoga? The traditional definition of the word means to yoke, or to bind. The binding, or unifying of body, mind and spirit. Or as Cathy says, “In this busy life it may be more fitting to say re-establishing the connection of body mind and spirit as many of us find ourselves moving at such a fast pace that our connections are not as strong as they once were.” That sounds like balance, doesn’t it? Speaking of balance, you don’t need to be able to stand on one foot, or contort yourself into a specific posture to practice yoga — you just need to breathe deep and be present in the here and now.

 

At Reach Yoga we welcome you to come in whatever state of mind or body you find yourself in on any given day. This is not cookie cutter yoga, each one of us will have our own level of energy, our own capability and our own particular drive during each class. Our energy levels are different each day and I encourage people to go with how they feel and simply enjoy that they showed up!

 

At Reach, they teach Hatha Yoga. The classes focus not only on the postures of yoga, but also on breathing exercises and meditation. Instructors and students engage in a rich discussion of how this combination helps to restore balance within our body, mind and spirit.

 

Cathy established Reach Yoga in the Don Mills neighbourhood because it’s the place that she grew up in, it’s home. She says:

 

I’m not sure if it is the energy of all of the green space, being along the beautiful stretch of the Don Valley in the fall always blows my mind, and the sunsets here in Don Mills are amazing… it is the people that make it such a great place to live and work. Because of the people, we expand our community from just our scheduled yoga classes to have specialty classes, celebrations, and even musical guests and class trips. It is the people that make all of this possible.

Reach Yoga is an amazing business in the Don Mills and Lawrence neighbourhood and  just minutes away from Greenrock’s Wingreen Court Community. Let them help you find some balance in this fast paced life. Reach out and connect with your community.

The Best Healthy Restaurants in Toronto

The best healthy restaurants in Toronto

Many of us are trying to eat healthier these days. Changing our diet can help us feel better, look better, have more energy, and can even be better for the planet. It’s not always easy to make healthy choices, especially when dining out. When we are at home, in our own kitchen, we can control what goes into every meal, but who wants to eat at home for every meal? If you’re looking for guilt-free, gourmet meals out on the town, the Greenrock blog team has you covered with the best healthy restaurants in Toronto. We connected with the owners of three amazing healthy restaurants to get their recommendations on what to order. Let’s dig in!

 

Hibiscus

 

Hibiscus Cafe (238 Augusta Avenue) feels right at home in the heart of Toronto’s hip Kensington Market neighbourhood. It was created with the idea of providing a unique menu of gluten-free, vegetarian entrees. Andrey Malkov and his family bought Hibiscus four years ago. They “loved the menu and started to use organic, and, when in season, local ingredients”, expanding and strengthening the cafe’s original mission to provide great tasting, nutritious food.

 

The soup and salad combo is a quick and delicious, nutrient dense meal to try. If you’re coming for brunch, Andrey recommends the vegan mozzarella, mushroom, tomato and basil crepe ($15). Be sure to save room for their coconut sea buckthorn ice cream for dessert.

 

Andrey and his family are committed to creating healthy and nutritious food “made of sustainably grown ingredients, with attention and love”.

Photo courtesy of Hibiscus Cafe

Live Organic Food Bar

 

Live Organic Food Bar was created by Jennifer Italiano and her brother Christopher in 2000. It began as an organic juice bar. The siblings “were highly into organic food and supporting local farmers and believed in wholefoods. Nothing from a package or with a label that we could not pronounce”, says Italiano. Jennifer started getting into raw foods around the same time and says “we took our café from only serving cooked vegan foods to specializing in raw foods too. We were the first in the city to offer such cuisine.” Considering how popular raw food is in Toronto today, they sort of started a movement.

 

If you are new to Live and the raw food experience, Jennifer highly recommends the Raw Combo ($22). It’s been on the menu since day one and it gives you a taste of Live’s manicotti, tostadas, teriyaki noodle stir fry, and pierogis.

