OPB News: How to stay active this winter
Warm summer days always seem to feel so far away when you’re surviving the bitter cold.
Despite the dark days of winter, there are many ways you can stay active and boost your mood. Exercising has many benefits including building strength, increasing energy levels, and sleeping better. It’s also a great way to stay engaged with your community.
Below are a few suggestions to consider:
- Join a gym or community centre – Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, dance, and swimming are just a few of the many different classes you can take advantage of. Not only will you feel energized and stronger after, it’s a chance to connect with others who share a passion for fitness.
- Take advantage of winter activities – What better way to celebrate winter, than to get outside and do some cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, winter hiking, or skiing. These are just some examples of different ways you can remain active with the added benefit of being outdoors.
- Walking – As simple as it sounds, taking a 30-minute walk a few times a week can stimulate chemicals in your brain that will leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.
- Explore the arts – Visit a museum or an art gallery and take a walking tour of the latest exhibit. It’s a great way to enjoy the arts and culture in your city and get your steps in at the same time. Check out a list of Ontario’s museums and art galleries at www.OntarioTravel.net.
- Create a home routine – Especially in the winter, it can be tempting to stay in, but that doesn’t have to stop you from doing a workout in the comfort of your home. All you need to get started is a yoga mat and some light weights. Speak with your doctor or physiotherapist first to determine the best workouts for you.
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At the end of the day, everyBODY is different. You know your limits better than anyone else. Speak with your physician first to determine what exercises are right for you. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines includes some helpful information on activities and intensity levels for seniors of all levels of mobility, including activities that maintain bone health, and enhance balance and range.
[Sources: MayoClinic.org, VitalitySeniorLiving.com, GlobalNews.ca]