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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!

  • Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park - Follow the trail of lights and the feel the excitement of the holiday season in Waterloo Park! The lights are on from 5:30 to 10:30 pm every evening from Saturday November 28, 2020 to Friday January 1, 2021. Note: no ceremonies, horse-drawn trolley rides this year due to covid-19 and construction in the park.
  • Meditation for Hope - Wellbeing Waterloo Region is offering a series of meditation sessions on gratitude to create hope. There are three sessions happening in December. You may register for one or more sessions, but please be aware that registration is limited to 10 participants per session. Register online today!
  • History of Waterloo GPS Walking Tour. Have some fun around town with this tour by the Waterloo Public Library. For best results, be sure to read the technology tips before striking out.
  • WOW Waterloo! WOW Waterloo (a Seniors’ Centre Without Walls initiative), provides free telephone-based activities and programs for all older adults. It works just the same as attending a class or a lecture at the centre— over the telephone! Programs will be available 2–3 times a week starting mid-November and run 30 to 45 minutes. For more information, please contact Allie at Allie.Serota@waterloo.ca or 519-579-1020 x10037.
  • Enjoy fresh air and the outdoors? Volunteer for a City of Waterloo outdoor rink. Apply online today.
  • Indoor walking timeslot are open for pre-registration at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex or RIM Park. Visit www.waterloo.ca/track for details.
  • Pickleball is back in limited release at RIM Park. Pre-registration now open. View schedule and safety measures at www.waterloo.ca/pickleball


Other ideas:

  • Fall Cycling Geocache: go for a spin and find four hidden geocaches on select trails across Waterloo. Fun for everyone!
  • Make a date to check out the Culture Days Uptown Waterloo Mural Walk – new murals have been installed along the Hughes Lane Art Walk, in Waterloo Public Square, along the Willis Way side of the Uptown Waterloo Parking garage, and at the Waterloo Visitor and Heritage Information Centre.
  • Higher Intensity Walking on Level Ground challenge: On a flat course, see how fast you must walk before you get to the point where you can only gasp out single words. When you reach this point, slow down for a minute or two, then speed up again for a minute and repeat. Continue these intervals for 30 minutes.
  • Join a one hour gentle movement meditation as part of the City of Waterloo’s online wellness series “staying healthy and well: a virtual series for seniors”. The weekly topics are open to residents 55+, and all adults and caregivers. Sessions will be hosted via Zoom video conferencing, and require preregistration. Free assistance and support for Zoom is also available. To learn more about each session or to register, please visit www.waterloo.ca/staying-healthy
  • Morning adult fitness classes are back in small sizes at Wing 404. 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.
  • 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!

  • Wonders of Winter in Waterloo Park - Follow the trail of lights and the feel the excitement of the holiday season in Waterloo Park! The lights are on from 5:30 to 10:30 pm every evening from Saturday November 28, 2020 to Friday January 1, 2021. Note: no ceremonies, horse-drawn trolley rides this year due to covid-19 and construction in the park.
  • Meditation for Hope - Wellbeing Waterloo Region is offering a series of meditation sessions on gratitude to create hope. There are three sessions happening in December. You may register for one or more sessions, but please be aware that registration is limited to 10 participants per session. Register online today!
  • History of Waterloo GPS Walking Tour. Have some fun around town with this tour by the Waterloo Public Library. For best results, be sure to read the technology tips before striking out.
  • WOW Waterloo! WOW Waterloo (a Seniors’ Centre Without Walls initiative), provides free telephone-based activities and programs for all older adults. It works just the same as attending a class or a lecture at the centre— over the telephone! Programs will be available 2–3 times a week starting mid-November and run 30 to 45 minutes. For more information, please contact Allie at Allie.Serota@waterloo.ca or 519-579-1020 x10037.
  • Enjoy fresh air and the outdoors? Volunteer for a City of Waterloo outdoor rink. Apply online today.
  • Indoor walking timeslot are open for pre-registration at Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex or RIM Park. Visit www.waterloo.ca/track for details.
  • Pickleball is back in limited release at RIM Park. Pre-registration now open. View schedule and safety measures at www.waterloo.ca/pickleball


Other ideas:

  • Fall Cycling Geocache: go for a spin and find four hidden geocaches on select trails across Waterloo. Fun for everyone!
  • Make a date to check out the Culture Days Uptown Waterloo Mural Walk – new murals have been installed along the Hughes Lane Art Walk, in Waterloo Public Square, along the Willis Way side of the Uptown Waterloo Parking garage, and at the Waterloo Visitor and Heritage Information Centre.
  • Higher Intensity Walking on Level Ground challenge: On a flat course, see how fast you must walk before you get to the point where you can only gasp out single words. When you reach this point, slow down for a minute or two, then speed up again for a minute and repeat. Continue these intervals for 30 minutes.
  • Join a one hour gentle movement meditation as part of the City of Waterloo’s online wellness series “staying healthy and well: a virtual series for seniors”. The weekly topics are open to residents 55+, and all adults and caregivers. Sessions will be hosted via Zoom video conferencing, and require preregistration. Free assistance and support for Zoom is also available. To learn more about each session or to register, please visit www.waterloo.ca/staying-healthy
  • Morning adult fitness classes are back in small sizes at Wing 404. 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.
  • 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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    Temp bike lanes

    by Gary Voigt , 4 months ago

    How do I post an objection to the temp bike lanes????

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    Backyard pickleball!

    7 months ago

    I have been playing pickleball for awhile now, and I was super excited when I came across this video. Just waiting for the backyard to dry up and I'll be able to practice my skills!



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