To enjoy good health this holiday season, it’s important to commit to a plan to stay active and fit. After all, you don’t want to miss a minute of enjoying all of the holiday festivities. Also, winter months can sometimes lead to inactivity which can bring about both mental and physical health issues.
Effects Of Inactivity On Seniors
Everyone needs exercise, but seniors particularly benefit from warding off the ill effects of inactivity such as:
- A decrease in muscle mass
- A higher risk of obesity
- Increased risk of osteoporosis
Staying active and exercising reduces your risk of other conditions like cardiovascular disease. Inactivity can also result in stress and depression, while enjoying an active lifestyle can improve your mood and overall state of mind. Ensure you are staying active this holiday season by practicing these simple tips.
Tips For Staying Active During Retirement Over The Holidays
Stay In Motion
The holidays in many parts of the country are interchangeable with bad weather. This doesn't have to stop you from maintaining your exercise schedule. You can dress for the weather and call some friends or family members to come walk around your block with you. If the weather isn’t agreeable, it's the perfect excuse to go shopping (or window-shopping) at the mall. You can take a couple of laps around the mall.
The holidays benefit your body and mind. Traveling to see family during the holidays can help you stay active, and socializing lowers stress and boosts your sense of independence.
The holidays are often a very hectic time and can make it more challenging to keep up with your goals of healthy eating and exercising. Get a creative this holiday season and choose fun ways to work your exercise routine into your busy schedule. Include the whole family – take a family walk singing holiday carols around the neighborhood or explore a group fitness class. This allows you to spend quality time with your loved ones and still prioritize your health.
Treadmill Walking Or Stationary Bike Riding
If going outdoors isn’t an option, that doesn't mean you can't take your daily walk. Go the fitness center and hop on the treadmill. Or, peddle away on the stationary bike. Watch a holiday movie while you walk to make it more festive.
Don't let the winter months slow you down and keep you from staying active. You want to be healthy and fit this holiday season. So enjoy beautiful days staying active outdoors, but when the weather doesn’t cooperate, try something indoors that will keep you moving. Staying active is an important aspect of life enrichment at its best.