4 Ways for Older Adults to Stay Active in the Winter

Older adults who live in northern climates, like Nassau County, may find winter to be a challenging time in terms of fitness activities. While the North Shore is home to many parks and beaches to take a walk or ride a bike, they can be frigid when the snow is falling.

Icy roads may also create treacherous driving conditions. Making your way to a local fitness club might seem like more of a hazard than it’s worth. That’s why it’s a good idea to find a few indoor fitness programs you enjoy.

We have a few suggestions for seniors to try this winter.

Winter Fitness Ideas for Older Adults

  1. Tai Chi: This ancient form of Chinese martial arts builds strength, endurance, and flexibility. It’s a popular form of exercise for older adults because it produces good results in a low-impact manner. Tai Chi helps build core strength which aids in lowering an older adult’s risk for falls. It’s also been shown to reduce the painful symptoms caused by osteoarthritis. If your local YMCA or senior center doesn’t offer classes, you can try these free Tai Chi videos on the Arthritis Foundation website.
  2. Strength training: Muscle mass is vital for protecting core strength. As we grow older, maintaining strong muscles becomes more difficult. Resistance bands and small hand and leg weights are easy strength training aids for older adults to use. A free resource to help seniors learn more about strength training was developed by Tufts University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is called, Growing Stronger: Strength Training for Older Adults. Download the guide to evaluate your current muscle strength, learn how to set goals for staying strong, and a workbook to track your progress.
  3. Go4Life: Another free and valuable resource for seniors to explore comes from The National Institute on Aging (NIA). The Go4Life program was designed to make it easier for older adults to stay active and fit. On this site you will find free tools and resources, such as exercise guides and workout videos.
  4. Recumbent bike: Riding a bicycle is a relatively safe form of exercise for older adults to engage in when the weather is warm. Some older adults find the safety and convenience of an adult tricycle to be especially enjoyable. Bike riding gives seniors an opportunity to socialize along their route. You can stay fit during the winter months, by cycling on a recumbent bike at a local fitness club or in the privacy of your own living room. Recumbent bikes promote the same health benefits as cycling, but in a safe, reclined position.

As is true of any form of new exercise, talk with your primary care physician before getting started.

Wellness Opportunities at The Amsterdam

Residents of The Amsterdam have easy access to a variety of fitness programs and wellness activities year around. Whether it’s morning conditioning, a Tai Chi class, or an afternoon session of stretching and strengthening—we offer options to meet every interest.

Call us today at 516.472.6636 to learn more about our wellness schedule and make plans to join us for an activity of your choice!

 

 

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