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If you want to be happy for the rest of your life…

I heard about this Youtube video earlier this morning and thought of you instantly:)  Pay attention to how big a difference a little effort makes.  Then give yourself a pat on the shoulder for already treating your body and your self right.  And if you haven’t started yet … well, here’s another dose of information but in a fun and interesting format! Enjoy!

Start the new year with new moves!

I bet you can’t wait to see our new class schedule for January 2012!

You will be pleased to see that we are offering a variety of classes throughout the week; from early morning to late evening classes!  Stay tuned for our winter schedule.

Here’s a sneak peak:

Starting January, the Ottawa street location will begin offering Zumba on Tuesday nights.  If you used to take Zumba at Ottawa with a certain brunette spunky lady, then you don’t want to miss out on her return to the Ottawa branch this January!

And if that one night isn’t enough to get your fix of cardio – or Zumba specifically, MacNab has even more Zumba in the mornings and evenings.  Come by this Thursday at MacNab for a holiday inspired Zumba class at 5:30 (also Holiday Zumba is offered on Christmas Eve 8:30am)!!

If Zumba isn’t your thing, then try out our Fitness Mix Up classes – brand new for January.  We’re going to keep it different and interesting every time you try it.  It will be offered throughout the week at various time periods to try and match your availability!

As always, we still offer our classic cardio and muscle conditioning classes: Jump Start, Muscles & More, Completely Cardio, Kickboxing, Step N Tone, Morning Motivation, Pilates, Yoga, and Spin, among others.

If you have always been interested in trying out these group classes but are intimidated by the choreography that comes with some of them, then look no further then Basic Blast.  If you’re new and interested, this class was designed with you in mind.

Basic Blast is an introductory level class to help you transition into some of the classes mentioned above.  It will be offered on Tuesday nights at Ottawa Street and on Saturday mornings at MacNab.  We will cover hi-lo choreography, steps and intervals.

So come out and try this very basic 30-minute class offered for just six weeks.  In no time you will get the hang of a grapevine, a step touch, a basic step, a v-step, an x-step and just a few more to get you started!!!

Starting off a new year learning something new is a GREAT idea, so I hope to see you there.  I’ll be there every Tuesday and Saturday to help you get ready!


NOW is the best time to start quitting!

Smoking and exercise have two major things in common: your heart and your lungs.  Both affect your cardiovascular and your respiratory systems for better or worse.  Smoking and exercise have the power to determine your risk of developing  diseases such as lung cancer and heart disease.  Smoking increases risks while exercise helps reduce those same risks.

If you are a smoker and tried everything BUT exercise to help you quit, it’s about time you added exercise into the mix!  As you attempt to quit again – give exercise a brand new generous opportunity to make a difference in your life!  This means that for a while, you will be smoking AND exercising!  Exercise will help you quit.

The moment you start exercising, (similar to the moment you stop smoking), your body instantly begins to react positively.  Small bouts of exercise make a big difference in general – yes, even as a smoker!   For now, you are better off smoking AND exercising as opposed to smoking and NOT exercising. 

This new year, YWCA Hamilton is partnering with The Lung Association to launch a free exercise program to help you kick this habit to boot for good!  We want to help you Quit & Get Fit!  This program will be offered at both of our YWCA Hamilton locations – MacNab and Ottawa Street.

With so many smokers searching for all kinds of ways to quit smoking, this initiative has attracted an unprecedented amount of interest – to the point where we have reached our capacity for this registered program – registration is now FULL.  (But stay tuned for upcoming sessions).

In the meantime, get a head start on quitting right now by adding exercise into the mix of your routine.   If you’re a smoker and already exercising – congratulations, your heart and lung thank you and are that much better of for it!  Visit the Lung Association for more details about quitting and about the instant benefits to your body and general wellbeing.

Don’t give up on quitting!  Try again!  Be a quitter!

If you are an ex-smoker share with us your success story!