Why Participate in Accessible Recreation?
Physical activity in general provides opportunities for social interaction which can largely benefit people’s mental health as well as their willingness to get involved in certain activities. Physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of chronic condition development, as well as an increase in self-efficacy which can lead to further participation in physical activity.
How You Can Get Active!
Your city may offer more accessible resources than you know about! Accessible recreation refers to opportunities that are meant for people of all different ages and disabilities. Accessible recreation supports both structured (e.g. sports team) and unstructured (e.g. going on a family walk) physical activity.
Getting Active in the Winter
For ideas on how to get active in the winter months, both outdoors and indoors, check out these articles:
- Love the Snow? Get Outdoors with these Adapted Winter Activities
- Stay Warm and Indoors with Adapted Winter Sports!
Physical Activity Guidelines
Below are the Physical Activity Guidelines for special populations. You can also visit our pages dedicated to people with Spinal Cord Injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, or Parkinson’s Disease for more information on getting active. Guidelines for kids, youth and adults can be found by clicking on their respective links.
Autism: Physical Activity Resources & Links
Awesome Possums & Buddy Program: Queen’s University also offers 2 programs for children on the autism spectrum: Awesome Possums and Buddy Program, designed to provide programming for children on the autism spectrum through a one-on-one pairing with a Queen’s student in the Buddy Program, or through a weekly drop-in centre in the Awesome Possums program. The overall goal of the two volunteer programs to provide an enriching and safe environment for children with ASD to promote social and personal development. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is an article from the Arthritis Foundation on 14 Ways to Work Out with Arthritis.
These low-impact, joint-friendly activities will keep you moving, reduce pain and keep your joints more flexible. Some of the suggested activities include water walking, water aerobics, swimming, walking, bocce, golf, shuffleboard, walking, cycling, cross country skiing, pilates, yoga and Tai Chi. Read the article to find out why each is good, how to do it safely, and some cautions.
Ideas to Get More Active!
To help plan and track your physical activity, click the link below to download a printable Monthly Activity Tracker.
For more places to become active in Kingston click on the “places” tab at the top of the screen.
Find out more about the City of Kingston’s Fee Assisted Recreation Programs and Transit Pass.
Look Who’s Talking About Physical Activity!
To see what others enjoy about accessible recreation click on the link to view the Testimonial Page.
Where You Can Get Active!
Kingston and it’s community offers a vast range of accessible physical activity opportunities. Listed below are a number of options for individuals to get involved in physical activity independently or to become a member of a team.
Kingston Goalball Club (for the visually impaired)