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40 Days of Fitness

Let's face it. Even if you don't make New Year's resolutions, or the one you did make doesn't revolve around fitness, we could all benefit from making healthier choices.

But living a healthy lifestyle sometimes feels like a complex combination of choosing the right foods and workouts at the right time, mastering the art of managing stress and temptation and getting the perfect amount of sleep — while quietly wondering if gym buffs are judging you while you try to figure out how to use weight machines.

Budd Brazier, SAIT Recreation ManagerThe solution? Let SAIT Recreation help you navigate all that stuff with 40 Days of Fitness. The program — which runs Jan. 19 through Feb. 27 — will guide SAIT students, staff and alumni through every major aspect of healthy living, from developing a personal eating plan to keeping yourself accountable to the fitness goals you set. The best part — you'll have a chance to win weekly prizes along the way. It's like your very own Biggest Loser!

Budd Brazier, SAIT Recreation Manager, says it's all about providing you with the tools to change your habits over the long term.

"Research suggests it takes 40 days to change a habit. We're hoping by taking on this challenge, we can help SAIT students and staff adopt an ongoing healthy lifestyle in a positive and supportive environment," says Brazier.

Meet your fitness team

Mike Schuester, Peak PowerMike Souster, pre-and post-fitness testing

Mike Souster, owner of Peak Power in the Campus Centre (where the SAIT Trojans train), will conduct a pre-and post-challenge fitness test. Mike says it doesn't matter what your starting point is — it's all about working towards your own goal.

"Everyone will get different results; some people will see a difference in their body, some people will feel better physically. It may not be about weight loss - with regular exercise, someone who smokes and drinks will be able to lower their risk of health issues.

"This is a lot about knowledge and giving people the information they need to maintain general wellness."

Nicole Barnes, personal trainer and indoor cycling instructor

To help you work toward that goal, 40 Days of Fitness participants will have access to drop-in bootcamp classes three times a week for the duration of the program. Nicole Barnes — personal trainer and indoor cycling instructor — says the classes are a great way to keep yourself committed.

"A group setting is the best place to begin a fitness regimen. You're getting support from an instructor, support from your peers, there's upbeat music and an inclusive environment. Attending classes with friends helps keep you accountable because it's not only about the exercise — it can be a social event too."

Barnes says don't let the term bootcamp scare you away — each class accommodates people of all fitness levels.

"The instructor will always provide modifications to each exercise."

In addition to the bootcamp, participants will have access to unlimited drop-in fitness classes and the SAIT Wellness Centre until April 30.

Lindy Kennedy, Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles instructorLindy Kennedy, nutrition planning

While getting active is important, it's only a piece of the puzzle. Lindy Kennedy, one of SAIT's own Nutrition for Healthy Lifestyles instructors, will help you develop an eating plan that fits your lifestyle.

"Fueling your body adequately is 50% of the battle in reaching your fitness and body composition goals," says Kennedy. "Balancing carbohydrates, protein and fat will not only energize you for your workouts, they will also provide you with the substrates for muscle building and toning in the long term. Balanced nutrition, in combination with a fitness program, is part of the complete package!"

Your eating plan won't consist of only broiled chicken, broccoli and celery. Lindy will help you work in your favourite foods so you don't feel limited.

Other goodies

The final piece to the wellness picture is mental health. That's why the program also includes personal wellness coaching and six seminars on financial wellness, nutrition, personal training, mental wellbeing, goal setting and stress coaching. A private Facebook group will be available for participants to share progress and cheer each other on.

And of course. to add extra motivation, prizes will be awarded weekly as well as a grand prize for the most improved competitor.

How much does it cost and how do I sign up?

Early bird pricing for the 40 Days of Fitness program is available until Jan. 14. Here's how it breaks down:

Before Jan. 14, 2015 Jan. 15 - 19, 2015
Alumni & Wellness Centre members $230 $300
Staff $180 $250
Students $55 $80

The cost of the services individually would add up to approximately $920.

The program begins Jan. 19, 2015. If you're up to the challenge, sign up online. If you have any questions please call 403. 774.4643 or email recreation@sait.ca. Only 60 spots are available in the program, so register early!

Dec. 24, 2014


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