Fitness & Wellness

Fitness & Wellness

The ParkSide Centre is pleased to offer a wide variety of health and wellness programs to help keep you active and healthy and build flexibility and strength.

Be Kind to Your Mind

The Canadian Mental Health Association will be giving an informative talk which will review topics such as unhelpful thinking, feelings and behaviors. This seminar will also offer coping methods as to what we can do to maintain positive mental health.

April 9, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Chronic Pain Self-Management

The Chronic Pain Self-Management Program is a six-week workshop that helps people with chronic pain to better manage their symptoms and their daily lives. The workshop provides information and teaches practical skills. It gives people the confidence and motivation they need to manage the challenges of living with chronic pain. It is FREE to participants, and participants receive for free the Living a “Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” course book. All participants must pre-register. The more sessions attended, the more benefit!

February 3 – March 16, 2020 (No class on February 17, 2020)
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Minimum of eight people required.

Transcendental Meditation

Transcendental meditation is a totally natural effortless technique that can be practiced by anyone. It is unlike any other form of meditation. There is no concentration, visualization or contemplation involved. All we need is the proper attitude and the whole process of transcending happens automatically. It is simple and easy to learn. While we all have the ability to read, well still need someone to teach is how to read. Likewise we need to be thought how to practice this natural ability to transcend into the meditative state of healing consciousness. It is supported by hundreds of scientific research groups all over the world over the last 50 years. Donations to Instructor are appreciated.

You can go to for more information on this meditation technique thought in larger cities all over the world.

For those who attended the Fall sessions, there will be single evening sessions on January 15 and February 12 at the regular times.

New class schedules are:

March 18 – June 17, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Members Only 

March 19 – June 18, 2020        
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Members Only 

Healthy Leg Day

Do you suffer from tired, achy or swollen legs?   Do you travel by plane or stand for long periods in a time?   This Healthy Leg Day presentation will give you a better understanding and caring for your legs and keep you walking as long a possible. 

Led by Kyla Rouleau from Bioped
March 19, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00pm

Minds in Motion

The Parkside Centre is partnering again with the Société Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin to present this community-based social program that incorporates physical and mental stimulation for people with memory problems and their care partners. This 8 week, once weekly program consists of about an hour of physical activity and an hour of meaningful social activity. This program is a wonderful way for people with memory problems and their care partner to have fun together and establish new friendships with others living the same experiences. Please contact Stephanie Moncion to register at (705) 524-2024 ext 269.

January 6 – March 2, 2020 (No activities on February 17, 2020)
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$20 per person per session

Cross Country Skiing

Laurentian Nordic Ski Club (LNSC) would like to invite the members of Parkside Centre to get outdoors this winter and enjoy cross country skiing. They hope to give you the skills you need to enjoy this amazing low impact exercise. They will be offering a 2 hour ski lesson, with trail passes, instruction and rentals included.

There are trails available for people of all skill levels so register at the ParkSide today for this great activity. All you will need to do is sign-in when you arrive at the club.

February 11
February 25, 2020
9:30 – 11:30 am
ParkSide Members Only

Gentle Hatha Yoga

Gentle Hatha Yoga classes will consist of breath work, guided imagery, basic asanas (poses), relaxation and meditation. The asanas help build flexibility, endurance, balance and strength. Yoga is therapeutic for anxiety, stress and depression and greatly improves general health and well-being. Classes are an hour long in order to provide time for relaxation.

Exercise mats will be provided; however, it is recommended that you please bring a regular yoga mat.

January 8 - March 25, 2020
10:30 am - 11:30 am
$55.00 members                       $85.00 non-members
Led by Dawn Condon

Gentle Hatha Yoga - Beginner Level 2

Beginner Level 2 Gentle Hatha Yoga is designed for those who have a good understanding of the basics of yoga postures, and have begun to explore a wider variety of poses and styles. The beginner level 2 student understands the relationship between breath and movement.

January 8 - March 25, 2020
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
$55.00 members                       $85.00 non-members
Led by Dawn Condon

Chair Yoga

If you have ever wanted to try doing Yoga and have challenges (or not), physical or other, then this class is for you! This class is offered to those who have physical challenges, chronic pain, and other conditions or to those who wish to expand and deepen their yoga practice. Breathwork, visualization and meditation will be taught and in the latter portion of the program, the use of small hand weights will be introduced.

