How older adults can keep active all winter long — even when outside isn’t an option
In many parts of the country, the winter months bring rain, cold and snow, but we’re determined not to let the change in the seasons put a damper on our favorite activities. We put on our thinking caps and dreamed up a few creative ways seniors can keep active all winter long — we even have some thoughts on how to bring your favorite outside activities inside. Admittedly, we’re lucky that Holiday Retirement communities have sizable shared spaces for some of these activities.
Knock over some pins
As long as you have a hallway handy, you can pull this one off. Grab a plastic bowling set and a few friends and set up a friendly game in an open area or rarely trafficked hallway. If you live in a Holiday Retirement community, you can even speak to your enrichment coordinator about the possibility of setting up a regular game. Pro-tip: Try Wii Sports on the Nintendo Wii for a hi-tech way to bowl, or try your hand at tennis and even boxing.
Train your brain
Break out a jigsaw puzzle, a Sudoku collection or a crossword book and put your brain to work. You might not break a sweat, but you’ll feel energized by the challenge. Pro-tip: Start a community puzzle and game swap to ensure you always have fresh materials at hand.
Spend some time this winter letting your inner artist explore. Many studies have shown that art has mental health benefits in addition to therapeutic benefits and creative stimulus. If you’re not sure what your new favorite artistic hobby will be, pick something new each week and try your hand at different mediums until something sticks. Pro-tip: Many Holiday Retirement communities have regular art or crafting classes you may also wish to attend.
Find your zen
Grab a yoga mat and try out a new form of exercise. You’ll build muscle and learn a new discipline that can help you find peace and calm anytime you need them. Pro-tip: Many of our senior living communities feature regular yoga classes taught by professional instructors. If you’re a beginner, join a session to pick up some tips!
Spend quality time with your furry friend
Winter isn’t always an ideal time for taking your dog out for a lengthy walk, but it’s a great time to engage in other forms of play. You can work on learning new skills together or just indulge in a few indoor fetch sessions with plush toys. Either way, your pet will be happy for the attention and outlet. Pro-tip: If others in your community have dogs who enjoy the company of their own kind, drop-by for a visit! You’ll get to catch up with a friend, and your pup will too!
Come and keep cozy with us this winter! We’ve always got something going on, and we can’t wait to meet you. Visit a community in your neighborhood to get a taste of life at Holiday Retirement. Or get in touch anytime with questions.