With the time for cozy mornings, hot beverages, sweaters & blankets just around the corner, it is crucial to ensure that seniors maintain an active lifestyle. Winter is one of the most crucial times of the year when you need to be extra careful about staying active without catching infections. The snows outside are beautiful to see and slippery, thus not allowing you to go out as much as you would love to.
Exercising plays a major role in preventing a disparate range of health conditions ranging from depression to diabetes. Not only do physical exercised strengthen the muscles, but also improves the respiratory as well as cardio-vascular systems. It also plays a pivotal role in keeping depression and stress at bay, thereby maintaining a good mental health. Seniors who lead an active lifestyle have also been found to less susceptible to falls.
In order to lead a healthy life, you need to stay active, even during winters, while cuddling up and reading a good book by the window with a hot cup of tea is what you would prefer. Find out some safe and effective physical activities that you can indulge in without getting exposed to the freezing weather!
- Walking: This is one of the easiest forms of workout. Even if you cannot go out, walk within your home.
- Yoga or Pilates: Join a Yoga or Pilates class in your locale. These low-impact activities offer seniors a chance to indulge in a safe physical activity and at the same time keep seniors socially engaged.
- Indoor swimming: Swimming is one of the best activities known to improve balance, increase heart rate and strengthen muscles without affecting the joints. The risk of injury is also minimal. Enrol for an indoor swimming or water aerobics class.
- Home workouts: Try watching exercise video and working out within the comforts of your home.
This holiday season, stay hydrated, eat nutritious food and keep yourself active. You are your own motivation, so get off that couch and indulge in playful activities with your grandkids. Find warmness in the company of family and friends this winter.