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Splash Your Way Through Winter

October 23, 2014 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist

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With winter just around the corner, let’s talk about how you can continue to be active in the water during these months. While some of this information can apply to lakes or the ocean, during the winter months most of us (me definitely included!) prefer and enjoy the warmer temperatures of the local pool.Here are a few reasons to make pool-time part of your wintertime routine:

  • Aquatic activities are fantastic for people of all ages and abilities. The buoyancy effect of water offers low to no impact activity options and can help those with achy joints or impaired mobility to keep active.
  • For those of you who are time-pressed, lap swimming and aquafit classes (exercises to music guided by an instructor) are great workouts. An early morning or after work pool session is good way to incorporate physical activity around the 9-5 workday. Not only do you get an efficient full-body workout, it also gets your heart rate up and muscles pumping. 
  • For children, teens and adults who aren’t strong swimmers, swimming lessons can help and teach water safety as well as introduce fun water sports like diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. 
  • If you have kids in swimming lessons, use that time to be active yourself – whether in the pool, the adjoining fitness centre or even a quick power walk around the block. 
  • Lastly, a trip to the pool is an ideal family activity! Get everyone together and head to the pool on the weekend or after dinner.

Check your local aquatic center’s schedule for specific hours of classes, lane swims, and discount offerings (e.g., Toonie Swim). And, don’t forget to visit the hot-tub for a well-deserved treat on your way out!

If you have questions or concerns about water activities, water safety or need a bit of help finding a program in your area that suits your needs, contact the Physical Activity Line!


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