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February 22, 2017 0

Meditation. Mindfulness. The buzz words of the year that you have likely heard floating around. But what exactly is it, and how do you fit it into your life?

Everyone these days seems to have a busy life, rushing from appointment to appointment, with a never ending to-do list. However, we will let you in on the first secret of meditation – once you begin, it truly feels like you have more time in a day. Perhaps it’s the fact that your brain begins to more clearly focus on tasks, and determine what is of actual importance. Or that you are beginning to feel that a new calmness sets in, permeating into all aspects of your life.

Boss being a jerk at work – meditation makes it easier to stay grounded and reply rationally. Spouse being difficult to get along with? Meditation increases levels of empathy, strengthening relationships of all types. Looking for more shut eye? Meditation can help you fall asleep faster, and increase the quality of your sleep. Other reasons to find a cushion and sit still for at least 10 minutes a day?

Increased focus
Reduced anxiety
Increase in creativity
Reduction of stress
Increase memory

So, what are you waiting for? Modern + Mindful offers 30 minute drop in classes 7 days a week! Visit their website at http://www.modernandmindful.com/.

Category : Exhibitor


February 7, 2017 1

Calling all wannabe models! Be part of a LIVE fashion shoot with IMPACT Magazine at YYCfit Expo!

IMPACT will be onsite at YYCfit conducting a live photo shoot, with the photos due to appear in their Summer 2017 issue, and is looking for models to take part in the fun. Interested in experiencing the thrill and energy of a live photo shoot? If so, please forward your information and photo to Elaine Kupser at elaine@impactmagazine.ca.

IMPACT Magazine just celebrated it’s 25th anniversary in 2016, and has a distribution of 90,000 across Canada. YYCfit is thrilled to be partnering with this go-to guide for Canada’s health and fitness-minded, and can’t wait to set the photo shoot live and in action at the show!

Category : About The Show


January 27, 2017 0

You know him from Bachelorette season 12, and Bachelor in Paradise season 3: Vancouver-based personal trainer and model Daniel Maguire will be joining us at YYCfit on Sunday, May 14. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see Daniel on the seminar stage, ask this Bachelorette fan favorite your burning questions, snap a selfie with him, and even potentially win a Mothers Day Brunch date!

Daniel Maguire grew up in Penticton, British Colombia. He graduated from high school in 2003, where he was an all-star athlete. He graduated from Thompson Rivers University with his Bachelors of Arts Degree, with a major in psychology. Daniel is a certified personal trainer with British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association. He has worked for gyms, and also has trained clients privately, while attending university. On his second last year of university, he studied abroad in Australia, which was the start of his overseas travels.

Sadly, in 2008, Daniel’s father was involved in a mountain biking accident, which left him quadriplegic. Following this, Daniel spent four summers tending to his father, and the family home. In 2013, Daniel was hit by a car while on his motorcycle – the accident nearly killed him. Both of these pivotal events have played a major role in influencing Daniel’s views on life and shaping him as an individual.

A huge travel buff, Daniel has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. He has backpacked India, South East Asia, South America, Central America and Africa. Daniel has also lived in Milan, Munich, Istanbul and Los Angeles.

As a personal trainer, Daniel believes in balance and consistency. He will be sharing his views on healthy and active living and sharing tips to help you reach your goals.

Category : Special Guests


January 23, 2017 0

Canada turns 150 this year! And there is no shortage of ways to celebrate this exciting milestone. Outlined below are just a few of the ways in which proud Canadians can take part in the fun.

The ParticipACTION 150 Play List
Sign up for the Play List here, and check out the 150 listed activities (geocaching, knuckle hopping, tug-of-war and Pilates are just a few of the 150 activities). Then get active! Chip away at the list, track your activities online and get entered in for some fantastic prizes (the grand prize is a brand-new Chevrolet).

Get Out and About Locally…..
There are some fantastic festivities being planned in Alberta to commemorate Canada’s 150th, and several organizations have planned expansions and upgrades to coincide with Canada 150. The Passport 2017 app and website is a great way to stay in the know on upcoming events.

….And Also Make 2017 the Year you See More of Canada!
What better excuse to hit up a Canadian destination that you’ve never experienced before. With all the Canada 150 festivities in store, year-round, there is no need to head abroad. Experiences Canada, a Canada 150 project, will be giving Canada’s youth the opportunity to explore the country. Further details available here.

Get Your Nature Fix
For the whole year, Canadians and visitors can gain free access to all Parks Canada places, from coast-to-coast. And with Parks Canada hopping on the Canada 150 train, and planning activities galore in support of this celebration, 2017 promises to be a fantastic year to rekindle your love with the great outdoors.

And, of course, this year’s Canada Day festivities will be in fine form as Canadians band together to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, so you’ll want to put on your party hat on July 1st!

