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11.30.23 | Fitness & Activity

Why Staying Active in Winter Matters

Winter can be challenging, especially with shorter days and colder weather influencing our activity levels. But staying active is crucial, particularly for anyone. Regular physical activity during these colder months can help combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), maintain physical health, support immune function, and promote mental well-being. Engaging in exercise, even indoors, enhances our mood, keeps our bodies strong, and ensures we’re living a vibrant life.

The Benefits of Winter Activity

Physical activity, regardless of the season, is a cornerstone of vibrant living. It strengthens muscles, boosts heart health, and improves balance, reducing the risk of falls. Exercise also releases endorphins, the body’s natural mood elevators, helping to brighten our days even when the sun is scarce.

Indoor Activities for a Healthy Winter

  1. Home Workout Routines: The internet is a treasure trove of exercise videos tailored for older adults. From chair yoga to light aerobics, these routines are designed to keep you moving safely within the comfort of your home.
  2. Swimming and Water Aerobics: Many community centers offer indoor swimming and water aerobics classes. These low-impact exercises are gentle on the joints and effective for improving cardiovascular health and muscle strength.
  3. Yoga and Stretching: Yoga and stretching are excellent for maintaining flexibility and balance. Regular practice can also provide mental calm and stress relief. There are many online classes available, ranging from gentle movements to more challenging poses.
  4. Stair Climbing: If you have access to stairs, use them to your advantage. Stair climbing is an excellent cardiovascular exercise and helps build leg strength.
  5. Engaging in Chores: Never underestimate the power of household chores to keep you active. Vacuuming, dusting, and organizing can be surprisingly effective in keeping you moving and can be a great way to stay active indoors.

Winter is a season to embrace warmth and activity. By finding ways to stay active, we not only nourish our bodies but also keep our spirits high. At Sage Collective, we encourage each other to explore different forms of indoor exercises and find joy in movement, even as the snow falls outside.

Let’s remember, that each step we take towards staying active this winter is a step towards sustaining a vibrant and fulfilling lifestyle.

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08.19.21 | Community

Find the future of efficient workouts in “exercise snacks”

As part of our 9 Ways of Vibrant Living, Sage Collective advocates for moderate and regular physical activity. Developed in pandemic times when it was challenging to find ways to stay active, “exercise snacks” — a new and effective set of movements was born, and has become increasingly popular among older adults. Interestingly, research is demonstrating these snippets of exercise are equally or more effective than traditional workouts!

How to perform exercise snacks

“Exercise snacks” are short bursts of movement anyone can perform throughout the day, allowing people to arrange exercise as their time permits. Because the movements don’t require a fixed or dedicated location to “work out” as we normally define the act of exercising, you can find a host of spaces in your home or office to do squats, sit-ups, walking in place, lunges and more.  

Professor of Kinesiology Dr. Martin Gibala, argues that these brief bursts of exercise throughout the day can trigger the same reaction from our bodies that traditional workouts produce. In his study published by the International Journal of Exercise Science, Gibala and his partners introduced an 11-minute workout consisting of walking and running in place, lunges and other light calisthenics that improve cardiovascular health. One of the many thrilling findings was that the conditioning improved cardiovascular fitness by 7% for those who participated. 

Gibala explains that being rigorous with each movement is fundamental for exercise snacks. It is essential, however, to remember to cater to what works best for your body. 

Sage Collective believes that incorporating exercise snacks into the lives of older adults and anyone looking to fulfill fitness needs can be a fundamental – and easy – way to live vibrantly. That’s why we produced our exercise snack menu based on Dr. Gibala’s workout plan below!

 

A graphic titled "Sage Collective: Exercise Menu" lists eight different "exercise snacks" and times allotted for people to take part in throughout their days.

A graphic titled "Sage Collective: Exercise Menu" lists eight different "exercise snacks" and times allotted for people to take part in throughout their days.
Sage Collective: Exercise Menu
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