How to stay active as the weather gets colder

Sunrise Senior Living  |  November 15, 2016
Try out these physical activities that promote good health and can be done indoors.
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Try out these physical activities that promote good health and can be done indoors.

Physical activity is important for everyone, but for older adults it can be even more important. Regular exercise keeps bones and joints strong and is essential for mitigating the risks of chronic diseases and other ailments that can have a negative impact on your health.

Unfortunately, colder weather can make it difficult to stay motivated and active. When the sun is shining, it's much easier to get outside and there are more opportunities and options when it comes to exercising. There are, fortunately, some activities that can be done year-round and provide a number of great benefits. 

Swimming
The National Health Service stated that older adults should try to get 150 minutes worth of moderate exercise every week. Becoming a member of a local gym or community group is a great way to stay active in the colder months, especially when selecting one that has a pool.

Swimming is a great exercise for seniors because it offers an easy way to maintain physical fitness. This exercise protects against cardiovascular disease and other serious health problems. Instructors and fitness trainers can help build an exercise plan, but swimming is a great activity because it can be done individually. Water aerobics, meanwhile, is a great way to promote flexibility and the supportive nature of the water can help anyone living with mobility issues or joint discomfort.

Yoga
This activity is a fantastic form of exercise because it not only benefits the body but promotes mental wellness and reduces stress. Age UK stated that because there are different types and levels offered in yoga classes or studios, it's easy to get started even with a limited background. 

A yoga class is a social way to stay active in winter.A yoga class is a social way to stay active in winter.

With a focus on mindfulness, breathing and deliberate motion, yoga can not only be used to increase flexibility and strength - it's a form of injury rehabilitation and can promote stamina as well. The calming nature of this activity is perfect for relieving stress, and because it can be done anywhere, older adults can practice yoga from home even when the weather isn't cooperating.

Indoor walking
Perhaps the most simple form of exercise, walking is a great way to stay fit. In some towns there are a collection of walking groups that go out on a weekly basis, it might be a good idea to reach out to them. Walking is also a wonderful activity because it is easy to do while listening to music or with a friend.