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Big Plans at the Saddletowne YMCA

Are you a student in grades 6 to 9?  Do you have questions about post-secondary schools?  University of Calgary nursing students are partnering with the Saddletowne YMCA and hosting an event called “Big Plans?” that will raise awareness about career options and pathways to help you achieve your goals.

This event will be taking place at the Saddletowne YMCA on March 18th, 2016 starting at 4:00 pm.

There will be games and activities for grades 6-9 that highlight the importance of post-secondary education and career planning.  Refreshments will be provided.


Big Plans for Students at the Saddletowne YMCA

University of Calgary nursing students are partnering with the Saddletowne YMCA and hosting an event called “Big Plans?” that will raise awareness about career options and pathways to help students in grades 6 to 9 achieve their goals.

This event will be taking place at the Saddletowne YMCA on March 18th, 2016 starting at 4:00 pm.

There will be games and activities for grades 6 to 9 that highlight the importance of post-secondary education and career planning. Refreshments will be provided.

We’ll see you there!


YOUTH: Live the Life You Were Meant To

Written by YMCA Volunteer Blogger Chad Baird

What does health mean to you? During extensive interviews with Calgary youth, it became clear that there can be many different interpretations of the word, but they all center on a life that is fun and fulfilled. Words such as happy, Zen, whole, energetic, ripped, and active were descriptions of what the word health meant to young people just like you. However, this raises an important question: Do these words describe your life? If not, YMCA can help you reach your happiness goals.

It can be tough to manage the day to day! There are all sorts of regular responsibilities like school, work, laundry, dishes, relationships, vacuuming, clipping the cats nails, catching the bus… How can anyone find a free moment to workout and focus on their own health/happiness at a time like this?

Schedule some time at YMCA because the personal benefits are incredible. YMCA has its doors open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Physical activity can give you an outlet for your stress, channelling your energy, making you a more efficient person.

Jenéa McMahon (student) states, “Working out gives you a clear mind and moment to de-stress. When I go to the gym, it is a night and day difference in how I feel – I feel great!”

When you feel empowered, you transform into a powerhouse! Your schedule can become easier to manage because working out releases a large amount of endorphins. This endorphin rush (a.k.a. adrenaline rush) causes a greater amount of focus and mental clarity. This, combined with an overall feeling of health and wellness, will make you feel like a million bucks!

Throughout the interview process one point became exceedingly clear – young people love a variety of machines and a variety of classes. Well, it looks like you are in luck, because the YMCA has both! Collectively, the girls said they enjoyed using yoga mats, exercise balls, an assortment of leg machines, and cardio machines to tone muscle and lose weight. As a whole, the guys stated they loved to use free weights, weight machines, and a variety of cardio equipment to build muscle and advance their fitness level.

YMCA has an incredibly diverse gym which caters to every kind of fitness desire. To compliment this, there are fitness classes offered every week at YMCA. Spin classes, yoga, Zumba!, strength training, Pilates, water aerobics, rock climbing, swimming, full body boot camps, and so much more! These classes range from beginner training to intense fitness levels and everything in between!

A healthy lifestyle defines you and changes a person for the better. It is a way to maintain balance in your life and feel fantastic about yourself every morning. “I wake up happy, and I believe that everybody deserves to feel this way,” says fitness enthusiast Janine Poersch. Working out can create self-confidence, a greater quality of life, and can make you feel better physically and emotionally. Isn’t this what we want out of life? Being happy, being fulfilled?

This is not practice life. According to Kelsey MacCuaig (student), “When you don’t work out, you feel that a part of your life is missing.” Complete the puzzle and place the piece in the empty space. You are currently up to bat and YMCA wants to ensure that you knock it out of the park with a smile on your face.

Let 2013 be YOUR year! A life of health and wellness is on the horizon and the winds of change are blowing – may the breeze bring you through our open doors.

Written by Chad Baird | BCMM Public Relations Student | Mount Royal University

 

 


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