Top Tips: Staying active during the winter months

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For many of us, winter can seem like a never-ending season with little sunshine and snowy, cold weather. Isolation and loneliness during the cold months are a real issue for some of our Owners. It’s important to remember that staying active on a daily basis will help stave off depression and will keep your body in overall better health.

Here are four ways you can stay active during the winter months while keeping healthy in both body and mind.

Work on your balance

Carve out just a handful of minutes each day to help improve your balance and your confidence. Staying mobile and steady on your feet can help keep you independent and help prevent falls.

Stretch often

Stretching and improving flexibility are both important to function and to perform basic daily activities. Many stretching exercises can be done while sitting in a chair if you find it difficult to stand.

Engage in low impact exercises

A simple stroll around the Court, taking part in your armchair exercise class, or even water aerobics at your local leisure centre are all examples of great, low impact exercises. They not only burn calories, but these exercises help your joints and bones while keeping osteoporosis and arthritis at bay.

Try recreational games and activities

Keep your mind and body sharp by taking up a game with fellow Owners. Many Courts provide a wide range of activities so have a look at your social programme and get involved.

It doesn’t matter what activity you choose to keep you moving. The important thing is to choose something. Regular physical activity and staying active will keep you feeling your best – both physically and mentally – throughout the winter months.

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For many of us, winter can seem like a never-ending season with little sunshine and snowy, cold weather. Isolation and loneliness during the cold months are a real issue for some of our Owners. It’s important to remember that staying active on a daily basis will help stave off depression and will keep your body in overall better health.

Here are four ways you can stay active during the winter months while keeping healthy in both body and mind.

Work on your balance

Carve out just a handful of minutes each day to help improve your balance and your confidence. Staying mobile and steady on your feet can help keep you independent and help prevent falls.

Stretch often

Stretching and improving flexibility are both important to function and to perform basic daily activities. Many stretching exercises can be done while sitting in a chair if you find it difficult to stand.

Engage in low impact exercises

A simple stroll around the Court, taking part in your armchair exercise class, or even water aerobics at your local leisure centre are all examples of great, low impact exercises. They not only burn calories, but these exercises help your joints and bones while keeping osteoporosis and arthritis at bay.

Try recreational games and activities

Keep your mind and body sharp by taking up a game with fellow Owners. Many Courts provide a wide range of activities so have a look at your social programme and get involved.

It doesn’t matter what activity you choose to keep you moving. The important thing is to choose something. Regular physical activity and staying active will keep you feeling your best – both physically and mentally – throughout the winter months.

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