Fitness & Wellness

Fitness & Wellness

The ParkSide Centre is pleased to offer a wide variety of health and wellness programs to help keep you active and healthy and build flexibility and strength.

Christmas Chair Fitness on Zoom! 

Get fit and have fun while getting into the holiday spirit with a Christmas Themed Playlist! Santa hats and all! 

Fridays 
December 4, 11, 18, 2020 
11:00 am 

Minds in Motion 

The Parkside Centre is partnering again with the Société Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin to present this community-based social program that incorporates physical and mental stimulation for people with memory problems and their care partners. This program is a wonderful way for people with memory problems and their care partner to have fun together and establish new friendships with others living the same experiences. Please contact Stephanie Moncion for the link to this Zoom program (705) 524-2024 Ext 269. 

Gentle Hatha Yoga

Gentle Hatha Yoga classes will consist of breath work, guided imagery, basic asanas (poses), relaxation and meditation. The asanas help build flexibility, endurance, balance and strength. Yoga is therapeutic for anxiety, stress and depression and greatly improves general health and well-being. Classes are an hour long in order to provide time for relaxation. 
Wednesdays 
January 6 – March 24, 2021 
10:30 am - 11:30 am 
$45.00 
Led by Dawn Condon 

Gentle Hatha Yoga - Beginner Level 2 

Beginner Level 2 Gentle Hatha Yoga is designed for those who have a good understanding of the basics of yoga postures, and have begun to explore a wider variety of poses and styles. The beginner level 2 student understands the relationship between breath and movement. 

Wednesdays 
January 6 – March 24, 2021 
11:30 am - 12:30 pm 
$45.00 members     $75.00 non-members                   
Led by Dawn Condon 

Chair Yoga 

If you have ever wanted to try doing Yoga and have challenges (or not), physical or other, then this class is for you! This class is offered to those who have physical challenges, chronic pain, and other conditions or to those who wish to expand and deepen their yoga practice. Breathwork, visualization and meditation will be taught and in the latter portion of the program, the use of small hand weights will be introduced. Yoga can be learned and practiced at any age. 

Learning Yoga in one’s senior years can add longevity, vitality, endurance, flexibility, strength and balance to your life. Imagine all this as well as an increased sense of well-being! Yoga is said to be the perfect exercise because it unites not only the physical aspects of a person, but also the mental, spiritual and emotional parts of us and as Marilyn’s chair yoga teacher said “Chair yoga is not for sissies! You can be challenged.” Come enjoy, laugh, have fun and get strong. 

Tuesday and Thursday 
9:30 am – 10:30 am 
January 19 – March 9, 2021 
$35.00 per person 
Led by: Marilyn Hurst 

Breathwork & Breathing 

Breathwork is rejuvenating, it's a gentle workout for your inner body. An energy practice you can do, anytime, that helps to get things flowing and moving. It helps with your anxiety and mental wellbeing. It's both nurturing and a proven science. 

Tuesdays 
January 5 to February 23, 2021 
11:00 am 
$5.00 per class 
Pre-Registration and payment required. 
Minimum 6 Registered for the Class to Proceed 
Instructor: Anna Le-Grie from Awakenings 

Yin Yoga 

Yin Yoga increases your flexibility, stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles and the fascia throughout the body. The aim is to increase circulation in the joints and improve flexibility as the poses stretch and exercise the bone and joint areas. Poses or asanas are held for a longer period of time 3-10 minutes typically. 

Tuesdays 
January 12 – March 16, 2021 
1:00 – 2:00 pm 
$40.00 per person (Requires minimum of 8 people for this class) 
Led by Kim Price

Restorative Yoga 

Restorative Yoga is a therapeutic style of yoga, which utilizes props to make it easier for the body to get into certain poses, and thus, surrender to the pose. Practicing poses using props provides a completely supportive environment for total relaxation. 

Restorative yoga is a type of yoga known for its relaxing, calming and healing effect. Both restorative and Zin classes are suitable for all participants wanting to try and these classes will expose you to both styles. The props that participants can use are a yoga mat, bolsters, blocks and blankets. If they do not have these props things from their homes can be used like towels, books and large pillows. 

Wednesdays 
January 13 – March 17, 2021 
1:00 – 2:00 pm 
$40.00 per person (Requires minimum of 8 people for this class) 
Led by Kim Price 

Chair Fitness 
Stay fit in the comfort of your own home while sitting down! 

Chair fitness gives you the support you need while you focus on flexibility, posture and progression to a stronger, healthier you.   Understanding and working with your unique abilities. Option of standing or sitting during the 40 minute workout gives you the freedom to mix it up. 

What do you get? 
- Full body workout 
- Cardio Stretch 
- Core builder 
- Low back stability 
- All around Strength             
- Posture correction    
- Injury prevention 
- Confidence 

Have a seat with Linda, your personal fitness coach. 

Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 2:00 pm 
January 26 to March 17, 2021 
$55.00 per person 

Zumba Gold                                                                         

Zumba Gold is a fun and exciting program! It is designed for the active older adult, the true beginner, or people who may be limited physically. Zumba Gold is done at a lower intensity, not as fast, but certainly just as fun. The same great Latin styles of music and dance are used.  

Tuesdays 
January 5 - March 30, 2021 
11:00 am - 12:00 pm 
$5.00 per class 

Zumba Gold Toning 

A program tailored for active older adults who want to focus on muscle conditioning and light weight activity. Zumba Gold-Toning blends the Zumba party you love at a slower pace with a redefining total body workout using Zumba Toning Sticks to shake up those muscles! This class will help to prevent a dramatic reduction in muscle mass, muscle strength, atrophy and sarcopenia (loss of skeletal muscle mass). Walk in ready to have a blast and tone up, leave exhilarated and empowered! 