Yoga can be learned and practiced at any age. Learning Yoga in one’s senior years can add longevity, vitality, endurance, flexibility, strength and balance to your life. Imagine all this as well as an increased sense of well-being! Yoga is said to be the perfect exercise because it unites not only the physical aspects of a person, but also the mental, spiritual and emotional parts of us and as Marilyn’s chair yoga teacher said “Chair yoga is not for sissies! You can be challenged.” Come enjoy, laugh, have fun and get strong.

ParkSide Centre
January 7 – February 25, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
$40.00 members                       $60.00 non-members
Minimum of seven people required.
Led by: Kim Price

Church of the Ascension
January 8 – February 26, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$40.00 members                       $60.00 non-members 
Minimum of eight people required.
Led by: Kim Price


This 8-week course offers a balanced development and awareness of the body. Using a variety of equipment you will build on your current fitness level working on core strength, increasing flexibility and stretching for power. Linda Lalonde has over 17 years’ experience working with groups focusing on issues such as core strength, surgical rehabilitation, weight loss, muscle toning and general well-being. Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire on your physical activity readiness during the first class.

The participants must purchase a foam roller for this class, preferably 36 inches and firm. Rollers can be purchased online or at Wal-Mart, Marshall’s, Canadian Tire and Costco.

January 7 – March 10, 2020
9:30 am - 10:30 am
$55.00 members                       $85.00 non-members

Good Posture Program

Did you know that for every inch the head moves forward in posture it can add an extra 40 lbs of strain on your neck and upper back? Imbalances can affect your entire body and cause serious stress for the rest of your life.

Join Linda in an 8-week Good Posture Program to re-educate your daily posture habits. We will focus on muscle flexibility, joint motion, alignments, endurance, balance and core control. Good posture demonstrates confidence, balance, pain free movement and enhanced quality of overall health.

Bring: water bottle, yoga mat and foam roller (can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Marshall’s, Canadian Tire and Costco.)

January 6 – March 16, 2020 (No classes February 17, 2020)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$55.00 members           $85.00 non-members

Men’s Core Fitness

Core training: what’s the hype?

The torso down to your hips is your core which is the body’s centre of power. Core exercises train the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen to work in harmony. These muscles allow functional movement in any direction. Strengthening these muscles will give you a stronger and leaner body and will improve your balance and stability allowing you to perform daily activities with ease, bend and reach with fluidity, improve your posture and endurance, prevent injuries and improving your golf and pool games.

If you have back pain, poor posture, overall weakness and fatigue, extra weight, aches, stiffness in your hips or tight shoulders and neck pain then this core fitness program is for you.

January 7 – March 10, 2020
10:45 am - 11:30 am
$55.00 members                $85.00 non-members

Get Fit for Active Living

This program is designed to introduce you to physical activity. It includes exercise, educational lessons, and discussion each week. Exercise sessions include accelerated walking or other cardio respiratory activity, strength training using resistance tubing and hand-held weights, balance, & flexibility, and functional fitness training. Classroom topics include: Benefits of Physical Activity, Exercise Adherence, Cardiovascular Endurance Exercise, Muscle Strength and Endurance, Flexibility, Stretching & Balance, Healthy Eating, Disease Prevention, and exercising at home or in the community. 

Holy Redeemer Church
Wednesdays and Fridays
January 15 - March 6, 2020                                                           1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
$30.00 members           $45.00 non-members - per session

Keep Fit 

This hour-long exercise program is for active seniors and consists of a warm up, cardiovascular work, balance training, strengthening, stretching and cool down. Good athletic shoes and loose clothing are recommended. Please do not wear any strong scents. This fitness class is intended for those people who have completed the Get Fit for Active Living Program or for those who are currently participating in some form of exercise.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
January 6 - April 3, 2020 (No class on February 17, 2020)
9:30 am - 10:30 am
$50.00 members                       $80.00 non-members

Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold is a fun and exciting program! It is designed for the active older adult, the true beginner, or people who may be limited physically. Zumba Gold is done at a lower intensity, not as fast, but certainly just as fun. The same great Latin styles of music and dance are used. 

