Staying Active as a Senior Living in Austin During the Winter Months
Keep your Mind and Body Active this Winter
It is tempting to stay indoors to keep warm during the winter, but as a senior, it’s vital to stay active even during winter. Remaining active during the colder months doesn’t mean you’re stuck inside using a treadmill (unless, of course, that’s what you love doing). For those of us that want to stay active out and about in the beautiful city of Austin, keep reading because we are sharing many options. These attractions are perfect if you’re a history buff or want to explore more of Austin outside. Check out the recommendations from the team at The Clairmont Retirement Community in Austin, TX:
Enjoy the Local History
For the history buff, there are many museums and historical monuments in Austin. Get your steps in by visiting one of the museums listed below.
Texas Memorial Museum: This museum is located at The University of Texas at Austin and was created in the 1930s as Texas’ first museum. The Texas Memorial Museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday from 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Click here to learn more.
LBJ Presidential Library: A library about our 36th President that’s available seven days a week from 9am-5-pm and offers discounts for seniors. The LBJ Presidential Library offers many events that members can attend, including guest speakers and more. To learn more about the library’s membership, click here.
Texas Military Forces Museum: This museum hosts 45,000 square feet of uniforms, weaponry, and more from 1823 to the present day. This museum is open from 10am-4pm Tuesday through Sunday. Click here to learn more.
Mexic-Arte Museum: A relatively new museum built in 1984 was created to enrich the community about Mexican, Latino, and Latin American culture and art with education programs, exhibitions, collections, and more. Senior citizens receive discounts to enter the museum, and the hours vary, which can be found here.
Get Moving Outdoors
If you enjoy getting outside even during the winter months, you can visit many outdoor attractions and stay active.
Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail: Take a walk or bike ride along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. The trail is 10 miles around Lady Bird Lake, but don’t feel you have to walk the entire 10 miles, as there are mini loops equivalent to 3, 4, and 5 miles. It’s open from 5 am to midnight, so a walk around the park will be easy to fit in your schedule!
Austin’s murals: Visit some of Austin’s famous murals like “Rhapsody” and “Sankofa” murals located on E 11th Street, or add an item from your bucket list on the Before I Die Garage Wall on E Elizabeth Street. Learn more about the murals of Austin here.
Stroll on Main Street: During the holidays, Main Street (also known as Congress Avenue) is decorated in holiday cheer with LED lights, holiday music, and even a 45 foot tall Christmas tree.
If museums and trails aren’t your thing, Austin has plenty of shopping and food culture to enjoy! Head downtown with a friend to wander around, visit local shops, and try new restaurants. You can even do a mini food tour, stopping at different restaurants for drinks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert. Get your steps in while enjoying all the city has to offer!
If getting out and about doesn’t sound appealing, our residents can always utilize Clairmont’s fitness and wellness center, where we often hold group fitness classes. Residents can also take a walk around the community and grounds to get some fresh air and stretch their legs, even if they plan to stay home for the day. With all of these amazing ways to stay active, our Austin seniors are going to stay healthier than ever this winter!
For more information or to schedule a tour of The Clairmont, contact our team today.
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