 

Live serves a delicious array of raw and cooked menu items, and even sells their own line of products. They have been committed to working with sustainable organic farmers since 2002. The entire menu is organic, vegan, gluten and wheat free with no refined sugars or GMO’s and is locally sourced whenever possible. There are two Live Organic Food Bars to choose from — the original Annex location at 264 Dupont and 134 Atlantic Avenue in Liberty Village.

Photo courtesy of Live Organic Food Bar

Planta

 

Planta was created by the Chase Hospitality Group. The group partnered with Chef David Lee to fill a void. In the words of Steven Salms, president of CHG, the “inspiration was to provide a full service, experience based restaurant that gave diners an option to dine out that didn’t include the use of animal products”. They are committed to using high quality ingredients from ethical suppliers so that they can be proud of the food they serve.

 

You can taste the pride and commitment to quality in every dish at Planta. From spectacular salads and impressive pizzas (gluten-free crust available), to Mr. Salms personal favourite menu item, The Planta Burger ($18.75). The burger is loaded with queso, mushroom bacon, pickles, tomatillo mayo and served with spiced fries.

 

Planta is located in the vibrant Bay and Bloor area of Yorkville, at 1221 Bay Street and fits in perfectly in the neighbourhood. They passionately provide an upscale, plant based dining experience that celebrates innovative cuisine in a beautiful environment.

Photo courtesy of Planta

Living and eating healthy is it’s own reward. We hope that these delicious healthy restaurant suggestions help make sticking to your goals a little easier this year.

 

For information on Greenrock Property Management and Greenrock Rental Communities in Toronto, please see our website.

 

How to avoid seasonal affective disorder

How to avoid seasonal affective disorder

The cloudy, gloomy winter weather may be unavoidable. For some, winter brings on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and leaves them feeling depressed. Learn more about SAD and how to avoid it at Village Green Apartments(50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) in today’s post from the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

 

What is SAD?

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a change in mood due to the weather. Individuals with SAD experience normal mental health during a majority of the calendar year. When the weather switches, most typically to colder, cloudier conditions, these same people begin to experience symptoms of depression. About 15 percent of Canadians experience some degree of SAD during their lifetime.

 

Start outdoors

 

If you are suspicious that you currently have SAD, make an appointment with your doctor. If you are wanting some simple steps to avoid the disorder or improve your symptoms, health experts recommend starting with spending more time outdoors. Walking, biking and hiking are all great options, or you can join the Toronto Outdoor Club and find new activities to try this season.

 

Exercise often

 

Regular exercise is key to a healthy life, and is a good way to avoid severe SAD. Join your local YMCA today, just a five-minute walk from Village Green Apartments. At the Downtown Toronto location (20 Grosvenor Street) there are always multiple classes going on, including swimming, cycling and yoga.

 

Invest is a Light Therapy Box

 

As SAD is most often triggered by cloudy weather, take in every drop of sunlight that you can during the winter. Start by opening any blinds or curtains at Village Green Apartments to maximize whatever natural light there is. Consider investing in a special Light Therapy Box that mimics the sun.

 

Eat healthy

 

There’s mixed consensus among scientists and doctors as to just how helpful certain foods are in preventing or fighting SAD. That being said, it’s always a good idea to keep a balanced diet. For the SAD-conscious, specifically, make sure that you are getting an adequate amount of vitamin D, and consider adding fish oil pills to your diet.

Keep your head up, spring will be here soon! Until then, avoid SAD with these tips from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management. For more information about Village Green Apartments, conveniently located in Downtown Toronto, visit our website.

Improve your fitness this year!

Improve your fitness this year!

Every year, you resolve to get in shape. Make this the year that you actually do it! Making small changes that you can maintain may lead to long lasting results. Start off small, at home at 5 Benlamond, with changes to your diet and then progress toward a more intense exercise program. What matters is that you move towards something. The Greenrock Property Management blog team has a few tips to check out if you are looking to improve your fitness this year.

