With the winter weather looming outside, it can be difficult to do more than curl up with a book and wait until spring. However, limiting your activity this season can be detrimental to your physical fitness and cause a potential decrease in heath. To stay fit, Choice Health Management offers these indoor exercises to keep you active year-round:
If inclement weather has you staying indoors during the winter months, yoga is a low impact exercise that can be easily adjusted to fit any physical restrictions. Not only does it increase flexibility and endurance, but it can also be a way to reduce stress and increase relaxation. Many yoga poses come with alternatives to take pressure off of potential hot spots such as the wrists and knees. These poses can be done at home or through classes at your local community center.
It can be tempting to skip a trip to the indoor pool, however, swimming is one of the most beneficial ways you can keep in shape. Since it is low impact, it gives you the chance to increase your endurance and flexibility without a heightened risk of injury. If the effort or weather risks of traveling outdoors intimidates you, finding a swimming partner can help increase your commitment. Many physical therapy practices offer aquatic exercise programs, so look into finding one that fits your specific needs.
The idea of weightlifting can seem intimidating, however, it can be an effective exercise to proactively prevent broken or fractured bones. When performed properly, weightlifting can also increase strength, balance and agility. All of this helps limit risk of future falls and injuries. This exercise also provides relief from arthritis pain by strengthening muscles, tendons and ligaments around the joints. Before you begin, speak with your doctor about what exercises are best suited for your personal health to avoid potential injury.
Utilizing these important exercises this winter can not only help you stay social but it will contribute to a better sleep schedule and increased overall health. At Choice Health Management, we are here to help with on-site fitness centers for our assisted living residents and transportation services for our independent living residents. Find out more by speaking with our friendly staff today.