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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 program descriptions

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

Body Ball

Body Ball is a full body muscle strengthening class that engages your core and strengthens muscle groups.  Improves balance, reflexes as well as increases resistance to injuries.  Participants are required to bring their own stability ball.  There is limited capacity for all fitness classes.

Registration is required.

Winter 1 Session: Jan 11 - Feb 21, 2021

Wednesdays - 10:30a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Town Park Recreation Centre

 

 Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. There is limited capacity for all fitness classes.

Registration is required.

Winter 1 Session: Jan 11 - Feb 21, 2021

Fridays - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Town Park Recreation Centre

Functional Fitness Level 1

This class is for those who have limited mobility and want to focus on range of motion, strengthening major muscle groups, and improving balance. Chairs will be available for those who need them however they will not be used for the entire duration of class. Through the use of yoga balls, resistance bands and light weights you will gain strength and confidence in your abilities and improve your day to day life!  There is limited capacity for all fitness classes.

Registration is required.

Winter 1 Session: Jan 11 - Feb 21, 2021

Tuesday and Thursdays - 9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Town Park Recreation Centre

Functional Fitness Level 2

This class will focus on range of motion, strengthening major muscle groups, and improving balance. Chairs will be available for some of the exercises; however will not be needed for the whole class. Yoga balls, resistance bands and weights will be used to gain strength and confidence in your abilities and improve your day to day life. This class will be for those looking for a bit more of a challenge.  There is limited capacity for all fitness classes.

Registration is required.

Winter 1 Session: Jan 11 - Feb 21, 2021

Tuesday and Thursdays - 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at the Town Park Recreation Centre

Hatha Yoga

 

Build on your poses and strength using proper alignment and breathe control. Helps to reduce stress and increase energy. There is limited capacity for all fitness classes.

Registration is required.

Winter 1 Session: Jan 11 - Feb 21, 2021

Tuesdays - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Jack Burger Sports Complex

Please note that the time of this class has changed from previous sessions.

Muscle Strengthening and Conditioning

Using small weights and your own body weight participants go through a series of exercises to help improve posture, strengthen muscles and learn to stretch correctly to benefit the entire body.  There is limited capacity for all fitness classes.

Registration is required.

Winter 1 Session:  Jan 11 - Feb 21, 2021 (no class Mon Feb 15 due to Family Day)

Mondays - 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Town Park Recreation Centre

Somatic Yoga

Somatic Yoga is based on functional movement similar to Feldenkrais. The class will include somatic movement and yoga postures.  There is limited capacity for all fitness classes.

Registration is required.

Winter 1 Session: Jan 11 - Feb 21, 2021

Wednesdays - 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Town Park Recreation Centre

Fitness loop

The fitness loop is approximately 2 km in length. It includes 6 physical activity stations from Barrett Street Bridge to Riverside Park. Public washrooms and parking are available at different points along the route.

Fitness loop stations

Station 1: Peace Park

Exercise: Plank/Seated Curl Ups

Station 2: Brogdan's Lane Area

Exercise: Jumping Jacks/Hamstring Curls

Station 3: Port Hope Library

Exercise: Push-Ups/Hip Extensions

Station 4: Riverside Park

Exercise: Squats/Standing Leg Lifts

Station 5: Eastside Ganaraska Park

Exercise: Burpees/Heel Raises

Station 6: Kinsmen Park

Exercise: Lunges/Sit to Stand

Cavan Street fitness 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.

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