Fridays 
January 8 - April 2, 2021 
10:00 am - 10:45 am 
$5.00 per class 

Parkinson’s Mobility Program 

This exercise program is designed to benefit those diagnosed with Parkinson's. The program focuses on improving posture, range of motion, muscle strength and endurance, as well as flexibility, relaxation, balance and coordination. This progressive program will greatly enhance one's quality of life while preventing the negative side effects of inactivity to help with the symptoms of this neurological disease. Participants must be able to ambulate on their own without supervision. 

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 
January 11 - April 1, 2021 (No class on February 15, 2021) 
1:00 – 2:00 pm 
Led by Denise Maki and Tina Treitz 

Urban Poling 

The Parkside Centre has hosted free urban poling/ Nordic walking classes in partnership with the Rainbow Routes, Trails4Life Program for the past two years. We will continue to support this activity this winter, but please make sure that you are wearing cleats or traction devices on your shoes once the snow comes. Urban poling uses 90% more muscles than just walking and turns walking into full body workout! It improves your posture, balance and stability! This is a low-impact work-out that reduces impact on knee and hip joints and is great for rehabilitation. Meet the group at Bell Park at the Elizabeth Street entrance. The instructor has completed the urban poling seminar on Covid-19 and can lead a one-on-one lesson if required. 

Thursdays 
January 7 - April 1, 2021 
11:00 am 

Abotti - Walking In Place Program!  

Antonietta is a high energy instructor who allows us into her home in Vaughan to enjoy some upbeat music and easy steps to keep us active! Suitable for any ability. Her motto is “You do You”. Join Us! 

Mondays at 6:30 pm 
Tuesdays at 10:00 am 
Fridays at 10:00 am 

ParkSide Centre Without Walls Health and Wellness Series 
** Registrants will also receive an Exercise Manual by email for reference. 

Heather Wallingford is a retired Physical and Occupational Therapist who has worked for nearly 60 years with children, adults, the elderly and in heavy industry. She has had an interest in neurophysiology and how it relates to function for the past 45 years. She loves teaching and learning and helping people to look after themselves. Heather will be hosting a variety of education sessions on these topics for the winter season. 

“I’m a retired Physical and Occupational Therapist. As I grow older it makes me sad to see a lot of people aging rapidly needlessly as their circumstances change either due to painful joints or change in living accommodations because they don’t realize the magic of movement. I’m not going to talk about working out at the gym or going to a regular exercise program, although both of these are good if they make you feel better. What I am going to talk about is all the things that movement does and the importance of exercising throughout the day to try to duplicate the amount of activity that you did when you were younger.” 

Personal Energy Part I 

The effects of food and movement This is not a presentation on diet or exercise but on how food and movement can affect changes in the brain and the body to increase or decrease energy. 

Thursday 
January 14, 2020 
2:00 pm 

Personal Energy Part II 

The effects of stress and sleep. This presentation will talk about the effects of stress on the body and discuss practical ways to decrease stress. 

Thursday 
January 21, 2020 
2:00 pm 

Looking After Your Back Part I 

This presentation will discuss the anatomy of the back. Demonstrations to help you decide what the best positions are for YOUR back whether you have pain or not. Ways to use this information on an ongoing   basis to decrease or prevent back pain will also be discussed. Wimpy exercises that are must for your back whether you have back pain or not will be presented. 

Thursday 
January 28, 2020 
2:00 pm 

Looking After Your Back Part II 

This presentation will be a quick review of Part I including pain patterns. You will learn to figure out whether leg pain, cramping etc. is from the back or not and how to control it. How to do activities of daily living without aggravating your back will be discussed. 

Thursday 
February 4, 2020 
2:00 pm 

Looking After Your Neck 

This presentation will discuss the anatomy of the neck. Demonstrations to help you decide what the best positions are for YOUR neck whether you have pain or not. Ways to use this information on an ongoing basis to decrease or prevent neck pain will also be discussed. Ways to sort out whether you hand and/or arm pain is from your neck or not will be presented. Lots of practical ideas will be shared for how to do things to decrease the stress on the neck. 

Thursday 
February 11, 2020 
2:00 pm 

Looking After Your Shoulders 

This presentation will discuss the structure of the shoulder. Exercises will be presented and ways to assess improvement if you have limited pain free movement. Some ideas for activities of daily living and sleeping if you have shoulder pain will be presented. 

Thursday 
February 18, 2020 
2:00 pm 

Looking After Your Hands 

There are 18 short muscles in the hands that we expect to work and work together but we don’t do anything specific to make sure that they do. Understanding this and very specific exercises will be the bulk of this presentation but white hand and carpal tunnel syndrome will also be discussed. 

Thursday 
February 25, 2020 
2:00 pm 

Balance and Walking 

Balance involves the working together of many aspects of the body/brain. This presentation will discuss all the aspects involved in balance and practical ideas and exercises will be presented. Many practical suggestions for how to improve your balance and what we can do to stay active but be safe. Walking will be discussed from the     perspective of things we can do to improve our walking and keep good patterns in our brain when we start to feel insecure. 

Thursday 
March 4, 2020 
2:00 pm 

Muscle, Ligament Pain 

This presentation will discuss pain management in general and non-intrusive things that you can try and ways to assess their effectiveness. 

Thursday 
March 11, 2020 
2:00 pm 

Repetitive Strain Injuries 

Ways to assess your daily activities to prevent RSI and what to do when you have problems will be presented. 

Thursday 
March 18, 2020 
2:00 pm