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Calling all Eau Claire YMCA Volunteer Instructor Alumni

Hey are you an Eau Claire YMCA Volunteer instructor alumni?

Please join us – Wednesday September 25th for our 25th Anniversary 80’s workout – 12:05-12:50pm.  We’d love to see you!

The workout will be circuit based with stability balls, barbells and athletic cardio.

Please RSVP to to ensure we get you on the guest list!

Eau Claire YMCA 25th Anniversary Family Carnival

Join us today for our 25th Anniversary Carnival!

Sunday September 22nd

12-3pm at the Eau Claire YMCA (101 3rd Street SW)

Eau Claire YMCA 25th Anniversary. Save the date!

Eau Claire YMCA turns 25th!

To mark the occasion, please join us the weekend of September 20th to celebrate!

Friday September 20th – Special Teen Night

Sunday September 22nd – Family Fun Celebration 12-3pm

Wednesday September 25th – Special 80’s revival workout and celebration. 11:30am-1:15pm.

Go easy on the salt

The average person in the U.S. consumes 3,500 milligrams of sodium a day. That’s equivalent to almost 9 grams of salt, or nearly 2 teaspoonfuls—way more than the 2.3 grams per day suggested by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

We all understand that salt isn’t good for us, and many have taken the initiative to reduced the amount of salt we shake onto our food. However do we understand why it’s so bad and how to change our habits?

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

There is lots of different evidence supporting a link between high salt intake and high blood pressure.

It is thought that having high levels of sodium in the body causes a decrease in the synthesis of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is an arteriolar vasodilator. This means that it causes the blood vessels to widen, reducing the resistance the blood experiences as it flows.

Why is high blood pressure, or hypertension, such a bad thing?

Well, although hypertension frequently does not exhibit many symptoms. The condition can lead to several medical problems including heart attack, stroke and kidney damage.


High salt intake has also been linked to osteoporosis, a condition that causes weakening of the bones making them more susceptible to fractures.

Salt is proposed to affect bones by causing increased calcium excretion in urine. Calcium is, of course, very important in bones. In fact, 99% of the body’s calcium is stored in our bones. Thus, loss of calcium, through excessive excretion, is bad for your bones.

Stomach Cancer

Although salt is necessary in the production of stomach acid; it seems too much salt can actually be bad news for the stomach.

Excessive salt consumption has been linked to stomach cancer. Although the molecular basis has not yet been confirmed and not all results of epidemiological studies were in agreement, there has been a general trend observed that high salt consumption was correlated with increased risk of stomach cancer.

How can we reduce our salt intake?

Given all the negative effects high salt intake can cause, you may wish to reduce your own salt intake. You may find this is actually harder than you initially think. The difficulty in reducing your salt intake arises due to the fact that a significant amount of the salt we consume has already been added to our food at the manufacturing stage.

Some culprets containing high salt include: boxed cereals, breads and baking, canned or bottled sauces and dips and seasoned pasta and rice.

Reading labels, avoiding processed foods whenever possible and eating clean will help your and your family avoid excessive salt intake.

If you are looking for more flavor, try experimenting with fresh herbs.






Fall Registered Programs start today!

Looking to supplement your current fitness program?

Want to try something new?

Need a new Challenge?

YMCA registered programs start today. Join a 7-14 week program and experience the benefits of progression and adaptation in your workouts.


So many options available for preschool, youth and adults!

Don’t miss out! Register today! Visit member services or view our program guides.


Youth Badminton Programs at the Eau Claire YMCA

Youth Badminton

Join us for Youth Badminton Programs starting the week of September 9th

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm – Ages 8-9yrs.

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm – Ages 10-13 yrs

Fridays 6:00-7:00pm – Ages 10-13 yrs

Fridays 6:00-7:00pm – Ages 14-17 yrs

Youth Badminton

Learn skills, meet new friends, stay active!

Please call 403-781-1686 for more information or to register.


YMCA programs free September 3-8th

Looking to supliment your current workouts? Want to try something new?

YMCA Calgary is offering free programs at all of our locations September 3-8th. Please visit your branch for individual schedules.

Try zumba, yoga active, yoga passive, metabollic conditioining, TRX, TRX cycle, Women’s resistance training, Boxer’s workouts, Kettlebell bootcamps and much more!

XFIT at the Eau Claire YMCA

Kick it up a notch with XFit at the Eau Claire YMCA

This high intensity, metabolic based workout is designed to challenge you to the max! Build strength, endurance and improve your fitness level this summer!

Mondays 6:30-7:30pm

Thursdays 12:05-12:50pm

Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm

Please call 403-781-1682 for more information or to register.

Run for your Life at the Eau Claire YMCA

Whether you are brand new to running or are a seasoned competitor wanting to improve performance – this is the program for you.

Join Gord Hobbins from Gord’s Running Store every Thursday night, 5:30-7:00pm for this group training experience. Interval, speed, endurance, technique work are all part of this 14 week program.

Program Starts September 12th

For more information or to register, please call 403-269-6701

A body in motion is always headed in the right direction.