Fitness regime sends youth to Glow camp

Health: Okotoks woman radiating resilience and healthy glows

By: By April Ip

  |  Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 09:33 am

Left Debbie Slapman, Vicki Stride and Lisa Mahar get ready for endurance exersizes at the Holy Trinity Academy School outdoor track.
Left Debbie Slapman, Vicki Stride and Lisa Mahar get ready for endurance exersizes at the Holy Trinity Academy School outdoor track.
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Feeling good and looking good go hand-in-hand for a group of local ladies and they want to send this message to the younger generation.

The mantra has been circling the minds of countless woman since Okotokian Vicki Stride put her fitness company – Inspired Fitness and Personal Training – and her fitness challenges to the test.

Stride said the Building a Legacy challenge means more than just losing weight. She recommends losing weight the healthy way and her program pushes the importance of good self-esteem and body image.

“So many moms don't want to create a stigma for their young daughters,” Stride said.

Constantly stepping on a scale and trying to lose weight wasn't the image she wanted to portray to her family.

“Society has so much of that already,” she said.

Participant Lisa Mahar said what motivated her to sign up was improving her fitness. She wanted to become stronger in her exercise regime and not just look better. “My running has improved a great deal,” she said. “There's strength training involved to, it's not just cardio.”

Mahar said she's loved every aspect of it and is enthused to complete a second challenge this fall.“I can't even put into words the types of benefits I've been feeling,” she added.

Due to the continued success of the fitness challenge, the spring 2012 group of women decided to get involved with Glow – a fitness organization that offers young boys and girls between the ages of nine and 14 years old summer camps and fitness programs.

Glow is a Calgary based group that believes every girl and boy deserves a balanced opportunity to strengthen their emotional wellbeing, find nutritional choices and physical exercise to develop their true sense of self.

Stride said that the program was recommended by one of the teachers in her challenge program and also by the Calgary Child Psychology Centre.

“The Glow philosophy embodied the core values of Inspired Fitness,” Stride said.

Participants of Stride's challenge have taken it upon themselves to fundraise this year and send at least 20 local girls and boys to Glow summer camp and other fitness programs.

So far Stride's team has raised $1,000 and it costs $200 for each kid to attend camp.

Inspired Fitness will also host a steak dinner at Riley's Cattle Barn on June 2. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and includes a raffle, prizes, and a silent and live auction.

Tickets are $35 at the door and $12 of every ticket will go toward putting a young resident through Glow summer camp this year.

For more information please call: 403-702-4488.


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