As the temperatures drop outside, it can be tempting to just stay indoors and snuggle up on the coach. However, for seniors in particular, cold temperatures are no excuse for staying sedentary. In fact, finding ways to regularly exercise and stay active in the winter can also help seniors sleep better, maintain a healthy weight, increase mobility, ward off winter colds and other illnesses by boosting the immune system. Plus exercising can decrease your risk for developing, or allow you to better maintain, chronic conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease.
Some recent studies also suggest that getting the recommended 2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week may also help reduce your risk for cognitive decline, as well as decrease your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
There’s no question that regular exercise can help seniors live longer, more independent lives as they age. Make sure you keep it moving this winter with these exercise tips for seniors.
Always be sure to speak with your doctor before starting any type of exercise program. He or she may have certain activities they recommend or want you to avoid based on your specific health and fitness levels. If you’re new to exercise, be sure to start slow, with ten minutes a day, building up to 20 to 30 minutes a day over time. Doing too much, too fast can increase your risk of injury.
At Western Home Communities we have the services and amenities seniors of all ages and fitness levels need to stay active in the winter and all year long. From on-site wellness and fitness programs, as well as our on-site senior-friendly gyms, residents are never far from the amenities they need to meet their fitness goals. This is all in addition to our many senior-friendly living options and services, all designed to ensure seniors have easy access to the things they need to stay active, healthy and independent.
Looking for a senior living community that helps seniors live life to the fullest? Contact Western Home Communities today for more information and to set up a tour.