If you’re someone who enjoys taking daily walks, bike rides, or jogs, it can be tough to keep up with a fitness routine in winter! Between the chilly temps, icy sidewalks and roads, and the days being so much shorter, it’s easy to let your workouts fall to the wayside.
However, we all know just how beneficial exercise is to seniors, both physically and mentally, so it’s important to find activities that you can do inside to stay fit until spring arrives.
The Central Orthopedic Center lists 7 workouts seniors can do in winter that are safe and enjoyable.
7 Winter Exercises to Try
- Try mall walking — Better yet, get some friends to go with you
- Walk outside during peak times — Schedule your daily walks when the temperature reaches its highest point for the day
- Get an at-home gym set up — Whether it’s a yoga mat, free weights, or an exercise bike, set aside some space in your home to make your workouts more accessible.
- Join a gym — A lot of gyms will have specials after the new year, and it’s a good excuse to get you out of the house.
- Join the YMCA — The YMCA is typically less expensive than gyms, and they feature group classes and pools.
- Find local classes — Senior centers in your area likely have regular fitness classes you can join
- Do whatever you enjoy — You can always try a new workout, like yoga, pilates, or Zumba to get up and get moving!
Be sure to consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program, and if you do venture outside, be sure to pay attention to the weather conditions to avoid accidental falls and injuries. Other than that, stay warm, stay active, and warmer days will be here before you know it!
Be sure to check out our other articles on Council of Seniors 365 for more tips on staying healthy during your retirement.