Physical Wellness

Physical Wellness

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 The ability to:

  • maintain a healthy quality of life.

  • recognise that our behaviours have a significant impact on our physical wellness.

  • manage or avoid destructive habits, which may cause undue fatigue and physical stress.

The path to physical wellness involves nutrition, exercise, hydration, and an awareness of your bodies functioning and needs.  Physical wellness gives us a sense of control and a greater understanding of how our physical state and mental state are interlinked.


Wellness menu



Good Shepherd Services

Steps to Health

  • Steps to Health is a health and lifestyle program for adults with mental health issues. The aim of the program is to help prevent chronic disease and enhance quality of life.

  • Programs offered: Exercise, Cooking, Nutrition, Smoking Management, and Weight Management.

  • To qualify for this program, you must be: a resident of the Greater Hamilton Area, 18+ and diagnosed with mental health issues

  • Information Sessions are held on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m. at 100 Locke Street South.

Contact John Lee 905-528-3655


North Hamilton Community Health Centre

Various free physical health programming offered to Jamesville residents (some are open to all of Hamilton). The Centre’s vision is a “No obstacles to health”.

  • Programming includes access to a gym, kinesiologist, dietitian, COPD support, Diabetes support, Chronic pain management. There is also an Albanian women’s exercise group.
  • Call (905) 523-6611 Ext 2000 to inquire about specific physical health resources and access.


  • LOST, also known as Living Outside of Suffering and Trauma, is a peer led organisation that offers free services to mental health consumers.  These include regular drop-in peer support sessions, groups and talks for specific disorders, and Yoga.  There is a nominal cost for the Yoga if you aren't using their mental health services.

L.O.S.T. is located at 148 Ottawa Street North.  You can reach them by calling Rebecca at 289-442-6428 or emailing at

De dwa da dehs nye>s - Aboriginal Health Centre

  • Offers programming to the community in Health Education & Management, healthy lifestyles workshops in fitness, children’s physical health, smoking cessation, weight management.
  • Contact Hamilton site at (905) 544-4320 / Brantford site at (519) 752-4340 or to inquire.

HARRRP - Hamilton Association for Residential, Recreational Redevelopment Programs

  • Offers free programming to the community in various physical recreational activities including belly dance, yoga, martial arts.
Contact 905-544-0050 to inquire.

YMCA of Hamilton/Burlington/Brantford

Y on Wheels Program

  • Offering free physical health programs for youth, adults and seniors across the city at various community sites

Contact Amber Aquin at 905-317-4948 to inquire.

City of Hamilton

Free Family Recreation Programs

  • As part of the City's Affordable Access to Recreation Strategy, a number of programs are being offered free of charge to all residents and families, including free swims, skates, basketball, and badminton.  Click here for a listings of program schedules.

QR Fitness Trail

  • A new way to exercise. Use your smartphone to scan codes, watch instructional videos and follow the trail for a full workout at any level.
  • Each trail features seven QR signs that take the participant through a full workout, from warm up to cool down, with beginner, intermediate and advanced options.

Visit any of these trail locations with your shoes and your smartphone at the ready:

  • Bayfront Park - 200 Harbour Front Drive by Bay Street

  • Chedoke Radial Trail - (golf course entry) 563 Aberdeen Avenue

  • Fairgrounds Community Park - 305 Fall Fair Way, Binbrook

  • Joe Sam’s Leisure Park - 752 Centre Rd, Waterdown

  • Lake Pointe Park - Springstead Ave & Westhampton Way, Winona

  • Meadowlands Park -160 Meadowlands Blvd, Ancaster

  • Newlands Park - 137 Lynbrook Drive, Hamilton

  • T.B. McQuesten Community Park - 1199 Upper Wentworth St., south of Limeridge Rd E

  • Southampton Estates Park - 185 Thames Way, Mount Hope

  • Strabane Park - 1315 Brock Rd (7th Concession and Brock Rd.), Flamborough

Please click here for information about the QR trail.

City Summer programs

  • The City runs various free summer fitness activities throughout the summer.  Click here for more information.

  • Many parks have a Supie during the summer.  These city worker runs activites and games for the local children.  Here is more information about the program.

  • Here is a list of city wading pools and splash pads that are open during the summer.

  • Here is a list of the parks in the city.

  • Here is a list of city owned trails.

