What a crazy winter we are having so far. First doused with so much rain in October and November, then hit with blizzards in December!
We hope you and your family had a chance to enjoy the snowy days! It's hard to find routine after the holidays especially when mixed with complications from cold and snow but the time has come for lunches, schedules, and early bed times again.
We hope to see everyone back in action soon whether it is out on the trails, mountains, fields, or gyms!
Keep your eyes on the Bowen Community Recreation website and Facebook pages for new programs coming up over the next couple of months.
And if you haven't done so already, please take our three minute Fall 2016 survey by clicking here!
Stay dry, Stay warm, Keep Active!
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Have you ever tried a new activity that totally throws your body for a loop? For instance, a few years ago, I tried Squash and couldn’t sit comfortably for a week. Or the time we had a “fun” skating party at work, after a few races with a couple co-workers I was totally out of breath and my quads were on fire!
Doing new activities or trying new fitness regimes is a great way to jump start your body and see results you haven’t seen before. Working out at a different time of day, or doing half in the morning and half in the evening can trick your body into better results.
Do you need ideas for new fitness activities?
How about Skate Skiing? Head up to one of the local mountains, strap on some skate skis and have a great day up in the trails and snow. You will be sure to feel muscles in your legs that you didn’t know you had!
How about Skating? With the Robson Outdoor Ice Rink or the West Van arena so close, grab everyone in the family and go out for a skate! Or pick a Stick & Puck time to participate!
How about Snow Running? Grab your dog and head out for a wonderful run in the trails on Bowen Island. What a great way to get exercise even when we are snowed in!
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking outside the box to find a way to get your workout in during the cold, wet, and snowy winter days.
If you have a great outdoor activity that gets your heart rate up, let us know!
Tricks to get back into a fitness routine
6 Tricks to Get Back into a Workout Routine
"Whoa, it’s January 5th, and I haven’t exercised for almost a month!!" Is anyone saying this in their heads not realizing where all of December went and now it is January and back to school?
If your morning run feels impossible and skipping the gym has become your norm you are not alone, it happens. Have you noticed you feel a bit sluggish, maybe even a bit cranky and frustrated? Okay then, let’s move on and get back into our solid fitness regimes! Shrug off that low energy while you burn some calories!
Here are 6 quick tricks to help:
Lay Out Your Clothes the Night Before If you wake up and see your gym bag all packed up and ready to go, you might not be so inclined to skip out. Set out your new Christmas workout socks, runners and post-workout snack the night before. You may find yourself so stoked to work out that day, you can hardly contain yourself.
Take a 30-Day Challenge Try challenging yourself to work out every day, or every other day, for a month or longer. If you’re not ready to commit to a long-term challenge, working out on the same days each week will help to make fitness seem like a given rather than an option.
Break it Down A trick that can help someone who is having a difficult workout is to just push yourself a little bit further. If you are out running, just run to the next hydro pole or just past that big Cedar at the top of the hill. If you are doing weight training, just focus on finishing one additional set, or 15 more repetitions. It is always better than nothing at all.
Buddy up Commit to a workout with a friend, join a running group or register for a set of classes. This may give you the motivation or encouragement you need to not cancel! Another form of positive peer pressure that can help is posting your workout schedule or sharing it with family and friends. You can ask them to hold you accountable to that schedule or to remind you how awesome you will feel after you go for that run.
Plan it Ahead of Time The day before a workout day plan it out. Will you do the gym? A group class? A run? Figure it out the day before and don’t let working out be a “maybe”.
Lower Your Expectations Just because you’re not feeling up to your usual one-hour routine, don’t skip working out altogether. By doing a little exercise, even if it’s just a 20-minute bike ride, you’re keeping your brain programmed to a fitness schedule. On the other hand, if you don’t exercise at all, it won’t seem like a big deal to skip another workout in the future. Even if you commit to doing 10 minutes you either get a great de-stressing and energizing mini workout or perhaps once you get 10 minutes into it, it's more likely you’ll want to keep going! Yay 10 minutes! For more info, go to this link or check out the Reader’s Digest Best Health website.
Forever Fit is a class aimed for the 60+ age group. It will provide a safe environment for low impact exercise and resistance training. We will also use fun games to help improve balance, coordination, and mental stimulation! We will include an educational component and provide a welcoming, supportive, social atmosphere where people can get stronger together.
Back by popular demand on Bowen, Pickleball is on in January! We have even got some of our badminton regulars coming out to try this fun game – and they are hooked!
Pickleball is a sport that continues to grow in communities across North America. It can be played in singles or doubles with wooden paddles and wiffle-type balls. Enjoyed by all ages, this sport can help keep you fit and agile on the courts!
Saturdays, January 7 – February 25, 1:00 – 2:30pm, BICS gym
Join Lucia for an all-levels express interval training class while your kiddo plays. The class is split into two 30 minute sessions. Half the parents work out in the Fitness Studio while the rest watch all the kids next door at Family Place. Halfway through the class, the parents switch. Parents get to sweat and socialize and the kids get to play - everyone wins!
Program notes: Total class duration is 70 mins to accommodate transition time. Please partner up with a fellow parent (either in advance or upon arrival) so it's clear who is caring for your kids while you're working out. Membership or drop in fees apply for Family Place.
Thursdays, Jan 12 – Feb 2, 10:15 – 11:25am, 4 sessions/$40.00