ACTIVE LIFE: Change in seasons creates opportunity to try some new activities

NANAIMO – Transition to fall can create challenges to stay active.

By Tammy Toor

I absolutely love the summer season. For me, the long, warm days have meant time spent at the parks and beaches with my children, enjoying lots of local, fresh produce and attending some of the many outdoor festivals.

Now, as the autumn season approaches, the days are getting shorter, a chill is in the air and the routines of September are coming back into play. For many, including me, the transition into fall can be a bit challenging as we prepare for the not-too-distant grey, rainy days of late fall and winter.

I have, however, come up with some ways to take advantage and appreciate this beautiful fall season.

Try a new activity – The Fall and Winter Activity Guide is now in circulation, and new programs are found within its pages for all ages and abilities. Some examples include Mighty Movers” a dance class for children, or Sculpt and Tone, a fitness class for adults. How about dropping in for a swim and workout at the recently refreshed Beban Pool and weight room?

Get out and photograph – At this time of year, the light is perfect and the colours are stunning. We offer photography courses to help you understand what all of those little features on your camera are used for and how to get that perfect shot.

Garden – Many people are planting winter gardens or gardening using small spaces or containers. I can’t think of too many things that would be more rewarding than harvesting food you helped to grow. Did you know that the City of Nanaimo offers courses on winter gardening and container gardening?

Exercise – The temperature this time of year is just perfect, which means you can easily go outside and get in that workout. Don’t forget that raking leaves and apple picking are great calorie burners, too.

For more, please visit www.nanaimo.ca or call us at 250-756-5200.

Tammy Toor is a communications specialist with City of Nanaimo parks and recreation.