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Indoor Exercises To Keep You Active This Season At Memory Care In PA

Don’t let the cold weather slow you down! Try these 5 exercises to keep you moving!

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Winter in Pennsylvania can be chilly (to put it mildly), and what better way to stay warm than by moving your body with some indoor exercise! Here at Whitetail Springs Memory Care, we host indoor workout classes for our residents all year round, and we also encourage them to get moving on their own time! Working out is great for not only your physical health, but also your mental health, and has even shown to improve mood and cognition. That’s why our team has put together a list of five accessible and fun workouts to get your loved ones moving while staying warm inside!

Armchair Yoga

This is one of our favorite activities, which is why we host a weekly armchair yoga class on Tuesdays. It’s a great way to improve mindset and flexibility, and it’s accessible for seniors of any capability. Other benefits of yoga include increased strength, reduced stress levels, increased mobility, and can even help alleviate pain. If this is something your loved one would be interested in, be sure to have them join our weekly class and even practice on their own.

Resistance Band Workouts

Resistance band workouts are a great way to exercise without needing much equipment or space. A resistance band is a stretchy piece of rubber that creates tension when stretched. Not only is this an inexpensive way to get your loved one moving, but similarly to armchair yoga, it can help improve strength and mobility! Here are a few resistance band workouts to try:

  • Tricep press
  • Bicep curl
  • Band pull aparts
  • Leg press

Bodyweight Workouts

Similarly to resistance band training, body weight workouts are great for those looking for minimal equipment because all you need is yourself! Bodyweight workouts utilize small amounts of space, and many of them can be done in the comfort of your loved one’s room or a small corner of our comfortable common areas. If they are feeling the need for social interaction, we suggest they invite a few friends to join them! Often, body weight workouts incorporate day to day activities, which can actually be extremely valuable in the long run. Some of our favorite body weight workouts to try are:

  • Chair squats
  • Step ups
  • Arm circles
  • Seated twists

Walking

While we typically think of walking as an outdoor activity, a great way to utilize our beautiful community is to have your loved one take their daily walk inside. This will keep them warm from the cold weather while also allowing them to get some aerobic exercise. Have them take laps around one of our larger spaces or even walk up and down the hall. Whatever you choose, walking as a form of exercise does not have to end when the weather cools off!

Dancing

We saved the best for last – because what can be more fun than dancing with friends!? While we know dancing isn’t one of the “traditional” workouts you may have been expecting to see on this list, it is a great way to get you or your loved one’s body moving! We know that everyone’s abilities and skill levels are different which is why we encourage our residents to do what they can! From sitting down and moving your arms, to full body dancing, we hope that however you choose to get moving, you have a blast while doing it!

Our entire staff here at Whitetail Springs, one of the best retirement communities in PA, looks forward to helping your or your loved one stay active even when it’s cold outside.

For more information on our residency, or to schedule a tour of Whitetail Springs, contact our friendly team today!

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