REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2023 NOW OPEN!
Virtual Classes Available
Register for virtual FFB classes according to the class that suits your schedule.
As a result to the overwhelming demand for our Fitness for Breath program, some of our summer classes have reached maximum capacity at a rapid pace. We are currently dedicated to expanding our program to accommodate a larger number of participants and eagerly look forward to involving more of your in the near future. Meanwhile, we encourage you to explore our video collection below, which offers valuable tips and exercises to help you begin your fitness journey.
Registration full for your preferred timeslot or couldn’t get into a class? Don’t worry, we have some other options for you until we can get you into a class:
- Join one or more of our class waitlists as spots can open up and it prioritizes you for the next cycle of classes
- Follow along with our pre-recorded exercise videos and set your own exercise schedule
- Join our support group
- Call our Lung Health Line for one-on-one conversations & advice
- Become an advocate for change
December 11, 2023*
Registration for Winter cycle of virtual Fitness for Breath running every Mon and Wed from Jan 15th to Wed Mar 20th or every Tues and Thurs from Jan 16th to Wed Mar 21st.
*Dates are subject to change. Please continue to check back for the most updated information.
What is Fitness for Breath?
Fitness for Breath is an exercise maintenance program and support group for people living with chronic lung conditions.
- You’ll learn the importance of staying active for life
- Designed for patients living with chronic lung disease
- Goal is to increase knowledge of fundamental movement skills
- Show health-related benefits of suitable exercise
The Goals of Fitness for Breath
- Encourage an inactive population to become active for life
- Improve participants’ activity and daily function
- Improve physical literacy and fundamental movement skills
- Provide an accessible and safe exercise environment, and
- Strengthen the community recreation sector.
Fitness for Breath engages older adults and seniors with chronic lung disease in regular physical activity to motivate them to maintain an active lifestyle, help to manage their lung disease and to continue the gains received from their participation in pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programs. For people with chronic lung disease like COPD, regular exercise results in fewer flare-ups and hospitalizations and a better overall quality of life.
Are you a fitness trainer? Get involved!
These e-modules will help you bring Fitness for Breath to your community. For additional information and help getting started, please email us.
Lung Health 101 Basic Training
Fitness Trainer Program
This course assists fitness trainers in planning and implementing their Fitness for Breath exercise maintenance program for participants living with a chronic lung disease. It is intended for trainers who have completed a “Lung Health 101” training through the Lung Health Foundation, Heart Wise or another certified training program.
Find a Fitness for Breath location
Classes are supervised by qualified and trained fitness staff at each Fitness for Breath program location. They are designed to work with people at any fitness level and ability. Classes are offered a minimum of twice a week and are at least 60 minutes in length. The class components may include the following:
- Aerobic exercises
- Resistance / strength training
- Flexibility exercises.
Bradford West Gwillimbury Leisure Centre
471 West Park Ave., Bradford, ON
Phone: (905) 775-7529
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka (Barrie Location)
22 Grove Street, West Barrie, ON
Phone: (705) 726-6421
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka (Innisfil Location)
1-7315 Yonge Street, Innisfil, Ontario
Phone: (705) 431-9622
YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka (Gravenhurst Location)
1-101 Centennial Drive, Gravenhurst, ON
Phone: (705) 687-9899
55 Gordon St. Whitby, ON
Phone: (905) 665-8500
Town of Newmarket – Magna Centre
800 Mulock Drive Newmarket, Ontario
Phone: (905) 895-5193
Town of Bracebridge
110 Clearbrook Trail
Bracebridge, ON P1L 0A3
200 Hume Street
Collingwood ON L9Y 4E8
Wasaga Beach YMCA
1724 Mosley St.
Wasaga Beach ON L9Z 1Z7