As the weather gets cooler, it can get harder to get the 150 minutes of weekly exercise recommended for adults.1 But this year, if the weather is keeping you inside, it doesn’t mean you should stop working out! Getting the recommended amount of exercise can strengthen your heart, give you more energy, and help you sleep better. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our favorite indoor workouts to keep you warm even on the coldest of nights.
Go for a Swim
Swimming gets your heart rate up, but unlike other forms of cardio, it’s gentle on your joints and muscles. It will also strengthen your muscles as you pull against the resistance of the water. So, even though your neighborhood pool may be closed for the season, look around for an indoor pool at a local recreation center or gym.
Strength training is a great exercise for adults of all ages, and can help you grow old with grace. Current research shows that strength training can combat weakness and fragility while preserving bone density, independence, and vitality. Plus, you can even strength train from your own home with the right equipment. If you’re new to strength training, start with your bodyweight or light weights so you can focus on perfecting your form. If you’re not sure if strength training is right for you, ask your doctor before you get started.
Get to the Gym
If you have a gym membership or are considering purchasing one, winter is a great time to get the most out of it. Exercise options at the gym are endless, so you can find a routine that you love or keep mixing it up so you don’t get bored. Start a walking routine on the elliptical or the treadmill, try cycling on a stationary bike, or sign up for a group exercise class. Some gyms offer classes specifically created for older adults, like those offered through the Silver Sneakers program.
Technology makes it easier than ever to work out at home. A quick Google or YouTube search for “indoor at home workouts” will bring up a variety of exercise videos, from strength training, pilates and yoga, to zumba and dance routines. You can even seek out workout programs designed for older adults, like the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life video series.
Don’t let the cold stop you from achieving your health goals - you’ve made it to the 10th month of the bucket list, and it’s no time to stop now. So slip on those goggles, lace up those shoes, or fire up that video – let this be your healthiest winter yet!
This article is for general educational purposes only and is not intended to be used as or substituted for medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or qualified health care provider with any questions about your health or a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking medical advice because of something you have read on the internet.