Warmer weather is here, which means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Check out these ideas to do just that – whatever your level of fitness.
Walking is one of the best physical activities to do while enjoying the outdoors. If you’ve been sedentary in recent months, start with short distances and challenge yourself to spend a little more time walking each week. You will gradually build up your strength and stamina. Using walking poles can help with balance and make walking on uneven terrain more enjoyable.
Swimming and aquatic activities like water aerobics are a fun way to cool off on hot days, improve muscle strength and boost heart health and endurance.
For people who suffer from sore or stiff joints, choosing low- or no-impact activities is important to reduce pain and stay active longer.
“Any physical activity that you like to do and that is safe for your joints is beneficial,” says Trish Barbato, president and CEO of Arthritis Society Canada. “Try to incorporate positive movement in your daily life. Think about what type of movement brings you joy and do more of that.”
Other low-impact activities that are great practiced outdoors include cycling, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, golf, trekking and gardening.
Regular physical activity can help strengthen bones and muscles, reduce stress and improve your overall health. Find more exercise tips and videos at arthritis.ca