No sun, no problem! Here are resources to keep your body and mind active during winter months! We are all experiencing colder, shorter winter days in the Pacific Northwest. And while damp and gloomy weather can make it harder to stay active this time of year, it's worth the effort!
Physical activity supports brain health, weight management, reduced disease risk, improved bone and muscle strength, and more, as the CDC explains. Even brief periods of physical activity can have immediate health benefits, including better sleep, reduced anxiety, and lower blood pressure.
So, instead of curling up on the couch and flipping on the television, consider an indoor scavenger hunt or a nature walk outside. Instead of skipping exercise because of the rain, seek out stretches or slow movements you can do in your living room.
Many organizations offer activities and tips to help make year-round activity fun and easy.
- Indoor Resources
- Outdoor Resources
- Great Peninsula Conservancy forest tour.
- Kitsap County WSU Extension opportunities.
- Walk with a Doc Bainbridge Island program.
- Find local parks, trails, and recreation activities: Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District, City of Bremerton, City of Poulsbo, City of Port Orchard, and nearby free all-terrain wheelchairs.