“Getting more exercise” is a common New Year’s resolution, and most of us start out the year with a bang. However, as the weeks go by and the cold weather hangs on, it becomes easier and easier to make excuses to not work out. It’s too cold out, or you’re too busy with everything that needs to get done, or it gets dark too early, and so on and so on. We admit – it’s a lot more enjoyable to cuddle up on the couch and watch Netflix instead of lacing up your walking shoes. But staying physically active is one of the best ways to stay healthy and stave off everything from cardiovascular disease to cognitive decline. So, what’s a senior to do when the cold wind blows?
“Fortunately, staying active in the winter doesn’t mean you have to brave the sleet and snow and be miserable,” says Jake Quigley, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle, a luxury independent living community in the heart of Boston at the crossroads of Beacon Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue. “At our active independent living community, residents have access to our state-of-the-art fitness center staffed by Train Boston® fitness instructors. With a variety of exercise machines, a pool and the opportunity for personal training, our residents can be active no matter the season.”
Here are a few ways to get up and get your blood pumping, even if you don’t have a personal fitness center of your own.
Find a fun winter activity. While cross-country skiing and snowboarding may not be high on your list of fun activities, there are many other lower-impact winter sports to try. Snowshoeing is a great way to get out in nature (and it’s quite a workout, too). You can also strap on some skates and hit the ice rink, but don’t forget to reward yourself with a cup of hot chocolate afterward.
Join an indoor walking group. Walking is one of the easiest, best and cheapest activities out there. Check to see if there’s a walking group in your area that meets up at an indoor space like a mall. You could also form your own group, or simply walk with an “accountability buddy” (it’s always more fun to walk when you can talk, too).
Check out your local community center. Community centers are run by the Department of Parks and Recreation of your city. Every season, they offer a wide variety of classes that are low cost or free to attend. Another option is to look at community colleges to see what activities they offer.
Join a gym. Depending on the options in your area, you can have a range of activities available to you, from basketball to water aerobics to free weights and exercise machines, fitness classes like yoga or Tai chi, personal training opportunities and more. Gyms these days all have different “vibes,” so look for one that sounds like it fits your personality. The local YMCA is another option.
Set up a home gym. You don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to purchase big-ticket exercise machines. A “home gym” can be as simple as a dedicated workout area in your bedroom. Pick up some inexpensive equipment like a stability ball, resistance bands, foam rollers and hand weights, and you can get fit from the comfort of your own home.
Take the stairs. There are lots of opportunities to add in a little extra exercise during your day, whether that’s taking the steps instead of the elevator, parking far away so you have to walk to get into a store (as long as there’s no ice to slip on) or standing up and doing stretches during a television commercial break. Find little opportunities to move around – you’ll be surprised how much you can squeeze in throughout your day.
Grab an exercise DVD. You can check them out from your library or stream them online. There are so many different types of exercise programs out there that you can try a new one every day if you like!
Play with your grandchildren. If you’re lucky enough to live near your grandchildren, doing activities with them will keep you on your feet and help you bond with them. Hold a dance party in the living room, or build a snowman outside. You’ll have fun, get some activity and build some memories, too.
For more information about staying active through the winter, or our luxury retirement lifestyle, contact the staff at Waterstone at the Circle.
Luxury Senior Living in Boston
Waterstone at the Circle, located in Boston’s historic Cleveland Circle neighborhood, is more than just Independent Living in Boston … it’s a sophisticated urban setting for today’s active seniors. Enjoy best-in-class service and a vibrant lifestyle with arts and cultural, and historical attractions right outside your front door. From high-end amenities to gourmet dining and more, experience the best of city and suburban life at our upscale senior living community located on the crossroads of Brookline and Chestnut Hill.
Elegant Independent Living Apartments
Each of our 92 Independent Living apartments is the height of luxury and modernity, with sophisticated design, upscale features and stunning views of the city. Create the urban senior living experience you want with one- or two-bedroom apartments, a variety of floor plans and monthly rentals.
Senior Living Supportive Services
As an over-62 community, residents may require support from time to time. That’s why we’ve developed an on-site coordinated care program, in cooperation with our premier community partners, that allows our Independent Living residents to receive the assistance they need.
The best part? Residents don’t have to leave our senior living community – or even their apartment – to receive high-quality support. They can receive the services they need, when they need it, in the comfort of their own homes or in our on-site therapy gym.
Waterstone at the Circle is the opposite of retiring ... it’s a place to enhance your active, on-the-go lifestyle. Call 617.431.1880 for more information or to schedule a visit to our vibrant Boston Independent Living community and discover The Circle lifestyle today!