Activities for All Seasons: Fun Ideas for Being Active All Year

” I didn’t know riding a bike could be so much fun while staying active?”

by the National Institute on Aging

Being creative about your physical activity plans and trying new forms of exercise can keep you motivated by preventing boredom. A change in seasons is an excellent time to be creative about your exercise routine and try something new. There are many ways to be active throughout the year.

Grandfather and granddaughter in garden

If you have holiday shopping to do, walk the entire mall each time you’re there.

Cold outdoor temperatures are an excellent reason to join a mall-walking group.

Start the new year by trying out a fitness center—many offer New Year’s Resolution specials.

As the weather begins to cool, join an indoor sports league, such as basketball, handball, or bowling.

Give your heart a Valentine’s Day gift with dance lessons, such as salsa, tango, or belly dancing.

As the temperatures start to get warm, get your garden ready for spring and summer. The lifting and bending you do when gardening are great for strength and flexibility.

A bike ride is a great way to enjoy the warmer temperatures.

Build your endurance and strength with a bike ride during National Bike Month (May). Remember your helmet.

Swim laps or take a water aerobics class. These are both refreshing once the weather gets steamy.

Walking in the mall is a cool way to beat the heat.

If you’ve heard about the benefits of yoga but haven’t tried it yet find special events and trial classes for beginners.

Fall provides great opportunities for physical activity. You can take long walks to see the beautiful fall colors. Once the leaves have fallen, raking is good exercise.

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