Keeping Active at Home: Tricky but Not Impossible

Hi out there.

Chances are good that you are at home reading this blog - self-isolating due to the COVID virus.

For now, things are remarkably different from what they were even a few weeks ago. There is uncertainty in many aspects of our life. But what the science tells us, and what we all know in our heart, is that keeping active is really good for us – mentally, physically and spiritually. It’s a bit tricky in our home, but not impossible.

Together, we are going to be blogging about things people can do to stay active. You don’t have to sweat this one out alone. Let’s share our experiences.

Here’s what we are looking for if you think you might want to contribute ideas/activities to our (hopefully) weekly blog.

  • We want to provide a balance of online and offline activities. Chances are good that we are all getting lots of screen time already as we isolate at home.
  • We believe active living includes recreation, sport and play – so any activities you want to share that fall into these categories would be great!
  • The Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability is all about inclusion – an interesting thought as we all isolate in our homes. Give us your best inclusive ideas and activities for these unique times.
  • Send your ideas/activities to: info@ala.ca

Here’s this week’s suggested ideas:

  • Every day at 7:30 p.m. across the world, people take to their balconies, door steps, windows, porches, and front doors to sing, bang pots, and generally whoop it up in recognition of the amazing contributions of our healthcare workers. This is an example of community coming together. Do your thing and wave to your neighbour from a distance. Stop and listen to hear others; feel the connection. Even if you are the only person banging away, you are part of something bigger.
  • This Friday night, March 27, join an 80s Dance Party via livestream on the Twitch App (free) at twitch.tv/djblushto. Your host is DJ Blush. Dance the night away 9 pm to 1 pm EDT. You really can dance like no one is watching.
  • Check out https://www.quarantinebookclub.com/. Here’s your chance to chat with an author via Zoom. Upcoming events are listed on the website. Tickets are $5 but people won’t be turned away, so use the code ALLAREWELCOME if you need to do so. And speaking of authors... Audible has opened up a collection of stories free for kids at: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
  • Need some motivation to face down the COVID threat? Read this: https://kevinrempel.com/blog/how-to-be-a-comeback-story-during-covid-19

Until next time, stay active!

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Some Helpful Active Living Resources Related to COVID-19

Active living for people with a disability is extremely important. Not only does it have health benefits, it reduces isolation, improves mental health, promotes social inclusion and reduces the chance of acquiring a secondary disabling condition. As the country moves slowly into recovery from the coronavirus, we thought we would reach out to you with some resources to help facilitate access and inclusion.