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Waterloo is a strong, caring and connected community. During these uncertain times it may be difficult to think of ways to stay physically active while staying at home. We are here for you! We have provided helpful resources and links to help keep you physically active at home.


Get active!

There are several ways to stay active at home. Perhaps these ideas will spark your imagination!

New this week!

  • Caregivers! Looking for a safe physical distanced program for your preschoolers this fall? Sign up for Little Outdoor Explorers, where children and their caregivers explore the wonders of the outdoors through games, nature walks and crafts. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Movies in the Park-ing Lot - The last one of the season is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17. Register online to reserve your spot.
  • Morning adult fitness classes are back in small sizes at the Adult Recreation Centre and Wing 404 (indoor and outdoor options). Full details and pre-registration information is posted on ActiveWaterloo
  • Have you had a chance to check out the Hughes Lane Art Walk in uptown yet? It is definitely a reason to come on up and explore #uptownwaterloo!
  • A special digital fall Program & Activities guide is now available online. Register at waterloo.ca/activewaterloo, beginning September 2 for swim and September 9 for all other active living programs.

Other ideas:

  • Located behind the skate park, the Waterloo Park West splash pad is now open! Read more about our safety protocols.
  • Can’t get out in nature this week? Bring nature to you! Virtual tours to Parks Canada’s places are available with Google Street View. With so many amazing views, you can’t choose a favourite!
  • Did someone furry join your family recently? Learn how to teach your dog to roll over with trainer, Kayl McCann.
  • Kids getting summer bored? Wow them with these at home science experiments.
  • A quick 14 minute workout when you’re short on time.
  • Walk the Forwell Trail and try out the Trail Mix, an auditory accompaniment for Waterloo trails. Don’t forget your headphones!
  • Get greener at home! Read REEP’s Zero Waste blog for tips or learn more about your carbon footprint with the Project Neutral Tool.
  • Workout with your kids in this fun beginner’s fitness video.
  • 9 classic yard games for kids (with instructions if you've forgotten the rules).
  • From our Senior Services team: Watch our videos to learn how you can stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.
  • WPL launches their Summer of Reading programs for all ages.
  • Jumpstart has launched a Virtual Summer Camp! Expect awesome counsellors (some of Canada's most amazing athletes) and cool weekly themes.
  • How many species can we find by Canada Day? Use the Canadian Wildlife Federation's iNaturalist app to find and identify species of living things found in nature.
  • The Waterloo Summer Program & Activities Guide is now available. Limited summer programs including private swim lessons are available in July.
  • Get more out of walking! Incorporate intervals on your walks. Rather than walk at a steady pace, incorporate intervals to improve your cardiovascular health as well as increase your strength gains.
  • It's Rivers to Oceans Week! The City of Waterloo's Laurel Creek Citizens Working Group encourages everyone to be stewards of our local streams. Celebrate Rivers to Oceans Week (June 8-14) and find out your plastic footprint around your own home by taking this quiz.
  • Challenge your kids and teenagers to learn your former dance moves with The Evolution of Dance - 1950 to 2019 video. Also fun just to watch on your own.
  • Individual soccer training drills to improve your soccer skills, fitness, and confidence.
  • June is Parks & Recreation month! Parks & Recreation Ontario (PRO) created a bingo card and activity guide for all ages for June - Parks and Recreation month! See if you can complete your card in the month of June!
  • Try seated yoga! It's a gentle, easy to follow seated yoga, stretch and relaxation program.
  • Want to teach your dog some tricks? Teach your dog to roll over! This video will show you the simple steps to make this dog trick something your dog enjoys!
  • Not for the faint of heart: Angry Birds and outdoor obstacle course ideas. We would love to see your creations! Upload a picture in Stories below.
  • Have a small pool or hot tub? You CAN do water workouts in small spaces.
  • Mimic our interval training class with an at home, low impact, full body HIIT workout. No equipment needed, no jumping required.
  • Take a break from the stress of the day with a free calm meditation series.
  • Five ways to connect with nature. Guess how old the worms are in your backyard wilderness!
  • Rainy day indoor activities for kids, broken into sections: gross motor, fine motor, sensor, thinking & building, science experiments, and crafts and art projects
  • Online yoga videos – try an outdoor session on a beautiful day!
  • A fun and lighthearted Jeopardy-like trivia game!
  • Zumba for beginners - get dancing!
  • Spice up your walk around your neighbourhood with a scavenger hunt. Photograph some of it and share it with us. Tag @citywaterloo and use #activeathome
  • Play the Question of 3's game from the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington. How many did you get right?
  • Jumpstart - Check out their fun ideas to keep kids active at home. Visit their new Play From Home resource hub to find fun tips from their partner programs, and ways to stay connected and engaged with Jumpstart Athlete Ambassadors.
  • Bring Dance Into Your Home - dance is a universal activity; in all of its forms and styles, dancers express themselves, tell stories and share culture through movement. The National Ballet School Community Dance programs improve health and quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. Our older adults have been trying the seated series and conclude - no previous dance experience required to have fun!
  • 25th annual Waterloo-Wellington Childrens’ Groundwater Festival – a video with some water experiments kids can try at home
  • Need a short movement break? Download the Participaction Canada app and use the awesome ‘Take 10’ function anytime you feel like squeezing some activity into your day.
  • Play cards online! This helpful tutorial will show you how you can play cards with friends, family and neighbours online.
  • Ballet Bootcamp with Julie - one of our popular program instructors will help get your body moving right in the comfort of your own home!
  • This might be a good time to start learning yoga! Find a spot at home and follow along with Angels-Landing Yoga.
  • Your budding NHL star will love these hockey dryland skills.

