As colder months approach, some people give up their favorite exercise because it’s traditionally done indoors. For seniors, spending the whole winter in a sedentary lifestyle can be damaging to their health. Luckily, there are several exercises that are appropriate for indoors, giving you a year-round opportunity to stay fit and healthy.
Always check with your doctor to be sure it’s appropriate for you before starting any new exercise. Some examples of good indoor exercise activities include:
Exercises for balance. Simple exercises that promote good balance are one of the best exercises for seniors because the risk of falls increases with age – and so do the chances of serious injury with these falls. Standing on one foot, raising the leg, and other stretches can help you practice the balancing skills that can help prevent these falls.
Walking. Walking is a perfect outdoor activity for seniors, but you can do it indoors as well! Whether you’re walking on a treadmill in our fitness center or going for a walk around the indoor areas of Ashbridge Manor or an indoor mall, walking is a great exercise for cardiovascular health and overall fitness.
Tai chi and yoga. The gentle movements of these ancient exercises are a great way for seniors to improve flexibility and balance while promoting relaxation and stress relief. You can do either yoga or tai chi indoors, and joining a group adds a fun social element to the exercise.
Strength training. Resistance training – or exercising using light weights or resistance bands – is a good choice to add to your routine. These exercises help build and maintain muscle for better strength and overall fitness.
Dance. Dancing is an exercise that’s as fun as it is beneficial, helping improve cardiovascular function while doing an activity you enjoy. Of course, dancing is an exercise you can do any time of year because it’s perfect for the indoors as well as outside.
Staying fit is an important part of an active senior lifestyle, and our fitness center and other amenities make it easy to stay active at Ashbridge Manor. When it’s time for you to consider transitioning to a senior living apartment, contact us at Ashbridge Manor Senior Living. Our senior living specialists will help you choose the floorplan that’s right for you, and our extensive list of amenities is designed to help you live a fun, active lifestyle. We’re located at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA. To reach us, call 610.269.8800 or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.