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Pre-Natal & Post-Natal Fitness Classes at Saddletowne YMCA

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Did you know that Saddletowne YMCA offers Pre & Post Natal fitness classes including a brand new Prenatal Yoga class?

Skip to the end of this article for Pre/Post-Natal course offerings or read on for program descriptions.

Pre-Natal Fitness classes are a great way to maintain fitness, core strength, mobility and proper posture throughout one’s pregnancy. Engaging in regular physical activity during pregnancy offers health benefits for both mom and baby. It helps to prevent or reduce some the uncomfortable side effects such as back pain, constipation, swelling and fatigue and reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.

Pre-Natal Yoga classes will guide you through slow poses, breath work and relaxation techniques in a serene atmosphere to support your mind, body and spirit in creating a healthy pregnancy, delivery and post-partum recovery.

Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness classes offer the added benefit of buoyancy and the feeling of weightlessness which can be a great relief during mid-late pregnancy. The water has a massaging effect on sore muscles and swollen joints and is a great way to work out without adding further strain on the body. It is not necessary to know how to swim or to put your face in the water when participating in Prenatal AquaFitness, however, women should feel comfortable in the deep water with assistance from a flotation support (noodle).

After baby arrives, Post-Natal classes are a great opportunity to get out of the house with your baby and work out with other new moms and their babies in a class specifically designed for post-partum recovery. These classes offer a combination of cardiovascular and strengthening exercises that target major muscles groups and re-condition the core.

Pregnancy and post-partum can be lonely and challenging times for many women. Attending a class that is specially designed for pre & post natal women provides the opportunity to meet other moms & moms-to-be, share experiences and improve one’s physical, social and emotional well-being.

Sign up for a class today!

Spring Session Pre & Post-Natal Classes:

Pre-Natal Fitness
Mondays | 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning March 31
Barcode: 92318
M$66 NM$99 (11 classes x 45 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Pre-Natal Yoga *NEW*
Mondays | 7:00-8:00pm
Beginning March 31
Barcode: 93132
M$99 NM$154 (11 classes x 60 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness
Wednesdays | 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning April 2
Barcode: 92319
M$66 NM$99 (11 classes x 45 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Post-Natal Fitness
Mondays | 12:00-1:00pm
Beginning March 31
Barcode: 88950
M$88 NM$132 (11 classes x 60 minutes)

Post-Natal Fitness
Thursdays | 10:30-11:30am
Beginning January 6
Barcode: 88951
M$96 NM$144 (12 classes x 60 minutes)

To register call 403-237-2393 or visit ymcacalgary.org for more information and full course listings.


Pre-Natal & Post-Natal Fitness Classes at Saddletowne YMCA

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

Did you know that Saddletowne YMCA offers Pre & Post Natal fitness classes?
(Skip to the end of this article for Pre/Post-Natal course offerings)

Pre-Natal classes are a great way to maintain fitness, core strength, mobility and proper posture throughout one’s pregnancy. Engaging in regular physical activity during pregnancy offers health benefits for both mom and baby. It helps to prevent or reduce some the uncomfortable side effects such as back pain, constipation, swelling and fatigue and reduces the risk of gestational diabetes.

Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness classes offer the added benefit of buoyancy and the feeling of weightlessness which can be a great relief during mid-late pregnancy. The water has a massaging effect on sore muscles and swollen joints and is a great way to work out without adding further strain on the body. It is not necessary to know how to swim or to put your face in the water when participating in Prenatal AquaFitness, however, women should feel comfortable in the deep water with assistance from a flotation support (noodle).

After baby arrives, Post-Natal classes are a great opportunity to get out of the house with your baby and work out with other new moms and their babies in a class specifically designed for post-partum recovery. These classes offer a combination of cardiovascular and strengthening exercises that target major muscles groups and re-condition the core.

Pregnancy and post-partum can be lonely and challenging times for many women. Attending a class that is specially designed for pre & post natal women provides the opportunity to meet other moms & moms-to-be, share experiences and improve one’s physical, social and emotional well-being.

Sign up for a class today!

Winter Session Pre & Post-Natal Classes:

Pre-Natal Fitness
Mondays | 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning January 6
Barcode: 86317
M$60 NM$90 (10 classes x 45 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Pre-Natal Aqua Fitness
Wednesdays | 6:00-6:45pm
Beginning January 8
Barcode: 86318
M$66 NM$99 (11 classes x 45 minutes)
Participants must have their physician or midwife complete a Par Med X for Pregnancy form and bring it by the second class.

Post-Natal Fitness
Mondays | 12:00-1:00pm
Beginning January 6
Barcode: 91791
M$80 NM$120 (10 classes x 60 minutes)

Post-Natal Fitness
Thursdays | 10:30-11:30am
Beginning January 6
Barcode: 86320
M$88 NM$132 (11 classes x 60 minutes)

To register call 403-237-2393 or visit ymcacalgary.org for more information and full course listings.


Tai Chi Offers a Wealth of Benefits for Mind & Body

On Saturdays beginning January 11, Saddletowne YMCA will be offering registered Tai Chi classes from 11-12:30.

The instructor will teach 24-form, 48-form & Tai Chi Sword, Dong-Moon Tai Chi. Dong Moon 24-forms & 48-forms have a similar sequence to Chinese Yang style Tai Chi, however the styles differ in the more detailed skills.

Some of the benefits you can expect from Tai Chi are:

  1. Stronger lower body and increased upper body flexibility which helps to maintain function & independence, improve balance and prevent falls or injuries resulting from falls.
  2. Cleansing of internal organs through various actions that stimulate and strengthen the core thus improving digestion and assisting the body to purge toxins and fatty elements.
  3. Stabilized metabolism and improved circulation which helps to protect against or improve various cardiovascular diseases.
  4. Stress reduction, improved memory and concentration and a sense of calm and well-being through brain engaging activities.

As Tai Chi is an art that requires practice and progression through various skills that build upon each other, it is important to register early and practice regularly.

Sign up for a class today!

Saturdays | 11:00-12:30pm
Starting January 11
Barcode: 87289
M$99 NM$149 (11 classes)

To register call 403-237-2393 or visit ymcacalgary.org for more information and our full course listings.


Success: YMCA Outreach Programs

YMCA talks about building healthy communities, but do you ever wonder what we really do? YMCA Calgary offers many programs in and around Calgary at outreach sites that help children, youth and adults belong, grow, thrive and lead.

Take a look at some photos taken last week at the YMCA YMAP program at Forest Lawn High School. Immigrant youth in Calgary are at greater risk of not finishing high school than other youth. YMAP is a life skills, career exploration and leadership program for high school youth with an immigrant background. It is a YMCA stay-in-school initiative for participants ages 15 to 20.

Participants receive the skills they need to succeed at school, work and in their communities. YMAP participants are 20% more likely to graduate from high school than other youth in Alberta. There is no fee to participate in this program. For more information, contact the YMAP Director at 403-241-4605.

 


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