December 1, 2023
Winter is upon us…like it or not! The days are shorter, darker, wetter and colder, and this will be the norm for a few more months. You may want to spend extra time snuggled up on the couch, drinking hot cocoa and watching all the Hallmark Holiday movies until April when the sun shines again. BUT staying active is important all year long, no matter the weather! Seniors should still aim for 2-3 hours of moderate-intensity exercise per week. Don’t let the cold weather stop you from that.
Here are some great tips on how you can stay active and safe all winter long:
- Schedule Movement Into Your Day: A body at rest tends to stay at rest; this is especially true in these long winter months. Plan a specific time to move each day, make an appointment for yourself to go for a walk or take a fitness class. Many people are more productive in the morning, so this may be the best time for you to get up and move.
- Attend Virtual Fitness Classes: Today’s seniors are more connected than ever! Why not use some of that technological knowledge to stay active? Find a local fitness club that offers low-impact fitness classes that you can participate in, or find a local senior center; many offer classes that you can join at little or no cost.
- Casual Cardio in the Great Outdoors: There are plenty of low-key and safe ways to stay active outdoors in the winter. Watch the weather for the week and plan your outdoor walks when the sun is shining and sidewalks are clear. Stay safe and bundle up when going outdoors. Make sure you have good traction, and stay visible to drivers at dusk by wearing bright colors and reflective gear.
Hibernation is not the answer. The only effective exercise is consistent exercise, so don’t let the winter weather deter you from staying active. It is crucial for your health and wellness.