One of the most discouraging times to try and exercise is the winter, when the air is cold and the weather consist of rain or snow. However, it is important to stay active despite the change in seasons. The benefits of staying active in the winter will keep you from losing muscle mass, strength, and even self-confidence. Don’t let the cold weather get to you. Gain all the benefits of a proper diet and exercise by following these 5 simple steps to staying healthy during the winter:
Turn on the tunes
Exercising doesn’t have to be a drag. If you like music, turn on your favorite tunes and shake it! Dancing is not only a great way to get your heart pumping, but it can help relieve stress and improve balance to prevent falls.
Play your way to healthy
Believe it or not, video games have become a popular activity in senior homes. Video games, such as the Wii Fit and Wii Sport have helped many seniors stay active and have fun. These types of games are perfect for those using a walker or wheel chair.
Get in shape together
Grab your spouse or even your best friends and join a local fitness group. Many local community centers offer fitness classes for seniors such as yoga, tai chi, zumba, and aerobics. If you can’t find a group that’s close to you, start your own! There are many online exercise tips that you can do from your home with little to no equipment.
Join the kids
Spending time with your grandchildren is a sure way to burn some calories. Join in on a game of hide-and-seek. This idea will get kids off of their electronics and the whole family involved. Throw a tea party or start a battle with pirates, playing pretend is a cool way for kids and adults to use their imagination and move around. Last but not least, laugh with your grandchildren. Laughing for at least 10-15 minutes a day can burn 10-40 calories.
It is important to maintain a healthy diet as consuming certain foods have long term benefits and help prevent or decrease the risks of certain diseases. During the winter holidays you might be attending multiple parties, so be wise about the foods you choose as well as cook. Avoid using too much sodium, cut back on sweets, meats, fried foods and other items offered that will spike your cholesterol level. Focus on the fresh fruits, veggies, grains and natural ingredient foods.
If you don’t mind the wet roads and snow, go for a stroll with your loved ones or build a snowman with your grandchildren. Take caution when heading outdoors- if you have a history of falling, make sure someone walks with you or bring your GPS medical alert system to avoid being alone should anything happen. No matter what you decide, be sure to stay active every day and have fun.
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