Staying active can be difficult for your loved ones when they feel cold. Note, however, that physical activity is crucial to keeping their mind and body healthy all year round, meaning your loved ones have to stay active in winter as well. Challenging as that may sound, they have to do it to improve their memory and overall quality of life. Here is a list of activities your loved ones can engage in to make sure they move around freely and happily during winter.
Watching the television, and reading a book are among the favorite activities when it is cold outside. Sipping a cup of tea is yet another. While this can keep them warm and cozy, without hurting a bone or two, it can be a source of health decline for your loved ones as well. Establishing a workout routine may seem hard during winter, but a simple walk around the neighborhood, or even around a big backyard will do. When they are living in independent communities, a team member will always be there to assist them with these activities. Just make sure they bundle up to keep warm during walks outside.
When they lack motivation, make things more fun and enjoyable for them. In senior living communities, they can visit area attractions for a change of scenery. They can also meet a friend outside, with the help of members of the community. Local neighborhood parks, public trails, supermarkets, and outdoor tracks are famous recreational spaces for them.
Exercising at Home
Your loved ones don’t necessarily have to go outside to keep themselves fit during winter. They can get into aerobic activities at home, or do some simple stretches every now and then. If your loved ones are into strength training, then let them be. They can also do some household chores, just make sure that there is someone to assist them so that their safety won’t be compromised. Any form of movement that keeps them warm will definitely help a lot during this time.
For you who would like to build home gyms for your loved ones, you simply need to invest in the proper equipment. You may need kettlebells, dumbbells, treadmills, yoga mats, stationary bikes, or elastic bands.
For those in independent living communities, there are personalized workout programs that are designed for their specific needs. Workout routines are customized so that they will always be healthy after every workout. One of the good things about participating in workout sessions together with other residents is that there is someone to assist them when doing their exercises. That way, they will be prevented from having injuries while performing these exercises.
Some communities allow virtual participation, which will be ideal when it is winter time. Your loved ones can use their laptops or other gadgets to access classes and still enjoy the various exercises being made for them.
Whether your loved ones are at home, or they are in independent living communities, they always have the reason to break free and enjoy winter activities like the ones listed above. As long as there is someone out there to assist them with what they are doing, there is no reason to fret.