BY KALISHA MENDONSA
The City of Lacombe hosts a number of initiatives to help engage residents in a more active lifestyle and one of those initiatives is getting an adjustment for the New Year.
The Find the Right Fit program offers residents a chance to try out various forms of fitness free of charge to help them find the best kind of workout for their personal needs. The classes are based on less traditional forms of exercise than say weights, jogging or machine-based workouts.
Instead, options include CrossFit, yoga, a variety wellness courses, a spin class and entrance to the pool at the Gary Moe Sportsplex.
Sonya Beauclair with the City’s recreation department said she’s excited to hopefully get more people involved and kick-start their healthy life choices.
“This year, we will be doing the program with punch passes in order to allow for more flexibility with their personal schedules,” she said.
“Last year, the facilities each had a certain day where they were open for Find the Right Fit free classes but now people can get a punch pass and go any time it works for them. We wanted it to be easier to get involved and get started in a class.”
The program is open to any residents, and punch passes will be available at participating facilities or from program organizers. These facilities/programs are Lacombe CrossFit, LacOMbe Yoga, Pound! Fitness, the Lacombe Kinsmen Pool, and Finding Balance. As well, the passes will be included in the City’s Don’t Hibernate handouts available at City Hall.
As well, feel free to cut out the punch pass from this week’s paper on page 10.
There will be a simple registration form with basic information so the City may be able to track the numbers of the program and adjust according to community response.
“I think this program is a great way for people to try new things and find what they love. It’s so much easier to do something healthy if you enjoy it, as opposed to doing a boring fitness routine you don’t like at all,” Beauclair said.
“We’ve got a spin-studio on board and the Pound! Fitness group, which I have watched, and it looks incredibly fun. Most of these places are even available for seniors to do. I know CrossFit seems intimidating, but they have a specific program for seniors that is ongoing and it’s perfect to help seniors be able to maintain their health in everyday movements.
“Finding Balance is a program that runs out of Terrace Ridge School, and that program is great because you can even bring your kids with you on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and there is no charge for them.”
Beauclair said she’s looking forward to seeing people get fit around the City, and hopes that the community takes advantage of the program to explore what Lacombe has to offer in a variety of fitness aspects. She said with the New Year around the corner, this program could help residents find a fitness regime they truly enjoy which would help them carry forward past a few weeks of New Year’s resolutions.