We are into to the winter season, and with that, we begin to face new challenges dealing with the pandemic and our mental and physical health. The past few months gave us great opportunities to enjoy physical activities outside and enjoy the weather. The temperature has dropped, and you may be wondering how you’re going to stay active this winter season. Metta Lifestyles has a few tips for you to try out this season to increase physical and mental health!
Find a Commitment Buddy!
When staying active, it is understandable people find it much more challenging when doing things alone. Group environments were more comfortable in the summer because we could be outside and a safe distance away from each other. This winter season find a friend to hold you accountable. There are many free online classes available for seniors and can be done in the comfort of your own home! So, find that friend, schedule some workout sessions and hold each other to it! This is a great way to stay active and social this season.
Pick up a winter activity: Nordic walking
Have you heard of Nordic walking? It’s a tremendous all-seasons activity that will allow you to get outside, moving as well as keep you safe! There is a lot of evidence that this type of walking provides better total fitness results relative to regular walking and resistance training in healthy, older adults. The use of poles during walking can help build arm and upper back muscles. This type of walking is perfect on all kinds of surfaces outdoors, head to your local track, or grass field. You can even use sidewalks or the roadside to get your steps in. To learn more about Nordic walking, visit this website for more benefits and tips.
Utilize your space
Having access to a yoga or Pilates studio is very nice, but with the pandemic, this has become restricted for the time being. Why not try turning a space in your home into a mini studio! Get a mat, a towel and dim the lights to create the ambiance. There are excellent resources out there to bring the Zen workout to your living room! There are resources available specifically for seniors to get a great workout at home and being safe while doing it! We recommend trying out some exercise DVDs, YouTube videos or online virtual classes. Remember not to push yourself and be mindful of your body when working out. The CBC recently released many online videos dedicated to senior health; you can access them here.
The winter months doesn’t mean we have to go into hibernation mode. Making sure to stay physically and mentally active throughout the winter months is going to be crucial. We are all learning through this pandemic, so make sure you step outside your comfort zone, check out new things and find what works best for you!