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5 Ways Seniors Can Stay Active During the Winter

You want to be healthy, but find it hard to be active during the winter months. Dropping temperatures don't mean you have to drop your normal health and fitness routine. Here are five tips every senior can use to stay active in the winter.

Join a Gym

If you don't already belong to a gym, this can be a great way to stay active and warm at the same time. Most gyms offer classes for all different ages and fitness goals. Gyms also add a social element to health and fitness, which typically makes it easier to want to go. While gyms are a great way to stay active, be sure to speak with your doctor first to see if this is a good option for you.

Take Advantage of Community Classes

Gyms aren't the only places that offer health and fitness classes for seniors. Check your local community center or senior center to see if they offer regular classes. Sometimes these classes are even free. Another advantage of community or senior center classes is that they tend to focus on incorporating health and wellness in day-to-day activities, making it easy to maintain your health.

Try Home Workouts

Winter temperatures might leave you feeling like sticking to the comforts of home, and that's okay! There are plenty of ways for you to stay fit and active at home. Take periodic walks around the house or try an exercise video. The options are endless for staying active while staying at home.

Modify Your Outdoor Activities

You may still be able to participate in the outdoor activities you enjoy with slight modifications. Do you like to jog or walk outdoors? You still can by bundling up in warmer layers and staying clear of walking surfaces that are icy or wet.

Keep Doing Activities You Enjoy

Perhaps the most important thing to remember is to keep doing activities you enjoy. Nothing makes exercising easier than enjoying yourself! If you enjoy walking, keep walking. If you enjoy playing with your grandchildren, incorporate this into your workout routine.

Whittier Hospital Medical Center is passionate about the health and wellness of our community. The Golden Years Senior Club was designed to offer preventative and wellness programs geared to help you have a healthier lifestyle! Give us a call or stop by the Activity Center to enroll and receive a free membership card. Join the many who are already attending the different events sponsored by the hospital. The Activity Center is located at 9210 Colima Road, Suite 110, Whittier, CA 90605 - Tel: 562.464.6345.

We hope these tips help you have a safe, healthy, and active winter!

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