Staying physically and mentally active is crucial for everyone, especially for seniors. It helps them prevent age-related health problems like cardiovascular diseases. Apart from that, physical activities also improve the strength and flexibility of seniors, assisting them in decreasing the risk of falls. Unfortunately, not all seniors like to participate in many activities during winter. The temperature can get so low and ice can build up outside posing safety risks.
While it can be difficult to exercise and stay physically active during the winter season, there are still fun activities that seniors will love.
Yoga is a low-impact exercise that involves the body and mind. Its poses and positions are very gentle making it perfect for seniors. Practicing yoga will give seniors the following benefits:
- Stronger bones
- Reduced risk of hypertension
- Better balance and posture
- Prevention of anxiety attacks
- Improved flexibility
- Maintenance of a healthy weight
There are many yoga classes that you can enroll in online. To make the activity more fun, you can enroll in a yoga class along with your family or friends.
2. Arts and crafts
Unleash your creativity during the winter season and create wonderful pieces of art. Rather than risk your safety outdoors this winter, why not make some fun crafts inside your home or knit your loved ones some sweaters which they can use during the season. Aside from keeping you busy as you spend your time indoors, there is also something so relaxing and calming about doing crafts like knitting or crocheting.
3. Board games
If it’s too cold and slippery outdoors for some physical activities, why not exercise your brain and play some board games? Playing board games and cards is a fun way of enhancing cognitive skills in older adults such as concentration and decision-making. So when it is snowing outside, invite your friends for a fun-filled time playing board games.
4. Indoor gardening
Gardening is a relaxing and stress-relieving activity that individuals of all ages enjoy. Indoor gardening is a great way to connect with nature and let your parent’s instincts awaken by taking care of your plants. It is also very rewarding when you see your plants grow a new leaf or harvest your crops. Some of the vegetables that you can grow indoors during winter are herbs, green onions, potatoes, peppers, and leafy greens.
5. Cooking and baking
One thing that you enjoy during winter is the holidays. Why not prepare for the holiday seasons by mastering your favorite holiday recipes in the kitchen? Cooking and baking don’t just provide you with nourishment, but they also stimulate all your senses. It is also very rewarding since you make other people happy by sharing your cooked foods with them.
The five activities discussed above will help you take your boredom away and make your winter more fun and enjoyable. You can also perform all these activities with loved ones and create lasting memories with them.