 

Cut back on sugar and carbs

 

If you are looking to lose weight, changing your diet is more effective than exercise. If you are eating too many calories, you’re not going to be able to work them off very effectively. What kind of calories you are consuming is also very important for weight loss. Cutting back on sugar and carbohydrates is key. These foods stimulate insulin secretion more than any others and insulin is the body’s main fat storage hormone.

 

Fill up on protein

 

Eating plenty of protein is part of an effective weight loss and fitness plan. A higher protein diet boosts your metabolism and can make you feel fuller longer, reducing your desire to over-consume calories. Try to base your meals on a protein source (chicken, fish, tofu), low carb vegetables (kale, chard, broccoli etc) and healthy fats like olive oil, avocado or coconut oil.

 

Walk

 

It may be hard to believe that something as basic as walking can be so effective and essential to a healthy lifestyle. Walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, and strengthen your bones and muscles, and manage or prevent various conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. It can improve balance and coordination, and your mood. You should try to walk wherever and whenever you can. You’ll feel better, through and through.

 

Exercise

 

To truly experience a fit and healthy lifestyle, you’ll need to exercise. Always consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise routine. If you are able, lifting weights 3 days a week is a great addition to your fitness program. If you are new to the gym, get some advice from the staff on proper technique. If you are lifting in your home at 5 Benlamond, check out some videos on proper form to prevent injury and maximize effectiveness. Exercise and weight training is also a great way to deal with stress and even fight depression.

 
You deserve to feel good. Make the changes that you are able to make and keep moving forward. This can be the year that you improve your fitness, if you make it happen. The Greenrock blog team hopes this week’s post helps point you in the right direction. For more information on Greenrock Rental Communities, including life in the Upper Beaches at 5 Benlamond Avenue, please visit our website.

5 New Year’s resolutions to make in 2017

5 New Year’s resolutions to make in 2017

Still deciding on your 2017 New Year’s resolutions? Consider one that does double duty, improving both body and mind. Find five resolution ideas that will start your year off right in today’s post from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management.

 

Laugh more

 

Make 2017 more fun, resolve to laugh more! Laughter has many benefits for your body and mind including reducing stress,  relaxing muscles, improving circulation and stimulating your organs. Try a class or see a show at Second City (51 Mercer Street), less than a 20-minute ride on public transportation from Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street). If you’re looking for something truly out of the box, sign up with coworkers or friends for Laughter Yoga Toronto, a program that specializes in incorporating genuine laughter into a refreshing yoga workout routine.

 

Exercise body and mind

 

Now that you’re not taking life quite so seriously, throw in a new workout routine. Start with an invigorating class at Ferris360 (1910 Yonge Street), a convenient three-minute walk down the block from Davisville Village Apartments (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street, 225 Davisville Avenue). Short on time? This Scientific 7-Minute Workout is sure to get your blood pumping, and this five-minute yoga workout app provides quick workouts specifically designed to improve flexibility.

 

Get outside more

 

Outdoor activities are amazing for your body and many people find them mentally rejuvenating. Get outside more in 2017 by joining theToronto Outdoor Club. The club is free to join, open to all, and offers low-cost events in various locations throughout the city and beyond.

 

Limit social media

 

Too much time on social media can leave you feeling lethargic and depressed. Limit when you log on, starting by watching your usage in the mornings and the evenings. Instead of checking Facebook, create your own gratitude practice.

 

Sleep!

 

It is no secret that getting enough sleep is essential for both your brain and your body. A prolonged lack of sleep can impact your mindset and weight. All of today’s recommended resolutions may help improve sleep. Step up your sleeping game with a personalized sleep routine, or treat yourself to some new, comfortable bedding, and you’ll be sound asleep in no time.


Take care of your body and mind with these five resolutions for 2017, compiled by Greenrock Property Management  just in time for the New Year. For more information about our Toronto apartments, please visit our website.

