With winter upon us, we tend to become less active and stay indoors. With less sunlight, this can affect mental wellbeing. Physical and mental wellbeing go hand in hand. Staying active this winter is easy with the City of Winnipeg! There are numerous benefits of regular physical activity, including: Improved mood and decreased stress, depression and anxiety Sharper memory Increased energy and better sleep Higher self-esteem Increased social connectedness with others Reduced risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke The City of Winnipeg offers programming to help you escape the cold and stay active and social all winter! The Winter 2018 Learn to Skate program offers 10 weeks of lessons with an emphasis on skill development and fun in a non-competitive environment. Basic Skating, Figure Skating and Power Skating programming information is available on page 28. Public Skating activities are provided free of charge at 13 arenas in order to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Schedule information can be found on page 32. Paddleboard Yoga is a new program offered at Kinsmen Sherbrook Pool this winter. Escape the cold by joining the introductory yoga class set on a paddleboard in the pool. Participants will be guided through a series for postures aimed at building greater body awareness, balance, core strength and flexibility. More information can be found on page 65. Get ahead of your New Year’s Resolution with an Active Living Pass, which provides general admission to any City of Winnipeg aquatic facility or leisure centre. The pass includes access to pools, weight rooms, tracks and equipment as well as drop-in fitness classes. For prices and locations, check out pages 44, 69 and 74. Some active living drop-in classes include: 30/20/10 — A body toning class that includes 30 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength training and 10 minutes of stretching for a total body workout. Yoga — From learning yoga meditation and proper breathing, to an after work class designed to strengthen, tone and stretch, there are several drop-in Yoga classes designed for all levels. Trim Fit — A great class for older active adults looking to socialize while getting fit. In case the kids are feeling left out this winter, yoga programming is available for preschoolers and children ages 6–12 as well. Kids will participate in stretching, breathing, sharing circles and other cooperative learning activities that will develop creativity, positive social interaction and emotional balance, while increasing fitness levels. For course listings, visit page 18. In addition to staying physically active this winter, it is important to set aside time for social activities with your family. Get your creativity flowing with one of the pottery classes offered this winter. From introductory classes that teach the basics of hand-building to Potter Wheel Family that allows your whole family to work side-by-side on the potter’s wheel, there is something to get everyone creating and glazing! Class information can be found on pages 21, 25 and 58. It’s easier than ever for your whole family to stay active all winter long, have fun and keep healthy!
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