Otonabee Ward: Here’s how you live up to that New Year’s resolution, Peterborough

With the New Year approaching, many of us decide to turn to a new leaf and get fitter and healthier. Peterborough Sports and Wellness Center can help you meet your fitness goals with a range of programs for all ages and abilities.

“Sometimes it is difficult to get into a new routine in the first few weeks after Christmas, but once it’s part of your daily routine it’s easier,” says Rob McAulay, manager. “Many like the social connection of a fitness class that encourages both their mental and physical bonds.”

The center will be offering many new programs from January that will appeal to everyone, including those new to fitness. Pilates, Hatha Yoga, gentle fitness, flow and chair yoga, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), kickboxing, low and sculpt, stretch and strength courses and more are offered.

“With regard to the latest announcements about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, capacity limits now apply with 50 percent capacity in the center,” he says. “Class sizes have been adjusted as a result and the latest information on our programs, classes and COVID guidelines can be found on our website at www.peterborough.ca/pswc. “

During the winter, some tend to stay indoors and become isolated as a result. Exercising with others can help improve moods, reduce stress, and make us happier and more relaxed.

“Trying a new fitness class with others during the winter months can be just what you need to boost your energy levels, improve sleep, and have fun,” he says.

All of the centre’s group fitness programs are open to people aged 12 and over. Registration is open at peterborough.ca/pswc.

“The gym equipment and weights are open to ages 12 and up, although 12-14 year olds must complete a course on how to properly lift weights before using them,” continues McAuley.

Some appreciate the benefits of working with a personal trainer. The center offers certified trainers who can tailor a program specifically for your needs. Fill out a contact form on their website to get the ball rolling. Trainers can help in specific areas such as fitness over 50, concussion treatment, exceptional and Special Olympics training, injury prevention and rehabilitation, and knee and hip replacement exercises.

Public swimming pools are held from December 27th until the end of the day on December 31st. After that, the pool will be closed until April 4 to replace the HVAC system.

Young people between the ages of 12 and 16 can visit the center free of charge on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for supervised volleyball games, with teams being formed. Please bring indoor shoes and a water bottle. For more details, follow Downtown Youth Space (DYS) on social media.

The center also offers pickleball, where attendees can learn to play this fastest growing sport in North America. The sessions begin in the week of January 10th, five days a week with different levels offered: game learning, leisure, intermediate and advanced.

Membership includes many drop-in activities such as fitness classes, exercise, and more. Non-members can also pay for these activities. Participants can register for individual courses online or in person. The Winter Fun Guide with all available options is now available online or as a booklet for collection at the center.

“We are beginning to see many of our members returning when they emerge from the pandemic and the center starts to see more activity. It’s nice to see people go back to their old routines, ”he says.

Subsidized memberships and program options are available based on financial eligibility. You can apply for support online.

The center is located at 775 Brealey Dr., south of Lansdowne. For more information, please call 705-742-0050, 1-855-738-3755 or visit peterborough.ca/pswc.

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