There are so many physical and mental benefits that come from staying active all year round. When the weather transitions from summer to fall we may begin to believe that our opportunities to enjoy fitness activities are more limited. This is not the case, as there are still a variety of enjoyable ways you can get your body moving during the fall time. Read along to find out what appeals most to you.
Go for a walk everyday
One of the simplest ways to stay active is to encourage yourself to walk everyday. Walking is a great low-impact exercise that allows you to explore the scenic views and autumn beauty in your Kelowna retirement community. You can start this by establishing a daily walking routine and exploring nearby parks, trails, and even community gardens. Consider forming a walking group with other fellow residents to keep you company. If you enjoy a challenge, consider using a step counter and setting goals to motivate yourself and track progress over time.
Try Chair-Yoga or Tai Chi
Chair yoga and Tai Chi are great activities to help improve your flexibility, balance, and relaxation. Both of these activities are great for the fall time as they can be done indoors or outdoors. Both activities are gentle and easily adaptable depending on your personal fitness levels. They can both be done in a group setting and are often offered in Kelowna retirement communities as an opportunity to make new friends while staying active. If you are not interested in joining a group session you can always follow online videos or articles and have a private session by yourself.
Find a fitness trainer
A personal trainer makes staying fit and active much easier as they create a fitness routine that is unique to your abilities and goals. If you are concerned about age-related muscle and bone loss, it is encouraged that you consider consulting a fitness trainer to guide you through what is best for you. Finding a trainer is as easy as going to your local gym and asking if they provide private sessions. From there make sure you ask your trainer the specific questions you are concerned about such as improving cardiovascular health, managing chronic conditions, or just staying generally active. During the fall time, as we don’t often spend as much time outside, having allocated workout times that are planned for you make staying active much easier.
Sign up for dance classes
Dance classes are a fantastic workout activity for the fall as you can participate in classes indoors and stay warm during the troubling weather. It is also a fantastic way to socialize and have fun with others in your Kelowna retirement community. Many Kelowna retirement communities offer dance classes of various styles such as ballroom, salsa, or line-dancing. Dancing may seem daunting at first, but once you find a style that you prefer, it will be far more enjoyable.
Go for outings and visit local events
Fall is a wonderful time to explore your Kelowna retirement community and take in all the beautiful nature and community events that are taking place. Check your Kelowna retirement community’s calendar for farmer’s markets, concerts, art exhibitions, and other events to see what is happening around you. Planning outings with other residents, friends, and family members can help make your experiences even more memorable. These outings are the best as you are getting light physical activity in without being over-exerted and dis-engaged.
The fall time offers us an abundance of opportunities to continue staying active. Engaging in these activities will not only help you stay fit but they will also allow you to continue keeping your retirement years fulfilling and exciting. Before starting any new exercise routines, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. They can help provide guidance and ensure your safety when choosing activities that adhere to your physical abilities. Enjoy the beauty of the fall season while also keeping your body and mind in great shape.
If you’re looking for a VRS seniors retirement community that offers a variety of recreational activities, we are here for you. Feel free to contact us to inquire if we offer assisted living services at any VRS location. Call 604-731-1020 to arrange a tour at one of VRS’ warm and friendly independent seniors community.