Adult Playgrounds

  • Free access to outdoor fitness equipment for physical exercise needs.
  • Eleanor park - 80 Presidio Drive Jackie Washington

  • Rotary Park - 361 Wellington Street North

  • Woodlands Park - 501 Barton Street East

  • Honourable Bob Mackenzie Park - 122 Province Street North

Hamilton Regional Indian Centre

Urban Aboriginal Healthy Living Program

  • Healthy lifestyle programming to improve health status through physical fitness, improved cardiovascular health, reduced smoking and improved nutritional knowledge and practices.

Wasa Nabin

  • Access for at-risk urban Aboriginal youth (13-18yrs) to activities ensuring healthier lifestyle choices. Included in this programming is social supports, healthy eating, physical development, education, justice intervention and violence prevention.

Life Long Care Program

  • Access to community support services for urban Aboriginal clients of all ages who are disabled, chronically ill, frail, elderly or require acute/chronic continuum of care.

Call 905-548-9593 for more information.

AVIVA Yoga Studio

Buttons for Yoga

  • The studio and 541 Eatery have partnered to bring you the Yoga for Buttons program designed to provide yoga access for everyone, regardless of socioeconomic circumstance. They are bringing accessible health and wellness to the Barton Village Neighbourhood.
  • If you would like to contribute to this program, attend the Community Yoga Class Buttons Program on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30p.m. and pay what you can in donation to fill the button jar.

How it works: If you cannot afford a yoga class, take a button and use it towards any yoga class. 5 buttons = A yoga class.

Public Health - City of Hamilton

Community Dental Services

Dental Health Bus

  • Bus is scheduled in various locations throughout the city.
  • Individuals are seen on a first come first serve basis; priority given to people with emergencies.
  • Services include X-rays, dental fillings, uncomplicated extractions, antibiotics for dental infections.

Bus operates Monday-Friday 8:30a.m.-12:00p.m. / 1:00p.m.-4:00p.m. Click here for access to the weekly schedule of locations.

Healthy Smiles Ontario

  • For children and youth under 18yrs who live in Hamilton and meet the low income eligibility.

  • Provides payment for the cost of dental services.

Click here for more information. 

Children's Preventative Dental Clinics

  • Provides free dental services such as cleaning teeth, fluoride, dental sealants for children and youth under 18yrs.

Call the City at 905-546-2424 ext. 3566 for more information about any of the dental programs.

Public Health Special Supports Program

  • The Special Supports Program provides a wide range of health related benefits to City residents living independently in the community to improve their quality of life, health, wellness, safety and self-sufficiency.
  • Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program participants and low income families, individuals  that are 18yrs+ or seniors, Hamilton residents, those in receipt of Old Age Security, Canada Pension or just low earnings.
  • Supports can include diabetic supplies, hearing aids & batteries, orthotics/orthopedic footwear, assistive devices, hospital bed/mattress, surgical/incontinent/ostomy supplies, eyeglasses, medical taxi transportation, wheelchair batteries/repairs, fees for adult day programs, personal emergency response and other services or special items.
  • Do not order or purchase any equipment before receiving funding approval.
  • If on OW/ODSP, discuss your needs with caseworker and provide a note from health professional. Cost estimates may be required for some items.
  • For those that meet the low income eligibility, you must complete an application form available online. You will require supporting documents with your funding application.

Call 905-546-2590 or email or click here for more information or details.


Living Well Program

  • Free access to pool and fitness program through the FITpass. Individuals with a limited income or receiving social assistance may be eligible for the program.

To apply, pick up the the package from YWCA front desk, complete the forms and submit with income statement attached.


  • Free exercise program designed for women who have experienced breast cancer, mastectomy, lumpectomy or breast reconstruction surgery at any time in their lives.
  • Exercises are floor and pool-based and include relaxation techniques.
  • More than just an exercise program, women will find a supportive environment that is safe, fun and therapeutic.

Contact ywcaencore Coordinator, Anne Marie at 905-522-9922 press 8 then ext. 24, or click here for more information.

YWCA Riverdale Community Centre (Stoney Creek)

South Asian Punjabi Program (SAPP Fit)

  • Free exercise and health education program in Punjabi for South Asian seniors.
  • Seniors have access to group fitness, social time and presentations from health specialists.

Contact Roo Seema at (905) 546-2424 ext. 4284 or click here for more information.


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