This February we're beyond excited to present to Saskatoon, Puppy Yoga! This is our first ever time offering this event which we've aptly called Mutts & Mats: Yoga for a New Hope. What could be more enjoyable than a relaxing Yoga class, surrounded by adorable 3-month old puppies? While this class is currently sold out, the initial response has been so overwhelming, we plan to provide this class again in the very near future.
If you've ever been to our gym you've likely met our Gym Dog named Dak. Having Dak around, and the reception he's gotten from all of our member, we've realized what an admiration you all have for dogs. We've also realized just how many of you out there all have a furry family member of your own. We figured it was only fitting to combine something as lovable as dogs with something so many of you are so passionate about as Yoga. And hey, if yoga can be made more popular with the addition of cats or goats, then puppy yoga might just be the best thing ever invented.
Our friends at New Hope Dog Rescue in Saskatoon will be bringing their newest litter of German Shepherd cross puppies to explore and play around the Fitness Focus yoga studio while all the participants find their zen. All proceeds raised by Mutts & Mats will be going to New Hope Dog Rescue, which provides financial aid for emergency surgeries, housing, food and other expenses associated with the process of finding dogs a forever home.
Be sure to watch for upcoming announcements for the next available Puppy Yoga Session.
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The bottom line of a Workplace Wellness Program is to promote healthier employees. Healthy employees can be an employer's best asset as they tend to be happier and more productive in the workplace. These programs are becoming more widespread throughout Canada and the U.S. and range from simply offering information and fitness education to workers, to subsidized healthy lunches. Many even go as far to provide an onsite company gym or subsidize the employees gym membership at a local facility. Here is why a workplace wellness programs should matter to you:
The benefits for employers result from the welfare of their employees. Healthy employees provide the company with a strategic edge, and by investing money in a program that will bring them lowered expenses in return keeps them ahead of the competition. Employers can expect to see its workers performing more efficiently, with lower absenteeism and lower health care costs. Other indirect benefits for a company providing these programs include job satisfaction, as well as raising retention rates and incentives for hiring. The welfare of employees has a direct impact on the success of the company.
Workplace wellness programs can help you get healthier, even if that simply means learning how to reduce stress and muscle strain when you are on the job. Depending on what your company offers, it might also help to lose weight, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure, sleep better, and save money on prescriptions. You may even find your life taking a new direction, such as the desire to become more involved in recreational sports teams or other forms of competition like marathons or bodybuilding competitions. Sometimes, all you need is a little motivation to get the ball rolling and a workplace wellness plan might be it.
Another great benefit of wellness programs is a built sense of camaraderie with your co-workers. You’ll have a chance to experience activities with them that aren’t related to work, whether in a walking club or sports team, by having lunch together, or by going to the gym. Social support is a very important part of weight loss and getting fit. By interacting with co-workers, you’ll have others to give you encouragement when you need it, as well as to hold you accountable to your goals. Plus, you’ll be motivated by seeing other’s positive results. By using a wellness program, you’ll be an important part of the team.
If you work for a large company, chances are there is already a Health and Fitness Program in place. You can find out if there is one offered from your Human Resource Department. Many smaller companies do offer these programs as well; discuss with other employees and your employer whether it is something that your workplace should offer.
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This fall we are featured in the 'Best of the Best' section of Fine Lifestyles Magazine. Fitness Focus has been recognized by Fine Lifestyles Magazine for Saskatoon Outstanding Businesses representing the Best of the Gym, Health & Fitness Industry. Look for our article in the Fall 2011 Saskatoon issue of Fine Lifestyles Magazine featuring Shannon Tweed on the cover. If you happen to miss the print, you can also view it on their website, finelifestyles.ca.
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