Exciting Winter Activities for Seniors to Stay Active
Many seniors stay inside during the winter months, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up in front of the TV or on the couch. If you’re open to trying new things and meeting new people, you’ll be inspired by the active lifestyle that a senior living community provides. Keeping up with a full calendar of events and indoor activities can help you beat boredom during the winter months, while also helping you stay physically active, mentally sharp, and socially engaged.
Health Benefits of Seniors Staying Active in the Winter
Staying active as you age can help with balance, mobility, fall prevention and overall health. Physical activity provides many significant health benefits for older adults such as:
- Protecting the heart and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke
- Reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia
- Easing symptoms of anxiety and depression
- Improving mood and fostering a sense of well-being
Fun Indoor Activities for Older Adults
Finding the motivation to exercise on your own can be a challenge. That’s why so many seniors enjoy the camaraderie that comes with participating in the activities offered at a senior living community . The right class can provide the spark you need to keep moving and stay active all through the winter. John Knox Village in Lee’s Summit offers a full calendar of social events, arts and entertainment, and fitness classes that bring the element of fun into exercise.
Here are a few ways to stay engaged this winter with indoor activities for seniors:
Make a Splash in the Pool
Spending time in the pool is a great way to stay active in the winter, whether you’re swimming laps or doing water aerobics. The buoyancy of the water takes the pressure off your joints, making it a gentle form of exercise even for those with arthritis or limited mobility. John Knox Village offers water exercise classes for all skill levels — with no swimming experience necessary. Join us for water aerobics, water volleyball, and Aqua Zumba®, a blend of water aerobics and dance moves with the vibe of a high-energy pool party.
Express Yourself with the Arts
Whether you’re singing along to your favorite song or learning to play the piano, music has the power to lift your mood and boost your energy. At John Knox Village, you’ll find opportunities to get involved with theater and musical performances, whether you enjoy the thrill of being on stage or watching the show from the audience. And if you enjoy painting, sculpting, crafting or other forms of art, our arts and crafts studio is the perfect place to unleash your inner artist.
Find Your Balance
Practicing yoga and tai chi can help focus your mind, train your body, and inspire your spirit. Yoga poses are intended to improve posture, range of motion, balance and core strength. Tai chi involves slow gentle movements to improve agility and promote a relaxed state of mind. Stretch yourself to create a new routine including classes in yoga or tai chi. Learn more about our holistic approach to wellness at John Knox Village.
It’s easy to plan indoor winter activities with friends when there’s a bowling alley on your senior living campus. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced bowler, the movements involved in bowling build muscle, balance and coordination. Plus, you get to partake in some friendly competition! When you experience the positive energy and meet the welcoming residents at John Knox Village, you’ll see why community life here is so rewarding.