Among other things, physical activity is a vital component of maintaining an active lifestyle. When we partake in regular physical activity, our bodies are conditioned to retain strength and mobility.
During the spring and summer months, moderate/warm temperatures, and ample amounts of sunshine make it is easy to find ways to exercise outdoors. However, staying physically active during the winter months can be more of a challenge. With locations throughout Canada, Origin Active Lifestyle Communities is an advocate for active living and knows the impact an active lifestyle can have on our quality of life as we age. We want to help you maintain your independence by sharing five easy, winter exercise ideas.
Participate in Community Classes
With a variety of exercise classes available, community classes are a great way to remain physically active when you cannot venture outside during the winter months. At Origin, we provide classes within our communities that get community members active and moving.
Even though we are dealing with many uncertainties, our communities work together to provide a safe way for community members to maintain their active lifestyle. While in compliance with all social distancing and safety recommendations, our classes and activities enable community members to continue to safely do the things they enjoy.
Consider Virtual Classes
Beyond classes and events offered at our Origin communities, virtual classes have increased in popularity due to COVID-19 restrictions. From yoga to spinning, there are a variety of fitness classes available online. While some may require a membership fee, these tools are a great way to stay active during the winter months from the comfort of your home.
Dance It Out
Though you may not consider yourself a professional dancer, dancing is a great low-intensity exercise idea to keep you moving during the winter. “Dance has been shown to have many positive health impacts – including improved aerobic power, muscular endurance, strength, flexibility and balance – contributing to a lower risk of illness and injury, regardless of age (Public Health Agency of Canada).”
While classes (including virtual classes) are offered to teach the waltz, tango, or ballet, you can teach yourself by simply turning up some music and dancing like nobody is watching!
Get Cleaning, Get Moving
Maintaining a home is hard work making it a great winter exercise idea. The goal of exercise is to get you up and moving, even if it is low-intensity. By sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming your floors, you are doing just that.
According to a study published in Science Direct, completing mild household chores plays a significant role in keeping individuals physically active. When you maintain your home, there are multiple benefits. Not only are you getting in your exercise and maintaining an active lifestyle, but you are also able to enjoy a clean and organized home (which can have positive impacts on your mental health!).
Take Steps to Stay Active
While taking a stroll through a park may not be an ideal option in January, walking indoors is always an option. When it is too snowy or icy to walk outside, find an indoor mall to walk through or simply walk on a treadmill.
Even though it is a simple exercise, walking is low-intensity and provides many health benefits, including improved heart health and stronger bones, muscles, and joints. Furthermore, walking can improve your sleeping habits, your mood, and strengthen your immune system.
You do not need a gym, fitness center, or access to the great outdoors to exercise. There are many low-intensity exercises that an individual can do within the comfort of their home. Wall push-ups, chair exercises, and stretching exercises are all activities you can do in your living room to maintain an active lifestyle.
For more tips and ideas on maintaining an independent, active lifestyle, read our blog, “Keeping Seniors Active and Safe.”
At Origin Active Lifestyle Communities, we are dedicated to helping community members lead their desired lifestyle. Through our dining services, activities, and compassionate care, we are well-equipped to provide a safe and compliant environment for individuals to live life to the fullest. To learn more, we encourage you to contact a member of our Origin team!