Sunday, 10 January 2016

Have you heard of "False Hope Syndrome"? Common at this time of the year, when we realise that over-ambitious plan for self-improvement just isn't going to happen. Somehow we believe that self-change is easy and we set high expectations that aren't realistic. Many people who miss the mark on their wellness resolutions interpret their failure as inevitable; but this year, let's try again by rethinking what's feasible. So, instead of saying "this is the year I'll run a marathon", when to date all I've done is run to the bus stop, we can vow to walk regularly and add in some running as we hit our stride. Long term objectives are great, but we need to make that first step and keep taking those steps to get to where we want to be.This is realistic hope.

Staying strong, maintaining our muscles and moving around is going to help us live longer and make our lives better. Last year, we organised a variety of programs for our members and the local community including: yoga, circuit training, tai chi, Latin/Caribbean dance and Aquafit. This year, we'll do more of the same, in good company and a supportive, non-competitive atmosphere. We always welcome new participants. We generally don't hold classes when there's an AVRSB storm day, but please check our Kingsport Fitness and Wellness facebook page or blog: for up-to-date news and cancellations. Alternatively call Melanie (902 300 6300) or Christine (902 692 8277).

Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 9-10: Cardio and Strength Training with upbeat music. If you like dancing around the living room but keep tripping over the dog - join us - you'll have fun. (Wednesday is circuit training day). We always end the class with ten minutes gentle stretching. Instructor: Christine Heap. Drop-in fee: $4.00 a class or $25 for 8 classes. First class free!

Tuesday and Thursday evenings TIME CHANGE 6:30-7:30 Circuit Training. 14 one minute stations to tone different muscle groups and increase cardio vascular endurance. This is a co-ed class. Instructors: Melanie Amos and Christine Heap. Drop-in fee $4 or $25 for 8 classes. First class free!

Monday Yoga. Gain core strength, flexibility and balance while becoming aware of the breath and mindfulness. Morning 10:15-11:15 Gentle Yoga. All levels. You learn the fundamental yoga postures while emphasizing safe alignment in a fun, relaxed environment. $42 for 6 classes or $7.50 drop in. Evening 5:30-6:45 Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Focusing on safe alignment, you move through the yoga postures gaining core strength, balance and flexibility while using the breath and calming the mind. $45 for 6 classes or $10 drop in. Instructor: Melanie Amos.

Tuesday evening 5:15-6:15 Men's Yoga.  This gentle, stimulating class works on the basic yoga postures while increasing flexibility, balance and range of motion. $45 for 6 classes or $10 drop in. Instructor: Melanie Amos.

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