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Now that spring has sprung and warm weather returned for the senior community in Penticton, it is time to get more active. Fitness and activity has many health benefits, both physical and mental, and spring is the perfect time to get back to it. Here are some Spring fitness ideas for the independent living community in Penticton.

Get Walking

Walking is one of the best things that a senior can do. It is low-impact and easy on the body, but still provides fantastic fitness and health benefits. Walking is also therapeutic, and walking outside has been shown to increase mood and overall mental health. Walking reduces the risk of certain conditions, including heart disease and osteoporosis. It can also be a social activity undertaken with a group of friends.

Outdoor Yoga

If you have never tried Yoga before, make this spring the time to give it a try. Like walking, yoga also has many physical and mental health benefits, and can increase your flexibility and range of motion, making you feel more limber and overall healthier. Yoga is relaxful, and when done outside, can provide a sense of tranquility that few other things can.

Outdoor Swimming

The warm spring weather is also the perfect opportunity to hit an outdoor pool. Swimming is excellent exercise and can really benefit your cardiovascular system, while being low-impact and easy on joints. You can swim for pleasure, or join a swimming class and learn some new techniques to really push yourself. Many pools also offer pool aerobic classes for seniors, which is another excellent option.

This spring, take advantage of the beautiful Penticton weather by getting outside and taking care of yourself – body and mind.