Drizzly weather: how do we stay active indoors?

After an exceptionally long, warm and beautiful summer, the time of a drizzly, wet autumn has finally arrived. Now that’s great news for the plants and a good way to get into the holiday mood, but it can be a challenge to stay active. Regular activity has been scientifically proven to slow the effects of the aging process and improve quality of life. According to the new exercise guidelines of the Dutch Health Council, adults must exercise at least 2.5 hours of moderate intensity per week (e.g. cycling or walking). Muscle and bone strengthening activities (strength training, but also long-term swimming or cycling) are also recommended. But when it is cold and raining outside, it is of course less attractive to go exercising outdoors. How do you keep it fun to keep moving indoors on a regular basis? Fortunately, you can always cycle on the Bike labyrinth, regardless of age, disability or rain! We would like to give you some tips on how you can stay active indoors in a fun manner. That way, those 2.5 hours of exercise a week become a breeze!
 
Cycling!
With the Bike Labyrinth, exercise becomes fun through the interactive experience. Not only is it good for the body, but the games on the system also provide a bit of brain training. The Bike Labyrinth is certainly not a solo activity, it can also be used as a group activity.
  • Everyone gets a go: make a nice schedule where everyone can register for a bike ride. Not only does this prevent disappointment due to an occupied bike, but this way it’s also something to look forward to. In addition, people can already come and see other cyclists to get excited about their own ride even more.
  • Take a trip around the world: organize a trip around the world by letting users cycle in different countries. By handing over the so-called baton to the next cyclist every time, you can travel all over the world in one afternoon! By going global and doing it in relay form, this becomes a fun group activity that everyone can be a part of.
  • Sharing is caring: collecting memories together can be great for connecting people. Ask each user to share a memory of the place they just cycled through. In addition to physical training, there is also a bit of brain training involved and the cyclists get to know each other a little better. Who knows what wonderful conversations can be initiated like this!
  • Tally away: for even more brain training, you can get the group that is not cycling to pay extra attention and involve them by having them tally. For example, always tally when a church comes into view, or a bus, or another cyclist. Or someone with sunglasses or a red T-shirt. It can be as specific as you want, the possibilities are endless!
  • Competitions: to make it really competitive you can also set up a competition. The Tour de Bike Labyrinth, for example ;) Let the cyclists bike certain routes and record the route times. This way they can race against each other, but also against themselves. After all, what could be more motivating than beating your own records?
  • Theme weeks: For example, organize a French week with only French routes. Bonus: let the cyclists dress thematically with berets and baguettes for example!
 
Home workouts
Besides the Bike Labyrinth, there are countless other ways to keep moving. Whether it concerns a healthcare institution or a private individual, there are many ways to keep moving indoors.
  • There are numerous (free) videos with home workouts on YouTube. Many training sessions can be done with bodyweight only, but simple alternatives like water bottles, a backpack with books, a pack of flour, etc. can also be used as weights.
  • Cleaning is also a nice way to keep moving and it kills two birds with one stone.
  • Exercising in groups is always more fun than on your own and also motivates more. Think of yoga, dance lessons or, for example, musical chairs! Dancing for fifteen minutes every day is easy and does not feel like mandatory exercise at all.. So grab that air guitar and get moving!
  • It seems so simple, but can still be very effective: walk up and down the stairs more often. That way you get a lot of extra free exercise.
 
With these tips you will even get the laziest person to move! Do share your beautiful Bike Labyrinth moments with us by using #BikeLabyrinth or tagging @BikeLabyrinth, it will make  us so happy! 
 
© 01-12-2020
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