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Santa on the Way!

Wondering if Santa is en route to your house? Eager kids asking over and over, “Where’s Santa now?”

Well, friends at NORAD help out with an online Santa Tracker in multiple languages. The NORAD website includes other fun Christmas inspired information and activities, like answering the question, “Is Santa real?” This includes a feature to let you listen to Virginia’s famous letter!

Check out the online village that lets you trek through an online interactive Christmas village with lots of fun activities for all levels.

Santa is on the way!

 


Christmas Trees Still Available!

Do you have your Christmas tree yet? Shawnessy and Crowfoot branches are selling Christmas trees at $4.00/foot and there are still some available! From Charlie Browns to trees fit for Santa himself – we’ve got a tree for everything Christmas display.

Trees will be sold during regular branch hours. Funds raised go to YMCA Calgary Leadership programs.


‘Tis the Season to Adopt-A-Family!

Every year around Christmas time, YMCA Calgary helps many families from our YMCA programs by collectively coming together to purchase gifts and food for families in need.

How Can You and Your Family Help?

  1. Check the display board at YMCAs for each family’s needs or gift suggestions. Currently, you can still help out at Saddletowne YMCA and Crowfoot YMCA.
  2. Take the tag(s) that describes the item you would like to donate.
  3. Purchase the gift(s).
  4. Bring your tag and unwrapped item(s) to Member Services at Saddletowne and Crowfoot. Deadline is December 16.
  5. YMCA staff will deliver gifts to the families the following week.

How are the Families chosen?

The families the YMCA helps are gathered from several different branches of the YMCA. At branch level, through the Daycare or other programs, through Community YMCA Programs including YMAP (YMCA Achievement Program), Aboriginal Programs and Services, Kid’s Club, LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada), and Outreach.

Thank-you for sharing the joy of the holidays and making this annual campaign of giving a success!


Fitness During the Holidays

December is fast approaching and people are starting to get ready for the holidays. In December and January people often go to very different extremes with their exercise programs and nutrition habits. In December many people “slack off” on their workouts and eat whatever they want over the holiday season. In January people those same people are determined to get back in shape, stick with their diet and continue to exercise regularly 2-3 times per week.

If you are a regular exerciser currently, remember that completely falling off the wagon by not exercising and throwing your current diet out the window over the holidays can destroy several months of hard training. The less you slack off the less amount of time it will take to get you back to your pre holiday shape. Even if you reduce the number of days or the duration you spend in the gym to workout, getting there will help you maintain the habit of exercise and you will be able to stay in good health and not lose everything you worked so hard for all year.

If you are not a regular exercise and you thinking about making that New Year’s resolution to start an exercise plan, thinking about starting now. In January there are going to be many new members at fitness clubs that want to start a program. If you want to get a head of the crowd sign up to the gym now, before everyone else does. The holiday season is actually a great time to start a fitness program because gyms are usually quiet so you can establish a routine without being overwhelmed by  the New Year ‘s crowed, and it is easier to get in to see a Personal Trainer or Wellness Coach because their schedules usually open up over the holidays.

When it comes to your diet there is no need to overindulge over the holidays but there is no need to not have fun either. It is fine to have that treats now and again but don’t go overboard. Treat your body like a high end sports car and only put the best fuel in your body. If you are looking at making some serous gains in your fitness levels, proper nutrition is key, eat for performance not for pleasure.


Seasonal Lessons from Nature

Writer Carole-Ann Mobley for Mind Body Green talks about how aligning our lifestyles with nature can lead to relaxation, calmness, and as a result, better health:

“Things will slow down more as trees drop their leaves and plants die back while their root systems dig deeper into the earth. Fall has always been a time of change for me personally. Whether it’s job changes or moving, I always start to feel the shift of things in my life this time of year. When we follow the rhythms of nature, our efforts are in alignment with the flow of the earth and things seem to go easier.”

Click here to read the full article on the Mind Body Green website.


Cold Weather Safety

From Discovery Health:

Baby, is it cold outside! As if to remind us who’s in charge, Mother Nature once again is giving us the cold shoulder, not to mention cold hands and feet. While most folks brave the cold-weather season pretty well, it’s important to know how to protect yourself and your loved ones from potential cold-weather dangers.

Signs of Frostbite

If your skin looks mottled or pale and you’re experiencing “pins and needles” in your hands, feet, nose, ears or cheeks, then you’re likely experiencing frostnip, which is a signal that you need to get into a warm, dry environment immediately so you don’t develop frostbite. Frostbite is when tiny ice crystals form in skin tissue. Other signs include a tiny white dot on the nose or on the tip of one or more fingers. Also, dark-skinned people may appear pale, or their skin may look gray; fair-skinned people should be on the lookout for yellowish skin.

What does frostbite feel like? You likely will have numbness in the affected area, as well as itching, burning or sharp pain. However, if caught quickly, frostbite is completely reversible. If not, it can turn into hypothermia, which is when a person’s core body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This medical emergency, which can impair the brain and muscles, is a potential killer.

Signs of Hypothermia

Be on the lookout for the “umbles.” That’s when a person mumbles, stumbles, fumbles and grumbles. All are symptoms of early hypothermia. If you see someone who is shivering uncontrollably, doesn’t seem to be thinking straight, speaks with a slur, or has trouble holding onto objects, get them into a warm environment immediately. If the symptoms fail to improve within a short time, call a doctor or go to the nearest emergency room.

Who’s at Risk for Winter Injuries?

The very young and the elderly are at an increased risk for cold-weather injuries, but so are people with heart disease and diabetes. Also, certain medications can increase a person’s risk of cold-weather illness because they interfere with the body’s heat-regulation system (like your significant other changing the thermostat on the wall). And people who work outdoors in cold environments are also at risk. Even if you’re taking a walk or exercising outdoors, you must be aware of the signs and symptoms of hypothermia.

Read the rest of this article here.


Trainer’s Tips: Exercise during the Holidays

December and January are two months where people often go from 2 different extremes with their nutrition and exercise habits.

In December, many people “slack off” on their workouts and eat whatever they want over the holiday season. In January, people are determined to get back in shape, stick with their diet and continue to exercise regularly 2-3 times per week.

If you are a regular exerciser, remember that completely falling off the wagon by not exercising and throwing your diet away over the holidays can destroy several months of hard training. The less you slack off, the less amount of time it will take to get you back to your pre holiday shape.

If you do not regularly exercise and you are thinking about making that New Year’s resolution to start an exercise plan, think about starting now. In January, there are going to be many new members at fitness clubs that want to start a program. If you want to get a head of the crowd, sign up at the gym now before everyone else does. The holiday season is actually a great time to start a fitness program because gyms are usually quiet. You can establish a routine during your holiday time off without being overwhelmed by the crowd in the New Year. Exercise can help relieve some of the stresses associated with the season.

When it comes to your diet, there is no need to overindulge over the holidays but there is no need to not have fun either. It is perfectly fine to treat yourself now and again but don’t go overboard. Treat your body like a high end sports car and only put the best fuel in your body. If you are looking at making some serous gains in your fitness levels, proper nutrition is key. Eat for performance and not for pleasure.


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