Be Active All Year Long with Multi-Use Trails!
Whatever the season, you can use your local trails to keep moving. Trails provide many adventures, sights, and a place to explore nature!
Spring: Walk, bike or run along local community trails with your family and see who can spot the first robin, flower, or budding plant! Or, join a local hiking club.
Summer: Try walking at different paces on the trail or try something new such as in-line skating.
Winter: Don’t let the snow slow you down! Cross-country ski or snowshoe.
Autumn: Bundle up for a bike ride and look at all of the colourful leaves.
Hot Temperature Tips:
- Look for shaded routes and slow down the pace of your activity.
- Make sure you bring water if there are not water fountains available on your route.
- Wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible, wear UVR protective sunglasses, wear a wide brim hat (7.5 cm/3 inches wide) or with a back flap to cover the back of the neck, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen product (lotion, cream, gel or mist) that protects against UVA and UVB rays, with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 15 or higher.
- For days where there are extreme heat or smog warnings, choose a cooler alternative, such as indoor mall walking or going to your local community centre, with air conditioning.
Cold Temperature Tips:
- Layer your clothing! The bottom layer should draw sweat from your body, usually a synthetic clothing fibre. Next, wear a material that insulates, such as fleece. Finally, wear a shell that is waterproof and breathable.
- A hat and gloves will keep your body heat in, and you can take them off as you go if you find yourself getting too warm. To warm down the cold air, wear a mask or snug scarf.
- For days where there are extreme cold weather warnings, choose an indoor alternative, such as mall walking or use some indoor walking equipment such as a treadmill.
Before you suit up for your all-weather physical activity, remember to talk to your doctor or health care provider if you have been inactive, if you are pregnant, or if you have a chronic health condition.
Information from/adapted from the following References:
- Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI). (2004). Parks, recreation settings and physical activity. Retrieved October 27, 2010, from http://www.cflri.ca/eng/research_file/documents/ResearchFile_July_EN.pdf
- Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC). (2001) Physical activity matters monthly: Exercising in the cold. OPHEA: Healthy Schools Healthy Communities. Retrieved October 27, 2010, from http://parc.ophea.net/news/exercising-cold
- Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation. (2005). Walking: The activity of a lifetime. Active 2010. Retrieved October 28, 2010, from http://lin.ca/resource-details/3515.
- Canadian Dermatology Association. (2010). Protecting Your Family. Retrieved November 3, 2010 from http://www.dermatology.ca/sap/safety_resources/sun_exposure/index.html
- Canadian Cancer Society. (2010). Being Safe in the Sun. Retrieved November 3, 2010, from http://www.cancer.ca/Ontario/Prevention/Use%20SunSense/Using%20SunSense.aspx?sc_lang=en
Last Reviewed Nov 2010