Staying Active this Winter in Retirement Communities in Massachusetts
Fun and unique activities for staying fit during the winter months
Winter is beautiful, especially in Massachusetts. With frost, snow, icicles, and glittering twilight on the water, winter evokes a cozy-up and settle-in feeling. And though we try to keep up with our exercise routines, or start new ones, it’s so easy to slip on some pajamas and put on a movie. While we’re big movie night fans, we also recognize the importance of staying active and getting your heart pumping. Staying active is imperative for both our physical health but also our mental health, so we like to take it very seriously – but also have fun with it!
The experts at our independent senior living communities in Massachusetts have compiled a list of some of our favorite unique ways to engage our bodies. We hope you have as much fun trying them as we did compiling this list! Try out some of these great suggestions on your own, or with your friends:
For those of us who are super active and agile, jumping rope is an excellent way to get the heart pumping in a jiffy. Just ten minutes of jumping rope can boost your heart health for the day. And if you’re worried about tripping on the rope, or want to try the arm movements only, we love weighted ropeless jump rope handles! They provide all of the arm action, but keep you safe from tripping over the rope.
Who doesn’t love a good dance party? It’s the ultimate happy maker with both music and exercise boosting serotonin levels. While you can take a class to learn specific techniques, you can also just pump up the tunes in your own home and dance around your living room with family, friends, or solo! Wanting to make some special memories with your loved ones? Do a little digging into their past and ask them who their favorite musicians were when they were teenagers or your age, and surprise them with a playlist of their favorites, and have them teach you some of their favorite moves.
But wait – isn’t this about staying active? Karaoke is just singing! We’re so happy to say that singing is a fantastic way to build your lung capacity and is a great aerobic exercise. Engaging your core by breathing from your diaphragm enhances your breath support, and gives you a stronger fuller sound. In very simple terms, this means allowing your stomach to expand while breathing rather than lifting your shoulders to breathe. There’s a reason so many singers have such strong cores – they’re consistently engaging their abdominal muscles. Between the core workout, and using dynamics (singing louder or softer), you can build lung capacity in no time. So bust out a microphone, turn on a YouTube karaoke channel, and let your inner diva come out! For more information about how to engage your diaphragm while singing, check out this simple guide from Masterclass.
One of our favorite things about the above suggestions is that almost anyone can participate in each of these activities and modify it to work with their specific body and needs. We love watching our residents’ faces light up when participating in a dance, or watch a wave of nostalgia hit them when a song from their past comes on, and we know you do too.
The leaves are falling, and it’s time to whip out those cozy sweaters, dust off your favorite decorations, and of course, get your taste buds ready for a delightful feast.
Our dining team is top-notch at crafting seasonal meals with fresh produce that our residents love. We know cooking and baking is a hobby for many that can be enjoyed with friends and family, especially during the fall and winter seasons.
For those such occasions, we’ve rounded up some lip-smacking recipes that will not only warm your heart, but fill your kitchen with the irresistible scents of the season. So grab your aprons and let’s dive into these scrumptious meals that will make the season even more delicious:https://ow.ly/Zl8V50QbLMy
As the Thanksgiving festivities wrap up, we at Sunshine Retirement Living want to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of our families and team members. Your efforts and presence have made this Thanksgiving exceptionally special for our senior residents across all our Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care communities.
This holiday season holds profound significance for our seniors, offering a time for reflection, gratitude, and cherished connections. The warmth and joy shared during these celebrations play a big role in enhancing their well-being and happiness.
A special shout out of appreciation goes out to the incredible chefs in our communities. Your culinary talents transformed traditional Thanksgiving meals into extraordinary feasts, delighting the taste buds of residents and families. The love and care poured into each dish did not go unnoticed and greatly contributed to the festive spirit!
To our team members, are immensely grateful for your support, love, and dedication. It's because of you that our residents experience the true essence of Thanksgiving – a sense of belonging, love, and shared happiness. Thank you for being a part of our Sunshine family and for making this Thanksgiving a memorable one for all.