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Virtual Fitness Spring Session 1: April 19 to May 23, 2021

This virtual session is a newly added option with new registration dates as a result of the Province wide shutdown.

Registration opens Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8am online or over the phone by calling 905-885-7908.  Over the phone registration will only be available Thurs April 8, Fri April 9, Mon April 12, Tues April 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only. In person registration is currently not available.

Registration closes Fri April 16, 2021.

Virtual class requirements 

  • For virtual classes you will be required to have a laptop, tablet or device with a camera and microphone to participate in these classes. You will receive an email 1-2 days before the start of your class with the Zoom link to join the class virtually.  Please ensure your email is correct when you register for the program. 
  • Please read the waiver before completing your registration - It outlines important information.
  • Virtual Fees: $20.00 (HST included) for the session, no discounts available for virtual classes

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Fitness program descriptions

Find the right class for you. We offer many classes to fit your needs and abilities. Our instructors are certified specialists with extensive training.

Virtual Balance Fitness

This class is geared towards older adults to help improve or maintain balance, which is incredibly important towards falls prevention. The only equipment needed is a chair. Each week, we will be working on functional exercises that will benefit you daily.

Registration is required

Virtual Fitness Session: April 19 to May 23

Thursdays - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Virtual Cardio Dance Fitness

This virtual class needs no equipment! Just a desire to dance and have fun. This class is focused on raising your heart rate and burning calories. Each week is focused on improving your endurance, coordination, and balance. You will have so much fun dancing to the music, you will forget that you are exercising!

Registration is required

Virtual Fitness Session: April 19 to May 23

Tuesdays - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

 

Virtual Somatic Yoga

Somatic Yoga is based on functional movement similar to Feldenkrais. The class will include somatic movement and yoga postures.  

Participants are required to have a laptop, tablet or device with a camera and microphone. You will receive an email 1-2 days before the start of your class with the Zoom link to join the class virtually. Please ensure your email is correct when you register for the program.  If you have issues accessing the link for the class please call 905-885-7908.

Registration is required

Virtual Session: April 19 to May 23

Wednesdays - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

 

 Virtual Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a passive and soothing approach to yoga and will be done completely from the floor.  Postures are held for 3 minutes allowing the participant to direct their attention to the experience of the moment.  

Participants are required to have a laptop, tablet or device with a camera and microphone. You will receive an email 1-2 days before the start of your class with the zoom link to join the class virtually.  Please ensure your email is correct when you register for the program.  If you have issues accessing the link for the class please call 905-885-7908.

Registration is required

Virtual Session: April 19 to May 23

Mondays - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

Fitness programs are great for staying healthy and prolonging your independence. They reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases and help prolong your life.

The Municipality of Port Hope runs Heart Wise Exercise programs. Heart Wise Exercise programs:

  • Encourage regular, daily aerobic exercise
  • Incorporate a warm-up, cool-down, and self-monitoring during each session
  • Encourage exercise with different intensity levels
  • Accept participants with cardiovascular and chronic disease
  • Offer health screening
  • Have a documented emergency plan

All participants need to complete a Get Active questionnaire before their first class. Bring your copy with you and give it to your instructor.  The Get Active questionnaire is provided by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology which is a national voluntary organization composed of professionals interested and involved in the scientific study of exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, fitness, and health.

Fitness loop and Cavan Street fitness park

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The fitness loop is approximately 2 km in length. It includes 6 physical activity stations from Barrett Street Bridge to Riverside Park, as well as 2 activity parks: the Cavan Street Fitness Park and Riverside Park.

The Cavan Street fitness park is located at the Barrett Street Bridge. The park includes: Chest press, Air walker, Leg press, Cycle, Bars, Cross trainer. The fitness equipment is made for those age 13 years and older.

Riverside Park is located across from the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre for Seniors and has outdoor ping pong, chess, twister, corn hole and more.

Visit the Fitness Loop page for more details.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

Adults 18 to 64 Years

It is recommend by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology that adults accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Examples of moderate intensity include brisk walking or bike riding. Examples of vigorous intensity include jogging and cross-country skiing.

It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week.

Older Adults 65 Years and Older

It is recommend by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology that older adults accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Examples of moderate intensity include brisk walking or bike riding. Examples of vigorous intensity include cross-country skiing and swimming.

It is also beneficial to add muscle and bone strengthening activities using major muscle groups, at least 2 days per week.

Those with poor mobility should perform physical activities to enhance balance and prevent falls.

 

Age-Friendly Community

An age-friendly community (AFC) is a community where policies, services and physical spaces are designed to enable people of all ages to live in secure and accessible physical and social environments. AFCs contribute to good health and allow people to participate fully in society throughout their lifetime. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-Friendly Cities project developed eight domains of AFCs. These domains outline the physical and social aspects of communities that contribute to independent and active aging.

The Municipality of Port Hope is recognized as an Age-Friendly Community through the World Health Organization, and was Awarded the Ontario Age-Friendly Recognition Award in 2018 through the Ministry of Seniors Affairs