From Tae Kwon Doe, to Zumba, and Yoga the Northern Sports Centre was bursting with activity Saturday. It’s was for the first ever Fitness for Heart Marathon.
The 8 hour fitness event was held in collaboration with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, with more than 60 people coming out.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Lori Cruddas says the message is to start people young when it comes to taking care of their health and leading an active lifestyle.
“It’s a perfect event for us in heart month because there’s all ages participating and we really want to get the message out to be heart healthy your whole life. I think the most important thing about heart health and preventing heart disease is little things, healthy life. Lots of exercise, good sleep.”
The event raised close to $3000. The money raised will stay in the community. Going to educational programs like keeping youth away from tobacco and avoiding sugary drinks. As well as supplying automated external defibrillators to organizations within the community.
Karen Newman took part in the Zumba class. She attends Zumba on a weekly bases for one reason.
“I want to live a long life. A long healthy life. I just think its important for mental and physical health to just get out there and sweat and have fun.”
The class was led by Sandra Cardenas. She kept the group on their toes, giving their bodies and brains a workout.
“There is different things. You have the physical thing. You are sweating the whole time. You are active, you are energized. But its also great for your brain. You’re actually keeping up with choreography so you’re learning with that. It’s also great emotionally as well. We have a great group of people that are smiling the whole class. We energize each other. We feed from each other. Friendships are actually formed in Zumba classes so overall it’s great.”
And if you’re worried you can’t keep up, Karen Newman says it’s not a problem.
“I don’t find it find it difficult at all and I was hopeless in aerobics in the 80’s but it’s very easy to follow. It’s quite repetitive and our instructor is very patient with us.”
But the message Saturday from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, it doesn’t matter what activity is you’re doing. Just get out there and do it.