Category : Celebrating Canada


January 18, 2017 0

Coming to the YYCfit Seminar Stage: Healthy Legs for life – Understanding your Legs and How to Keep Them Strong and Healthy

We use them every day to get from point A to point B, and they are big part of our lives. No, not bikes. Not cars. Not public transit. Our LEGS. Keeping our legs strong and healthy is critically important to our overall health and enjoyment. This presentation will discuss why leg health is so important, and will also include a first-person account of blood clots and the potential outcomes of ignoring warning signs. Attendees will leave armed with the tools to understand their legs and keep them healthy.

Category : Uncategorized


December 16, 2016 0

Up for a challenge? Can you run a marathon? Want to be a hero for a great cause?

In 2013, a group of 10 runners, led by Calgarian Blaine Penny, completed the Calgary Marathon while linked together by surgical tubing. Their aim was to bring attention to mitochondrial disease by setting the Guinness World Record for the fastest “linked” marathon. Not only did they break the record by running the marathon in 2:55, but together they raised over $100,000 for the MitoCanada Foundation and received international media attention. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs2rt1bWgQs

Blaine Penny, no stranger to Calgary’s running community, is once again gathering runners in support of raising awareness and funds for mitochondrial disease or mito for short. This is a cause that is deeply personal to Blaine and his family as his son Evan was diagnosed with the disease. Evan was a happy, healthy child before going in for a routine appendectomy at age 3. He didn’t recover as expected and was left quadriplegic subsequently being diagnosed with mito. He’s fed by a tube, has trouble lifting his head, suffers chronic bouts of pain, and has no reliable way to communicate with the outside world. Evan’s diagnosis led to the founding of the MitoCanada Foundation in 2010 and inspired this video https://vimeo.com/134243796

Next May at the Calgary Marathon, Blaine Penny and TeamMito will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “Most runners linked to complete a marathon.” In recognition of Canada’s 150th birthday, they will attempt to link 150 runners for this latest feat. So here is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make history AND make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians living with mito. Recruitment is underway. Interested? Email Blaine at blaine.penny@mitocanada.org to apply for a spot. Tell him what inspires you to be part of TeamMito150. Note that you must be committed to fundraising a minimum $1000 to participate and be confident that you can run a 5 hour marathon. Destiny is calling …

Category : Exhibitor


December 15, 2016 0

The holidays are a great time to spend with family and friends, eating, drinking and being merry – but once January rolls around and the smell of candy canes, chocolates and other holiday treats are gone – reality sets in and we all know it’s time to start the new year on the right track!

The New Year is time to focus on creating and meeting goals for the year ahead, and often that includes health and fitness goals. For businesses focused on service delivery in these areas, this is your Christmas! You’ll often see ads from large fitness giants encouraging people to get active and fit for the new year, and that’s for good reason!

It’s estimated one in five people have gym memberships, and that number is down to increase in the first two months of the year. If you’re a regular gym goer, you can see this for yourself. January and February can take some patience on your part as first-timers may be taking up all your favourite equipment. Health regimens are similar, with many consumers looking for the latest healthy eating and cleansing recipes to get out of those holiday snacking patterns.

If you’re wondering how your health or fitness business can make the most out of these two key months, read on for some helpful tips!

1. Plan Ahead: As they say, the best laid plans … are planned ahead! Don’t wait until December to strategize for the new year – after all, it comes around the same time every year! Since you have the ability to really boost sales during these two months, take your time to plan your campaigns. Depending on your business, different types of campaigns will work. Check out what your competitors are doing, and try to be consistent. Market your campaign on your website, via social media and in-person. A well-organized plan is a strong one!

2. Get into trade shows: North America hosts many health or fitness trade show events each new year. (Note, aside from YYCfit, they are generally either in the health or fitness category, rather than a mix of both.) As part of your marketing planning, do some research to see what shows are coming up that fit your business type. A lot of these shows book fast, so be sure to get in there early!
*If you’re interested in booking at YYCfit’s 2017 show, click here.

3. Offer Seasonal Specials or Discounts
Seasonal sales, promotions or discounts are a great way to attract new customers who are feeling strapped from the spending spree of December. Consider a discount if they purchase before the end of January, for example. You can do special promos where you combine products and/or services, or even do a “refer-a-friend and get a discount” promo. Whatever you do, just keep it simple and consistent across all your marketing platforms.

4. Provide great content
You’ve heard the saying by now – Content is King. This is particularly true in the health and fitness world. there are thousands of health and fitness related businesses out there, so it can be difficult for potential clients to find you and then trust you. By providing high quality content such as blogs/vlogs, videos or graphics you can not only attract attention but effectively stand out from your competitors by showing them how you’re different.

Category : Exhibitor


December 14, 2016 0

With shorter days, longer nights and colder weather, it can be more than tempting to stay warm and cozy indoors and relax on our fitness regimen a little (or a lot).
But why stay cooped up in your house when there are so many options for fun indoor and outdoor activities here in Calgary? Our city offers some of the widest variety of fitness opportunities in the country. Below are just some of the ways you can get out and active during the holidays!

