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Ready for a New Fitness Challenge?

Step up your game with one of our new fitness & wellness classes at Saddletowne YMCA in 2016:

Obstacle Race Training

This is a great class to take whether you are looking for a program that will challenge you in different ways, push you past a fitness plateau or help prepare you for an actual Obstacle Race for the first or fiftieth time! This class will cover muscular strength and endurance, cardiovascular endurance, balance, agility and grip strength with a variety of drills that will take you out of your comfort zone and drive your fitness to the next level. In addition to studio, track and weight floor work, certain classes may include workouts on the climbing wall, in the swimming pool or outdoors to improve your fitness in a range of environments and modalities.

Mondays | Starts Jan 11 | 5:30-6:30pm | M $90 NM $126 | 9 classes | Barcode# 107157
Wednesdays | Starts Jan 13 | 6:30-7:30pm | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107158
Fridays | Starts Jan 15 | 10:30-11:30am | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107159

Sport Conditioning

Are you passionate about sports? Do you want to build strength and stamina to improve your game? This class will provide sports-based exercises and drills to help you increase muscular strength & endurance, coordination, agility, quickness and stability to improve your sport performance. Exercises and drills will be determined based on the interests and needs of the group, according to their sport(s) of preference.

Thursdays | Starts Jan 14 | 7:00-8:00pm | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107161
Fridays | Starts Jan 15 | 5:15-6:15pm | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107163
Sundays | Starts Jan 17 | 5:30-6:30pm | M $90 NM $126 | 9 classes | Barcode# 107162

Advanced Conditioning

Are you tired of machines and dumbbells? This class will teach you about different training techniques and equipment that can be used to take your workout to the next level. Learn how to use things like Kettlebell, TRX and Battleropes with proper form and apply principles of HIIT (high intensity interval training) for optimal efficiency. Step out of the rut with Advanced Conditioning!

Tuesdays | Starts Jan 12 | 7:30-8:30pm | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107121
Wednesdays | Starts Jan 13 | 9:15-10:15am | M $100 NM $140 | 10 classes | Barcode# 107160

Nutrition 101: 7 Keys to Eating for Good Health

Are you wanting to make changes to your eating habits but are unsure where to start? Have you tried dieting and found that you were left feeling hungry and unsatisfied? Are you aware of the changes you want to make but just need a bit of extra support getting there? Are you confused by all of the conflicting nutrition information and advice being dished out by the media?

If any of these situations apply to you, this is a course you won’t want to miss! Facilitated by a Registered Dietician, this course will introduce you to simple dietary changes you can adopt that will make the most difference to your health, along with practical strategies for doing so. The science behind the information will be explored to help clarify nutritional advice and dispel the myths. In addition, you will have the opportunity to keep a personal food journal and receive weekly feedback and support on your progress and challenges over this 8-week program to give you the best chances for success in reaching your goals.

Saturdays | Starts Jan 16 | 9:30-10:30am | M $80 NM $112 | 8 classes | Barcode# 111873

Health and Wellness Expo

South Health Campus YMCA and the Wellness Centre is running a 3-Day Health and Wellness Expo on September 4-6!

SHC Expo Poster

Bring your whole family and come join us for various fun activities that promote healthy living.

  • Thursday, September 4 | 3-7pm
  • Friday, September 5 | 1:30-7pm
  • Saturday, September 6 | 8am-3pm

Activities include:

  • YMCA Spin Challenge
  • ATCO Blue Flame Cooking Demo
  • Wellness Exhibition Fair
  • Soccer Tournament
  • KidZone

Download the Full Activity Schedule

Exercise and Wellness for Women with Breast Cancer

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Coming to Saddletowne YMCA September 2014!

This FREE program aims to empower women to regain control of their life through physical activity. Offered in partnership with the U of C Health & Wellness Lab, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Wings of Hope, participation includes:

  • A personalized fitness assessment
  • An individualized exercise program
  • Group exercise and healthy lifestyle education classes

Eligibility: Currently undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment or within three months of treatment completion
Call (403) 210-8482 to enroll
Email: wellnesslab@kin.ucalgary.ca
Web: www.thriveforcancersurvivors.com


Healthy Kids Day

YMCA Healthy Kids Day is a free annual community event hosted by YMCAs across Canada in June. An action-packed event for the entire family, YMCA Healthy Kids Day places special emphasis on how healthy living can be fun and providing families with simple tips and resources to live healthy every day.

The YMCA believes healthy kids are the foundation and future of healthy communities. That’s why we offer programming and advocate year round for the healthy growth of children and youth in spirit, mind and body.

Raising healthy children is a community effort, and the YMCA is your community partner in nurturing the potential of kids.

