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Anecdotal evidence suggests a healthier town

Monday, June 1, 2015 @ 12:06 PM
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BY: HOWAIDA SOROUR-ROBERTS

It almost seems there are more fitness facilities in Smiths Falls than there are people. Besides the golf arenas, the walking concourse and trails, the skateboard park and the ball diamonds, parks and beaches there are at least six fitness businesses in addition to the martial arts offerings, and active play facilities.  It all suggests there’s at least some interest in fitness in Smiths Falls.

“I know that I started out with a group of runners and there were eight of us some seven years ago, now there are tons of us and they’ve branched out to form other groups and take up other pursuits,” says Wendy Hillier, Century 21 broker and Spring Fling organizer.

This year the Spring Fling saw 400 registered runners for a Sunday morning run and the majority of runners were from the Smiths Falls and Perth area.

Most of the fitness businesses agree that there seems to be a shift happening in Smiths Falls, towards healthier lifestyles.

“I get a sense that there are more people worried about their long term health outcomes,” says Amanda Fournier, Insanity instructor with CardioFit 4 Life.

Most of the businesses contacted said they were seeing a lot more clients with health issues that they wanted to work on or correct.

“We see quite a few clients who are borderline diabetic or at onset who have been told by their doctors that exercise can reverse or stabilize their condition,” says Mark Leach, co-owner of Good Vibrations Gym.

Several other businesses agreed, they’re seeing more of that group and there are other health related issues that people are now turning to fitness to correct.

“I see people of all different age groups and a lot of people with health issues, like knee problems, back problems and lots of muscular imbalances.  I work with clients who suffer from osteoporosis, and I do see more people seeking better health outcomes,” says Natatia Gemmell, owner and chief instructor at One-on-One Fitness.

It isn’t just exercise that’s driving people.

“I’m seeing people become a lot more aware of the benefits of nutrition and understanding that they can’t outrun a bad diet,” says Caroline Foster, owner and instructor at CardioFit 4 Life.

Although most people agree that weight loss remains the biggest motivator, most of the businesses are noticing that attitudes regarding fitness are changing in Smiths Falls.  There also seems to be a new fitness demographic emerging, and one that is quite encouraging.

“I’m seeing a lot of younger men and older women,” says Kerri Maidment, proprietor of Generation Fitness.  “I don’t see as many middle aged and older men.”

Maidment isn’t the only one who’s noticing that mix.

“Most of the men who come in here want to work independently and they’re usually between 16 and 25 years old, while we see women between 25 and 60 who get involved in more group classes,” says Brian Paquette, owner and chief instructor at Zendragon.

Even the Hub Community Pool is seeing a slight shift in demographics with more young clients coming in, although the clientele still remains more focused on the older, heavier adults with weight bearing concerns.

“I have noticed some younger people starting to come here recently,” says Bonnie Bulmer, chief instructor and Hub Community Pool supervisor.

Then there’s all the fitness events, including Canada’s oldest Triathlon, The New Years’ Run, The Spring Fling Running Thing, the Healthy Living Festival, Paddlefest and this year there’s the Hospital Foundation’s Gauntlet coming up in the fall.

Organizers of the festivals agree the events are growing from year to year.

“This is the third year for the Healthy Living Festival and in our first year we had between three and four thousand, last year we had between four and five thousand and this year the interest just among vendors suggests it will bigger still,” says Tracey Pankow, a Healthy Living organizer.

True the festivals are designed to bring people into Smiths Falls, but the energy that they generate and the town’s exposure to all that health focus seems to be rubbing off on the town because the bulk of participants are still from Smiths Falls and immediate surrounds.

Now that the town of Smiths Falls has also been awarded a Bronze medal for walkability and is adopting United Leeds and Lanark Food Charter, there seems to be unlimited ways for everyone to jump on the bandwagon – at least this one is geared towards longevity.

