Winter in West Lafayette, IN, doesn’t have to mean hibernation, especially for those who dislike being cooped up for too long. However, for seniors, finding ways to stay active during the cold and icy winter season can be challenging. Even taking a nature walk can be a little too much to handle for some individuals when the temperatures drop below freezing.
At Westminster Village, we believe that staying active in winter can be both enjoyable and beneficial, no matter your age. There are tons of ways to enjoy yourself indoors and outdoors at our West Lafayette independent living community.
Continue reading to learn about some of the ways our community members stay active during the winter months.
Exercises, Hobbies, and More
If you’re searching for ways to make the most out of the winter season, check out our list of winter activities for seniors:
- Indoor Fitness Classes
Join fitness classes tailored to seniors, such as yoga or water aerobics in our indoor pool. These classes offer the dual benefits of regular physical activity and social interaction, both of which are crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Home-Based Exercises
Leverage technology by taking virtual exercise classes or playing interactive fitness games in the comfort of your own home. This keeps you physically and mentally active, and also introduces a fun and modern twist to your daily routine.
- Local Community Engagement
Participate in local events like book clubs, crafting workshops, or educational classes. These social activities are not just for staying physically active; they also keep your mind sharp and your life vibrant.
- Emphasize Safety When Outdoors
Always prioritize your safety by choosing appropriate clothing to stay warm and footwear to prevent falls when you’re outdoors. Additionally, bring your cell phone if you have one, or tell friends where you’re heading before leaving the house in cold weather. Whether you’re walking or bird watching, it’s icy during the winter and joints tend to stiffen up. Falls are a significant risk factor for older adults, so it’s important you’re prepared when you venture outdoors.
- Engage in Hobbies
At Westminster Village, we offer members access to our woodworking shop, art studios, and library. If you’re looking for something fun to learn or you have a talent you wish to fine-tune, winter is a great time to sit down and get to work!
By incorporating these indoor and outdoor activities into your daily routine, you’ll find that enjoying the winter weather is both achievable and rewarding. Remember, staying active is not just about physical health; it’s equally important to nurture your mental and emotional well-being.
Winter at Westminster Village
At Westminster Village, we invite you to join our active retirement community. Whether you’re seeking a cozy environment to enjoy your favorite indoor activities or looking for a supportive group of friends, our doors are always open. Reach out to us today! Your next chapter filled with warmth, wellness, and winter fun awaits you at Westminster Village in West Lafayette, IN.