Just because you have to stay indoors doesn’t mean that you can’t lead a healthy and active life. There are plenty of ways to maintain an active lifestyle from the comfort of your home or apartment. Seniors living in communities like the Mission at Agua Fria are finding new and creative ways to navigate this new way of life. By keeping an open mind and trying new things, seniors can stay active in a way they might not have before. Here are a few ways that you can stay active at home during COVID-19.
#1 Try a Virtual Exercise Class
The gym might not be open, but you can still find ways to get a workout in. A virtual exercise class can mirror the experience of an in-person exercise class, as you might be used to here at the Mission at Agua Fria. Online instructors can guide you through the exercises and even give you adjustments if you’re not physically able to complete an exercise. These types of classes often require no equipment, making them easy to do while at home, or they can offer alternative objects that can act as equipment. A book can even be used as a weight, allowing you to get even more out of your workout.
If you want to have a little more fun while staying fit, dancing is a great option. Dancing can help you work out your entire body, and you can enjoy your favorite music while you’re doing it. Speed it up with something upbeat, or take it easy with old classics while you freestyle in your home. If you’re looking for some instruction while you dance, a virtual Zumba class could be a good fit for you. With the momentum of the class, Zumba can end up being something exciting to look forward to each day. Just give yourself a goal for how many minutes you’d like to dance for and get grooving.
#3 Try a New Hobby
Your body isn’t the only thing you should be keeping active while at home during COVID-19. You should also be exercising your mind, and there are few better ways to do that than by trying something new.
With so much extra time on your hands, trying a new hobby can keep you occupied and give you something to be proud of. Arts and crafts provide a great outlet for your creativity, and they can be done in a variety of ways. Painting, knitting, sewing, and drawing can all be learned during quarantine, and they can allow you visual evidence of your progression over time. With enough practice, you could end up becoming really good at something new and make new items to give your friends and family.
#4 Indoor Gardening
You may not have as much access to the outdoors as before, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find your green thumb. There are many plants that can thrive indoors and allow you to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Starting an herb garden is a good idea for indoor gardening, and you can even eventually put it to use. Tend to your indoor garden each day, and soon enough, you’ll have fresh herbs that you can enjoy or use in cooking. You can also try gardening with some cool indoor house plants. Plants like aloe vera do well indoors when placed next to direct sunlight, and hanging plants can be a nice way to change up your apartment and stay active.