With plenty of green spaces and miles of pedestrian pathways, Calgary makes it easy to jump on the fit meetings trend.
Days of back-to-back meetings can zap the energy out of anybody. So how do you make sure your attendees are absorbing the great ideas and interesting content you worked so hard to provide for them? Get them moving. Adding a fitness element to your event can eliminate those glassy-eyed stares and keep attendees energized and engaged. In Calgary, incorporating fitness into the itinerary is easy, thanks to the city’s abundance of walking trails and green spaces located just a quick walk from the convention district. Here are three things you can add to make your meeting not just healthier, but a lot more fun.
Start the Day on the Right Foot
Put an early morning walk (or run) on the schedule and have your attendees meet up to explore the trails at Prince’s Island Park, or head to the RiverWalk for a stroll along the scenic Bow River. Both the RiverWalk and the park are located just one mile away from the TELUS Convention Centre, and are easily accessible from a number of downtown Calgary hotels. During colder months, the Plus 15 pedestrian walkway system offers attendees a way to stretch their legs and stay indoors.
Plan a Mid-Day Boost
With more than 800 kilometers (497 miles) of trails, Calgary is home to North America’s most extensive urban network of walking and biking pathways. To shake off that mid-afternoon slump, plan a group bike ride around the Glenmore Reservoir (one of the city’s largest bodies of water) and through the Weaselhead Natural Area. This 16 km (10 m) urban loop is ideal for riders of all skill levels. Outfit your group with rental bikes from one of downtown’s many bicycle purveyors, or check out the electric Lime Scooters that have recently popped up around the city.
Yoga in the Park
The benefits of yoga have been long documented, and including this serene and focused exercise to your event itinerary is a trend that’s quickly becoming a standard for wellness-conscious meetings. Calgary’s many parks and green spaces are ideal for group yoga sessions, and the East Village Experience Centre also offers a variety of fitness and yoga classes on their outdoor deck. During winter months, the Devonian Gardens—located on the fourth floor of The CORE Shopping Centre—offers a lush, indoor oasis for a private group class.