Effective home workouts to try

 Effective home workouts to try

We get it, some days you simply have zero interest in heading out to the gym. Maybe you are too tight for time to do your crunches, or you feel like all those jumping jacks and squats are ineffective. The blog team at Greenrock Property Management blog team is here to help you with some of our favourite effective home workouts. We can’t make the workouts easy, but at least you can do them from the comfort and privacy of your Davisville Village apartment.

 

15 Minute Beginner Workout

 

This easy to follow home workout video is a great for beginners. It focuses on form and building strength, but don’t expect it to be a breeze. All you need is 15 minutes. You can do this!

 

Short Circuit

 

This 20 minute Short Circuit workout packs a lot of intensity into a short amount of time. It requires no equipment so you have now excuses! It’s a circuit of 6 exercises to work your whole body. You complete each circuit (all 6 exercises without stopping), take a 2 minute rest and then repeat. Complete each circuit 3-4 times, or as many times as you can in 20 minutes.

 

Bodyweight Burnout

 

Ok, say you found an excuse not to do the workout above because you couldn’t find the 20 minutes. This Bodyweight Burnout also requires no equipment and packs a full body, intense workout into just 13 minutes. There is a video to show you how to perform each exercise. Perform each of the exercises for the prescribed amount of time, then rest for 15 seconds between each exercise. When you complete all 6 exercises, take a 30 second rest to complete round 1, do it all over again and you’re done!

 

30 Minute Bodyweight Workout

 

This 30 Minute Bodyweight Workout is all you need to work your whole body from the comfort of your Greenrock at Davisville Village apartment. All your basic bodyweight exercises are represented from tuck jumps and mountain climbers, to tricep dips, jump planks and more! Perform 3 rounds of 12 to 15 repetitions of each exercise with a maximum 30 second break in between rounds. Go!

 

Bodyweight Gauntlet

 

This one is not for beginners. If you still think you can’t get an intense, full body workout at home, you may be ready for theBodyweight Gauntlet. It uses 4 simple, basic exercises — push-ups (any variation), pull-ups (bar required), squats and burpees. You do each exercise for three full minutes, keep track of your reps, and see how fast you can progress. Are you ready to throw down the gauntlet?!

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management hopes these home workouts will help you get in a workout on uninspiring days. For more information on Greenrock’s rental communities, including ideally located Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 & 225 Davisville Ave, 45 Balliol Street), please visit our website.

4 reasons to run this fall

 4 reasons to run this fall

Tired of your same-old workout routine? Let fall be the inspiration you need to keep pushing towards your fitness goals. Today’s post from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management features four fantastic reasons to run this fall near Eastbourne Avenue Apartments (166 Eastbourne Avenue).

 

1. Fall foliage

 

There’s no denying it, Toronto is lovely in the fall. If you want to see the leaves change, hop on your bike (or ride the train) to access running trails near Eastbourne Avenue Apartments or any of Toronto’s beautiful parks. Looking for an even easier solution? Admire the fall foliage at Eglinton Park (200 Eglinton Avenue West), located right across the street from your front door.

 

2. Fun runs

 

Signing up for a race is a great way to push yourself to keep running all season long. This trick is especially fun in fall because of all the unique themed races that are held in the city during this time of year. The Monster Dash returns to Toronto on October 30th. Choose between the Spooky Mile, 5-kilometre or 10-kilometre race, all held at night. The course loops in and around Sunnybrook Park (1132 Leslie Street), a 20-minute drive from Eastbourne Avenue Apartments.

 

3. Condition your brain

 

Did you know that running is good for your brain? Whether you’re taking any classes this fall or no, stay sharp by implementing a back-to-school running routine. If you are a student, running is an easy way to reduce stress and help your entire mind and body get back into the swing of school.

 

4. Holiday season is here

 

Don’t let guilt ruin the holidays. Run regularly so that you can enjoy peace of mind as you dig into your mom’s amazing mashed potatoes and that piece of homemade pumpkin pie you’ve been craving since last year.

 

Everyone needs a boost of workout inspiration from time to time. The blog team at Greenrock Property Managementhopes today’s post inspires you to look for reasons to keep running this fall. For more information about Eastbourne Avenue Apartments, please visit our website.

