As we grow older, natural changes in our bodies make it more challenging to keep warm during winter. Our metabolism decreases, making it harder to retain heat. Also, the fat layer under our skin gets thinner. This fat layer conserves heat, so losing some will make us feel colder, faster.
Older adults who don’t keep warm can risk increased blood pressure and heart rate. As such, most residents in retirement homes like staying indoors during wintertime.
Going Outside in Winter at Retirement Homes
Staying indoors during winter is quite common for most of us in the province, and more specifically with retirement living. However, there are plenty of benefits to going outside, even if it’s cold.
- Getting sunlight provides your daily dose of Vitamin D.
- It improves your immune system.
- Going outside can lift your mood, especially when the sun shines off the snow or we get that beautiful, light, fluffy snowfall!
As mentioned, too much cold can pose problems for older adults. However, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the outdoors during winter. Going outside in the winter can be a safe and fulfilling activity as long as you take the necessary precautions.
Here are some tips before stepping out in the cold:
- Check the forecast, especially if you are planning to be out long.
- Layer up!
- Keep your head, hands, feet, and ears covered.
- Make sure to hydrate.
- Stay dry and change immediately if you get wet.
Outdoor Activities for Seniors
It’s so easy to bundle up and stay indoors during winter. However, there can be a lot of missed opportunities when you spend all your time inside. We’re all about getting the most out of life, so we want you to have the tools to do so!
Are you an active senior who loves going outdoors? Here are some activities you can do outdoors while still keeping warm this winter.
1. Outdoor cookouts
Outdoor barbeques aren’t just meant for summer. One of the more simple but fun things to do this winter is to have an outdoor cookout. Get the grill going and enjoy the cool winter breeze with friends.
2. Any light exercise
Retirement living is a great time to stay active, even during winter. Physical activity is vital to keep our bodies warm; our body temperature rises when active.
Even just 30 mins a day can help keep you healthy, strong, and warmer this winter season. You can start with:
- Walking around the retirement home or the neighborhood. If weather permits, you can venture out to the nearest park.
- Is there a nearby trail in your area? Go out and take even a short hike, which is excellent for your body and mind.
Winter at Retirement Homes in Ontario
Spending time outdoors is beneficial for your mind and body, whatever time of year. Livita always supports its residents’ health and well-being. Our teams are consistently focused on developing outdoor activities for seniors, even during wintertime.
Be part of a community that lets you live with vitality today! Contact us to learn more about any of our five residences in Ontario.