Active Living

How can you ‘age actively’ in Manitoba?

Most Canadians would agree that a healthy lifestyle consisting of regular physical activity and healthy eating is beneficial to our overall health. This is especially true for older adults. Physical activity and healthy eating can extend our lives, reduce disability and chronic diseases and most importantly improve the quality of our lives.

Many older adults may also feel that it is too late or too hard to inclulde physical activity and healthy eating into their daily lives. Active Aging in Manitoba’s goal is to help all older adults live an active lifestyle and experience the health benefits, joy and happiness that go along with it.

How do I live this way?

We often hear about active living, physical activity, or healthy eating and their importance to our health. What we don’t hear often enough is HOW to live this way. AAIM’s focus is to provide information and resources older adults need to start or continue to live and active and healthy lifestyle.

How can AAIM help you to get active?

Urban Poling Workshops

Urban pole walking, also known as Nordic pole walking, is both a fun and fantastic way to stay in shape, especially as you age! Compared to regular walking, walkers use poles, similar in concept to ski poles, with each stride. Pole walkers benefit as they actually use approximately 90% of their muscles as opposed to normal walking. Muscles that benefit include: the chest, back muscles, triceps, biceps, shoulders, abdominal and other core muscles. Pole walking has also been estimated to burn about 46% more calories than regular style walking.

For more information, to try out urban poling for yourself or to purchase a set of poles, give us a call at 204-632-3947 or email [email protected]!

Pickleball Demonstrations

Pickleball is a paddle or racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated ball, similar to a whiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications.

Pickleball is a an all ages friendly sport and has grown in popularity over the last several years. AAIM provides pickleball demonstrations and can even rent out equipment if you or your organisation are interested in trying it out!

For more information or to try out pickleball for yourself, give us a call at 204-632-3947 or email [email protected]!