It is important to remind and encourage your loved one to have continued engagement in activities in winter even when it is too cold to go outside. While being active and social is often associated with the warmer seasons, there are many activities your loved one can enjoy throughout this winter.
Aging.com gives some good ideas for activities that will promote your loved one’s health and uplift their spirit.
Heading to the pool can carry many health benefits for your loved one as they swim or do water exercises. The positive impact of these activities includes improving heart health which helps circulation and reduces risk of disease, development of muscle strength and tone, and also reduces risk of osteoporosis as it helps bone mineral density (BMD).
Beyond the physical benefits, swimming is also known to increase brain function and boost your loved one’s mood as it lowers stress. It is recommended that your love one engage with such activities in an indoor heated pool for comfort and to minimise risk of sickness during the cold weather.
Getting adequate exercise indoors is often difficult due to a lack of space, following fitness videos for exercise routines can help your loved one stay active in an easy and convenient way. Fitness videos can be found as DVD or online where there will be a large variety of exercises that are suitable for different ages, gender and physical ability. Find videos that are suitable to your loved one’s capabilities and encourage them by joining them in the exercises too!
This is a good way to keep your loved one’s mind engaged by reading as well as socialising. If your loved one enjoys reading, encourage your them to start or join a book club. This is an activity perfect for the indoors and good for winter as it can be accompanied by people, blankets and nice hot drink. Your loved one may find reading calm and relaxing, while being able to engage with others with shared interests as fun and enjoyable.
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