January 7 - March 31, 2020
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$5.00 per class

Zumba Gold Toning                                                                    

A program tailored for active older adults who want to focus on muscle conditioning and light weight activity. Zumba Gold-Toning blends the Zumba party you love at a slower pace with a redefining total body workout using Zumba Toning Sticks to shake up those muscles!

This class will help to prevent a dramatic reduction in muscle mass, muscle strength, atrophy and sarcopenia (loss of skeletal muscle mass). Walk in ready to have a blast and tone up, leave exhilarated and empowered!

January 10 - April 3, 2020
10:00 am - 10:45 am
$5.00 per class

Parkinson’s Mobility Program

This exercise program is designed to benefit those diagnosed with Parkinson's. The program focuses on improving posture, range of motion, muscle strength and endurance, as well as flexibility, relaxation, balance and coordination. This progressive program will greatly enhance one's quality of life while preventing the negative side effects of inactivity to help with the symptoms of this neurological disease. Participants must be able to ambulate on their own without supervision.

Mondays and Thursdays
January 6 - April 2, 2020 (No class on February 17, 2020)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Led by Denise Maki and Tina Treitz

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that has been described as moving meditation because movements are slow, soft, relaxed. It is a non-contact, gentle exercise system with less impact than walking. Especially good for those who have not exercised regularly, Tai Chi is an excellent way to condition and tone your body.

January 20 - March 30, 2020 (No class on February 17, 2020)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$55.00 members                       $75.00 non-members
Led by Ginette Rocheleau

Urban Poling

The Parkside Centre has hosted free urban poling/ Nordic walking classes in partnership with the Rainbow Routes, Trails4Life Program for the past two years. We will continue to support this activity this winter, but please make sure that you are wearing cleats or traction devices on your shoes once the snow comes. Urban poling uses 90% more muscles than just walking and turns walking into full body workout! It improves your posture, balance and stability! This is a low-impact work-out that reduces impact on knee and hip joints and is great for rehabilitation. Meet the group at Bell Park, the Elizabeth Street entrance.

January 9 - April 2, 2020
11:00 am

Would you like to talk?

Dr. Sidney Bergersen is a retired Psychologist and a member of the Parkside Centre. He previously ran a psychological practice in Sudbury for a number of years. Dr. Bergersen (he likes to be called Sid) is interested in offering himself as a listener to other members of Parkside should they wish to talk to someone in private. All discussions would be held in confidence.

There is a charge of $60.00 per session, payable to The Parkside Centre. If a member finds this to be beyond their means, John Richer, Manager at The Parkside, should be approached to explore other options.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Sid, please register at the front desk.

January 9 - March 26, 2020
11:00 am and 1:30 pm

Grief & Bereavement Counseling

We experience loss with conflicted emotions in a variety of situations. If you are struggling with unresolved loss which is blocking your personal happiness and growth, please contact Christine McInnes, a registered grief recovery specialist at to schedule a confidential counseling session. This professional and helpful service is covered by third party providers and a sliding fee scale is available.

January 9, 2020
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Led By Christine McInnes, MSW, RSW

Foot Care Clinics

Foot Care can make all the difference in the quality of an individual’s life. For many it can be the key to keeping active and social. Cindy Currie-Jones RPN Certified Foot Care Nurse will be at the Parkside Centre to address any concerns you might have with your feet. Her services include an initial assessment and consultation, including nursing history of clients general health as well as presenting foot concerns, gait assessment to prevent current or future problems, applied nursing foot care management of nails and soft tissue, ingrown nails, routine nail care, corns, callouses, warts, heel pain and bunions.

Cindy also specializes in high risk screening for diabetic neuropathy (loss of sensation in feet). If you are interested in this service, please contact Cindy at 705-561-6062 to book an appointment for your free initial assessment. Future appointments will be arranged between you and Cindy.

Blood Pressure Clinics

Is that a sun burn or high blood pressure? If you are concerned about your blood pressure or are just interested in knowing what it is, Cindy Currie-Jones will be taking a break from her foot care appointments on Wednesday mornings to check this out for you.