The winter season is often accompanied by cooler temperatures, rain and even snow which can make it difficult for seniors to get outside and stay active. And with February recognized nationally as Heart Health Month, we couldn’t help but offer a list of easy ways to stay active outdoors. The following activities will help keep your joints loose and your energy levels high!
- Hit the stairs. If you live in a multi-story home, walking up and down the stairs provides a great workout, helping increase muscle strength, balance and flexibility. Don’t be afraid to start at a slow pace. Overtime as you build additional strength and endurance, you’ll be able to climb the stairs more quickly. Don’t have stairs? Don’t worry. Find the biggest book in your home (or a sturdy box or chair) and step up and down. Although slight, this movement can still help raise your heart rate.
- Hire a personal trainer. For seniors who are looking for a more tailored workout experience, consider hiring a personal trainer. Many can come directly to the home and will provide one-on-one assistance, creating a workout that meets individual needs and current abilities. Another great option is a professional home caregiver who will not only be able to monitor and assist with exercises to ensure safety, they’ll be able to help with household activities and can even provide reliable transportation for errands and appointments.
- Take a class. With the help of technology, almost any class can be found right on the internet. No matter what your skill level, you can watch videos on a range of physical activities from yoga and tai chi to dancing and simple weight training. The best part is you can try a handful of classes in the comfort and safety of your own home without having to pay a dime. Try as many or as few classes as you like.
There are also plenty of options for seniors looking to add a social element to their exercise routine. Check out your local community or recreation center and see if they are offering any classes specifically for senior citizens. These classes are a great way to meet new people while and some fun activities to your social calendar. If you’re a little nervous about attending alone, invite a friend, family member or even a caregiver to go with you. Click here for information about hourly care services available to seniors in Denton and Collin County and check out the many benefits of a part-time caregiver.
For more information about home care services nearest you, visit our website about home care in Denton County and surrounding areas or contact a Care Manager directly at 972-468-6010.