The weather outside is cooler and the sky is usually gray. Your body is feeling it, too. Your bones and joints ache, and you often feel groggy and fatigued.
Do you know what can give you a boost and keep you from being bored this winter? Joining a senior fitness program. Now is the perfect time to get out of your comfort zone, try something new, and improve your physical and mental health while doing it.
Now’s the Time to Get Moving
Here are additional reasons to consider joining a senior fitness program this winter:
- Exercise releases feel-good hormones. If winter gets you down (many people have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) this time of year), exercise can help bring your mood back up. Being physically active releases endorphins that improve mood, get your blood flowing, and burn calories. Think of exercise as killing two birds with one stone – it improves both your physical and mental health.
- It gives you a chance to spend time with friends and make new ones. One of the best parts of senior fitness programs is the socializing you get to do! Sign up for a class with a few friends, or join a class and make new friends. Social interaction is so important for retired seniors, because isolation can lead to mental health issues like depression and anxiety. It’s good to be around other people, and joining a fitness program lets you do so.
- Joining a class keeps you accountable to exercise. If you’ve signed up for a fitness program, you’ve made a commitment to attend. This is especially true if you’ve paid money to join the class. Don’t bail on your commitment by skipping the workout or quitting altogether. Stay true to your promise and keep going, week after week. In the end, you’ll be glad you stuck it out.
- There are more and more options to choose from. Exercise groups are more popular than ever, and nowadays there’s something for everyone. What do you think of yoga or Pilates? Have you ever tried Tai Chi? If you love dancing, you’ll enjoy Zumba. Or maybe swimming is the low-impact workout you need.
- Working out promotes healthy aging. Everyone should get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day. Do you get that much on your own? If not, joining a senior fitness program is the ideal way to stick to that recommendation, since most classes last anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Plus, most fitness classes provide full-body workouts and lower risk for a number of diseases, including osteoporosis, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Don’t hibernate inside all winter. Get out and try something new: like a senior fitness class! If you’re hesitant, ask a loved one to go with you. Be as open-minded as possible and stay motivated by remembering all the benefits listed above.
At Saint Simeon’s, all residents – no matter their age or care needs – are a part of the Saint Simeon’s family. Contact us today to request more information about opportunities in assisted living, our health center or our wellness center.