TYH: New Wellness Centre Helps Under-Served Local Residents

By CKPGToday
December 12, 2017 - 8:11pm Updated: January 4, 2018 - 11:23pm

There's a new wellness centre in town aimed at a demographic which is under-served by the fitness industry. On today's To Your Health, Catherine Hansen has more on the brainchild of two local exercise experts.

 

 

(Announcer:)
And now, "To Your Health". Brought to you by Hart Drugs, Third Avenue Pharmacy and the Phoenix Pharmacy.

(Catherine Hansen - Reporter:)
Ann Holmes leads a group of off-season golfers through stretch and strength exercises at her new wellness studio. Holmes is teaming up with exercise physiologist Tracie Albisser to open a new health centre.

(Tracie Albisser - Active Health Solutions:)
"The traditional fitness model isn't always working for people. Once they get to about forty years old, we all start to struggle with injuries and medical conditions and a lot of people don't fit into the traditional fitness model. So instead we thought "well, let's create a centre where we can address lifestyle and we can provide classes for people, no matter what condition they have"."

(Hansen:)
With no mirrors or machines, Active Health Solutions is not a gym. In fact, they call themselves the 'un-gym', as they want to change the way fitness is done. The idea is to fill the gaps in the health care system, helping people either before or after medical intervention and/or physiotherapy.

(Albisser:)
"Low back, hip or knee problems, joint replacements, arthritis. We'll also have classes for people with cardiac issues, recovering from heart disease or on their way to some kind of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes. We'll also have classes for people, post-physiotherapy recovery."

(Ann Holmes - Active Health Solutions:)
"They're small classes and we need to be able to keep an eye on people, because they may have chronic injury or chronic illness that we really need to monitor and prescribe exercise more specifically. So it's very very small classes and it can be right down to personal training and personal rehabilitation services as well."

(Hansen:)
Another feature is a full size kitchen. The space will have a couple of uses - one for lectures and classes on healthy diet and lifestyle, the other for a social aspect, which is often crucial to keeping people coming back to class.

(Holmes:)
"Exercise adherence is all about social connection. So if you are in with a small group and have that opportunity to go sit in the kitchen, relax, have a cup of tea or a cup of coffee or drink your water, anything like that. That's going to increase people's willingness to come back once or twice a week."

(Hansen:)
More classes for cancer survivors and those looking to lose over fifty pounds will soon be joining the schedule. The hope is to get people moving, no matter what their ability.  To your health, Catherine Hansen, CKPG News.

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