5 Great Winter Exercises That Are Easy and Effective For Seniors
The celebratory feasting and all of the sweet treats you’ll consume between Christmas and New Year’s don’t make matters easier.
But as long as you balance the savory splendor with exercise and healthy choices, you’ll be good to go.
Winter Exercises for Seniors
This winter, don’t settle for a gym membership to keep in shape. Take advantage of all of the fun activities the season offers! Here are some examples of how to spread holiday cheer and stave off winter weight at the same time:
Go Christmas shopping with your friends
Whether you’ve waited until the last minute to buy presents or you don’t exchange gifts until after December 25th, you likely still have a little shopping to do. And that means that there is an opportunity to burn calories, too!
According to Harvard Health Publications, walking at a rate of 3.5 miles per hour for 30 minutes can burn between 120 and 178 calories. And that’s not even counting the bags you’ll carry or the stairs you’ll climb.
Build a snowman with your grandchildren
Picture this: A blizzard blew into town, your grandchildren have a snow day, and now they’re headed over for family time. How will you spend the day? You could stay inside and watch a holiday favorite, or you can get bundled up and head outside to build a snowman.
Not only is it a great way to amuse the kids, but it also makes for a beneficial workout. According to Everyday Health, you can burn anywhere from 200 to 400 calories depending on how much effort you put into it.
Try curling in the cold
Looking for a simple, low-impact winter sport, that also burns a lot of calories? The Huffington Post recommended curling. Curling is the winter alternative to shuffleboard.
You slide stones across a sheet of ice toward the target. With this activity, you can burn more than 265 calories in an hour.
Snowshoe atop the snow banks
When it comes to winter sports, many people think of snowboarding and skiing. But snowshoeing is another exciting, yet underrated activity and a great way to stay physically active in cold weather. 60 minutes of snowshoeing can burn 650 to 700 calories!
So round up the friends and family, strap on the snowshoes and trek your way over a crisp blanket of fresh flurries.
The holiday season is an excellent time to incorporate intergenerational activities, so grab your family members and head to the nearest sledding hill. The steering, balance, and control it takes to get down the hill, combined with the walking you’ll do to get back to the top, can burn 362 calories in an hour.
Remember: It is recommended that older adults commit to at least 150 minutes to moderately-intense aerobic activity each week, according to the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention. Incorporate one of these winter activities into your normal routine, and you’ll feel great all winter long.
Learn More About The Types of Exercise Programs Hearthstone Provides
Our facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and systems that allow all of our community members to enjoy winter. At Hearthstone, our staff remains vigilant when it comes to understanding and supporting each individual’s medical and personal needs.
Our on-site managers are readily available and easily accessible; ensuring that there is always someone who can provide direct support throughout the winter.
Every Hearthstone resident has their own personal call button, which guarantees an immediate response in case of an emergency. In addition, our members have direct access to medication aids and professional caregivers who work onsite and are available twenty-four hours a day.
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