How to Stay Active During the Winter Season

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Living Livita
January 16, 2024
How to stay active during winter season

As winter blankets us in snow and brings chilly temperatures, staying active might seem more challenging. However, maintaining an active lifestyle during the winter months is essential for overall well-being. Embracing the season and finding creative ways to stay active can be both enjoyable and beneficial. Winter care for older adults means a lot of self-care, which is why we have come up with some great ideas to keep up with senior winter wellness.

Tips for Keeping Active

Before starting any new exercise regimen, encourage seniors to consult their healthcare providers, especially if they have any pre-existing health conditions or concerns.

Indoor Workouts

There are plenty of exercises that can be done within the comfort of your home. YouTube, apps, and even retirement homes offer various workout opportunities, from yoga to walking groups. However, it's important to speak with a healthcare provider before undergoing any physical activity.

Dance and Movement

Put on some favourite tunes and dance around the house! Dancing is a joyful way to get the body moving, improve circulation, and boost mood. It's a low-impact activity that can be adjusted to individual comfort levels.

Home Workout

Utilize household items for light workouts. Simple activities such as lifting soup cans as weights or using a sturdy chair for seated leg lifts and squats can contribute to muscle strength and endurance.

Indoor Gardening

Gardening indoors, whether with potted plants or small herb gardens, can be a therapeutic and physically engaging activity. It involves gentle movements like watering, repotting, and tending to plants, which can keep seniors active and engaged.

Balloon Volleyball

Set up a game of balloon volleyball using a soft, lightweight balloon to gently volley back and forth. It's a fun way to promote hand-eye coordination and light physical activity without the risk of injury.

Indoor Swimming or Aquatic Exercises

If available, consider indoor swimming pools that offer senior-friendly water exercises. The water reduces the impact on joints while providing a great cardiovascular workout. Winter temperature can affect seniors, so being in a pool is a great way to get the feel back of summer!

Mindfulness and Meditation

Engage in mindfulness and meditation practices to promote mental well-being. Guided meditation sessions or relaxation exercises can be beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety. To meditate and stay mindful, be sure to have a space that is completely relaxing. Which even means that having the right kind of home heating for elderly safety matters here. It will be hard to meditate if you’re feeling very cold!

Stay Connected

Organize virtual exercise sessions or activities with friends or family members. Video calls can be a great way to exercise together while staying socially connected. It’s also a good excuse to stay inside! As the temperature dips and senior health risks heighten, it can be a good idea to stay indoors.

Don’t Forget to Stay Motivated

By incorporating various these winter activities for seniors into their life, elders can maintain their physical and mental well-being throughout the winter months. The key is to find activities that are enjoyable, safe, and suited to individual capabilities. By staying active, seniors can embrace the season while nurturing their health and happiness.

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