Keep It Moving: How Older Adults Can Remain Physically Active Despite Cold Weather
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Keep It Moving: How Older Adults Can Remain Physically Active Despite Cold Weather

Home Instead shares safe, effective and fun ways for older adults to stay moving this winter

OMAHA, NEB. (PRWEB) January 11, 2021 - As temperatures drop, and snow and ice begin to appear across much of the U.S., many of us will be spending the next few months inside. While passing time relaxing on the couch is preferred by many, it is especially important that older adults remain active during the winter season.

According to the CDC, physical activity can help manage, delay or even prevent many chronic diseases prevalent among adults over age 50. As older adults avoid frigid temperatures and icy conditions, it is crucial to find creative ways to exercise and stay moving while remaining safe and warm indoors.

“While the combination of COVID-19 restrictions and winter weather will make it difficult for older adults to exercise outdoors, staying active is still an incredibly important part of safeguarding overall health for the aging population,” said Lakelyn Hogan, Ph.D., gerontologist and caregiver advocate at Home Instead. “Even though going on a walk or stretching outside may be out of the question for some until spring, there are several other options to get your recommended daily dose of physical activity this season.”

Many people have found innovative ways to stay active in their home during the pandemic. Similarly, older adults can be creative when choosing activities to keep them moving while staying in. Here are a few recommendations for activities and exercises to implement into your schedule this winter:

  • Choose low impact activities. Don’t underestimate the countless health benefits associated with walking. Walk around your home, do light housework and chores for cardio exercise. If able, and while taking the proper precautions, for an additional challenge, walk up and down the stairs for a quick and effective workout.
  • Recreational activities. Recent research from AARP shows that 44% of adults 50 and older enjoy playing video games at least once a month. And gaming systems like Wii, Nintendo Switch and Xbox are great for older adults who wish to exercise indoors. You can even interact with other players virtually, which can be an opportunity to connect with children or grandchildren. GrandPad is another great device option to keep in mind, designed specifically for seniors. For those without equipment or consoles, access YouTube on your smart TV and turn on your favorite artist and do some light dancing or find an age appropriate yoga tutorial.
  • Fitness apps. There are more options than ever before to help maintain your physical health, even from the comfort of your own home. No matter your fitness level or what exercises you find enjoyable, there is an app for you. Consider trying a few options to find the best fit for you and your needs.
  • Bring the gym home. Investing in home equipment is a great and easy way to incorporate cardio and strength into your daily routine. Even light weight dumbbells can help build muscle. And there are many low-cost strength training equipment options available, such as resistance bands. Similarly, ellipticals and stationary bikes can improve cardiovascular health.
  • Attend virtual group classes or activities. For those missing exercising with others, there are several virtual workout classes available online, which you can also stream through your smart TV. These interactive sessions offer something for everyone. Take advantage of classes like the YMCA’s Active Older Adult s or Silver&Fit.

Exercise is beneficial for the mind, body and soul. While COVID-19 restrictions and winter weather will make it difficult for older adults to exercise outside their homes, staying active is still an incredibly important part of safeguarding overall health.

SOURCE Home Instead®

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