Winter months are a tempting time to curl up in your blanket and sleep a little bit more. The weather makes us all lazy, and it’s common to see most people falling off their fitness routines during this time.
While it is only a minor setback for most of us, seniors have a tough time getting back to their routines if they aren’t active during winters. Older adults may have a fear of slipping and falling in the snow, driving to the nearest gym may become more difficult for them, and most importantly, the cold affects them a lot more than it does younger adults.
However, as a senior, it is crucial that you keep your body moving throughout the winters to decrease the risk of diseases. Here are some tips that will help you stay fit, while avoiding the discomforts of working out in the cold days.
Reschedule your activities
You may be used to waking up early in the morning for your walk, but cold winter mornings can be a big deterrent. Try to schedule your walks and other workout later in the day. Not only will the warmth of the sun encourage you to push yourself to stay active, it also gives you the freedom to choose when you want to exercise.
Try walking indoors
We understand the cold outside may not be conducive to your walking plans. Which is why you should find some place in your house where you can do your regular walking activity. Just walking 20 minutes a day inside the house can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and keep you fit during the winters.
Experiment with new forms of workout
If you can find some exercises that you can enjoy from the warmth of your house, there’s nothing better. Subscribe to the numerous free Zumba classes available online. Try doing spot walking while looking at a dance video. If you have a pet in the house, make sure that you are the one taking them out for walks at a time of the day when it isn’t too cold.
Use whatever you have at home
If you are used to doing strength workouts at your gym and are wondering how to replicate them at home, let us tell you that it is very easy. From lifting water bottles as weights, to using chairs for yoga, or even doing simple squats, you could try out any of these to incorporate a quick strength exercise into your routine.
While staying active, don’t forget to also take care of your safety during winters. Winter months bring with them a host of seasonal diseases, which makes it essential for you to stay prepared. Remember to layer up properly when you are exercising. Always keep yourself hydrated. And don’t forget to put on the right winter gear even if you are stepping out in the sun.
At Antara, we understand the role consistent physical activity plays in active and healthy aging. That’s why our Care at Home services ensure that your senior gets access to not just the best of medical assistance, but also guidance on activities to keep them active.
As your trusted healthcare partner, we offer a mix of personalized care and attention by a diligent team of highly trained professionals with a keen eye for detail to see to every medical need, all under the guidance and supervision of reputed clinicians. From home critical care, to regular health check, physiotherapy, X-Ray, diagnostics, and lifestyle tips, we ensure that we are able to care for your seniors from the comfort of their home.
Reach out to us today at +91 98114 41111 and learn more about all the activities your seniors can participate in to keep themselves fit during winters.