As the winter weather arrives, it can begin to interfere with your aging loved one’s health and well-being. But staying active is important for keeping the body and mind strong and vibrant – especially for seniors. Even though getting outside is always more of a challenge during this season, there are many other ways for keeping your loved one active this winter. Here are a few good ideas to consider.
Dancing is an excellent form of exercise. It’s easy, fun and can be done absolutely anywhere – even at home! You can throw on some favourite tunes and get your loved one off of the couch and on their feet for a daily session of dance in whatever form they enjoy. Or, joining a dance class is also a great way to get them out of the house and engaging with others. Dancing improves flexibility, it loosens the joints, and it gets the blood flowing – the perfect way to get active while having fun.
Stretching is so beneficial to both the body and mind. Simple stretches improve the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the body while helping the muscle stay limber and flexible. So, encourage your loved one to perform some simple stretches each morning. It’s a great routine that preps the body for the day.
Why not fire up the oven and plan some nightly cooking or baking sessions together? Fluttering around the kitchen to create a culinary masterpiece keeps things interesting while moving the body. Have your loved one pick a few favourite recipes to make and then plan a few evenings during each week to create some tasty meals or baked goods together.
Join a Seniors Exercise Class
There are many different exercise classes that are tailored to seniors. Take a look at local listings in your area and see what might interest your loved one. Aqua fitness is very popular since it’s gentle on the body and a whole lot of fun splashing around in the pool.
Exercise classes aren’t the only option – look for some seniors social gatherings too. Chess clubs, holiday gatherings, and choir practice are just a few ideas that your loved one may enjoy.
Don’t let the winter weather impact the health and well-being of your aging loved one. If you’re looking for ways to keep them active this winter, just remember that even small gestures like cooking are beneficial for getting them off the couch and moving around.
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