REC REPORT: Relieve stress at the Grand Forks recreation centre this holiday season and be jolly

Relieve stress at the Grand Forks recreation centre this holiday season and be jolly.

“It’s the hap, hap, happiest season of all.” That is what the song says. After all, we have an excuse to go shopping. We get to indulge in our favorite seasonal treats.  Festive songs are playing on the radio and there is an endless supply of sappy, yet inspiring, holiday movies to watch on TV. We have parties to go to and relatives to host. What could be better?

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” may be the words to a song some people would relate to better during the holiday season. For many the activities that might make individuals happy this time of year will actually cause depression, anxiety and stress among others.

If you are feeling the financial strain of purchasing gifts this time of year you may experience anxiety. If you work full time, take care of a family and are adding social engagements to your already full calendar, stress is likely to occur.

Additionally, if you have recently lost a loved one or are without family for the holidays, depression is a possibility.

When we are stressed, adrenaline is released into the bloodstream causing our muscles to tense, our blood pressure to rise and our breathing becomes shallow and rapid, resulting in fatigue and tension. We also tend to go into an eating frenzy of sugar and fats that acerbates the problem.

Exercise is what the doctor orders. Aerobic exercise is best when it comes to reducing stress and battling fatigue.

Aerobic exercise produces endorphins, which are a natural chemical similar to morphine, that are released into the brain during strenuous exercise, providing us with the feeling of accomplishment and well-being.

The Grand Forks Aquatic Centre provides many opportunities for individuals to release anxiety and boost their spirits in a friendly and inviting atmosphere.

There are aquafit and circuit classes taking place daily, as well as opportunity to lap swim or just splash around. You can also lift weights and utilize the cardio equipment in a well-equipped gym.


Strap on a pair of skates and participate in a session of public skating offered throughout the week or drop into a session of casual hockey.

It doesn’t matter what activity you choose to do to boost your endorphins. The idea is to get your blood circulating faster by taking in more oxygen through an increased heart rate. The secret to, “It’s a Wonderful Life.”


For details on the aquatic centre public swim and fitness class schedule, as well as skating information, you can view the December brochure at or give the recreation office a call at 250-442-2202.

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