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Community Wellness Day

Come to our community wellness day!

Saturday October 3rd 2015 – 9:30am – 1pm

Non-profits and health & wellness businesses will have booths set up in the common area through the facility.

There will be a seminar focused on seniors as well as teddy bear activities throughout the complex for younger children, including the outdoor courtyard led by YMCA.

There will also be free admission to the YMCA.

Please note that registration is required for the senior events (call 403 290 5755) and those attending the teddy bear events should bring their favorite doll!

Hope to see you there!

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Activities for Seniors

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Activities For Children


Grade 6 Updates at the Shawnessy Y

Check out this awesome creation from Lego free build yesterday!

 There is Floor hockey tonight, Wednesdays 5 -6pm in gym 1.

Don’t forget to register for our launch party this Saturday from 1 to 3pm there will be loads  of awesome activities for the whole family ! Course code #107011
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As always check out the Grade 6 activity schedule for the month, each branch has their own and can be found here!

Thanks for reading and see hopefully you soon!

 


Let’s Get Back on Track!

Stampede week is over, now what?

Stampede is a great time to get out and have a blast. The grounds are full of games, rides and best of all, tasty treats! With all the festivities and free pancake breakfasts, it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet, but that’s ok, it happens to the best of us 🙂

Now that Stampede is in the books for another year, it’s time to get back on track and start up on some healthy habits! Getting back on track doesn’t have to be overwhelming, just try to include small changes to your daily routine.

 

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10 Ways to get back on track today

 

Try these 10 easy tips for finding a healthy balance in your daily routine:

-Try a short workout. It doesn’t have to be a long intense workout, even starting off with a 5-10 min workout is a good way to get back in the groove!

-Discover a new recipe. Try a new healthy recipe and enjoy a home cooked meal at home. Making your own food is often healthier and tastier than eating out.

-Drink plenty of water. Try to get the recommended 8 cups a day to see a difference!

-Track what you eat. It’s easy not to think about what you’re eating, but keep track of it and at the end of the day you’ll be able to see where you can make some improvements!

-Find a workout friend. Everything is more fun with a friend, even exercise! Working out with a friend keeps you motivated and pushes you to go further.

-Go for a walk. Every little step helps, especially when you work in an office where you sit for long stretches. It’s summer, so a walk in the park is always a nice way to spend your lunch.

-Stock your fridge with healthy food. If you fill your fridge and cupboards with healthy and delicious foods, you won’t be tempted to eat out.

-Do some yard work. Working in your garden or mowing the lawn is an easy way to burn calories and get some sunshine!

-Ride your bike. A bike ride can be as relaxing or invigorating as you want it to be. It’s a great low impact exercise and Calgary has tons of beautiful paths to ride and explore.

-Eat breakfast at home. Starting the day off right with a tasty and healthy breakfast can set the tone for your day. Try preparing something the night before to save you some time in your morning routine.

 

Take small steps at first, and build on them every day. Before you know it, you’ll be back on the track to a healthier you!

 


Beat the heat this summer

Summer is one of the most active times of the year for many children and families. Outdoor activities increase as the days get longer. It is important for people to take the proper precautions with the rising temperatures and sun exposure throughout the day. Being active in the heat can be fun, but it can also pose a danger if you do not allow your body sufficient time to cool down. Here are a few ideas to beat the heat this summer:

  • Drink plenty of water: It is important to stay hydrated. Make sure to carry a full water bottle with you at all times.
  • Shower or bathe frequently in cool water: It will help you stay cool by lowering your body temperature and making you feel refreshed.
  • Make sure to wear Sunscreen: Wear sunscreen as it helps keep ultraviolet rays from damaging the skin. Dressing in light, loose clothing that covers bare skin is another sun-safe move.
  • Have a family swim: Find a local pool or splash pad to spend the afternoon at while keeping cool. Perhaps one of the local YMCA Calgary pools?
  • Take advantage of the cooler times of the day for activities: Early mornings and later evenings are the best times for strenuous activity.
  • Enjoy a cool treat: Ice cream, popsicles or freezies are enjoyable at any age. Or, try frozen fruit snacks such as grapes and bananas.
  • Look for inside or shade activities: Arts and crafts, reading or a favourite family board game are a great way to take a break from the mid-day heat.

