Embrace the chill: Staying active as winter approaches

As the leaves start to change colours and a crisp chill fills the air, it's a sure sign that winter is on its way. For many of us, the thought of colder weather can be a bit intimidating, but staying active is crucial for maintaining our health and well-being, especially as we get older. Thankfully, there are plenty of enjoyable ways to keep moving and stay active as the seasons change.


  1. Take activities indoors: When the temperatures plummet, it's a perfect time to explore indoor activities. Consider a local gym, community center, or senior center that offers exercise classes like yoga, tai chi, or water aerobics.


  1. Join a walking club: Walking is one of the easiest and most accessible forms of exercise, regardless of the season. Consider joining a walking club in your community or grab a friend for a daily stroll. This is also a fantastic way to stay active and socialize with others.


  1. Dance your way through winter: Dancing is a fun way to stay active and helps improve balance and coordination. Sign up for dance classes, from ballroom to line dancing, or simply put on your favourite music and dance in the comfort of your own home. It's a sure way to keep your spirits high during the dark winter months.


  1. Nurture an indoor garden: If you're a gardening enthusiast, consider maintaining indoor plants during the winter. It's a great way to get some exercise, and the greenery will brighten up your home. Caring for plants can be both therapeutic and physically beneficial.


As the winter months approach, staying active doesn't have to be a daunting task. It's an opportunity to try new things, bond with others, and maintain your health and well-being. Embrace the chill, stay motivated, and keep moving through the winter – your body and mind will thank you.


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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website