There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more challenging to stay active as gyms and studios have closed their doors and access to outdoor amenities has been limited. Canadians have had to reimagine their fitness routines and get creative with ways to exercise from home. As things slowly begin to open back up and the weather gets nicer, people will slowly be able to safely adjust their workout regimens. Staying active is an important part of keeping both your mind and body healthy.
National Health and Fitness Day is Saturday, June 6 – a day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of physical activity. Numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of regular physical activity for older adults. Having an active lifestyle can help improve things such as balance and decrease your risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and even cancer. Exercise helps our brains release endorphins and other “feel good” chemicals that can help enhance mood, provide a sense of well-being and reduce symptoms of depression.
Finding a form of exercise that works for you and your body is important. Walking, yoga, strength training, dancing, Tai Chi and high intensity interval training are just a few of the many options available. Whether you’re thinking of trying something new, or simply continuing to do what you love, making exercise a part of your daily life is an essential part of healthy aging.
Regardless of the type of physical activity you are engaging in, it is important to follow current public health guidelines around physical distancing to stay safe. To learn more about the many benefits associated with different forms of exercise, read through our blogs below.