senior yogaExercising daily has numerous health benefits for people of all ages. It can preserve your balance, mobility, and muscle mass.

Just because it’s getting colder outside doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your active and healthy lifestyle. There are plenty of senior-friendly winter exercise activities that can be done indoors even during the coldest winter days.

 

Indoor Exercise Routines

Indoor workout routines are popular and most can be done without special workout equipment. Stretches, chair squats, wall push-ups, toe or chair stands, knee extensions/lifts, and arm raises can all be incorporated into a short indoor exercise routine. 
Want something more fun? Turn on your favorite music and get your heart rate up dancing!

Swimming

Not only will swimming keep you active, but it’s a good option if you have trouble with your joints or have arthritis. Check your local gyms, health clubs and YMCA for discounts on senior memberships or even swim-only membership options. 
Stationary BikeIf you like to bike, most gyms and YMCAs have stationary bikes. Recumbent bikes offer a safer, more stabilized format for seniors and allow you to read, watch TV, or listen to music. 

Tai Chi, Yoga, or Pilates

Tai Chi, yoga, and Pilates are lower intensity exercises that also help build strength, stamina, and flexibility. You can buy exercise videos or stream them on platforms like Netflix or YouTube. These types of workouts also teach breathing techniques that relieve stress and improve mindfulness.

Group Programs and Resources

There are plenty of resources if you are looking for more exercises or ways to stay fit. The National Institute on Aging has developed Go4Life, a comprehensive fitness program that includes exercises, activity logs, fitness planning, exercise buddy agreements and more. The Silver Sneakers program provides free fitness club memberships with select health insurance plans. Check if a program is near you or to see if your health plan is a partner.


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