Remember: You can always go outside for a walk or run. As long as you stay at least two metres away from other people, and you stay on the sidewalks or trails within your neighbourhood, you are encouraged to get outside for a daily walk.


How are you staying active at home?

Please use the tools below to share your stories and ideas. We'd love to hear from you! And if you have any questions or comments, please leave those below as well. We'll respond to you right away!

Waterloo is a strong, caring and connected community. During these uncertain times it may be difficult to think of ways to stay physically active while staying at home. We are here for you! We have provided helpful resources and links to help keep you physically active at home.


Get active!

There are several ways to stay active at home. Perhaps these ideas will spark your imagination!

New this week!

  • Caregivers! Looking for a safe physical distanced program for your preschoolers this fall? Sign up for Little Outdoor Explorers, where children and their caregivers explore the wonders of the outdoors through games, nature walks and crafts. Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 - 11 a.m.
  • Movies in the Park-ing Lot - The last one of the season is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17. Register online to reserve your spot.
  • Morning adult fitness classes are back in small sizes at the Adult Recreation Centre and Wing 404 (indoor and outdoor options). Full details and pre-registration information is posted on ActiveWaterloo
  • Have you had a chance to check out the Hughes Lane Art Walk in uptown yet? It is definitely a reason to come on up and explore #uptownwaterloo!
  • A special digital fall Program & Activities guide is now available online. Register at waterloo.ca/activewaterloo, beginning September 2 for swim and September 9 for all other active living programs.

Other ideas:

