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Photo Album: 50 Reasons to Get Active

Earlier this year we started a fun campaign on Twitter. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday we posted an image with a reason to get active.

Our goal was to inspire you, our community, to get active and participate in positive, energetic activities in your daily life.

It’s been a fun journey to discover what resonates with our Twitter followers and why people and families choose to exercise, play games, and do activities together.

Check out all of our 50 Reasons to Get Active images on our Facebook page.

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Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to join in on other fun initiatives like 50 Reasons and get timely updates on what is happening at your Y.

Don’t forget to comment on Facebook on your favourite reason to get active!

And now, head out and #getactive!


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Summer Series #7: Curling

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

Start from the beginning of my Summer Series.

Many people are familiar with curling. It is often on TV and it has been an Olympic sport since 1988. In fact, in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver the men’s curling team won a gold medal and the women’s team silver. I have always thought curling was a really cool sport but have never really try it. I hope that one day I will.


Curling is a sport in which two teams compete to score the most points by throwing their 42lbs. polished granite stones (a.k.a. Rocks) closest to the innermost circle in the house (circle markings on the ice). When all of the rocks have been thrown, it is a conclusion of that round and the points are counted based on what rocks still remain in the house. This game is played on a sheet of ice called a curling sheet. There are four players on a team; a lead, a second, a vice skip and a skip. (Click here to find out more about these positions).


Curling has a long history dating back to medieval Scotland. There have been paintings depicting people sliding rocks on sheets of ice. As well, an old curling stone was found with the date 1511 on it. From the 16th to 19th century, outdoor curling proved to be very popular among men in Scotland and in 1716, the first recorded club in the world was formally created. This club is still around today. Curling has been around a very long time and proves to be a simple, yet challenging sport.

Click here to read all my Summer Series blogs.

Summer Series #6: Ultimate Frisbee

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Sheriza Jiwani

Start from the beginning of my Summer Series.

Ultimate Frisbee uses a variety of skills from different sports. It is a non contact sport that uses the throwing and catching skills of football, the stop and start movement patterns of basketball and non-stop movement similar to soccer. The field is similar to that of football with two endzones. A team (with seven people on the field) scores a point by making a successful pass to a player standing in the end zone they are attacking.

Players are not allowed to move with the Frisbee, but rather pass it to other players. If the Frisbee gets intercepted or knocked down, there is a change of possession and the Frisbee goes to the opposing team. This game is great if you want to play something similar to football without the fear of being tackled or running with the football. It combines many skills and is a very good workout.

Click here to read all my Summer Series blogs.

Get Social with YMCA (Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter)

Are you using Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter?

Connect with YMCA Calgary thru social media channels to get all sorts of updates on events at YMCA Calgary, cool ideas for health & fitness, fun things to do for singles & families, updates on last minute YMCA news, links to interesting wellness-related spaces and more!

  • Click here to check us out on Pinterest
  • Click here to check us out on Facebook
  • On Twitter we are @YMCA_Calgary

Motivational Quotes to Help you Study

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer, Sheriza Jiwani

Studying can be such a pain, especially studying something you are not passionate about. As much as you don’t want to, studying ahead of time will save you a lot of grief and stress closer to the test. Don’t procrastinate! When studying, it can be incredibly helpful to have funny and inspiring quotes around you to motivate you to keep working. It can also remind you that there will be an end to all this work. Just think, summer is less than a month away, you can do this! You can get through this, the home stretch!

Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men’s clothes.” – Chinese Proverb

Study without thought is vain: thought without study is dangerous.” – Confucious

Knowledge is realizing that the street is one-way, wisdom is looking both directions anyway.” – Anonymous

Books have knowledge, knowledge is power, power corrupts, corruption is a crime, and crime doesn’t pay, so if you keep reading, you’ll go broke.” – Anonymous

Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.” – Mark Twain

We all learn best in our own ways. Some people do better studying one subject at a time, while some do better studying three things at once. Some people do best studying in a structured, linear way, while others do best jumping around ‘surrounding’ a subject rather than traversing it. Some people prefer to learn by manipulating models, and others by reading.” – Bill Gates

Everybody has their own unique techniques for studying and finding yours can really benefit your overall studying habits.

The Stresses of Today’s High-Tech World

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer, Qiwen Hu.

Have you ever felt stressed out–not just due to having too much work on your hands, but just generally stressed out?

 I’ve personally experienced that feeling quite often and I’ve realized that one of the reasons is that we all live in such a fast paced and busy society. Again, I’m not talking about just work and responsibilities, I’m talking about all our social networking, video streaming and what-have-you sources that feed us so much information daily, a lot of which is – while sometimes entertaining – completely useless. We’re always online, talking to people about completely random things. While communication is great I found that it really helps to just disconnect yourself from everything for a little while.

I love technology and the access it gives us to everything but sometimes you need to let your mind take a break from it. Sometimes it just feels extremely relaxing to go out and take a stroll, and without your phone, just a walk outside with nothing and no one to distract you. Put on some music and let the world fall away for a bit. Its spring and the weather is actually decent outside–which is rare in Calgary–so take the chance to go out for a walk and de-clutter your mind. I guarantee that you’ll feel refreshed afterwards.

Mental health is just as important as physical health

Written by Social Media Youth Volunteer: Anne Liao.

Taking care of yourself is important, and that doesn’t mean only doing exercise. Mental health is just as important as physical health.  

* Stop worrying. Stop worrying over things that you can’t control or things that have already finished. There is no point in crying over spilt milk as they say. Also, use the time for thinking about what you can do instead of what you can’t.

* Be confident. Trust yourself and your abilities. As long as you try your best you’ll feel accomplished at the end.

* Think positive. By being more positive and looking on the bright side of things, you’ll feel more relaxed and you’ll be able to do more of the things you want to do.

* Relax and have fun. Give yourself a break sometimes and always enjoy life to the fullest.