It’s March! Finally the days are getting longer and the prospect of spring is on the horizon. Of course, in Calgary you never know just how long winter will be, which is why it is important to embrace it while it’s here.
To rid the household of cabin fever there are many activities suitable for the whole family that embraces the outdoors.
Getting outside for some exercise is great for everyone’s physical health and also mental wellbeing.
So let’s take a look at some of the options:
Did you know there are over 34 outdoor volunteer operated, community skating rinks around town? This means it is free to go as a family. All you need is skates of course.
No skates? Well, you can buy skates new or used or you can rent skates for a reasonable daily rate.
There are even skating events around town to promote community engagement!
In Bowness there is free family skating Wednesdays, 10:15 – noon, Thursdays, 10 – 11:30 and Sundays, 11 – noon. For more information call 403-288-8300 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming up this Sunday, March 3rd is a skate party at the Killarney/Glengarry Community Association. Visit http://www.killarneyglengarry.com/coming-events for details.
Okay it’s not an outdoor activity (well it can be) but it sure is good for the mind and body …. YOGA!!!!
Ranchlands Community Association hosts yoga for the whole family:
Beginners for Adults: Wed 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Chair Yoga for Adults: Wed 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
After School Yoga for ages 6-12: Wed 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Family Yoga Ages 5+: Wed 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Yoga-nastics for ages 6-12: Wed 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Adult Fun Yoga for ages 16+: Wed 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Visit http://www.calgaryarea.com/nw/ranchlands/ranchlands.htm for more details.
Tobogganing is a weather dependent activity as it requires a nice snowfall to really be a lot of fun. Next snowfall bundle up in hats and mitts and snow-pants and get out there! Look for a hill or slope near you.
Caution; Make sure your hill of choice is far away from busy streets or traffic of any kind.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Growing up my Dad always said, “A bad day in the mountains is better than a good day in the city,” what he meant was any time spent in the mountains was always a blessing. Living in Calgary we grew up so accustom to spending time in the Rocky Mountains.
One way to thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and get some good exercise is to go skiing or snowboarding. A day trip to the mountains may require a bit more planning and a greater financial investment, however the payoff is immense.
Visit any of the local ski hills, Sunshine, Lake Louise, Nakiska, heck even stay in town and visit Canada Olympic Park (COP).
New to the sport: lessons are available at most ski hills and privately as well.
Above are just a few ideas to get the family out and active! Other activities may include snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, or ice-climbing for the more adventurous ones.
The point is, get outside in the fresh air and enjoy winter while it is here! It will clear the feeling of cabin fever winter can sometimes give us, and it’s good for our physical health also!
Are you organizing any fun outdoor activities? Please let us know so we can all have fun together and build a stronger community. Just comment below!