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Impact of exercise on mental health

 

 

In honour of Mental Health Week, YMCA Calgary wants to remind everyone the importance physical activity plays in both mental and physical health.

It is proven that daily exercise will improve your overall well-being.   What is also known, is that the type and intensity of exercise doesn’t matter. Daily physical activity, whether it is an intensive boot camp, an hour-long swim or a 30-minute walk, will significantly improve your mental health

Many of us face stress throughout our daily lives in our work, family, finances and relationships, which can negatively effect our mental health.   Incorporating daily physical activity into your routine will:

  1. Increase your energy
  2. Improve your mood
  3. Reduce stress
  4. Improve self-esteem
  5. Reduce depression and anxiety
  6. Improve both mental and physical health and overall well-being

Information was referenced from:  https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using-exercise. To read more about how exercise can help your mental and physical well-being click on the link above.


*NEW* Family Outdoor School – Outdoor education for Homeschoolers

Camp Chief Hector YMCA is pleased to announce a new program for families who homeschool their kids.

FAMILY OUTDOOR SCHOOL is an exciting opportunity for the whole family to experience Outdoor Education at Camp! This 3-night, 4-day Outdoor School experience is offered in June 2018. This program is a great way to get unplugged, reconnect with your family and get into the woods with your children.

Click HERE for full details

Registration is open NOW!
403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

CAMP CHIEF HECTOR YMCA
Family Outdoor School
June 11-14, 2018
1st Adult  $285   |   2nd Adult  $100   |   5Y – 17Y  $260   |   0-4Y  FREE

 


Are You Strong Enough to Support Strong Kids?

November is Strong Members for Strong Kids Month.

 

What does that mean? It means anyone interested will have the opportunity to engage in feats of fitness and pledge dollars for every rep/inch/second they complete, all in the name of raising funds for the Strong Kids campaign! One day per week throughout the month of November there will be a “Strong Members” booth set up in the lobby of the Gray Family Eau Claire YMCA where you can stop by to see how strong you are for Strong Kids.

Through philanthropy, the YMCA and our donors are removing barriers to help children, youth and families live healthier lives and achieve their full potential. Our annual Strong Kids Campaign gives children and youth the opportunity to participate in YMCA programs that positively influence their health and well-being and connect them to a caring community. 100% of all Strong Kids donations directly support participation in YMCA experiences. In 2016, YMCA provided 23,000 subsidized experience and the need has only increased in 2017!

The specific days and themes of our Strong Members for Strong Kids campaign are listed below with the booth open from 6:30-8:30am, 11:00am-1:00pm, and 4:00-6:00pm each day. Whether you come at the crack of dawn Mondays or lunch time Thursdays, there will be a day and time where you’ll have the opportunity to have fun and show your strength for Strong Kids!

Schedule

Wednesday November 1– Push Ups, reps per minute.

Thursday November 9– Skipping, reps per minute.

Friday November 17– Jump Height, inches jumped.

Monday November 20– Plank, seconds held.

Tuesday November 28– Wall Sit, seconds held.


Have you downloaded the YMCA Calgary App yet?

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This Calgary YMCA App will enhance your YMCA experience.  Here are some of the features that you can enjoy:

  • First choose your home branch (Example: Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot)
  • See Facility information such as branch hours, location and contact information
  • Set up your Membership Card under Check-in.  Once you do this you can use your phone to scan in!!
  • See the most up to date facility drop-in schedules.  You also have the ability to set a reminder in your calendar to attend your favorite drop-in classes
  • Review the most recent program guide
  • Connect with us on Social Media via the App
  • Receive facility notifications (ie. schedule changes, closures etc).  Please see the attached information sheet to see how to ensure that you are only receiving notifications for the branches that you are interested in.
  • Get updates on your Grade 6 Membership. View monthly calendar and posters for events. 

If you have any questions or require further assistance with this App please feel free to pop into your branch and speak with a Member Services Representative.

 


Ticket to Wellness: A Healthy Ladies Night Out

Join us for a FREE facility wide ladies only event at the Saddletowne YMCA. This event is designed to introduce ladies in our community to the fun and healthy benefits of exercise, in a non-intimidating environment. As this is a facility wide event, our facility will be restricted to women only during these hours.

Bring a friend or family member and join us for a fun night full of a variety of exciting activities!

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Click here for the schedule of activities!


Get Lean. Get Strong at Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot

Group Power begins this coming February. Join us for a full hour of high-rep weight class that will push your muscles to the limit. A quick and easy way to achieve full body strength and boost your metabolism. Group Power will be a drop in class, included with your YMCA membership. Stay tuned to our drop-in fitness schedule for times

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Volunteer with Youth at Melcor YMCA at Crowfoot!

Are you looking to engage within your community? Instruct a new sport or provide leadership? We are looking for volunteers to work with youth in a variety of programs! Instructors follow a curriculum which helps youth build fundamental skills through physical literacy. Instructors will utilize their own experience, creativity, leadership and help youth grow into themselves and their community. Instructors choose a program to lead, volunteer 1.5 hours/week, gain leadership skills and participate in valuable training!group-diverse-sitting-close_78817786

Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Free Membership to the YMCA
  • Leadership experience
  • Looks great on your resume and we’d love to be your next reference!
  • Build a relationship with the YMCA – We may be your next dream job!

 

How to apply:

  • Fill out an application at the front desk or online.
  • Or contact David Francis to begin your volunteer journey with Melcor YMCA!

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