Wintertime is full of family-centric events, from Thanksgiving and Christmas to the always-fun New Year’s Eve. We look forward to spending time with our loved ones, exchanging gifts and eating tons of amazing food. Unfortunately, winter also brings cold weather that can make us feel lethargic, keep us inside and ruin our exercise routines. With all the holiday meals and no exercise, it’s easy to lose sight of our fitness goals. We know staying active is a huge part of living a healthy, happy life. But staying active in the face of freezing temperatures, the winter doldrums or seasonal energy fluctuations can be hard. Let’s check out a few ways you can get the winter exercise you need.
Get Active Indoors
For many seniors, using complicated indoor gym equipment can be intimidating–so they avoid exercising until the weather warms back up. Unfortunately, lack of exercise (even just over the winter months) can lead to weakened muscles, lower energy, and even depression and anxiety. So how do you combat the cold weather but still stay in shape? Try out exercise videos or buy some home exercise equipment! If you have an internet connection, you can access thousands of exercise videos online–many of which are made especially with seniors in mind. Check out these YouTube channels for hundreds of exercise routines made for seniors:
Home weights, an exercise ball or a yoga mat are also great tools for getting the exercise you need without venturing out into the winter cold.
Join a Fitness Group
If you have friends who are also concerned about keeping their exercise routines during the winter, organize a fitness group! You can plan times to meet and take a walk around your assisted living facility or a local gym’s indoor track. If you aren’t interested in venturing out of your home, invite your fitness group over and follow a video exercise routine together. The most important part of organizing an exercise or fitness group is to encourage one another. Wintertime can bring the doldrums, so a friendly word of encouragement can be just the pick-me-up you need to power through an exercise routine.
Get Your Winter Exercise Around the House
Your house is full of opportunities to get your much-needed exercise. If you can, consider taking the stairs once a day instead of the elevator. Make it a point to get up and walk to your bedroom or living room at back at least twice a day. Increase your water intake, and get exercise while doing it! Make it a point to consume more water each day–but use smaller glasses or cups to drink it. With smaller glasses, you’ll be finished sooner and need to get up to replenish your glass. Those extra trips to the kitchen equal extra exercise–and they add up over the course of a day!
These are just a few of the ways you can stay active this winter, and keep your health on track. The Brookfield Senior Living and Memory Care is passionate about helping our residents stay active, healthy and happy. Contact us today to learn more about our facilities and how we can help you live your best life!
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