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:

  1. Free:  Splashpads and Breakwater park beach and pathway are open (check the Gord Downey Peir webcam before you go to check for crowds).  
  2. Free: Hiking/walking/conservation area trails. Check our website for a list of our favorite parks/hiking trails, and some other resources.
  3. $$  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.
  4. $15  Weekly outdoor yoga (for up to 10 people socially distanced in a park; must register).
  5. Queen’s events calendar:  check this calendar for some events.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The City is offering physically-distanced swimming lessons. Registrations starts Thursday, July 23 at noon. 
  9. 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

  1. 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.
  2. YMCA of Eastern Ontario: check their website, Facebook and YouTube page.  Many are offered by their own enthusiastic staff and all are free. 
  3. 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 info@kingstongetsactive.ca)! We will continue to update this list as the summer moves on.

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