Winter is finally here! With the ground blanketed in snow, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. Do you miss the age-old winter games that we used to play? Remember the times when we would ride our sleds down the hills and play catch in the snow? As we age, we tend to shy away from these vigorous activities. However, it doesn’t mean we should stay cooped up at home during winter!
Experts say that we should remain physically active during the winter months as being inactive can lead to health issues such as depression. Hence, seniors are encouraged to step out of the house and enjoy some fun winter activities with their loved ones.
Before stepping out into the cold, seniors need to bundle up to protect themselves from the cold and prevent hypothermia. Once you have put on your winter boots, it’s time to head outside! Check out these four safe outdoor winter activities that are recommended for seniors.
Taking daily walks during the winter season is a good way to stay physically active. Go for walks around the neighborhood and take the opportunity to socialize with others. However, if the ground is icy, you should avoid walking outdoors as it may lead to fall-related injuries.
No one is too old to play catch! Playing a game of catch with your grandchildren or the kids in the neighborhood is a safe and easy way to improve your coordination and balance. Since falls among older adults are often caused by poor balance as we age, playing catch can help us restore our sense of balance, which in turn will lower the risks of falls. While playing catch, you’ll not only provide your leg muscles with a healthy workout, but you can also create some wonderful memories with your loved ones. Make sure to wear anti-slip footwear while you are having fun.
Building a snowman in winter is another safe and fun activity that you can enjoy with your grandchildren. Unleash your creativity and decorate your front porch with a fantastic-looking snowman! As you build your snowman, you are stimulating your brain and staying active by moving around.
Having a Meal Outdoors
Having a meal outdoors is another safe activity that will surely excite everyone in the family! Brandish your cooking skills and make your family’s favorites. How about serving some warm soup and comfort food such as mushroom soup or shepherd’s pie? If you’re not feeling fancy, you can also build a small fire and simply huddle together with your family while making some s’mores or roasting some marshmallows.
Safe Outdoor Winter Activities at TerraBella Shelby
Staying indoors during the winter season can be lonely and isolating. If you or your loved ones are looking to move into a senior living community, our team members can bring some extra cheer and lightheartedness into your life this cold season. At TerraBella Shelby, we have a lineup of enjoyable winter activities that you can participate in. Which activities and events are you interested in? Let’s join the ones you like and start enjoying ourselves while keeping in shape!