Spring has begun with all of its varying weather patterns here in the Ottawa region. One day it may be mild and sunny – the next day it’s rainy and overcast, but that shouldn’t stop us from making exercise a priority this Spring!
Exercise Ideas for Seniors in the Spring
A Nature Walk
Explore the great outdoors on your own or with a partner, friend or caregiver by taking a walk through nature. This may be in your neighbourhood or one of our many parks in the Ottawa area, such as along the Rideau Canal. You can also check out the AllTrails website or app for local trails, such as Hog’s Back Falls!
Spend 30 – 60mins of relaxation and meditation outside in the sunshine to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. Gentle, stretching movements and deep breathing practices make yoga a restorative exercise, great for seniors with or without mobility issues. If the weather changes, check out a local recreation centre or online Yoga lessons, such as those offered for free by the YMCA found here.
For a low-impact exercise that promotes balance and coordination, give cycling a try! Taking a bicycle ride through the neighbourhood or local park is perfect for adults over 60 looking to get their heart rate up in the crisp spring air.
Tennis or Swimming
Sports like tennis and swimming promote strong balance and coordination, and when done regularly, can help you maintain a healthy weight, lower your risk of heart disease, improve lung function, reduce stress levels and strengthen your bones.
Whatever activity you choose to do in the Spring, always check with your health care practitioner to see if it’s right for you! Always remember to put safety first by dressing for the weather, staying hydrated with water, and be informed about any seasonal allergies you may have.
For partners in healthy active living, Ideal Caregivers 4u can encourage, plan and provide companionship for you or your senior loved one’s daily dose of physical activity. Call us or visit our website for more information!