Vancouver, known for its breathtaking natural beauty and temperate climate, often experiences gloomy, wet weather during the fall and winter seasons. As the skies turn gray and the rain pours, many residents find themselves struggling with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or feeling the need to hibernate indoors. However, there’s a remedy that not only keeps you active but also lifts your spirits: indoor sports. In this article we’ll explore how engaging in indoor soccer, swimming, and climbing can fight seasonal blues, while keeping you social, and out of the rain.
1. Indoor Soccer
Soccer is a nationally loved sport, one that can be practiced anywhere, with the simplest material, a soccer ball. This globally beloved sport is more than just a game; it’s a way of life. Played on fields of green, or inside a gym, soccer is a sport that may seem simple to many, but requires skill, strategy, and athleticism.
Where to play or practice soccer
- Check out the drop-in schedule at your local community centre
2. Indoor Swimming
Indoor swimming isn’t just a physical activity; it’s a retreat, a gateway to health and relaxation, and a place where you can submerge yourself in a world of aquatic tranquility, no matter the weather outside.
Where to go swimming in the Greater Vancouver area
Check out the drop-in schedule at your local community centre
- Vancouver Community Centre
- Vancouver Community Centre – Drop-in swim schedule
- Burnaby Community Centre
- Richmond Community Centre
3. Indoor Climbing
Indoor climbing, a thrilling vertical adventure, invites enthusiasts to climb heights within the safety of a controlled environment. Whether you’re a seasoned climber or a newbie seeking an exhilarating challenge, these indoor climbing gyms offer a world of opportunity.
Where to go climbing in the Greater Vancouver area
- The Hive (Vancouver, North Shore, Surrey, Port Coquitlam)
- Clip’N Climb (Richmond)
- UBC Aviary (UBC – open to the public)
- Richmond Olympic Oval (Richmond)
Prioritizing indoor sports is crucial for maintaining your mental and physical well-being. It’s essential to remain active during the cold and wet winter season, to ensure a happy healthier you, year round.
Sources: Indoor Soccer Leagues, Vancouver Drop-In Soccer Schedule, Find an Outside Soccer Field, Join the BC Soccer Association Society, Vancouver Community Centre, Burnaby Community Centre, Richmond Community Centre, Vancouver Community Centre (Drop-in Swim), Burnaby Drop-in Activities, Richmond Aquatic Services, The Hive, Clip’N Climb, UBC Aviary, Richmond Olympic Oval