It is hard to believe that the dog days of summer are almost behind us. Each year it feels as though the summer goes by a little quicker. Seattleites have learned to make the most of the sunshine as we all know that it is fleeting. From a fitness standpoint all of us seem to take our fitness routines outdoors during the summer. There are so many options in Seattle to get a good workout, while enjoying the sun: paddle boarding, kayaking, running, etc. The possibilities seem a little more endless when there is sunshine. However, with the fall approaching many people are rethinking their fitness regimens and renewing those gym memberships. The shorter days often affect our energy levels, and it is easy during the fall and winter months to literally fall behind on fitness. At Team Survivor Northwest we offer a variety of fitness activities that allow our members to take their fitness routines indoor or outdoor. With summer ending and fall approaching, we want to encourage our members to keep moving and to not fall behind. Team Survivor Northwest is a non-profit that offers fitness classes at no cost to all female cancer survivors. Unlike a gym membership there are no hidden fees or commitments. To become a member you simply follow these three easy steps:
1.) Fill out a Team Survivor membership form, which are available on our website: http://www.teamsurvivornw.org. If for any reason you can’t download the membership form you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and a membership form can be sent to you via mail or email.
2.) Send the medical release portion of the application to your oncologist or PCP if you have been out of treatment for multiple years. They will need to sign this form to confirm that you can safely participate in the activities at Team Survivor Northwest.
3.) Fax or mail in the membership form and medical release form. You can fax them to 206.732.0263. You can mail the form to:
Team Survivor Northwest
200 NE Pacific Street, Suite #101
Seattle, WA 98105
Once the office receives both forms they will mail you a Team Survivor membership card. The card allows you to attend any of our programs at no cost!
Team Survivor strives to meet the needs and fitness levels of all of our members through a variety of programs. Below is a list of our fall and winter programs that allow you to keep moving and keep reaching your fitness goals!
Active Women/Healthy Women
Women of all fitness levels are encouraged to join this certified instructor led class. From cancer patients to survivors, there is an exercise activity appropriate for you. Our instructors will help you assess your health and fitness levels to help you reap the benefits of exercise. The focus is on building strength but classes also include some cardio and stretching. Enjoy the camaraderie of other women in this safe and supportive environment. These classes are drop-in year-round. No sign up is required. Just show up!
Current Active Women/Healthy Women class locations and schedules:
Thursdays, 3pm to 4pm
Instructor: Ann Ford
Highline Cancer Center, Meditation Room: 16233 Sylvester Rd SW #110, Burien, WA 98166
Mondays, 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Begins Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Instructor: Annelise DiGiacomo
Swedish/Issaquah, Medical Office Building, Room “Leadership,” Second Floor Conference Center: 751 N.E. Blakely Dr., Issaquah, WA 98029
Wednesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Instructor: Garriel Keeble
Queen Anne Community Center: 1901 1st Ave. W, Seattle, WA 98119
Thursdays, 6:30pm to 8pm
Instructor: Cathy McNair
Sportzal Fitness Studio: 12727 Northup Way, Suite 25
Bellevue, WA 98005 (Cascade Place II Business Park)
Mondays, 4:20 to 5:20 pm
Instructor: Joanna Scheibl
Discovery Physical Therapy: 27 Cowell St., Port Hadlock, WA 98339
Running and Walking
TSNW Run/Walk Training
Our run/walk program is exactly that, an opportunity to run or walk with other cancer survivors under the guide of a trained and licensed instructor. The courses are anywhere between 3-9miles, and take place every weekend alternating between Saturday and Sunday mornings at a variety of Seattle locations. The goal of this program is to help you reach your individual fitness goal in a supportive environment. Whether you are training for a marathon, half marathon, 10k, or just want to get and stay in shape this program is for you. Drop-ins are welcome.
Fridays at 9:00am.
If you are new or returning to hiking, this program will get you started and on your way to better health. There is nothing like being part of a group to help motivate you! Explore the parks and neighborhoods of the greater Seattle area, the East side and Mercer Island. We meet at various locations, hike for 3-4 miles and try to get our heart rates up. Plan on up to 2 hours.
Nordic walking is a great fitness workout for people who are looking for a fun physical activity and maximum health benefits combined with convenience. It is not just for those who like to walk, run, or hike. It is for anyone who enjoys activities such as cross-country skiing, swimming, rowing and paddling that engage the entire body in highly rhythmic, flowing, powerful movement. It is performed with specially designed Nordic walking poles (not ski poles or hiking/trekking poles). Compared to walking, Nordic walking can be significantly more effective at strengthening the cardiovascular system and building total-body strength. Because Nordic walking engages the total body in movement against resistance, the calories burned by Nordic walking can be much greater than the calories burned by walking.
Nordic walking is a year-round TSNW program built around instructional clinics and regular group Nordic walks. Persons interested in Nordic walking can take a clinic (equipment provided) to learn the basics. And, then they can participate in group Nordic walks to build upon their basic skills and enjoy Nordic walking with other TSNW Nordic walkers. These group walks alternate between the Westside and Eastside. Currently there are Nordic walks on Thursday morning from 10:30 am to 12 noon.
Want to walk with others, prepare for a local road race, or have your sights on a triathlon? Survivor Striders will help you reach your goal.
Survivor Strider Locations
Mondays, 6 p.m.
H.J. Carroll Park
Port Townsend Walk
in front of Co-op
For more information on any of the above listed programs please contact our program manager at email@example.com
With all of these wonderful year round programs offered at no cost to members, there is no reason to let the impending fall and winter months be your excuse for falling off your fitness track. TSNW doesn’t just offer amazing programs but they offer a sense of comradery that is formed amongst our members. We have a wonderful group of members who join to stay healthy and reach their fitness goals, but end up making lifelong friendships in the process. Become a member of Team Survivor Northwest and don’t let the changing of seasons change your passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle!
Blog written by Adrienne Coleman, Outreach Coordinator for Team Survivor Northwest
For more information on Team Survivor Northwest or any of our programs visit our website http://www.teamsurvivornw.org or email our program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.