Fitness is essential for a healthy lifestyle and is especially easy to come by here in Montreal. In the past, exercise has been mundane at best; an hour on the treadmill was a daunting task, and lifting free weights has become too routine for interest. In an effort to motivate and inspire, fitness has evolved to suit individual preference. It promotes a healthy diet, fitness regime and overall lifestyle. There are classes that promote fun while getting fit. For instance, a dance class can teach skills while burning calories. Recently I tried a new class called Jukari. It incorporates acts from the Cirque du Soleil into the routine. Swinging through the air on a trapeze suspended from the ceiling tones, stretches and works muscles, and is quite an intense workout, but I was laughing as much as I was sweating. See my video below. With these types of classes, the future for fitness seems very promising; the population of Montreal is on its way to healthy living.


Don't know what you would like to do? Sign up at Training Mobs for information on free classes offered around the city to find what's best suited for your individual needs. Try outdoor kickboxing on Saturday mornings or Yoga classes on Sundays at lululemon. Visit your local Lululemon or visit their website to find out when free classes are scheduled.


If you are a student, Le Gym at Concordia offers inexpensive memberships and classes such as spinning, pilates or dance. There are many YMCA gyms located around the city which offer water aerobics and group activities like basketball and squash.

Don't want to commit to a class? Hike Mount Royal or stroll along the pier in the Old Port. You can get in shape while exploring your city and seeing the breathtaking views. Montreal is full of opportunities in terms of healthy living, and it has never been easier to find out what fitness regime is best for you. So find out what you like best and stick to it!


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