Category Archives: mental health and physical activity

Nordic Pole Walking!! Give it a try!

Looking for a new activity for Spring?  Why not give Nordic Walking a try!  You may have seen this all around the city, and if so, many of those groups may have been YWCA Hamilton!

Click here for our upcoming program information:  NPW Classes blog

Here are a few shots from our wonderful Nordic Walkers throughout the city!!  Come and join in the fun!


Downtown Hamilton’s “Best Kept Secret”!! WHAAAAAAAAT?

So, I was giving a potential member a tour the other day, and, upon walking in to our fitness centre, and looking at all of the classes we have available, she remarked “I had no idea this facility was here.  You are downtown Hamilton’s best kept secret!”  To which I remarked—–“we don’t want to be a secret-we rock and everyone in Hamilton should know it!” We had a good laugh together, but now its time to spread the word!!!  We are located at 75 Macnab Street South (right across the street from Whitehern).  And what’s here for women looking to “get moving”??

Well, we have a full fitness centre of cardio machines and weight equipment, and free weights, stability balls, gliders, ropeless jump ropes (yes you read that right!)……

What else do we have?  A pool with a variety of classes and length swims to be enjoyed…….

Any other classes you ask?? Absolutely! Its all included in your FITPass membership-Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, HIIT, Tabata, Nordic Walking, to name just a few.

Also INCLUDED in your membership is a personal program appointment to help you get started-yes you read that right too-that’s included.

And all of these options are provided by fully-certified, continuously educated instructors and personal trainers!

Excited yet? Come in and ask for a FREE one week pass-tell them you read Deanna’s Blog article!

See you soon!

Deanna ,

Fitness Coordinator, YWCA Hamilton

FREE Lunch’n’Learn at YWCA Hamilton! It’s N.E.A.T.!!!!

Join us for a lunch time (12:10-12:50pm) workshop on Wednesday, September 17 at the MacNab Street YWCA (75 MacNab Street South) at which time, we will discuss non-exercise activity thermogenesis (N.E.A.T.), that is, everything we do that isn’t eating, sleeping or formal exercise. Did you know something as simple as standing up at your desk can improve your health? As the amount of sitting we do is becoming one of the leading causes of disease, come and lean how to improve your NEAT and improve your health while at work!

Pre-registration welcome (but not required)
Register by calling 905-522-9922 ext. 138
Or email:

How Exercise Helps Depression and Anxiety.

Exercise, in addition to it’s great physical benefits, also helps improve our mental health. IDEA Health and Fitness Association explains:

Physical Activity-Good for the body and the mind

We fitness instructors have been saying for years that our participants seem mentally sharper when more active on a regular basis! It is nice that science finally confirms it!! For more information, ALCOA shares a great article to explain……