Tips For A Healthy Winter Season At 55 Plus Communities in Georgia

Stay healthy and fit this winter with our favorite exercise, foods, and more

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We all know it’s important to exercise and eat well, but in the winter months it can be very tempting to indulge in staying cozy with couch naps, warm and buttery comfort food, and endless movies. But this winter, we suggest starting to implement some simple changes to keep you healthy and fit throughout the year.

From our expert staff at Dunwoody Pines, a Georgia Independent Retirement Community, to you, here are some of our favorite tips and recommendations for enhancing your healthy lifestyle this winter! Check them out below, and let us know if you have tried any of them yourself.

Boost your health with Vitamins B12 and D

Not only do Vitamins B12 and D work well together to keep your mental health in check, they are also extremely beneficial for your physical health. B12 is an excellent source of nutrients to strengthen both your cell metabolism and nerve function, and is easily found in animal proteins. Vegans and vegetarians can often be B12 deficient, so it’s usually suggested to take a supplement if the deficiency arises.

Vitamin D is an often overlooked but incredibly beneficial vitamin for your immunity! Vitamin D may reduce inflammation. Lab studies have also shown that it can be effective at controlling infections. While our body manufactures Vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun, the sun can be hard to come by during the winter. Luckily, it is also found in healthy fats like fatty fish, beef liver, dairy products and eggs. This vitamin is easy to get any time of year if you know where to look!

Stretch it out!

When full-blown exercise can feel a little too overwhelming, our favorite way to keep our bodies in shape is to implement daily stretching. Though cardio is imperative to healthy living, stretching our muscles keeps our bodies functioning at peak condition. Consider adding some morning stretches to your daily routine. Some of our favorites are:

  • Side arm stretches – raise your arms above your head and gently move from left to right, stretching out the opposite sides of your torso.
  • Neck stretches – Slowly rock your neck from left to right, and in soft circles.
  • Toe touches – not everyone can touch their toes, but simply reaching for them can stretch out your hamstrings and lower back muscles. Be sure to not push beyond what is comfortable.

Give in to Your Inner Child!

We mentioned that cardio is a super important component to staying healthy, but sometimes there are only so many walks one can take. One of our favorite ways to sneak in cardio is through embracing your inner child. For those who are physically able, jumping rope is an excellent heart- and lung-boosting exercise. Or take out a hula hoop and have some fun that takes you back to hot summer days spent outside in bathing suits with salty beach water in your hair.

Hands down (or up!), our top choice cardio boost is dancing. An easy exercise for anyone, pop on some tunes and whip out some of those dance moves of your youth. Even if seated, dancing with your arms or tapping your toes releases some serotonin and endorphins, giving both your physical and mental health a much needed boost. For added happiness, invite some friends and get a dance party started!

If you are interested in learning more about our senior living in Dunwoody GA, give us a call at Dunwoody Pines. We’re happy to give you a virtual or in-person tour!

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