The winter months can often bring feelings of lethargy. With shorter days and cold weather, staying inside watching television all day is tempting — and that seems to be true for adults of all ages. One survey found that 58% of Americans reported becoming less active in the winter.
But staying active should remain a priority, especially for seniors. If you’re a senior in Independent Living, keep reading for tips on staying active this cold season.
Staying active is vital to a healthy and fulfilling retirement, and seniors should aim to be socially, physically and spiritually engaged. Some benefits of remaining active include:
As you get older, staying active takes a bit more planning and commitment. But don’t let the cold winter season be an excuse to withdraw and stay stagnant. Staying active can be challenging in the winter, but options include:
Staying physically active this winter is essential to retain strength and mobility. If your preferred exercise activity is walking or biking, you probably need an alternative in the winter months. Consider trying a group exercise class. These classes provide opportunities to try out a new activity (such as yoga or dancing), but you can also meet new people in class. You might find your new favorite physical activity and new best friend all in one class!
Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for seniors because it’s a great workout that's easy on the joints. If you spend the warmer months in an outdoor pool, consider switching to a heated indoor pool for the winter, and consider enrolling in an aquatics class.
To ensure you don’t disconnect from others this winter season, add social clubs to your calendar to get plenty of meaningful time with others. Social clubs include generic senior clubs and those that cater to specific interests (such as book clubs). You can try out a few to see which appeal to you.
Your spirituality requires regular practice, so don't take a break from it during the winter. Staying in tune with your religious side is easy and accessible at Montereau thanks to our on-campus chapel. Maintaining your spiritual commitment helps you feel fulfilled.
You don’t have to view winter as a limiting season. Instead, become a tourist in your city! Use this season as a time to explore your community. Visit new coffee shops or restaurants, go to museums and art galleries and explore any attractions you’ve previously missed out on.
Of course, the winter months bring a slight increase in risk that you must be aware of. Slippery ice and low temperatures can make the cold months a bit more dangerous for older adults. When engaging in activities in the winter:
Living in an Independent Living community can give you more immediate access to the things that encourage overall wellness. We offer a range of amenities on the premises along with a full social calendar of events that help you connect with a community of peers.
Considering transitioning to an Independent Living solution this winter? Montereau has everything you’re looking for. Check out our podcast, Vitality Matters, and call us at 918-495-1500 to schedule a tour!
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