Category Archives: around the Hamilton community

14 Best and Worst Exercises for people with exercise induced Asthma

A great read for those with Asthma:,,20672105,00.html?hootPostID=58d30d2c3c6e4225971f17b0a764a04f .

Two of the “great” suggestions for people with Asthma, swimming and yoga…..we’ve got them both, and both are included in our fitpass membership.  Come and visit us for a FREE week pass to give them a try! 

As always, check with your doctor before starting any new physical activity. And quite often, the fitter one becomes, the better controlled asthma symptoms can be.   Hope to see you soon!

-YWCA Fitness Staff

Family Day hours…What to do? What to do?

Please note that YWCA Hamilton Fitness Centres will be closed this Sunday, February 15 and Monday, February 16 for the Family Day holiday. 

What to do?  What to do?  Maybe a winter hike, or some skating?  In addition to a great space at Bayfront, the City of Hamilton offers a variety of FREE skates on Family Day to get you out and about! Check out their link if you’d like to hit the ice!

Some other thoughts……plan a game afternoon.  Hit the Dollarstore on the weekend grab a deck of cards.  Need a refresher for some fun kid’s cards games?  Check out these ideas from Today’s Parent

We hope you have a healthy holiday!

 YWCA Hamilton Staff

Workin’ hard for the Bay! @YWCAhamilton @Tribe_Fitness

A great group of runners from YWCA Hamilton and Tribe Fitness working hard at their training for Around the Bay 2015.

The YWCA’s run club trains together twice weekly:  

1) Tuesday evenings @ 5:00pm for short training

2) Saturdays 10am for Longer Efforts.

Contact Coach Kim @ 905 522-9922 ext. 118

Or for details on how to join us! 

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Woman Alive Fitness Winter 2015

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Its almost race day!!!!

The Road2Hope road race series is almost here….just a few more sleeps!  As many of our members, staff and supporters get ready to race in support of ywcaencore, our running coach, Coach Kim, has some great last minute advice.  Thanks Coach!

Kim’s TOP TEN Race Week Prep Ideas

#1 Stay off your feet as much as possible when you are running your last couple of efforts (avoid standing in one place)

#2 Elevate your legs in the evening or when you can

#3 Maintain a happy and positive mood… fun things!

#4 Try not to change your diet too drastically this week.  Simply cut back on excess fats and fiber

#5 Sip plain water frequently

#6 Start laying out everything you think you might need on race day  (it’s November,  so think in terms of layers  and gloves)

#7 Start telling all your friends and loved ones about the great run you are going to have and where they can cheer for you on race day!

#8 Stretch frequently and gently,  but avoid static stretching on the morning of your race  (dynamic R.O.M.  is fine)

#9 Attend a Yoga class or at least breathe deeply several times a day!

#10 Visualise your event and see yourself crossing the line smiling,  happy and healthy!

Best wishes for a safe and successful day to one and all.


Can’t make the Road2Hope?

As you know, we are very excited to be a Charity Partner for the Road2Hope Race Nov. 1st & 2nd. If you are unable to walk or run with us, would you kindly consider donating to the ywcaencore program through the attached link. Anne Marie will be running the half marathon representing all the incredible women that have been through the program and those that are yet to come. Click on the link to connect with Anne Marie’s story of HOPE .

Hittin’ the road….for a run? Be safe!!!

The spring weather (we hope!) is (almost?) here and many runners and walkers will be hittin’ the road again! Great job!! This short video from Runner’s World reminds us to take extra care while out and about!

Free Health and Wellness Programs for Women

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My Breast Cancer Story: Stay Positive Always

October Breast Cancer Awareness Month
ywcaencore Stories of Inspiration & Hope

After 24 years of marriage and three boys, my life was turned upside down when I found a lump in my left breast at age 47. This was completely shocking as there was no history of breast cancer in my family.

After taking all the tests and receiving the bad news all I wanted to do was lead a normal life. I continued to work as an administrative assistant during my treatments. I never kept my breast cancer a secret, and found that the more people that knew, the more support I received from family, friends and co-workers. After a few chemo treatments, I was not able to work for a few months because my body was telling me to rest.

Almost immediately, my hair, which according to my husband I have spent a small fortune on in my life, started falling out. During this difficult time in my life, my youngest son, while away on a hockey tournament, shaved the heads of his teammates and coaches. They also wore breast cancer ribbons on their jerseys in support of me.

When I completed all my chemo and radiation treatments, I joined the ywcaencore program and connected with a great group of girls and very special coordinators. I really enjoyed meeting with them each week as we exercised, ate healthy prepared snacks, and, most important, discussed our journey amongst ourselves with some emotional crying and happy moments. You gain so much support by sharing experiences, thoughts and fears with other women fighting the same battle.

I am now a 20-month survivor, and loving life to its fullest…breast cancer has sure changed my outlook on life!

Stay Positive Always,
Donna Beattie


October Breast Cancer Awareness Month ywcaencore Stories of Inspiration & Hope

BIG OR SMALL SAVE THEM ALL – I wear that on a t-shirt and I do not take that message lightly. At age 43, I lost one breast to breast cancer and my drive and passion is to help and empower women who have also suffered this life-altering disease. I am honoured to be an employee of the YWCA Hamilton with their strong commitment to the health and wellness of all women, and ambassadors at reaching out to women with breast cancer. The YWCA Hamilton offers the ywcaencore program, a free after breast cancer exercise program for all women. This program runs three times a year, once a week for eight weeks. The program offers gentle therapeutic exercises on land and in the water to help women build strength and increase flexibility and mobility. The setting is fun and supportive and provides a safe environment for sharing and building lasting friendships. In addition, throughout the eight weeks, women are educated and empowered through relevant discussions and community speakers.

We have been privileged to share in the lives of over 130 women and we honour them this month. They have shown great courage in the face of fear; strength when the body was weary; compassion even in the midst of their own crisis and a spirit that is inspiring beyond words. With these women as inspiration, we are presenting you this month with various stories from women who have been through breast cancer and have been impacted through the ywcaencore program. They share their stories, their hearts and their lessons.

May their messages be heard by women everywhere and may it ignite a fire in you as it has in me, to continue this fight against breast cancer and to never give up.

Anne Marie

Anne Marie Collingwood
ywcaEncore Coordinator