Spring is finally here and after such a long, grey, (did I mention long?) winter, I just can’t contain my enthusiasm for warmer weather any longer. I’m guessing many of you are feeling just the same with our glorious upswing in temperatures. Less bundling up equals more reason to get out and get active!
Not only is outdoor physical activity an amazing way to increase your fitness level, but did you know that spending more time outside being active can:
- Decrease risk of Alzheimer’s’;
- Promote mental health;
- Increase community building;
- Increase energy and possibly immunity;
- Decrease the risk of certain disease such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer?
Not to mention for kids can:
- Decrease symptoms of ADHD;
- Increase vitamin D, helping to prevent certain illness; and,
- See distances better & reduce risk of nearsightedness?
(Source: Alberta Health Services, www.myhealth.alberta.ca.)
Coupled with the beautiful weather, that is more than enough motivation to get me outside and active with others, not to mention the physical benefits and the socializing (that’s actually my favorite part)! Community programs can also keep us accountable when trying to achieve a fitness or health goal.
The great news is, you needn’t spend much, if any money as there are many places in our fine City that offer low-cost or no-cost ways to get healthy.
One amazing program, starting May 17 and happening every Wednesday throughout the season, is Fitness at the Farmers’ Market presented by Callingwood Farmers’ Market and Jamie Platz YMCA. A variety of classes such as Zumba and Circuit Training will be held in the covered courtyard area of the Market from 1 to 1:45 pm. These classes will be suitable for all ages and all levels, so even if you are just getting into the swing of things, come on down! Bring the kids to join in the fun and move with you – you can even wear your baby!
Do you need even more motivation? These drop-in classes are free. Yup, that’s right folks, amazing outdoor fitness classes in your favorite Farmers’ Market for zero cost! What’s even better is you’ll be able to stroll the vendors before or after the class as the Market runs from 12-5 pm Wednesdays and features more than 30 vendors! This year marks the 33rd annual Callingwood Farmers’ Market – an Alberta Approved Farmers’ Market and one of Edmonton’s most beloved summer markets and its guaranteed to be a great year – so come on out and bring the family to enjoy!
Classes will kick off with a Zumba dance party on May 17 at 1 pm – I hope to see you there!
Laura Barr is the owner of BloomWellness. She is a Registered Massage Therapist, Certified Personal Trainer, Holistic Nutritionist and Therapeutic Exercise Specialist. Her clinic is based in Leduc, and serves clients from Edmonton, Beaumont, Leduc and Nisku. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, animal lover and most importantly, she is a busy mom to her energetic 6 year old daughter! Visit her blog.