Doug Dickson, manager of Cottonwood Manor and the North Shore Community Centre (NSCC), gives four exercise ideas that suit every ability, interest, and mobility level, and offer social opportunities too.
If you like moving to Latin American beats, join in twice-weekly Zumba sessions at NSCC. This dance-based class incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo moves. Choose how challenging you want the class to be by adjusting your movements to what your body can handle – the instructor will be able to help you with this if needed.
Whether you know your mantras from your mudra and are bendy as a pretzel, or are an absolute newbie with a creaky hip, you can enjoy yoga at NSCC. The experienced teacher can modify moves to your mobility, and you can even do poses in your chair.
3. Fitness Fun
“This is a very popular class and there are about two dozen participants who swear by the benefits,” says Dickson. “Some of the regular attendees are well into their 80s. It incorporates stretching, bending and breathing exercises, sitting or standing.”
4. Walks at McArthur Island Park
The park is just a short walk away from Cottonwood Manor and a full loop is around 3 km. “Many of our residents do it every day,” says Dickson. “It’s fairly flat, so great for either walking or biking.” The park also has lawn bowling, tennis and outdoor fitness stations for people who want to push themselves a little further.
North Shore Community Centre is a charitable non-profit organization that is open to the whole community on the site of Cottonwood Manor, a condo for independent retirees from their 60s up. For more information on North Shore Community Centre, visit nsccs.ca, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 250-376-4777. To learn about the residence, visit Cottonwoodmanor.ca, email email@example.com or phone 250-376-4777.