North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure will help kick off Move For Health Day on Tuesday, May 10 by taking part in the first Discover Personal Training Session at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre at the early hour of 6 a.m.
Move For Health Day is a province-wide initiative to promote physical activity. North Cowichan and the Cowichan Aquatic Centre have participated in the event ever since the aquatic centre opened. According to fitness programmer Jill Amy, that participation has taken different forms over that time.
“We try and change it up every year,” she said.
This year, the event includes 30-minute “Discover Personal Training” sessions with Cowichan Aquatic Centre trainers throughout the day, beginning at 6 a.m. Also on the schedule is a blood pressure clinic from 10 a.m. to noon, “Xen with Gwen” yoga from 4 to 5 p.m., and “Zumba Trim with Kim” from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m.
At the age of 65, Lefebure is committed to staying in the best shape possible, and encourages others to do the same.
“If you’re able to go for a hike, if you’re able to go for a swim, you’re much better off if you can do those things,” he said.
Lefebure tries to be active to counteract the endless meetings he has to attend as the mayor of North Cowichan.
“The hours and hours of sitting is probably the toughest part of the job,” he said, noting that he enjoys yoga, swimming, basketball, and does two sessions of stretching and exercises every day.
“At any age, it’s about trying to maintain a certain level of activity,” he added.
Long-term health goes beyond just getting exercise, too.
“I found out what a massage therapist can do for me,” Lefebure said. “I found out what a physiotherapist can do for me. I found out what a personal trainer can do for me.”
In addition to taking part in Move For Health Day events, visitors to the Cowichan Aquatic Centre can get information about other programs at the facility, including newer initiatives like the Take Heart cardio rehab program, and Minds in Motion for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their partners.