By Miranda Massie on July 4, 2018
It’s often the best way to beat the heat in the summer, but pools can also be great places to fit in low impact exercise and activity. Swimming has been shown to have positive impacts on physical, psychological and social health. Take a look at this month’s tips for wading gently into water workouts.
Week 1: Find a Nearby Outdoor Pool or Water Park
Week 2: Take Your Workout to the Water
Water fitness is so much more than aquacise these days. UBC’s Aquatic Centre offers 10 different water fitness classes, including River Walking, Parent and Baby Aquafit and Aqua Yoga.
Alternatively, check out this instructional video which provides a how-to guide for water aerobics.
Week 3: Stay on Top of It (the water that is)
If being in the water is not your thing, there are plenty of ways to stay active on the water. Kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and sailing are all great ways to stay fit and learn new skills. Check out Tourism Vancouver’s full list of potential watersports.
Week 4: Go to the Beach for the View
Not interested in swimming laps? You can still reap cardio and strength benefits from going to the beach by taking the stairs and enjoying the beautiful view. Check out these two 30-minute walking maps of UBC’s renowned beach trails: Tower Beach Trail and Wreck Beach Trail.
Have fun exploring what the water has to offer your overall health this summer. Want more fitness tips and inspiration? Visit our Fitting in Fitness page.
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By Miranda Massie on August 3, 2017
Spending time outdoors during the summer months is a great way to enjoy the weather. It is also the perfect time to sneak in some physical activity. Check out this month’s tips for making the most of your time outside.
Week 1: Take a hike!
Walking on an incline means you have to work harder to move the same horizontal distance, but you also put less stress on your joints than the up-and-down motion of running. Bonus: the scenery is typically beautiful and often shaded.
Week 2: Make the most of a trip to the beach.
Discover six sneaky, calorie-burning activities to stay active while having fun at the beach.
Week 3: Stay seated.
If you are looking for something more gentle and low-impact, try these leg exercises that you can do while sitting in a chair – perfect for both sunny and rainy summer days.
Week 4: Get strong outside the gym.
Check out these nine great ways to strength-train outside of the gym. No weights? No problem.
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