As Old Man Winter slowly wraps up the season, you may be itching to get outside and get moving. You long for a walk in the warm sunshine as you know it’s good for the heart and good for the soul.
But don’t let the winter blues set in just yet. There are many ways you can stay active during the final days of winter to keep your body, mind and spirit in shape and ready for spring. The cold days of winter are the perfect time to check out indoor classes.
5 Classes to Take to Stay Active
1. Any exercise class. You’ve likely heard this before, but exercise is vital to staying healthy. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular exercise helps control blood pressure, body weight and cholesterol levels. It reduces the risk of hardening of the arteries, heart attack and stroke, along with lowering your risk of injury as your body stays strong and limber. Find a class you enjoy and make going part of your routine.
2. A stretching class. Flexibility often decreases as we age. An active lifestyle that includes a class focused on stretching can help your body keep its strength, range of motion, balance, flexibility and stamina. Try a martial arts course such as Tai Chi, a yoga class or any class focused on staying limber.
3. A class for your mind. More and more research has been published on the benefits of lifelong learning and keeping your mind active. An educational class can challenge your mind, improve concentration and focus and keep you engaged with other like-minded adults. Whether a painting class, book club or tour group, all of these types of activities engage the mind and keep it active and healthy.
4. A class that provides socialization. Keeping your body healthy also requires staying healthy socially. Take time to incorporate socialization into your everyday life. Sign up for group classes and strike up a conversation. Check out classes at the community activity center and fitness center for opportunities to meet and talk with fellow seniors. They are likely there for the exact same reason -- to meet new people and enhance their overall well-being.
5. A class you start. Organize your own class focused on staying active, whether that’s physically, mentally or socially, or better yet, incorporates all three. An indoor walking club is perfect for the winter. It provides exercise and socialization as you walk the halls. Are you interested in knitting, scrapbooking, billiards? What skills could a friend teach you? Set a time and ask others to join in.
Whether attending an exercise class in the fitness center or having coffee and conversation with friends, you can find it at Sugar Hill Retirement Community. To plan a visit or get more information on Sugar Hill, call 603-569-8485 or fill out our online form here.