With the passing of Thanksgiving and the beginning of December, many North American cities are gearing up for the cold. Winter blues can be a problem and we all know the importance of being active, but it can be pretty hard to convince people to get outside, when temperatures are so get low.
Parks and recreation groups do a lot to boost the well-being of their communities, by providing a great assortment of indoor winter activities that help boost physical activity or improve social lives. This can have a tremendous impact towards keeping the winter blues from setting in. Here are some of our favorite indoor winter activities, aimed to help beat just that.
The Power of Yoga
Yoga teaches you to be mindful and grateful. With the busyness of the holiday season and the lack of light that comes with the winter, yoga is a great indoor winter activity that can help offset the negative consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. The physical aspect of yoga brings back some flexibility, balances your body, and reduces the , while the mental aspect of yoga can help greatly .
Drop-In Like It’s Hot
Physical activity is key for well-being and drop-in sports activities can help quite a bit. Whether it’s basketball, racquetball, indoor soccer or some obscure activity that’s popular in your area, drop-ins are a great way to get some exercise in, improve your skills at a sport, have fun, and meet new people. After a while, you’ll find that many regulars participate on a frequent basis; it’s not uncommon for great friendships to be built on the courts. The bonus? The physical aspect helps you stay healthy and happy.
The cold weather can motivate people to stay put in their homes, but the lack of social interactions outside of home base can put strain on mental health. Setting up activities such as card playing, holiday card making, book clubs and the like can help people enjoy the benefits of social interaction, while . This is especially beneficial for seniors who spend the majority of their time at home, even during the summer months. Plus, being around your encourages your community to participate in other provided throughout the year.
Spin, Baby, Spin
Many cyclists may unfortunately stow away their bikes for the winter months, preventing them from getting exercise, especially while commuting. are a great way to keep those cycling muscles strong for when the weather starts warming up. Plus, the classroom setting is great to chat with people before and after class. As you can see, there’s a pattern; the best indoor winter activities are those that get you moving, help your mental state and mood, and get you social.
To see what opportunities lie ahead for you to get out of the cold and into warming activities, contact your local parks and recreation group’s community centers, to see what programs they offer.