How Older Adults Can Stay Active This Winter

Winter weather can make it especially difficult for older adults to stay active. It can be easy to fall into the habit of staying inside and waiting for better weather to exercise, but low activity can lead to higher chances of falls and make moving more difficult. According to the National Council on Aging, it is important for older adults to do movement exercises and strength training at least three days a week in order to stay independent and promote good health. Unfortunately, only a small number of older adults reach this goal but if you follow these recommendations, you can stay active this winter.

Use Household Items to Increase Strength

Exercise doesn’t have to include fancy equipment or difficult routines. Practice lifting items around your home like cans, books, and water bottles. You can use thin books to increase your grip strength by pinching with only your fingers and holding it at your side or doing simple hand exercises. Third Age Fitness is a great resource for simple exercises that can increase strength and mobility.

Keep Your Mind Active

Mental fitness is just as important as physical activity and can increase your mood and brain health. Find an activity you enjoy doing that also requires your focus. Puzzles are a great way to keep your mind sharp and work on your hand muscles. Other great activities for strengthening your brain include reading, learning a new skill like knitting, and socializing with friends and family.

Join a Neighborhood Fitness Class

Staying active doesn’t just mean doing frequent exercises, it also means staying socially active. It’s important to get out of your house and socialize during the dark winter months, and exercise classes are a great way to build relationships and get moving. SHARE Network and Blue Door Neighborhood Center are great places for older adults to find exercise classes throughout Chicago.

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Posted January 4, 2024