Health & Wellness

How Exercise Keeps Seniors Healthy Through November Chilly Weather

November 8th, 2023

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Making exercise a priority becomes even more crucial as November arrives and the weather gets colder, aiding seniors in maintaining their mobility and overall health. At Cristwood, a Christian Independent Living Community in Shoreline, near Seattle, Washington, we know exercise is vital to maintaining an active lifestyle, even in cooler weather. In this article, we share exercise tips for seniors to stay active during the colder months, ensuring that independent living in Seattle means staying vibrant and energetic.

Indoor Exercise Routines

  • Chair Yoga: Chair yoga is a gentle and effective way for seniors to improve flexibility and balance while seated. It is an ideal choice for those with limited mobility or joint issues. At our independent living facility, we encourage residents to participate in exercises. Particularly, exercises that focus on relaxation and gentle stretching to keep seniors active and engaged, even when it is cold outside.
  • Indoor Swimming: Senior residents enjoy private swimming pools that provide a comfortable environment for low-impact exercises. Also, swimming offers an excellent workout for the entire body while being easy on the joints. Therefore, it is ideal for seniors seeking to stay active during the colder months.
  • Dancing: Dancing is a joyous way to keep seniors moving and spirits high. Joining dance classes, playing music at home, or participating in group dance activities is a great way for them to stay active.

Outdoor Exercise Routines

  • Nature Walks: The beautiful landscapes around Cristwood Senior Living Community provide the perfect setting for brisk walks. Walking keeps seniors physically active, allows them to connect with nature, and reduces stress.
  • Tai Chi in the Courtyard: Tai Chi is an excellent choice for outdoor exercise. Our Cristwood courtyard is a serene setting for practicing Tai Chi, which helps improve balance, flexibility, and mental clarity. Engaging in Tai Chi allows seniors to experience the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors.
  • Gardening: Gardening is a fantastic way to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Seniors can tend to a garden or participate in community gardening projects. It’s an opportunity to connect with nature, enjoy fresh air, and maintain physical strength through various gardening activities.

Incorporating Exercise into Your Routine

At Cristwood, a Christian Independent Living Community, we aim to empower our senior residents to lead active and fulfilling lives. By incorporating exercise routines into their daily or weekly schedule, they can maintain an overall well-being. Staying active is not just about physical health but according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, it also enhances their mental and emotional health.

In conclusion, as the temperature drops in November, there is no reason for seniors to become sedentary. Independent Living in Seattle is all about embracing an active lifestyle, and Crista Senior Living in Shoreline, near Seattle, Washington, is committed to providing Seniors with opportunities to stay active both indoors and outdoors. By trying out the senior-friendly exercise ideas mentioned in this article, they can keep the chill at bay and enjoy the cooler weather while maintaining health and vitality.

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