It’s a new year and most of us aim to achieve new fitness goals … Whether you’ve set a new year resolution or are just looking to maintain your already amazing healthy habits, living a fit lifestyle can contribute not only to greater independence and the ability to keep doing the things you enjoy, but stronger muscles, increased mobility and better balance. There’s also the heightened social connection that comes with it, more energy, less stress and isolation, plus an improved quality of life.
And in a sweeping city like Toronto, being fit doesn’t just mean feeling good, being healthy and looking young — but a constant opportunity to discover this great town, one active neighbourhood at a time!
For a good idea on how to get started, here are a few of my suggestions, focused on gyms and studios. And no, I haven’t forgotten about some of Toronto’s incredible parks and trails, like my personal favourite: the Kay Gardner Beltline Park from the Allen to Mount Pleasant Road. Don’t you worry, I’m saving those for a special piece of their own!
Either way, in my opinion, if you were the fit sort, these would no doubt be the best areas in the city to live!
The Miles Nadal JCC gives you the option of adding a vigorous swim to your typical workout. And since it’s salt-water, you won’t need to worry about the effects of too much chlorine. Just remember your goggles! The Annex is also home to Wu Xing Martial Arts, Vidya Institute, Shas Yoga & Pilates, Fighting Arts Collective, Vive Fitness, Dragonfly Bellydance, Blast Athletic and more.
Not only does Tidal Crossfit satisfy the all level fitness needs of Toronto’s east siders, but Olympic-style training is also emphasized. Y’know, in case you were thinking of adding a gold, silver or bronze medal to your jewelry kit. The Danforth is also home to Orangetheory Fitness, 3 Monkeys Fitness, Akasha Yoga, Riverdale Fitness, Energia Athletics and more.
Equinox is the North American leader in luxury gyms, and for a community called the Financial District, wouldn’t you agree it’s found perfect Toronto digs? The Financial District is also home to MedX Precision Fitness, Toronto Athletic Club, Adelaide Club and more.
FOREST HILL VILLAGE
With rowing, boxing, yoga and their signature cardio / resistance training hybrid (its called Circuit 60), Track Fitness is guaranteed to keep your workouts interesting. And punishing! Forest Hill Village is also home to Studio Lagree, Village Yoga and more.
Consider boutique gym Totum Life Science the antithesis to an overwhelming, mass chain operation like GoodLife. Fine by me. King West is also home to SoulCycle, Whole Life Balance, StudioKO, Imprint Pilates, Moksha Yoga, CYKL, Quad Spin and more.
Primal MMA / Primal Movement ticks all the boxes. Serious conditioning or group circuit training? Check. Hardcore fighting skills? Check. A ruthless combination of both? Check. Leslieville is also home to One Academy, Hone Fitness, MOVE Fitness, 9Round Toronto, Torq, The Cycling Gym, Leslieville Sanctuary, CoreWorks, Anchored Social Club, Dwell Gym, Spirit Loft, Aikido Shugyo Dojo, Combat Asylum and more.
If you’re looking for a gym that’s equal parts lifestyle, then Fuel Training Club is for you. Queen West is also home to MuseMovement, Hourglass Workout, Fly Queen West, YYoga, Barreworks, Yoga Tree, Core Studio and more.
For a gym located in one of Toronto’s wealthier locales, Ultimate Athletics remains remarkably unpretentious. In other words, don’t expect tuxedoed butlers wiping down your machines when you are done with them. Rosedale is also home to The Rosedale Club, Body Mason, 889 Yonge Yoga and Wellness Centre and more.
YONGE & EGLINTON
At Ferris360’s signature Full 360 class, maybe the hardest hour of your life will be spent doing high intensity circuits while working out your whole body. Yonge & Eglinton is also home to Orangetheory Fitness, SPINCO Toronto, Wayne Bourque Centre Ring, Surfset Toronto, TKMT Academy, STOTT Pilates and more.
Happy New Year! Make 2018 your healthiest year yet!