  • Located behind the skate park, the Waterloo Park West splash pad is now open! Read more about our safety protocols.
  • Can’t get out in nature this week? Bring nature to you! Virtual tours to Parks Canada’s places are available with Google Street View. With so many amazing views, you can’t choose a favourite!
  • Did someone furry join your family recently? Learn how to teach your dog to roll over with trainer, Kayl McCann.
  • Kids getting summer bored? Wow them with these at home science experiments.
  • A quick 14 minute workout when you’re short on time.
  • Walk the Forwell Trail and try out the Trail Mix, an auditory accompaniment for Waterloo trails. Don’t forget your headphones!
  • Get greener at home! Read REEP’s Zero Waste blog for tips or learn more about your carbon footprint with the Project Neutral Tool.
  • Workout with your kids in this fun beginner’s fitness video.
  • 9 classic yard games for kids (with instructions if you've forgotten the rules).
  • From our Senior Services team: Watch our videos to learn how you can stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.
  • WPL launches their Summer of Reading programs for all ages.
  • Jumpstart has launched a Virtual Summer Camp! Expect awesome counsellors (some of Canada's most amazing athletes) and cool weekly themes.
  • How many species can we find by Canada Day? Use the Canadian Wildlife Federation's iNaturalist app to find and identify species of living things found in nature.
  • The Waterloo Summer Program & Activities Guide is now available. Limited summer programs including private swim lessons are available in July.
  • Get more out of walking! Incorporate intervals on your walks. Rather than walk at a steady pace, incorporate intervals to improve your cardiovascular health as well as increase your strength gains.
  • It's Rivers to Oceans Week! The City of Waterloo's Laurel Creek Citizens Working Group encourages everyone to be stewards of our local streams. Celebrate Rivers to Oceans Week (June 8-14) and find out your plastic footprint around your own home by taking this quiz.
  • Challenge your kids and teenagers to learn your former dance moves with The Evolution of Dance - 1950 to 2019 video. Also fun just to watch on your own.
  • Individual soccer training drills to improve your soccer skills, fitness, and confidence.
  • June is Parks & Recreation month! Parks & Recreation Ontario (PRO) created a bingo card and activity guide for all ages for June - Parks and Recreation month! See if you can complete your card in the month of June!
  • Try seated yoga! It's a gentle, easy to follow seated yoga, stretch and relaxation program.
  • Want to teach your dog some tricks? Teach your dog to roll over! This video will show you the simple steps to make this dog trick something your dog enjoys!
  • Not for the faint of heart: Angry Birds and outdoor obstacle course ideas. We would love to see your creations! Upload a picture in Stories below.
  • Have a small pool or hot tub? You CAN do water workouts in small spaces.
  • Mimic our interval training class with an at home, low impact, full body HIIT workout. No equipment needed, no jumping required.
  • Take a break from the stress of the day with a free calm meditation series.
  • Five ways to connect with nature. Guess how old the worms are in your backyard wilderness!
  • Rainy day indoor activities for kids, broken into sections: gross motor, fine motor, sensor, thinking & building, science experiments, and crafts and art projects
  • Online yoga videos – try an outdoor session on a beautiful day!
  • A fun and lighthearted Jeopardy-like trivia game!
  • Zumba for beginners - get dancing!
  • Spice up your walk around your neighbourhood with a scavenger hunt. Photograph some of it and share it with us. Tag @citywaterloo and use #activeathome
  • Play the Question of 3's game from the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington. How many did you get right?
  • Jumpstart - Check out their fun ideas to keep kids active at home. Visit their new Play From Home resource hub to find fun tips from their partner programs, and ways to stay connected and engaged with Jumpstart Athlete Ambassadors.
  • Bring Dance Into Your Home - dance is a universal activity; in all of its forms and styles, dancers express themselves, tell stories and share culture through movement. The National Ballet School Community Dance programs improve health and quality of life for people of all ages and abilities. Our older adults have been trying the seated series and conclude - no previous dance experience required to have fun!
  • 25th annual Waterloo-Wellington Childrens’ Groundwater Festival – a video with some water experiments kids can try at home
  • Need a short movement break? Download the Participaction Canada app and use the awesome ‘Take 10’ function anytime you feel like squeezing some activity into your day.
  • Play cards online! This helpful tutorial will show you how you can play cards with friends, family and neighbours online.
  • Ballet Bootcamp with Julie - one of our popular program instructors will help get your body moving right in the comfort of your own home!
  • This might be a good time to start learning yoga! Find a spot at home and follow along with Angels-Landing Yoga.
  • Your budding NHL star will love these hockey dryland skills.

Remember: You can always go outside for a walk or run. As long as you stay at least two metres away from other people, and you stay on the sidewalks or trails within your neighbourhood, you are encouraged to get outside for a daily walk.


How are you staying active at home?

Please use the tools below to share your stories and ideas. We'd love to hear from you! And if you have any questions or comments, please leave those below as well. We'll respond to you right away!

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