Do you ever feel like you are just tired all the time, dragging through the day? Exhaustion is the body’s natural response to over doing it, emotional stress, or lack of sleep. When you are feeling tired you may want to reach for a quick fix by drinking coffee or sugary drink to keep alive and moving. The challenge is this solution will only provide a temporary boost! So what is the alternative? PLAY! That’s right! The bodies built in natural energy booster! Experts say that the best antidotes to beating fatigue and boosting energy is to increase physical activity.
So, how does that work? Without sounding too technical, when you are physically fit, your body doesn’t have to work as hard doing normal activities. This decreases the feeling of fatigue. Your metabolism will be higher, and your energy output will increase. You will begin to feel more powerful and energetic throughout the day. The benefits of physical activity have been proven in study after study, helping to reduce the risk of diseases while improving mental and emotional health as well. In general, Canada’s Physical Activity Guidelines suggest that we engage in some form of activity for at least 60 minutes a day.
The City of Burlington offers a number of drop-in fitness classes you may wish to check out and try to get fit and stay active. No registration required. If you don’t like one… try another. Classes are open to all individuals over the age of 14 years old and all levels of fitness abilities welcome! For more information on times, locations and pricing, please refer to the Fitness program listing on the Online Live and Play guide.
LandFit: Cardio Sculpt: Is a cardiovascular workout that uses a variety of aerobic movements and patterns incorporating hand weights for fabulous toning and sculpting.
Interval Training: This class alternates cardiovascular training with equally important muscle conditioning/strength followed by a great stretch.
Walk/Tone/Stretch: A 25 minute aerobic walk around the gym using various arm movements followed by toning, relaxation, breathing and stretching exercises.
Stroller Fit: A great indoor walking and cardio class. This format is the same as the Walk/Tone/Stretch class but parents with children in strollers are also welcome to join. This class coincides with Drop-In Playtime so that parents of toddlers can still participate while their children are participating in their own program.
Like the water? Try some of our fitness classes offered in a pool.
Shallow Aquafit: Designed for both swimmers and non-swimmers. This is an excellent workout for aerobic and muscular fitness without the risk that accompanies high impact exercise. Participants work at their own pace in a safe and effective exercise routines that are presented in an easy to follow format with upbeat music.
Deep Aquafit: Safe and effective exercise routines are presented in an easy to follow format with upbeat music. Participants are suspended in deep water. Aqua float belts are supplied.
Aqua Arthritis: Work your body in a comfortable, joint-friendly way! Our trained instructors will lead you through exercises to increase circulation, decrease muscle tension and spasm.
Gentle Aquafit: Simple moves, great music and gentle exercises. This class focuses on FUN-ctional fitness in a quiet setting where you can meet new friends while working your heart and muscles. This class is great for newcomers wanting a beginner class.
Aqua Boot Camp: Interval cardio based workout with varying intensity and equipment to increase strength and aerobic endurance in the shallow end.
Recreational swimming is a great way to get in those 60 minutes of physical activity. Check out the variety of swimming options like Family Swims, Fun Swims, Therapeutic Swim, Water Running and more….. in the Online Live & Play guide. The swim schedule is also shared on our website at www.burlington.ca/swimming.
City skating is offered all year long – that’s right – including the summer! Programs like Shinny hockey, Sticks and Pucks and general Recreational Skates are great ways to cool off from the summer heat while building up those energy levels! Check them out in the Summer Online Live & Play and on our website at www.burlington.ca/skating.
Our partners at Downtown Burlington with a little help from their sponsors (Investors Group, Burlington Taxi and Mallord Farm) are offering open air fitness classes every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at City Hall – Civic Square. These drop-in classes are open to all fitness levels & families welcome. There is something new to try every week and yoga mats are provided. So all you have to do is bring your water. Check out the weekly schedule at http://burlingtondowntown.ca/
There are more ideas and ways to stay active and play in the City as listed in our Online Live & Play Guide. The guide is produced 3 times a year. So mark your calendars to learn all about ways to play in Burlington. The Fall/Winter guide will be available online August 14, 2014. The Spring Guide – January 15, 2015 and next Summers’ guide – April 16, 2015.
You can also check out the Play Calendar on our website at www.burlington.ca/play for daily ideas and ways to play in Burlington. Or, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram where we regularly share updates and ways to play every day!
So, Let’s Play and build power and stamina while increasing our overall energy levels. Live & Play every day.
CONGRATULATIONS to Kristi Baronoski for winning a $100 Burlington Parks and Recreation Gift Certificate in Week 6. Don’t forget you too can WIN by sharing how you play with us. Simply submit your “Play” entry on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #LivePlay (Hashtag)! Weekly draws for twelve consecutive weeks for your chance to win! See contest rules and regulations on www.burlington.ca/play.