We all know that getting up and moving around is important for seniors – it improves circulation, helps with joint stiffness, and strengthens muscles. But during the winter months in Upstate New York it can be especially difficult to get out from under the blanket and start moving.
The Advantages of Exercise for Seniors (Especially During the Winter)
1. Exercise improves cognitive function.
Several studies have shown that physical activity improves brain health, and who doesn’t want to be as sharp as a tack? Moderate exercises, like walking or water aerobics, are excellent ways to get your juices flowing and blood pumping while also being gentle on your joints.
2. Regular aerobic exercise keeps your heart healthy.
Something as simple as walking every day can help you live a longer, more fulfilling life. Walking every day keeps us in shape to play with grandkids and keeps us young both mentally and physically.
3. Are your joints stiff? Moving actually helps!
It may take a few days or even a few weeks, but light aerobic exercise and even lifting small weights helps immensely with joint pain and stiffness. Talk to your doctor before starting any exercise, but make sure you ask what winter exercises might be right for you!
Where (And How) to Exercise with Eddy Senior Living
The Eddy Senior Living Communities have many options for residents who want to get active.
Join us for Empower U, a regular program that addresses how to exercise and proper nutrition.
Check out our exercise rooms at each community, furnished with several pieces of aerobic and weighted equipment. Be sure to talk to your physician before starting any exercise routines.
Join a walking club and socialize while you work out your joint stiffness and improve muscle strength!