Things to Consider for Winter Workouts

by Fit After Fifty
Woman hiking alone away into a snowy forest

After retirement, many people can stop engaging in physical activity, which can lead to an assortment of mental and physical health problems. However, you can find ways to begin exercising again, which is especially important during the winter season. Use these tips for staying in shape in the winter during retirement.

Tip 1: Have a Buddy While You Exercise

While physical activity is vital for improving your well-being, it is also important to socialize with others. With other people, you can have friendly competitions to see who loses the most weight or gains the most muscle mass, but working out with friends also adds a layer of protection if you have any problems. For instance, should an accident occur during the workout it is always good to have a partner there to help or call someone when you might otherwise not be able to.

Tip 2: Avoid Dangerous Falls

Many retirees are injured from simple falls because of poor balance. In addition to wearing shoes that have slip-resistant soles, doing exercises to help you balance better can be extremely helpful and prevent a future hazard. Yoga exercise is one of the easiest exercises for all age groups, so make sure to find a beginner’s yoga class at a nearby gym so that you can learn more about balancing properly and your body will be trained to do so.

Tip 3: Participate in Indoor Exercise

If you love walking at a local park, then you should not try to do this when it is cold and damp outside because it can lead to hypothermia. Look for a nearby shopping mall that permits walking in its open areas so that you have a warm place for exercising. Alternatively, you can join a nearby gym where a trainer will teach you how to use a treadmill or elliptical machine, which are often easier on the joints than walking long distances.

Tip 4: Find a Local Community Swimming Pool

When you are overweight or have joint problems from arthritis, swimming is the perfect workout because the water maintains your buoyancy. Look for an indoor community swimming pool that has heated water so that you won’t get any muscle cramps from cold water. In addition to swimming on your own, you can enroll in water aerobic classes with others.

Tip 5: Buy a Bicycle that Won’t Fall Over

Retirees often stop cycling because of their worries about having a bicycle that falls over, leading to a broken bone. However, you can find special bicycles that are designed for staying balanced properly. Many adults are riding bicycles that have large stabilizing wheels on the sides, or you can buy a recumbent bicycle that requires riding in a laid-back position.

Tip 6: Join an Exercise Class

Winter is a great time to join an exercise class, and rather than wasting your money on unneeded items during the holidays, spend your cash on a new physical activity. You can find a ballroom dancing class, or you can learn how to lift weights with the correct repetitions. Don’t worry about being in a class with younger classmates because you can still encourage each other.

Tip 7: Understand How to Dress Correctly

While wearing jeans and a T-shirt during the autumn is acceptable while exercising, during the winter, you should understand how to layer your clothing. Shop for athletic garments in a specialty store and look for clothing that you can layer when it is cold, and remove as the outdoor temperature increases.

Tip 8: Create a Home Gym

When there is an ice storm that prevents going outside or driving to a local gym, make sure that you have some exercise equipment at home. You can have lightweight barbells, tension bands or a stationary bicycle in the corner of a room so that you can exercise at home while listening to music or watching television.

Tip 9: Remember Your Childhood

Just because you are a retiree, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with your favorite childhood winter activities. Going outside and building a snowman with your grandchildren is a great activity because it will strengthen the muscles in your arms. Daily activities you do for fun such as a snowball fight or walk in the snow can count as exercise!

What are the Benefits from Exercising?

There are numerous benefits from regular exercise, including strengthening your bones, increasing your lung capacity, and improving your balance. With an active lifestyle, you can have a longer life while reducing the chance of heart attacks or strokes. Not to mention, it can be a great way to spend time with friends or family and have fun!  

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