Winter is the time of year when most of us want to stay indoors, but by staying active you can keep the body and mind healthy.
Read more about the activities this winter season that you and your senior loved one can comfortably enjoy together:
What Activities Can Seniors Enjoy in Winter?
Exercise is important for your health, you should try to include at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity in your routine every day.
If you include these types of exercise, you will get the most benefit from your physical activity:
But, because of the unhealthy and hazardous weather, the winter season will make it difficult to keep up with these kinds of activities.
Luckily, there are still many fun activities during this period that will keep you and your loved ones involved. The winter season’s top activities for seniors include:
A fitness pass is not only for buff 20-year-olds. In your local gym, you can take advantage of all the new exercise equipment. Call around or ask your friends about the gyms that will meet the physical needs of your parent and your senior. Many gyms offer a fitness expert introductory session to show you how to use the equipment safely.
Swimming is a great activity to enjoy throughout the year, especially when the outside weather is cold and you end up with a quick dip to ease your joints.
Swimming helps to improve balance, stamina, flexibility and strength. Plan ahead to make the most of a pool visit. If you are not a comfortable swimmer, a parent or a senior loved one, call around to see which pools offer exercise classes that do not require prior experience.
Move Your Hips
It has been shown that dancing is one of the most effective forms of exercise to maintain a healthy body and brain. All you need is a clear spot and some music on the stage.
Dancing leads to:
- A sense of achievement
- A sense of community and friendship
- Greater flexibility
- Higher energy levels
- Improved posture
- Reported increased happiness
Even if ballet isn’t your style, you will benefit from any sort of dancing.
Yoga is a very gentle and low-impact form of exercise that often involves holding a variety of poses or positions while focusing on breathing and relaxation.
Yoga is known to:
- Build stronger bones
- Improve your balance and strength
- Increase flexibility
- Lower high blood pressure
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Reduce anxiety
Walking is the most natural form of exercise and no additional equipment is required other than a good pair of shoes. Walking outside offers you the most value, but you may need to look for an indoor spot during the cold and icy months.
Get walking indoors at:
- A community center
- An indoor walking track
- The mall
- Your local university
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