6 Senior Winter Health Tips to Keep You Motivated Through Spring
As we age, winters tend to feel more harsh. No wonder so many vacation in the tropics! Not everyone is able to take a tropical getaway though so toughing it out during winter is something many seniors face. The winter doesn’t have to be so taxing though. If you make a few small changes, they’ll have a big positive impact on your health.
Here’s what we recommend seniors do for their health in the winter to come out on top during the spring thaw!
1. Take your diet seriously
Now is the time to make sure you’re getting enough fruits and vegetables. It’s also a good idea to supplement the healthy foods you eat with the right vitamins. Talk to your doctor about what is best with any current medications you may be on and get the right vitamins and minerals in your body. It won’t just leave you feeling better overall, but you’ll be more resilient if you do fall or come into contact with germs.
2. Get outdoors
It’s likely the last place you want to be, but with proper layers and shoes that are non-slip and warm, you can take in the fresh air. It doesn’t do any good for your mind to be cooped up indoors. If you need assistance, go with someone who can help support you in icy conditions. One rule of thumb: never go alone, no matter how fit you might be!
3. Try something new
Winter is the perfect time to venture out of your comfort zone. Do something you’ve always wanted to do, whether it’s try a new word game, listen to a new type of music, or try a different type of cuisine. Variety is that essential spice in life and your winter will be less boring when you pepper your world.
4. Put down the snow shovel
Shoveling snow is great exercise, but for seniors, it can be dangerous. Even if you’re mobile and in tip-top shape, it’s easier to fall and sustain an injury. Enlist the help of family, neighbors, or even the community senior center to help clear ice and snow out of your path.
5. Gather with family and friends
Good health for seniors isn’t just about getting some exercise and eating right. Isolating yourself will wear down your mental health. If you have friends and family nearby, make plans with them. And even if you don’t, there are many activities for seniors in your area. You can find everything from card games to movie nights and beyond and make new friends to enjoy them with.
6. Get in-home help for your aches and pains
As winter can bring out the pain in your joints and muscles, it’s important to have those handled. If going to another appointment sounds like more pain than it’s worth, contact us for in-home health services. We feature an expertly-certified staff that can come to you no matter the weather for physiotherapy, massage, osteo, chiropractic, massage, and even personal training.
Contact us today for in-home health services to see you through the winter!