For aged adults, warmer weather generally brings more options. Being in the outdoors brings so much delight, from walks in the park to trips to the beach with the grandchildren. However, as the leaves fall and the weather starts to become chilly, keeping active might become more of a challenge. Many people struggle to come up with winter activities for aged adults. However, there are several ways for you or your loved one to maintain an active lifestyle. Staying active, after all, offers a plethora of health benefits for aged adults. Here are some ways to combat the cold and keep active.
Health Benefits of Staying Active
It might be tempting to take a timeout, but keeping fit and active during the winter months is of utmost importance. Benefits include:
- Increased strength and stamina
- Better social wellness
- Reduced isolation and anxiety symptoms
- Reduced fall risks
- Improved cognitive function
- Preventing health conditions like diabetes and heart disease
Visiting the Gym
Going to the gym isn’t just for those in their youth. Residents in many senior living communities have access to gyms with aged adult-friendly equipment. You can either work out at your own pace or under the guidance of a professional fitness instructor. It is advised that you consult with your doctor before visiting the gym. They can assist you in determining which workouts will be most beneficial and appropriate for you. However, remember not to take it too fast and push yourself beyond your limit.
Walk, Walk, and Walk
Walking is the best and most reliable activity that anyone can do all year round. It is ideal for aged adults given that no equipment is required, and it is a wonderful way to socialize and connect with friends and neighbors. Just because there is snow on the ground does not mean you cannot seek out other places for a stroll. Consider several indoor walking areas that are close to where you live, which can include malls, local colleges during the weekend, gyms with indoor walking tracks or treadmills, and of course, senior living community neighborhoods.
Group Fitness Classes
Group classes are a good place to start if you are looking for winter exercises for aged adults. Fitness programs are available at gyms, community centers, and senior living communities to help aged adults keep active in the winter. Yoga, aerobics, and Zumba are among the more popular activities. Group classes can help establish a regular fitness regimen and give you opportunities to socialize and make new friends.
Delight Through Dance
Did you know that one of the most enjoyable winter hobbies for aged adults is dancing? Whether you’re taking a lesson or simply having fun with your grandchildren, music and a nice space is all you need. Dancing is more than just a pastime. According to research, it can enhance strength, muscle function, balance, and flexibility in aged adults. Don’t forget to stretch before your next dance session – it helps to prevent muscle strain and lowers the risk of injury.
Keep Active in Every Season at Blue Ridge
Wondering how you or your loved one can socialize and remain active in the winter? Blue Ridge is the place for you. Contact our dedicated team, who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs, amenities, and more.