When the weather gets too cold to enjoy the outdoors, some people become less active because they’d rather be in the comfort of their home where it’s warm. It’s important for retirees to stay active because of all the health benefits associated with daily exercise. Baby Boomers can avoid this seasonal slump and get rid of their winter blues by taking advantage of all the indoor exercises available in their active adult community. Here, we list ten indoor exercises to try this winter.
1. Wii Fit
This interactive gaming console provides an easy way to exercise in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a Nintendo Wii console, accessories, and game to get started. The game Wii Fit is specifically designed to get people off the couch and moving. Users are guided step-by-step with exercise movements as well as fun physical challenges that promote balance, stamina, and strength.
2. Jump Rope
Another easy workout to do indoors is jumping rope. This cardio activity burns about ten calories per minute and also strengthens your legs, shoulders, and arms. With only one piece of inexpensive equipment required, jumping rope is a great way to burn calories fast and easy without needing a lot of space.
Turn on some music and get moving! Dancing is a great way to stay active and get fit indoors while having fun. There are plenty of different types of dance classes offered at local gyms, senior centers, and recreational facilities. From line dancing to tango to salsa, there is a dance move that suits everyone’s style. Dancing can be done solo or with a partner and can be done at your own pace. You can also learn new dance moves to show off at parties.
Walking and jogging are great forms of cardiovascular workouts. They can be done at your gym or in your home. You can utilize the gym's indoor walking track or treadmill to reach your step goal. You can also purchase a treadmill to use in your home. Another option, and less expensive, is to jog or walk in place as you watch T.V. or clean around the house. Every step counts toward your physical activity, so make the most of it when you’re moving around doing house chores.
Pilates is a fun workout you can do indoors. Pilates is a type of strength training that uses your own body weight to build muscle, most of which comes from your core strength. This low-impact workout targets your whole body with specific strengthening and stretching techniques. Pilates classes can be found online, at gyms, private studios, and at recreational centers.
One of the best cardio workouts is swimming. It’s low-impact and can burn over 500 calories in a one-hour session. Swimming laps is also relaxing and helps provide flexibility to the limbs. As long as you stretch your muscles beforehand, there is very little chance of injury during this exercise. If you don’t know how to swim, you can always take lessons at the local YMCA or community center that will get you on the right track.
Yoga is a popular indoor exercise that burns calories. It promotes flexibility as well as concentration, meditation, and relaxation. Yoga provides great health benefits like improved strength and cardiovascular endurance. There are many different styles of yoga that get your heart rate up through a variety of poses. But the best part of yoga is that you can do it at home.
8. Strength Training
Strength training is another important exercise you can do inside during the winter. You don’t have to lift heavy weights to strength train. Strength training can be done with lighter weights and more repetitions. You can use dumbbells, kettle bells, resistance bands, or your own body weight. You can also do sit-ups, planks, push-ups, and lunges to work out all parts of your body.
9. Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a soothing and gentle way to eliminate stress. This graceful exercise routine involves a series of movements that are done in a focused and slow manner with deep breathing techniques. Tai Chi is a low-impact exercise that’s perfect for many active adults who may experience joint or muscle pain from other strenuous workouts. You can do this exercise in the comfort of your own home by following online guides or Tai Chi videos. There are also Tai Chi classes offered at local community clubhouses.
Cycling is a great indoor workout that’s easy on the joints. There is no need to go outside because it can be done on a stationary bike. There are upright and recumbent bikes to suit your physical needs and comfort. Indoor cycling can relieve stress, arthritic discomfort, and improve blood pressure levels all while burning calories at the same time.