The holidays coming to an end brings the perfect time to focus on new goals! A common New Years Resolution that never seems to go out of style is creating better health habits. Whether you’re ready to work off the delicious holiday goodies consumed, or you’re simply looking to try something new to get your heart rate up, there are plenty of fun ways to get your exercise in New Westminster this January!
Exercise Your Body and Mind With Yoga
There’s no doubt the holiday season and the New Year can be a busy and stressful time. Why not let yourself recharge at one of the many Yoga Studios in New Westminster? Good for both your mental and physical health, yoga is great exercise for men and women of all ages.If you’re looking to take a traditional approach to yoga and appreciate drop-in classes, the Dancing Cat Yoga Centre will be a great fit! Since 1999, owner Gail Leslie has taught the traditional ancient Hatha style Yoga at her studio. Leslie encourages all levels of yogis to join her and to set their own pace, so this a great class to enjoy with friends or family members! Located on sixth street, the Dancing Cat will most definitely rejuvenate your mind and body.
If you’re just starting out your yoga journey, Move Studio on Nelson’s Crescent is the place for you! They offer variety of classes from “Flow” to “Hatha” to “Chillout”, so there’s something for everyone. Additionally, everything you need is provided from equipment to mats, so all you have to do is show up!
Spice Up Your Yoga!
Do you want to challenge yourself or try something a little different this January? If so, Oxygen Yoga & Fitness is a must try. Combining yoga poses with more intense fitness techniques such as sit-ups, crunches, and squats, Oxygen’s instructor’s are sure to get you sweating! Head down to their Columbia Street location in New West and sign up for a week’s trial for just $10!
Work Up A Sweat While Trying Something New
The New Year is all about finding new ways to challenge oneself, and New Westminster has many exciting ways to do so physically! If you’re looking to get your heart rate up, but prefer to exercise outside, Survivor Fitness on McBride Boulevard is a great option! Survivor Bootcamp runs their classes in the great outdoors, no matter the weather. The classes consist of various workout techniques and incorporate the use of equipment such as ropes, kettlebells, and balls. A great opportunity to get in a great workout while having fun, you’ll be shocked when the instructor tells you the class is over!
Are you a lady who prefer’s to work out in a girls-only facility? If so, 30 Minute Hit is for you! This work out is perfect for busy young women, moms, or anyone looking to fit a quick, intense workout into their day! 30 Minute Hit is a fast-paced, challenging work out that combines cardio, boxing, and kick boxing. When starting the class, you will go through different stations to perform a variety of challenging and fun exercises in a circuit work out style. You will work up a sweat, but don’t be intimidated! 30 Minute Hit is home to many kind and helpful trainers who will help women of all fitness levels get started! Head down to 425 East Columbia Street to get started today!
Keep It Simple!
Getting fit and meeting exercise goals does not have to be complicated or expensive. There are many activities in the New West area that are cost effective and simple! Do you love cardio, but hate the cold weather? Try one of New Westminster’s many fine recreation centres to use their fitness facilities or indoor heated pools. The Canada Games Pool, located on East Sixth Avenue, is an Olympic sized swimming pool perfect for all ages and fitness levels to incorporate a fun cardiovascular activity into your routine.
Checking out the facilities at your local rec centre doesn’t have to just mean the gym or pool, either! Queensborough Community Centre (920 Ewan Avenue) and Centennial Community Centre (65 East Sixth Avenue) offer a variety of fun ways to get fit. Options include drop in times for pickle ball, table tennis, basketball, and many more! Click here for a list of drop in schedules for rec centres near you!
Take a Walk at One of Your Local Parks
Sometimes all it takes to feel fit and stay healthy is simply walking around your neighbourhood! New Westminster is home to many beautiful parks. Whether you want to take your pup for a walk, bring the whole family to kick a soccer ball around, or take a peaceful stroll, there are many ideal places in the New West area. For a tranquil weekend walk, try a stroll through Friendship Gardens in Tipperary Park on Queen’s Avenue. You can get your steps while appreciating the beauty of nature! (Tip: check out Tipperary Park on the first and third Saturday of the month, when the Winter Farmer’s Market is on! You can get a walk in while also scoring some great goodies!)
Glenbrook Ravine is another great outdoor space! Leash up your dog, grab a friend, or put in some headphones for a nice solo walk. With access points on Blackberry Drive, Jamieson Court, and Glenbrooke Drive, you can hit many trails in one walk and weave in and out of the park.
Exercise and Physical Activity are vital to overall health and well being, but sometimes you just don’t know where to start! Luckily, New Westminster is home to many fun, accessible, and cost effective activities and facilities to help you meet your goals. So what are you waiting for? Lace up those sneakers and get out there!