Tips for Staying Active This WinterMonday, January 11, 2021
How Seniors Can Exercise Through the Colder Months
Physical Activity Reduces Health Risks and Boosts Mood
During the spring and summer in Cleveland, many of us get used to simply stepping out the door to take a walk, go for a nature hike, or enjoy another outdoor hobby. But when the snow starts falling and temperatures drop, it can be difficult to maintain our regular level of physical fitness.
It is very important, particularly for seniors, to stay active throughout the winter months. We know that staying physically active helps reduce many health risks, improves our mood, and can curb feelings of isolation and depression. Staying active also helps you maintain your current level of strength and muscle conditioning through the colder months.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends two hours and thirty minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activities, such as brisk walking or swimming, along with muscle strengthening and balance activities. How can seniors maintain this level of activity even during a Cleveland winter?
Get outside safely when possible.
If sidewalks and paths are clear of snow and ice, consider bundling up and getting some fresh air. A brisk walk in the cold can be invigorating.
Take an indoor walk.
When you reside in a senior living community like McGregor, you can get in plenty of steps by walking the halls. Other options include taking short walks throughout the day in your home or heading to a nearby mall.
Try a new workout video.
Whether you check a DVD out of the library or turn on YouTube, there is no shortage of workout videos to choose from. Perhaps you will try a new chair exercise routine, complete a beginner’s yoga class, or do a guided weight-strengthening workout using bands or light hand weights. If you have access to the activities in an independent living community, take advantage of the group fitness classes to get some exercise and socialization.
Turn on some music and dance.
Remember that dancing is a great form of aerobic exercise! Consider turning on some upbeat music and enjoying a dance break. The goal is simply to move your body for an extended period of time.
Do some active housework.
Yes, vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting all can be considered a form of aerobic exercise. Cleaning on a cold winter day can be a good way to check a household chore and exercise off your daily to-do list at the same time.
Do you have other ideas to add to this list? Let us know! If you are considering a move to a senior living community this winter, we’d love to talk to you about your living options at McGregor. Please reach out at any time.