It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. Yet by December, there are too many things to do, leading to stress, anxiety and exhaustion.
But there is a simple way to battle the busy season and bring joy to your world. Fitting in exercise, even just minutes throughout the day, can make you a holiday superhero, giving you energy and superpowers to check off all those things on your list. According to Lisa Newman, Supervisor of Health and Fitness, just 20 minutes of any kind of “move” produces an energy boost. Here are some of her favourites.
Fit as a family – Take a neighbourhood walk after dinner and check out holiday lights. Or play in the backyard and have a snowball fight.
Furniture fitness – Who needs fancy equipment when you have a table? Try push-ups against your kitchen counter while you’re cooking dinner.
Twist and shout – With holiday parties galore, you can dance, have fun — and burn calories.
Mall walking – It’s true, shopping is exercise! Burn calories and get your holiday shopping done! Tip: Bring water and a protein bar so you won’t be swayed by holiday treats.
Try the YMCA – Get a Day Pass and swim, work out, climb or shoot hoops. And don’t miss your chance to get a Family Festive Pass from December 24-January 8!
Plus, don’t miss Member in December!
If you’re already a YMCA member, and know someone else who wants to be, refer them for a membership and you’ll both receive a bonus YMCA scarf to welcome winter in style!
So now, what are you waiting for? Put on that superhero cape, leap tall buildings in a single bound and make this your healthiest and happiest holiday season yet.
Visit us today to discover how you can be healthy and happy all year long.
Sometimes, it’s the unexpected act of kindness that can change the course of someone’s life.
For Manny Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers portrayed in the 2007 MTV movie, an unexpected act of kindness happened when a complete stranger sat down beside him on a park bench one day. Manny was only 16 at the time, but he had already experienced so much heartache that anger consumed him. That is, until that stranger took a chance, reached out to him and helped him find hope for a better tomorrow.
Acts of kindness are just one theme explored during YMCA Peace Week from November 19-26 and during the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace featuring Manny Scott on November 23. Through acts of kindness, we can inspire peace and make our community and world a stronger, healthier place to live.
When many people think of peace, images of wars fought and won come to mind. But peace is much more than the absence of violence or conflict. It’s the ongoing work of building and re-building conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security and respect for diversity. And when we incorporate these values into our daily actions, we can all help make our world a more peaceful place.
With YMCA Peace Week just around the corner, we invite you to think about how you can bring more peace and kindness into your daily life and join us for the following free activities and events!
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 a.m. – Freedom Writers movie screening Join us for a free movie screening of the 2007 hit MTV movie co-hosted with Film.ca at 171 Speers Road in Oakville! This movie (Rated 14A) stars Hilary Swank and features in part, the story of Manny Scott, our keynote speaker for the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace. Get your free tickets!
November 19-26 – Share some kindness! Throughout the week, we’ll be hiding our Be Kind Bells in neighbourhoods throughout Oakville. Find one, perform an act of kindness, and hide it for someone else to find. Share on social media using #BeKindBell!
Monday, November 21, 6:45 p.m. – YMCA Candlelight Walk for Peace
Free family event! Walk with us through neighbourhood streets and reflect on the meaning of peace in our community and beyond, then warm up with hot chocolate. Special guests include the Chair of Toronto and York Region Metis Council, the Junior Optimist Club and the Oakville Optimist Club. All ages welcome!
Wednesday, November 23, 7:00 a.m. – YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace Our annual event celebrates peace in Oakville with the presentation of 2016 YMCA Peace Medals to selected peacemakers. Keynote speaker Manny Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit MTV movie Freedom Writers will also share his inspiring story of choosing hope for a better tomorrow. Tickets on sale now for $25/person! Get your tickets online here!
To celebrate YMCA Peace Week we host a variety of activities to encourage everyone in the community to explore peace from a personal, local and global perspective. Mark your calendar to join us and get involved in making our community and world a more peaceful place!
Schedule of Activities
Freedom Writers starring Hilary Swank. Click for movie preview.
Freedom Writers movie screening at Film.ca Saturday, November 5 | 10:00 a.m. Join us for a free movie screening of the 2007 hit MTV movie co-hosted with Film.ca at 171 Speers Road in Oakville! This movie (Rated 14A) stars Hilary Swank and features in part, the story of Manny Scott, our keynote speaker for the YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace. See the movie then get your ticket for our breakfast!
Be Kind Bells November 19-26 Join us in spreading kindness throughout the community. Our Be Kind Bells will be hidden in locations throughout Oakville. If you find one, perform one kind act, then hide it for someone else to find. Share on social media with the location you found it, your kind act, and encourage someone else to do the same!
#BeKindBell #ActforPeace #YMCAPeaceWeek
YMCA Candlelight Walk for Peace Monday, November 21 | 6:45-9:00 p.m. Come out and join us for our annual peace walk in celebration of YMCA Peace Week. Together we’ll stroll through neighbourhood streets, explore the power of hope and peace, pledge for peace and warm up with hot chocolate. Special guests include the Chair of Toronto and York Region Metis Council, the Junior Optimist Club and the Oakville Optimist Club.
All ages welcome – bring your whole family!
YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace Wednesday, November 23 | 7:00-9:30 a.m. Our annual event celebrates peace in Oakville with the presentation of 2016 YMCA Peace Medals to selected peacemakers. Keynote speaker Manny Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit MTV movie Freedom Writers will also share his inspiring story of choosing hope for a better tomorrow.