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Summer fun for the entire family!

 


Healthy Eating: Practical Tips, Tricks & Answers to Your Questions

On Wednesday, May 13 from 6-8pm Saddletowne YMCA will host a workshop called Fundamentals of Healthy Eating.

This workshop will offer very practical information with ideas, strategies and recipes that you can take home and put to use right away. Our presenter Cheryl Strachan, a registered dietitian, offers a very down to earth perspective that covers not only the ‘what & why’ but the ‘how’ of creating healthy eating habits with plenty of examples along the way and answers to all of the commonly asked questions & concerns.

Click this link to sneak-a-peak:

http://www.sweetspotnutrition.ca/ymca-workshop-05-13-15/

Register early by calling 403-237-2393 and quoting course# 102733.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | 6-8pm
Saddletowne YMCA, Studio A
Members/Staff/Volunteers: $10
NonMembers: $15
Course#: 102733

 


The Crux of Your Workout Routine

I am a rock climber.  I guess that kind of makes sense as I look after the Wall Climbing Programs at the Saddletowne YMCA.  But that is away from my point…

UntitledWhen rock climbing, there comes a point in the climb that is especially difficult.  This is either physically or mentally difficult, and takes the most amount of effort to overcome.  There are times when it feels impossible to make it beyond that point, but all that is usually needed is a step back and change of pace.  This difficult point in rock climbing is known as the “crux”.

Working out, staying fit and wellness routines have this crux in them as well.  It may be known by another name: the rut, the plateau, the stall, the trough…just to name a few.  There comes a time when a change is needed.  We challenge you to spring-clean your time here at the YMCA and try something new!

Throughout the month of May, pick up a passport from member services and do some travelling.  Explore everything that we have to offer and add some excitement.  Get a grip, get your feet off the ground, get your feet wet, get in the game, get your groove on…get over that crux!  Once you complete your passport, return it to member services for 2 guest passes and a ballot for a draw for a 1 month buddy pass.  The program board will be passport central, with information on all of our exciting changes of pace.

From someone who climbs, there are many ways to stay fit on the climbing wall, challenging both your body and your mind.  Be it climbing to the top, or just staying down nice and low, I always can get a workout in.  The best part is that it doesn’t feel like one, but the next day, I can feel it in my arms, legs and core muscles.  When I am stuck at a crux, I go for a climb and can then literally reach new heights!

The challenge is on, talk to member services and get started on overcoming your crux today!


Join us for YMCA Megathon on Monday, March 9!

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Be a superhero for kids!

YMCA MEGATHON officially kicks-off the 2015 YMCA Strong Kids Campaign at all YMCA Calgary locations! With the goal of making all Calgary kids healthier, you can have loads of fun and directly support children and youth in the community to have a YMCA experience.

Here’s how to get involved:

  • Individuals or teams can create an online website at www.ymcastrongkids.ca. Once set up, encourage family, friends and coworkers to support your effort by making a donation.
  • On March 9, dress up like a superhero and tackle a variety of exciting health and fitness activities.
  • Participants will be entered to win YMCA prizes!

Visit your branch for a schedule of the day’s events.

Did you know…

1 in 5 children and youth coming to YMCA Calgary are in need of financial assistance? YMCA MEGATHON is a great way for you to have fun and raise much needed funds for kids.

Busy that day? You can still contribute. All locations will also have their own webpage which allows anyone to donate directly!


Grade 6 Drop-In Soccer

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This month at Shawnessy YMCA our Calgary flames foundation Grade 6 members have the opportunity to play indoor soccer at our Grade 6 Drop in Gym!

Today Wednesday 4th February we hosted Drop in Soccer for all our grade 6 members, we had a good turnout of players and it was lots of fun!

Next week we will be meeting again from 5-6 pm in gym 1 on Wednesday at the Shawnessy YMCA for a special Grade 6 Vs Y-survive event, all grade 6 members are invited so come along and try some soccer!

Philip Perryman

Youth Coordinator Shawnessy YMCA


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