9 Ways for Seniors to Stay Active This Winter

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Many seniors are aware of how important exercising is, as well as the benefits of staying fit as you age. However, as winter approaches, it may be more difficult to find the motivation to remain active. 

Even though temperatures in Waverly, Ohio may drop below freezing during the winter months, there are still plenty of ways to stay mobile at Bristol Village that don’t involve going outside.

Why Staying Active in Winter is So Important

Here at Bristol Village, we encourage our residents to incorporate little acts of wellness into their daily routines all 12 months of the year. From swimming to jogging, it is easy to add a small amount of exercise to your daily schedules.

Engaging in these activities can allow you to: 

  • Reduce Your Winter Blues – It’s common for adults to be more prone to symptoms of seasonal affective disorder in the winter (such as depression or fatigue). Exercise can combat these symptoms by improving your mood, helping you sleep better, and increasing your energy level.

  • Lessen Joint Pain – Winter can often cause increased joint pain for seniors. By remaining active, you’ll help boost blood flow in your joints and even strengthen the muscles in those problem areas.

  • Enhance Your Immune System – Elderly adults are more likely to contract infections in their immune system than younger adults. Exercise can contribute to a healthier immune system by increasing circulation rate, which allows cells to travel through your body and do their job more efficiently.

  • Increase Metabolism Rates – As adults age and enter their retirement years, their metabolism will slow down. Physical exercise helps to burn calories and increase your metabolism, which can assist in maintaining a healthy weight level. 

These four health benefits are just a few of the reasons why exercising is so important for seniors. Picking up the habit of exercising, whether occasionally or regularly, can potentially be a lifesaving hobby.

Ways for Seniors to Maintain Wellness During the Winter

Maintaining wellness, as well as a health-oriented schedule, are both important for elderly adults. The following are six different ways that seniors can stay active both in their homes and at our 65,000 square foot Activity Center during the wintertime.

1. Swimming

Swimming is an exercise activity that seniors commonly incorporate into their daily schedules because it is a low-impact workout. Since it is both an indoor and outdoor activity, swimming can be done year-round. It has also been proven to reduce stress and increase quality of life for seniors. 

Within our Activity Center, we offer an indoor pool as well as various aquatic exercise programs for residents to utilize. Seniors can choose to take our swimming classes, do laps, or just swim recreationally – each option is a great source of cardio. 

2. Exercise Classes

Exercise classes are also a popular choice for seniors because they are offered at various strength levels and can include a wide range of activity. From light-intensity weight training to cycling to Zumba, seniors can find a workout class that is parallel to their interests and desired concentration.

Bristol Village residents additionally have access to our modern fitness center, where exercise classes are also available for seniors to take by themselves or with friends on a daily or weekly basis.

3. Home Gym

For seniors with a desire to stay healthy in the winter, it’s no longer necessary to invest in a membership at a local gym. You can easily create a stimulating workout routine right in your Bristol Village home!

Easy workouts that seniors can do right in their residences include: 

  • Sit-ups
  • Push-ups
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Training with a workout DVD
  • Low-intensity dumbbell weight training

Remember, it’s also important to stretch after every workout, given that this will increase your overall flexibility and improve your range of motion. 

4. Walking, Jogging and Running

There’s no denying that running comes with numerous health benefits. This form of cardio can increase bone mass and even strengthen problem-area joints, such as your knees.

Running, as well as walking and jogging, can also be done year-round, both indoors and outdoors, so there’s no excuse to not walk, jog or run in the winter. You don’t have to run a marathon; just walking a short distance instead of driving or going on a morning jog can make all the difference and increase your blood flow. 

Our Activity Center offers plenty of scenic routes to walk, jog and run on, as well as a climate-controlled indoor track that is beneficial for seniors wanting to remain active while also staying warm.

5. Mind-stimulating Activities 

In addition to remaining active physically, it’s important for seniors to stay mentally active during the winter months. Easy ways that this can be done include engaging in: 

  • Board games
  • Knitting or crocheting
  • Puzzle books and crosswords
  • Socializing with friends
  • Reading
  • Cooking or baking

Additionally, there are plenty of events on our Activity Calendar that seniors can attend. These range from ceramics classes to writing workshops. 

6. Get Outside!

Although the winter months in Waverly, Ohio can get a bit chilly, there are still plenty of ways to remain active outdoors. (Before braving the cold, however, be sure to wear plenty of layers and drink lots of water.) 

Possibilities for outdoor physical activity during the winter include going for a walk, playing in the snow with grandchildren, and ice skating. 

7. Connect with Your Neighbors

Getting to know your neighbors and making new friends can be incredibly beneficial in your senior years, as it will give you more social outlets and a greater support system.

There are a variety of activities, clubs, groups, and more that you can engage in at our Activity Center, of course, but you could also create a new club or group of your own to find others with similar interests. It’s a wonderful project opportunity!

8. Take Up a New Hobby

There are so many worthwhile hobbies out there that can help you expand your horizons and give you oodles of enjoyment. Some of the activities our seniors regularly take part in include:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Ceramics
  • Stain glass making
  • Weaving
  • Writing
  • Woodworking
  • Music
  • Fitness
  • Dance
  • Cards
  • Cue and cushion
  • Genealogy
  • Horticulture
  • Red Hat Society
  • Gardening

These are all fun things to take up during the winter months, or to study up on for when it gets warmer. And, of course, there are hundreds of other options out there. Start a new adventure!

9. Volunteer

Another terrific way to keep active is by volunteering, which will not only allow you to stay busy during the colder months, but will let you help your community.

Check out our post on ways to give back in the Waverly area!

Live Out an Active Retirement at Bristol Village

As you age, it becomes more important to live an active retirement lifestyle. Exercising during the winter has physical, mental and social benefits, making it a valuable addition to your day-to-day routine.

Maintaining your health levels are also all about listening to your body. You should never perform a workout that may be too strenuous on your joints; additionally, we recommend also incorporating a well-rounded diet into your lifestyle.

For more information about exercising for seniors, our Activity Center, or for suggestions on other ways to live a life of wellness, contact our team today. We’d love to help!