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The return of warmer temperatures and non-slippery sidewalks has a lot of people getting outdoors for some exercise. For men taking part in The Ottawa Mission’s addiction treatment programs, much attention is placed on their emotional and mental well-being.  But their physical well-being is just as important.

With spring’s arrival, the Mission’s LifeHouse and Stabilization Programs are now offering men a chance to begin walking and running as they focus on recovery and getting life back on track. Every Saturday morning those that want to start a physical fitness program can get some guidance from a couple of dedicated volunteers. Barry went through the LifeHouse treatment program two years ago and says learning to run has helped him immensely. “Running regularly took me on an inward journey and taught me many of life’s hard learned lessons, like patience, endurance, goal-setting, acceptance and self-love. It allowed me to spend time with myself and take care of my body by exercising and being mindful of what I eat. I also exercise my mind by meditating while running and being in the moment. It has been a great stress reliever.” 

Your support of these programs gives men a chance to get healthy again. One way to help is to donate gently used men’s running shoes or running shorts and shirts. These donations can be dropped off at The Mission’s Front Desk at 35 Waller Street anytime or at the Running Room store at 907 Bank Street during business hours.

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