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Fill ‘er Up!

You wouldn’t attempt to drive your car when it has no fuel.  You know better, and would make sure to put something in the tank before heading out even for a short trip around town, let along a long trip.

Food is our fuel, it’s our energy source that runs all of our body’s systems.  So why do we continually see people trying to workout without enough fuel in the tank? It’s important to make sure that you have a little something to eat before your workout – always.

Round It Out – Plan a pre-workout snack to have a protein, carb, and a fruit or vegetable.  Of course whatever you choose is going to depend on personal preferences, and any dietary restrictions you might have, but some of my favorite pre-workout dining includes milk, eggs, nut butters, cottage cheese, yogurt & granola.  All items high in protein that will help you to feel more satisfied yet keeping it light.  Morning-glory or Bran muffins, oatmeal with fruit or nuts, or high fiber cereals are all carbs that have whole or fuller grains to help you feel fuller without eating a large amount.  Bananas and apples are my favorite go-to fruits to round it out.  They are easy to take on the go, relatively mess-free and provide a decent amount of nutrients and fiber.  Mixed melon, cucumber, and mixed berries are a fresh,  light change as well.  Making a smoothie to go is also a great way to incorporate more than one of these nutrient groups together in a tasty way.  Try adding spinach for a high iron boost in a fruit/veg smoothie!

Did You Know? Cramping when running or swimming after eating a fuller meal is actually your body trying to digest that food.  The blood that supplying your body’s intestinal tract gets redirected to your arms and legs, and the food “stalls” in your intestines.

Don’t let your car sputter out, just make sure you put premium in!


Program Spring Registration is Now Open to All YMCA Members

YMCA Member Registration is in full swing!
Members are able to register now, and there is now exactly one week until Non-Members are able to register into programs. If you are a member, that means you hvae less than 1 week to get yourself of your loved ones into your favorite programs before they inevitably fill up on Tuesday March 5th.

Listed below are just a few amazing opportunities for both adults and youth offered by YMCA Calgary.

Steve Nash Basketball – An association-wide program, taking place at Crowfoot, Eau Claire, Saddletowne, and Shawnessy locations. Open to ages 6-13yrs, Steve Nash Basketball is a national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love of the game for basketball among Canadian youth.

Fusion Fitness – A non-purist approach to traditional forms of training. It is a perfect blend of Yoga, Pilates and Fitness Conditioning that challenges strength, balance, flexibility, increases stamina and focuses the mind while cleansing the spirit.

Active Y Kids – Offers youth a chance to improve and sustain a healthy lifestyle. Designed to improve overall health, Active Y Kids incorporates cardiovascular and muscular conditioning activities, nutrition sessions, and self-development education.

Active Older Adult (AOA) – Learn safe, effective ways to include more free weight, on-the-ball and advanced balance exercises into your life. Open to ages 55Y+

Cookie Monsters – Allows children to express themselves through food preparation and selection, nutrition and cooking. The best part: the kids get to eat what they make!  Open for ages 3-5Y

Junior Lifeguard Club – Introduces you to lifesaving techniques and first aid skills. Youth will gain experience in accident prevention and dealing with the public. Participants must be aged 10-15yrs, and able to swim 50 metres and tread water for one minute.

TRX Bootcamp – Just what you need to tone up that beach-body!  This bootcamp style class will help you discover new training techniques with the TRX Suspension trainer.  A push in the right direction!

Capoeira – Elements of dance and acrobatics are incorporated into mixed martial arts offered by AXE Capoeira. Classes are offered to ages 6-11Y as well as 12Y+ for all abilities involving cardiovascular and muscular components as well as various forms of Brazilian music.

For more information on these or any other YMCA programming, please contact your closest YMCA branch.


Be Your Best in 2013

Starting at the YMCA!

YMCA Calgary offers so many options for you and your entire family to get out of the house, get active, and most of all – have fun together!

Whether you’re looking to learn how to swim, a rock-climbing adventure, somewhere for your children to run off some of that energy, or just want to dance your cares (and holidays goodies) away in Zumba, YMCA Calgary can help you meet your goals.  With both drop-in and registered programming for all ages, YMCA Calgary can help you discover who you are in 2013.

Check us out; with five locations across this great city, there is a YMCA near you!  YMCA Calgary is Building Healthy Communities.

Wishing you and your family a happy, safe, and healthy New Year!


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