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Posts Tagged ‘heathy living’

Anecdotal evidence suggests a healthier town

Monday, June 1, 2015 @ 12:06 PM
posted by admin

cycle Lanark map

BY: HOWAIDA SOROUR-ROBERTS

It almost seems there are more fitness facilities in Smiths Falls than there are people. Besides the golf arenas, the walking concourse and trails, the skateboard park and the ball diamonds, parks and beaches there are at least six fitness businesses in addition to the martial arts offerings, and active play facilities.  It all suggests there’s at least some interest in fitness in Smiths Falls.

“I know that I started out with a group of runners and there were eight of us some seven years ago, now there are tons of us and they’ve branched out to form other groups and take up other pursuits,” says Wendy Hillier, Century 21 broker and Spring Fling organizer.

This year the Spring Fling saw 400 registered runners for a Sunday morning run and the majority of runners were from the Smiths Falls and Perth area.

Most of the fitness businesses agree that there seems to be a shift happening in Smiths Falls, towards healthier lifestyles.

“I get a sense that there are more people worried about their long term health outcomes,” says Amanda Fournier, Insanity instructor with CardioFit 4 Life.

Most of the businesses contacted said they were seeing a lot more clients with health issues that they wanted to work on or correct.

“We see quite a few clients who are borderline diabetic or at onset who have been told by their doctors that exercise can reverse or stabilize their condition,” says Mark Leach, co-owner of Good Vibrations Gym.

Several other businesses agreed, they’re seeing more of that group and there are other health related issues that people are now turning to fitness to correct.

“I see people of all different age groups and a lot of people with health issues, like knee problems, back problems and lots of muscular imbalances.  I work with clients who suffer from osteoporosis, and I do see more people seeking better health outcomes,” says Natatia Gemmell, owner and chief instructor at One-on-One Fitness.

It isn’t just exercise that’s driving people.

“I’m seeing people become a lot more aware of the benefits of nutrition and understanding that they can’t outrun a bad diet,” says Caroline Foster, owner and instructor at CardioFit 4 Life.

Although most people agree that weight loss remains the biggest motivator, most of the businesses are noticing that attitudes regarding fitness are changing in Smiths Falls.  There also seems to be a new fitness demographic emerging, and one that is quite encouraging.

“I’m seeing a lot of younger men and older women,” says Kerri Maidment, proprietor of Generation Fitness.  “I don’t see as many middle aged and older men.”

Maidment isn’t the only one who’s noticing that mix.

“Most of the men who come in here want to work independently and they’re usually between 16 and 25 years old, while we see women between 25 and 60 who get involved in more group classes,” says Brian Paquette, owner and chief instructor at Zendragon.

Even the Hub Community Pool is seeing a slight shift in demographics with more young clients coming in, although the clientele still remains more focused on the older, heavier adults with weight bearing concerns.

“I have noticed some younger people starting to come here recently,” says Bonnie Bulmer, chief instructor and Hub Community Pool supervisor.

Then there’s all the fitness events, including Canada’s oldest Triathlon, The New Years’ Run, The Spring Fling Running Thing, the Healthy Living Festival, Paddlefest and this year there’s the Hospital Foundation’s Gauntlet coming up in the fall.

Organizers of the festivals agree the events are growing from year to year.

“This is the third year for the Healthy Living Festival and in our first year we had between three and four thousand, last year we had between four and five thousand and this year the interest just among vendors suggests it will bigger still,” says Tracey Pankow, a Healthy Living organizer.

True the festivals are designed to bring people into Smiths Falls, but the energy that they generate and the town’s exposure to all that health focus seems to be rubbing off on the town because the bulk of participants are still from Smiths Falls and immediate surrounds.

Now that the town of Smiths Falls has also been awarded a Bronze medal for walkability and is adopting United Leeds and Lanark Food Charter, there seems to be unlimited ways for everyone to jump on the bandwagon – at least this one is geared towards longevity.

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