Check out these local bicycle trails this summer

Check out these local bicycle trails this summer

It’s hard to beat a good bike ride. It’s great exercise, a great way to get around Toronto and a great way to see parts of the city you may have missed. The Greenrock Property Management blog team has put together of list of some of the best bicycle trails near you (plus details on how to get to them from your home at Village Green Apartments, 40-50 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street).

 

Lower Don Trail

 

One of the best mixed trails in the city, the Lower Don Recreation Trail follows the Don River,  north or south, giving you the freedom to choose where you want to go. From Village Green Apartments you can hop on your bike and ride about 25 minutes along Gerrard St. to St Matthews and enter from the bridge. If you go north you can go through Taylor Creek Park all the way to Victoria Park or choose go south towards Lakeshore.

 

Lakeshore

 

From the Lower Don Trail at Lakeshore it’s a quick ride over to Leslie Street and south along the Leslie Street Spit into Tommy Thompson Park. You can also park your car near the entrance to the park (15-20 minute drive from Village Green Apartments) The trail takes you on a beautiful tour around the peninsula that extends 5 km into Lake Ontario with great views of the lake. You will need to circle back once you reach the lighthouse. Your ride will take you through the bird sanctuary and some of the best nature watching in the city.

 

You can also use the Lakeshore path to ride east through Ashbridges Bay, along Woodbine Beach and Kew/Balmy Beach

 

Beltline Trail

 

Take a 15 minute bike ride from Village Green Apartments through Rosedale to the short Milkman’s Lane Trail to hit the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail. This trail is a pleasant, mostly shaded ride through a ravine. You can make a pitstop at The Evergreen Brickworks before finishing at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

 

The blog team at Greenrock Property Management hopes this week’s post helps you make the most out of your local trails this summer. There are lots of great trails for you to enjoy nearby. Have fun! For more information on Greenrock property rentals, please visit our website.

Get fit without a gym this Spring

Get fit without a gym this SpringYou’re busy. You have a lot to take care of. You want one of those things that you take care of to be yourself, but you may not have the time to get the gym. The Greenrock Property Management blog team understands where you;re coming from and we are here to help. This week’s post is all about how to get fit, without spending all your time and hard earned money on a gym membership. Here are some great workouts you can do from the comfort and privacy of your Wingreen Court apartment. Of course, before you begin any exercise routine, talk to your doctor to make sure you’re ready. When you know that you’re ready, jump in with one of these.

The 5 minute Workout

 

This total body workout leaves no room for excuses. It works with whatever time you have. Even If you only have 5 minutes, the key to this workout is intensity. It’s a 5-exercise circuit. Complete each circuit, going as hard and as fast as you can for 50 seconds, then take a 10 second rest before going full intensity again into the next exercise. If you have a bit more time and a bit more energy, repeat the entire circuit 1 to 2 more times.

Build Muscle in Under 20 Minutes

Want the ultimate beach body? This high intensity muscle building workout will help you gain lean muscle and lose weight fast without a gym membership. Again, it’s all about the intensity that you put in, not the time. This one is a circuit too. Complete all the “A” exercises, then all the “B” exercises and go right into the “C” exercises. Maximum gains in minimum time — isn’t that what we’re all looking for?

Anytime, Anywhere

This is a whole body, high-intensity (there’s that word again!) bodyweight workout. No equipment or machinery required, just you and your goal, that’s all you need. This one is perfect to perform in you Greenrock apartment, take it to the park, the beach or anywhere you feel like moving freely. If you are unfamiliar with any of the moves in this workout, you can find explanations and photos here. This workout is a great way to boost your metabolism and build strength with body resistance.

So there you have it. You don’t need to sign up to a pricey or pretentious gym. You don’t need to spend your disposable income on equipment. If you want to get into shape, you don’t have to leave your Wingreen Court apartment. The Greenrock Property Management blog team wishes you the best, and that includes feeling your best. Here’s to your best! Cheers!