In response to the provincial government moving to Step 2 under "The Path Forward" plan, the JCC is currently reviewing these guidelines and communicating with our network of recreation centre colleagues regarding the re-opening of any onsite fitness programming. Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of our staff, members, volunteers, and community. We will keep you updated with the details of our re-opening plan.
Effective February 8, we are offering pre-booked, in-person, one-on-one and one-on-one household personal training and swimming lessons. We continue to provide virtual programming for those individuals and families with an active JCC membership.  Learn more...

Breathe, Balance, Bend

Our bodies need exercise, but they need downtime, too. Breathing, balancing, and bending give children (and adults!) a chance to rest their bodies and relax their minds.



Breathing deeply and slowly is a calming strategy for anytime, anywhere.

  • Ask kids to place their hands over their mouths and feel their breath. Together, breathe quickly, then slowly, and ask kids to compare how each breath feels in their hands.
  • Then ask kids to pretend their bellies are balloons. Encourage them to take long and deep breaths to fill the balloons with air, then breathe out through their mouths to let the air out.



Balancing helps kids focus and relax while building strength and coordination.

  • Lay down a piece of string or tape on the ground for a “balance beam”!  You can make the beam wide for an easier version of the game and narrower for a challenge.
  • Use your imagination. For instance, you might pretend that the beam is high up in the air or over a rocky river — be careful not to fall!



Bending and stretching helps kids become more flexible… and it feels great!

  • Ask kids to bend and stretch their whole bodies — from their head to their toes.
  • Give clear directions, starting with the head. (Nod it “yes” and shake it “no.” Next, roll the shoulders, twist the stomach, bend at the hips, and so on.) Get creative, and do more of the things that feel good!

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