Join us from 10am to 1pm on Sunday, June 1 for an engaging day of fun and exciting activities for holistic health!


Help Rebuild Our Strong Community

Have you heard about the 2013 Vital Signs Survey? The Calgary Foundation (TCF) is collecting feedback to determine top priorities for improving communities in Calgary and the surrounding area, including the topics of Health & Wellness and Neighbourhoods.

The Calgary Foundation uses endowments and donations to address a wide variety of social, cultural, educational, health and environmental needs.

In partnership with TCF, YMCA Calgary is helping to spread the word about their good work and the survey.

Calgarians have always shown a great interest in our city and communities. The 2013 Vital Signs Survey is a wonderful way to influence decision-making and grant opportunities. Complete the survey before July 30.

February is Heart Month – Quick facts on Exercise and Cardiovascular Health

What are the benefits of exercise and heart health?

Numerous studies have proven that regular exercise has a favorable effect on many of the established risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including:

  • Reduction in bodyweight and blood pressure
  • Reduction in bad, and an increase in good, cholesterol
  • Increased insulin sensitivity (controls glucose levels in the blood which lead to diabetes)

Many of the same studies identify that these benefits are especially effective when combined with other lifestyle modifications e.g. better nutrition, cessation of smoking and reduced alcohol consumption.

What are the risks?
For healthy individuals, the risk of a cardiac event during exercise is less than 1 in 800,000 hours of physical activity. This risk is greater in those with existing heart conditions, although can improve significantly with regular exercise.

Body weight vs Cardiac health
A sedentary person, regardless of their BMI (body mass index), has a 50 times greater risk of developing a cardiopulmonary complication than someone who exercises 5 times per week.

How much to do?
The 1996 US Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity & Health recommended at least 30min of modest activity on most, preferably all, days of the week. Modest activity in this report is considered any activity that is similar in intensity to brisk walking so take advantage of some of these exercise options at your local YMCA:

  • Cardio Equipment
  • Group Exercise Classes
  • Resistance Training (weights)
  • Swimming and Aquarobics
  • Running, Cycling, Hiking
  • Indoor and Outdoor Sports

Where to start [Take Action!] Book a Wellness Appointment with one of our coaches through Member Services at your local YMCA branch. Think of ways that you can increase the amount of incidental exercise you get during the day e.g. taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking at the back of the lot instead of fighting for the space closest to the entrance, finding a friend to go walking with after work or on weekends and explore new streets or trails around your home.

Please note:
If you currently have heart disease or are over 45 years of age and have 2 or more risk factors (immediate family member with heart disease before age 55, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle or obesity), you should consult your physician before starting any type of exercise.

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Be Your Best: Menopause and Women’s Health

Join us for the fourth presentation from a wellness speaker series in partnership with Alberta Health Services. Ranjit Uppal RN BN, MN, Clinical Nurse Specialist will share some of the latest information, provide tips, dispel myths and answer questions.

Space is limited. Register at www.ymcacalgary.org.
Member | Non-member: $25

Understanding Menopause
Shawnessy YMCA | Nov 28 | 7-9pm
Menopause doesn’t have to be so dreadful. Gain knowledge and tips to help you understand and manage this natural stage in your life.

Be Your Best

Join us for a wellness speaker series in partnership with Alberta Health Services. A selection of passionate nurses, dieticians and psychologists are lined up to share some of the latest information, provide tips, dispel myths and answer questions related to each topic. Learn to improve your lifestyle, achieve your goals and be your best.

Space is limited. Register at www.ymcacalgary.org. Member | Non-member: $25 per topic

Managing Stress with Mindfulness
Eau Claire YMCA | Oct 11 | 12:05-1:00pm
When facing significant stress or anxiety, people often find themselves avoiding the people, places and things that are stressful for them.  This presentation will help you recognize triggers and employ relaxation practices to help work through times of stress.

Eating for Energy
Crowfoot YMCA  | Oct 18 | 7-9pm
Do you get tired in the afternoon or find it difficult to get through your day?  Find out which foods and combinations can boost your mental clarity, vitality and stamina throughout the day.

Ten Secrets to Healthy Living and What’s Up Doc!
Saddletowne YMCA | Oct 22 & 29 | 7-9pm
It’s a two for one offer. For one fee, these topics run on consecutive Mondays.

Ten Secrets to Healthy Living
Medical advances have improved women’s health.  Discover the treatments, interventions, and steps you can take to increase your health, longevity, and happiness.

What’s Up Doc?
Learn how to ask the right questions, use your appointment times effectively, and things you can do to take control in today’s health system.

Understanding Menopause
Shawnessy YMCA | Nov 28 | 7-9pm
Menopause doesn’t have to be so dreadful. Gain knowledge and tips to help you understand and manage this natural stage in your life.