Spring is officially here and summer is on the way, so now is a great time to be active! Here are 10 ideas and some resources to get you moving after exams:
1. Join a sports league. Whatever outdoor sport interests you and whatever your experience level, there are bound to be a team or league in the city you can join. Team sports are a great way to meet new people while getting a workout.
2. Go swimming. Head to one of Toronto’s lovely beaches or visit your neighbourhood’s community pool. Both are a low-cost option to keep cool and moving.
3. Explore walking trails. Discover a new area of the city and enjoy the fresh air and scenery. Visit toronto.ca/parks for trails, parks and paths to try.
4. Change your commute. Try walking, running or cycling to work or class for a practical way to incorporate exercise into your day. Study or working at Glendon this summer? Use the GAC’s private showers when you arrive on campus.
5. Keep up your gym routine. Student memberships to the GAC are now valid until August 31, so you can keep up with your favourite class, access the weight room, play basketball and more. If you don’t have your membership yet, it’s only $20 - still a great value for several months of access.
6. Go for a bike ride. A fun way to explore the city or just to get around. Get cycling information and resources like the Toronto Cycling Map showing paths, bike lanes and suggested routes at toronto.ca/cycling. Don’t have a bike? You can rent one using Bike Share Toronto.
7. Get outside at Glendon. If you’ll be here this summer, be sure to take a break from work or study to walk and enjoy the campus at its best, explore the forest and trails in the valley, or come down to enjoy the GAC’s outdoor tennis courts, baseball diamond, soccer field and cricket pitch. Call 416-487-6740 to check availability.
8. Take an outdoor class. With a bit of googling, you can find free or low-cost fitness classes, running groups and boot camps to help you stay fit and enjoy the warm weather.
9. Try canoeing or kayaking. It will cost a bit (try checking daily deal websites for discounts), but you can enjoy beautiful scenery (the Humber River is especially picturesque - and TTC accessible) and paddle your way to a great upper body workout.
10. Play frisbee. Whether you do it for sport or just fun, frisbee is a quintessential summer activity. Don’t have one? We have a few GAC frisbees to give away - just email me with your ideas on staying active this summer!