Looking for ways to get active while physical distancing this summer? Take advantage of the nice weather to get outdoors! Getting the recommended 150 minutes/week of moderate to vigorous physical activity for adults and 60 minutes/day for children and youth are essential for your mental, physical an emotional health. Make sure you keep 6 feet apart from others who are not in your social bubble and wear a mask if that is not possible.
Here are some ideas to get you started….
Getting active outdoors:
- Free: Splashpads and Breakwater park beach and pathway are open (check the Gord Downey Peir webcam before you go to check for crowds).
- Free: Hiking/walking/conservation area trails. Check our website for a list of our favorite parks/hiking trails, and some other resources.
- $$ Kingston Sport and Social Club offers adult sports. Beach badminton, kayaking sunset paddle, Stand up Paddle, Latin dancing in the park, and some outdoor sport leagues. Register.
- $15 Weekly outdoor yoga (for up to 10 people socially distanced in a park; must register).
- Queen’s events calendar: check this calendar for some events.
- Tennis & golf are safe social distancing sports. Kingston Tennis Club is in full swing and has a ladder you can join to play with similar levels. There are also many free City tennis courts.
- Water sports: swimming, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding are all safe sports to do while keeping your distance from others. Check out Ahoy Rentals.
- The City is offering physically-distanced swimming lessons. Registrations starts Thursday, July 23 at noon.
- Historical walking tours of Ontario Street are being given by the Pump House Museum for $5. Registration required; physical distancing in place.
Indoor/virtual classes: all free
- Queen’s Athletic and Recreation Centre: Summer Digital Series (includes dance, fitness, strength, Zumba, yoga, and more); Virtual Running Series kicks off July 6 and trains you for a 5 or 10 K in August.
- YMCA of Eastern Ontario: check their website, Facebook and YouTube page. Many are offered by their own enthusiastic staff and all are free.
- City of Kingston Healthy at Home has 7 3-minute YouTube videos: youth fitness, muscular endurance, HIIT, Mobility & movement, reducing back pain, cardio, & posture.
If you have activities to add to the list below, please let us know (email firstname.lastname@example.org)! We will continue to update this list as the summer moves on.