The days are short, the temperatures are low, and there’s not enough snow to enjoy the outdoor winter activities just yet…a perfect storm for inactivity.
The Town of Golden’s Recreation Services Co-ordinator, Kim Bryan, is calling the phenomenon an ‘energy crisis’ – whereby these factors are causing us to have less motivation and energy, making us less active, and in turn making us even more tired.
“It might not make sense to some people, but to fight the energy crisis, you become more active. If you become more active, the more energy you get back,” she said.
The Recreation Department is offering a variety of activities to keep you going during this energy crisis. Between the arena, the Rec Plex, and the Travelodge Pool, the department offers Winter Walking, various skating programs, and Aquafit, not to mention all the volunteer-run programs that take place in those facilities such as badminton and basketball.
“They’re all drop-in programs, so they’re really easy for people to do whenever they have time,” said Bryan.
Bryan will be producing a monthly calendar (November’s is online now, and December’s is in the works), with exact times and locations for all the activities. Weekly schedules can be tricky sometimes as irregular activities (such as a hockey tournament), can affect the times. With a monthly calendar it makes it easier for users to show up at a planned activity at the correct time.
A printable calendar may also have a positive impact on your motivation.
“I always encourage people to have something like this calendar, print it off, and keep it somewhere within eye view, anywhere where it will remind people to take care of themselves,” said Bryan. “Put it anywhere it will compete with a sedentary behaviour, such as eye-view from the couch or on the fridge.”
Golden has an abundance of outdoor opportunities to stay active, so these programs can be your primary source of exercise, a way to stay active until the snow comes, or as supplemental exercise throughout the winter.
“We might be waiting for the snow to get our skis on, but for right now we still have a lot of opportunities for people who are in that limbo,” said Bryan. “Now is the time to try some of these activities out, maybe make some friends and establish a bit of a habit.”
To have a look at some of the programs offered, or to print off a calendar of activities, go to golden.ca and click on the soccer ball.