Joelle Reizes - January 8, 2014
Did you know that among all people over age 50 who make a New Year’s resolution, only 14 percent actually achieve their goal at the end of the year? On the bright side, people who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to reach their goals compared to people who don’t make resolutions.
You can beat that first statistic. If you chose to become healthier, become more active or get your body in better shape as your New Year resolution this year, don’t let the cold weather slow you down. It’s true that it’s much easier to bundle up and stay inside eating those delicious winter goodies. It’s important for both our physical and mental health however, to stay active during the colder months.
Keeping this in mind, here are some ideas for staying active during this chilly season when you might be tempted to stay curled up on the couch.
Get Moving Indoors
- Look for places that have either an indoor track or plenty of open space. Some malls have earlier hours for people that want to just come in and walk laps, so you can get your laps in and avoid the crowds.
- Resistance exercise is great for toning and has mood boosting properties. You don’t need to go to a gym, all you have to do is purchase some hand weights and resistance bands. Keep them in your living room so you can use them while watching TV.
- If you think joining a group will keep you more motivated, look around your community for a gym or fitness class. Most recreational centers will have a variety of classes you can try.
- Rotate through different home workouts. Purchase DVDs or find some free workouts online. Mixing these workouts will help you stay motivated and help prevent boredom.
Get Moving Outdoors
- If you live in an area where you can enjoy milder days through the winter season, make a plan to get out and walk. Walking or hiking can be fun in winter as you notice wildlife and take in the beauty of the scenery around you.
- If you live in a place where a great deal of snow falls, you can still get a good outside workout. Grab your snow shovel and get going. Shoveling snow can be a great way to get your heart pumping and many times, it’s a necessary activity anyway.
- Activities such as snow shoeing, ice skating, or cross country skiing can be great ways to enjoy the scenery and get your body moving.
When it comes to healthy aging, staying active should be a big part of your daily lifestyle, no matter what time of year it is or what the temperature is outside. Preventive health screenings can be another important part. Learn more about Life Line Screening’s preventive health screenings today.