Young People Spinning in the gymWould you fill a prescription for something that would help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes, osteoporosis, depression, dementia, and even some cancers? If this same prescription could also improve your sleep, give you more energy, make you lose weight and help you feel younger, would you take it daily? Well that “drug” does exist. It is in the form of daily exercise and I recommend you start now.

The number one thing you can do to gain all the benefits mentioned above is cardiovascular fitness on a regular basis. That’s aerobic exercise. It’s exercise that trains the heart and lungs. It’s activity that elevates the heart and breathing rates beyond normal. It makes you sweat. So walk briskly, run, cycle, swim, even dance at a pace quick enough to make you breath a little quicker. Participating four or five times a week is good but daily is better. Cardiovascular fitness suggests health benefits for the heart. That is true. You decrease your risk of heart disease and stroke by training aerobically. Your heart becomes stronger. Your resting heart rate is lowered. Your body produces more blood. This increased blood volume allows more oxygen to get to areas that need it. Hence increased energy. Your body also develops more pathways for blood to take. This is important if you do develop blocked arteries due to poor diet or genetic reasons, your body will now have alternate routes for blood to take. This means that a fatal heart attack may be avoided. I personally know two men who were avid cyclists yet had heart attacks. They were both told had they not been aerobically fit due to the cycling the heart attack would have been much more serious and possibly fatal.

Increased circulation through aerobic activity is what also helps prevent dementia. More oxygen going to the brain is a good thing. Studies show that people who are aerobically fit show much less brain aging. Dancing is good for the brain in that it makes you commit steps or patterns to memory. Aerobic activity also helps prevent and manage diabetes. All food we eat, not just the sugary ones, is broken down to glucose to be used for everything we do. We need glucose to think, breathe and to exercise. If we overeat the excess blood sugar is stored as fat to be used later. If we don’t exercise, the stored glucose doesn’t get used. If we eat again we produce more glucose. Not only is there excess blood sugar,  there is now more stored fat. The body eventually can’t keep up with trying to lower sugar levels. This is when type II diabetes develops. This can totally be avoided by not over eating and by exercising regularly. 

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Don’t let PA Days and March Break cancel your workouts!

Babysitting is available and we have some great activities planned for the kids!

  • Jan. 30 ~ Snowflake & Coloured Snow Fun
  • Feb. 16 ~ Love Day
  • March Break ~ Crafts & Boardgames
  • April 3 & 6 ~ Easter Fun
  • April 15 ~ April Showers Bring May Flowers
  • May 6 & 18 ~ Sun & Flower Fun
  • June 5 & 26 ~ Sand Art & Summer Fun

Babysitting available at Fitness Corner

  • Mon., Wed. & Fri.: 9 am – 11 am
  • Tues. & Thurs.: 10 am – 12 pm

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Our awesome staff have made it in and both gyms are open!

  • 8:15 am Total Toning in the Fitness Corner South Studio is CANCELLED
  • 9:15 am Yoga in the Fitness Corner South Studio is ON!
  • 9:15 am ZUMBA in the Fitness Corner Studio is ON!
  • 10:30 am Gentle Fit in the Fitness Corner Studio is CANCELLED

 

Shovel out and come on in for a workout!

  • Gentle Fit at 9:15 am with Rieko at Fitness Corner South Studio
  • Advanced Step 9:00 am with Jen and 10:00 am Pilates with Holly at the Fitness Corner Studio

UPDATE! No 11:30 Yoga at Fitness Corner South Studio today!

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Upcoming Classes...

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9:15 am Interval Insanity
Interval Insanity
Feb 2 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
INTERVAL INSANITY: This class will rev up your metabolism with a combination of calorie burning intervals and circuits to make your heart work, your muscles move and leave you feeling on FIRE! This is one[...]
9:15 am Pilates
Pilates
Feb 2 @ 9:15 am – 10:15 am
Developed by Joseph Pilates this muscular endurance program, done totally on the floor on a yoga mat, focuses mainly on core development but also includes upper and lower body strengthening exercises.
10:30 am Gentle Circuits
Gentle Circuits
Feb 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
This 1 hour class will get your heart rate up, tone your muscles and core. The main difference: this class does not include much choreography. With a combination of different circuits, intervals and resistance training[...]
10:30 am Zumba @ Fitness Corner South Studio
Zumba @ Fitness Corner South Studio
Feb 2 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
An easy latin dance based fitness class for all levels. The simple choreography in this class will raise your heart rate providing an excellent  cardiovascular workout and is lots of fun for all. Absolutely no[...]
5:30 pm BUFF
BUFF
Feb 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Bike + Upper Body + Flexibility + Fun. Join us for a 30 minute cycle workout, followed by 30 minutes of upper body & core strengthening with 15 minutes of basic yoga and stretching to[...]

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737 Elgin St., Port Elgin
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  • Mon. to Fri.: 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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497 Meadow Lane, Southampton
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