Physical activity is a fundamental component of maintaining good health. Unfortunately, winter can be a difficult time for elderly people to stay physically active as freezing temperatures and icing conditions can cause even the heartiest seniors to want to stay in and hibernate. Although staying physically active may be easier to do in warmer months, the benefit of engaging in some form of exercise during the short, dreary days of winter is crucial for maintaining mental well-being as well as physical health and is an important part of eldercare in Montreal. Here are some ways for seniors to stay active during winter:
Mall walking groups
Walking is an excellent form of exercise, so when the sidewalks are too icy, malls are a great alternative. Many malls open their doors before their stores do, so walkers can take advantage of the open spaces before the shoppers arrive. Joining a seniors’ mall walking group can be a nice social outing as well.
Swimming is one of the best ways for the elderly to stay active as it is not hard on joints. Many senior residences have an indoor pool, and the convenience of not having to leave the building makes it easier to exercise. However, these pools are often unsupervised and it can be dangerous to swim alone. Posting a note in the pool area and lobby may help to find a fellow resident looking for a swim buddy. Another option is to check with your local community center to find out about senior aqua-fit classes and free swim hours.
There are many types of exercise classes, such as chair yoga, or gentle toning that have been adapted specifically for the elderly to increase senior care in Montreal. Call your local community center, YMCA and CLSC to find out what is offered in your area.
If getting out of the house is just too difficult because of the cold weather, there are still ways to stay active in the home. There are numerous videos / DVDs of home exercises tailored to elderly people that don’t require a lot of space or equipment. Often you can get them on loan from your local library.
While staying active is instrumental in ensuring both physical and mental well-being, it is important to consult a medical professional before beginning a new exercise routine.
If you have any questions or require assistance with home care in Montreal for a senior member of your family, we invite you to contact us today. It will be our pleasure to walk you through our services and help you better understand your options.