1. Head to Calgary Olympic Park: http://www.winsport.ca/
Calgary Olympic Park’s year-round facility offers a plethora of both outdoor and indoor activities the whole family can enjoy!
• Get your skates and head to COPs indoor rink! Public drop-in skating is available seven days a week and the prices are great, ranging from $2.99 for children and seniors to just $5.99 for adults. They even have a family pass for $14.99, which includes two adults and children.
• Love sledding? COPs tube park is the largest of its kind in Western Canada, featuring 10 lanes, each 200 metres in length. It’s also located on the main hill so you can easily take advantage of nearby washrooms, eateries, retail store and other amenities.
• Of course if you’re looking for a local or beginner/intermediate place to go skiing and snowboarding with family and friends, COP is convenient and fun! The hill features a beginner area, a beginner park, a terrain park and even a super pipe!
• If you love hockey, COP has drop in shinny games every Tuesday as well as every other Friday. You just ned to be 18+, have all you own equipment and a helmet to play! They even host adult rec hockey if you’re looking for more of a team experience.
• If you’re more of the adventurous type, COP also has bobsleigh and luging!
Visit the COP website for more details on prices, hours of operation, regulations and more.

2. Try Cross Country Skiing, Skating or Tobogganing
The city of Calgary has a host of great places to take your family for skiing, skating and tobogganing, no matter what side of the city you live in!
Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing can be done in any park, plus there are several dedicated cross-country skiing tracks available in and around Calgary. visit http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Cross-country-skiing.aspx for more details.
There are plenty of city-run outdoor rinks, as well as community and volunteer-run rinks throughout our city. Visit http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Outdoor-skating-rinks.aspx to find out more about one near you!
Kids and adults alike love tobogganing and sledding, and Calgary’s foothills landscape provides an abundance of great hills to choose form! Check out
http://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Parks/Pages/Locations/Tobogganing-and-sledding.aspx for more info.

3. Head to the Mountains!
We are very lucky to be living so close to some of the most scenic mountain ranges in North America, and they also lend themselves to some great activities too!
Skiing/Snowboarding; Take a day-trip to one of Banff area’s three great mountains for some skiing and snowboarding! Visit the Mt. Norquay, Lake Louise or Sunshine Village for more info on hours, prices and more!
If you’re looking for something a little different, try snow tubing at Mt. Norquay, or snowshoeing at Sunshine Village or Lake Louise, in Marble Canyon, or to the Paint Pots. Visit
http://www.banffadventures.com/Things-To-Do/Winter-Activities/Snowshoeing for more info!

4. Get Active Indoors
Of course, Calgary has some great year-round facilities for the whole family too. So if you’re looking to stay warm but still get active, check out any of these great places this winter:
• Test your footwork at the Calgary Soccer Centre
• Practice your tennis swing at The Tennis Academy or the Osten and Victor Alberta Tennis Centre
• Take a swing at the National Golf Academy
• Climb to new heights at the Crux Climbing and Bouldering
• Bounce on fun interlocking trampolines at Extreme Air Park

Category : Staying Active


December 14, 2016 0

When temperatures start to dip below -20, Calgarians start thinking about winter getaways. YYCfit exhibitor, G Adventures, is a good place to start for the adventure traveller. G Adventures has defined (and redefined) small group travel for over 25 years, and provides excursions for a variety of travelers, including YOLO tours, Active tours, Local Living tours and even National Geographic journeys.

G Adventures is also differentiated in that they have a strong focus on sustainable tourism, which they deliver on in a variety of ways:

• Through Planterra Foundation, the G Adventures nonprofit organization established in 2003 to support and empower women, at-risk youth and indigenous communities through a number of sustainable tourism projects
• Through economic investment, G Adventures works with locally-owned businesses to ensure travel dollars benefit and strengthen local communities
• Animal welfare – G Adventures is committed to ensuring that all animals encountered on their tours are treated humanely

G Adventures is currently offering 15% off tours booked before December 30th – visit https://www.gadventures.com/travel-deals/12-days-of-g/ to take advantage.

So, all that’s left to decide….is where to go?

• Galapagos Land and Sea
• Tanzania Safari Experience
• Rome to Madrid on a Shoestring
• Amazon Riverboat and Machu Picchu Adventure
• Vietnam Hike, Bike and Kayak

These are just a handful of the more than 80 excursions available – see a full list at https://www.gadventures.com/travel-deals/12-days-of-g/.

Happy travels!

Category : Exhibitor


December 13, 2016 0

Coming up on the YYCfit seminar stage: The Importance of Vitamin (N)ature

We all know the importance of Vitamins A through E and we know to get our daily dose through the foods we eat or the supplements we take. But what about vitamin N? Why is it important to get your daily dose of nature? How can this best be accomplished in our increasingly high-tech, urbanized, over-scheduled lives? What are the dangers of “sitting disease?” Learn the answers to these questions and get inspired to get active outdoors.

Presenter Urban Poling Alberta Ambassador Mandy Johnson has spoken internationally on topics related to active living, walking, Nordic walking and walk-friendly communities. In addition to her role with Urban Poling, Mandy also has a company, Active by Nature, where she consults on independent active living and transportation.

Category : Seminar Stage


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