Important COVID-19 Update

Staying Fit in Coquitlam BC

Staying active and healthy throughout your life can be easy and enjoyable! You don’t have to do a million reps at the gym in order to stay healthy—in fact, it’s important that you find a physical activity that you love. That way, you’ll be more excited to stay active throughout your life rather than making working out simply another thing on your to-do list. 

By making an active lifestyle a priority, you can help prevent chronic pain later in life. Sufferers of chronic pain often struggle with depression, stress, and anxiety—by making your physical health a priority, you can help keep those issues, and many other health concerns, at bay. 

Our doctors at MacKenzie SDI see many patients whose physical concerns could have been prevented by leading a more active lifestyle. We love helping our patients, but we love it even more when you’re living a pain-free life. Stay ahead of the curve by focusing on your physical health today.

Coquitlam is a treasure trove for those looking for activities to keep them healthy. From local hiking trails, to studio gyms, there’s something here for everyone.

 

Outdoor Activities

Spending time in nature is a great way to keep your body and mind healthy throughout your life. There are countless outdoor activities surrounding Coquitlam—with over 90 kilometres of trails nearby, it’s easy to find a secluded and peaceful area to walk, hike, or bike throughout the week. Many of the trails are also wheelchair accessible and suitable for a variety of fitness levels. 

  • Go fishing at Como Lake, Lafarge Lake, or one of the other amazing fishing spots on the coast. Make sure you have a freshwater sport fishing license!
  • Explore Coquitlam’s extensive trail system. Check out the city’s Trail Finder to find a fun trail nearby!
  • Try bird watching! Coquitlam has a variety of birds you can see from while on a nature walk.

 

At-Home Workouts

It’s easier than ever to stay active in the comfort of your own home. Since many gyms and indoor facilities are limiting patrons right now, working out at home can be a safe and simple option to get your 30 minutes of activity every day.

You can find some great at-home workout videos, information, and tips on the Coquitlam website. Some of their tips includes:

  • Do an online chair yoga session for a gentle way to strengthen and support your muscles. 
  • Make your own workout equipment with materials you have lying around the house. Try using canned goods as dumbbells, your stairs as a workout bench, or fill up a backpack and wear it during a strength training session!
  • If you’re pressed for time, they have a 15 minute full body workout video where all the equipment you need is a chair.

 

Gym Activities

Gyms around Coquitlam are currently enforcing heightened health safety measures to protect staff and participants due to COVID-19 concerns. Many gyms will have limited availability, are requiring masks while on the premises, and have separate entrances and exits. If you feel comfortable being around other people at this time, there are still many gyms and facilities in Coquitlam that provide many types of fun and healthy activities. 

Popular Coquitlam indoor recreation facilities like the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex, the City Centre Aquatic Complex, and the Poirier Forum are great options for staying fit. Water activities like those offered at the Aquatic Complex are a great option for our patients—the lower joint impact can help speed up recovery while toning your entire body in a low-pain environment. 

Personal training studios can also be a great option if you’re looking for one-on-one training. If you struggle with mobility issues or want to learn from an experienced trainer how to do moves without straining your body, personal trainers can help you workout safely. 

 

Conclusion

Our team at Mackenzie SDI wants you to live a life as pain-free as possible and for you to achieve your optimal level of health. Be sure to consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program or making substantial changes to your lifestyle, especially if you’re pregnant, nursing, or are taking any medication. If you experience any pain or discomfort from new exercises or activities, our team of chiropractors can help alleviate those issues and get you back to doing the activities you love.