As the cold air of winter settles in and the sun sets early, it can be tempting to stay inside and hunker down. After all, inside is where it’s warm and cozy!
However, it’s important to ensure this urge to retreat does not adversely impact your exercise routine. Senior fitness during winter is crucial to staying healthy – both physically and mentally.
There are numerous benefits for seniors who maintain an active lifestyle including, but not limited to:
- Improved cardiovascular health
- Increased bone strength
- Greater physical coordination (which aids in fall prevention)
- Improved mental health
Less obvious are the social benefits of routine exercise.
Seniors who work out in groups or take fitness classes have the added perk of interacting with community members while they get their sweat on. This becomes especially crucial during the winter months when many seniors report increased rates of depression and feelings of loneliness.
Luckily, Pleasant View Communities’ state-of-the-art fitness center, PVFiT, offers a wide range of options for getting your daily workout in. The facility is also open to the public for adults 30 and older, making it an exciting place to stay connected while working out.
Here are some ideas for how to get in your workout this winter at PVFiT:
Work Out With One of PVFiT’s Personal Trainers
Starting a workout routine can be daunting. It can feel overwhelming to enter a fitness center with a wide range of equipment and not know where to begin. That’s where a personal trainer comes in handy!
Personal trainers are a great resource for creating custom workout regimens based on your individual goals and abilities. They help you keep track of your progress and integrate fitness into your lifestyle. PVFiT has a whole staff of personal trainers ready to start the journey with you! You can set up a consultation when you first visit PVFiT.
Take Advantage of the Heated Pool
Cold weather is no longer an excuse to not exercise thanks to PVFiT’s heated pool. The pool at PVFiT offers a variety of options for water exercise including lap swimming and aquatic classes. After your workout, you can indulge in some well-earned rest & relaxation in the jetted hot tub or cedar sauna.
Fun fact: swimming is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise. It’s a low-impact activity, yet the water still provides a natural resistance that’s great for strength-building. That’s why so many individuals choose swimming or other water exercises when recovering from an injury. And when it comes to senior fitness during winter, the PVFiT heated pool is a great way to warm up and stay in shape!
Sign Up For A Group Fitness Class
If you’re someone who gets easily bored during a workout or simply enjoys learning something new, a group fitness class may be the perfect option.
PVFiT has a regular fitness class schedule that includes workouts targeting strength, balance and mobility, and cardiovascular health. If you’re looking for something a bit more restorative, ask about Chair Yoga Flow.
A huge benefit to group fitness classes is their social aspect. It can feel especially rejuvenating to move and learn something new with a group. Becoming a regular at certain classes is a great way to make new friends and establish a workout community.
Check out PVFiT’s class schedule here.
Brush Up On Your Golf Skills at the Lititz Golf Simulator
Now you don’t have to wait for warmer weather to get a little golf in!
Lititz Golf Multisport Simulator’s newest location at PVFiT offers a climate-controlled room to hone your skills. With the Full Swing Golf™ Simulator, you can play a round of golf with friends or enjoy a game of putt-putt any time of the year.
While the simulator is not included in a PVFiT membership, all members can book it at a discounted rate on the Lititz Golf website.
Joining a fitness center is great for keeping your exercise routine fresh and exciting, and membership at PVFiT offers a variety of fun ways to stay both physically fit and socially active during the winter months. Not only do you have access to a range of facilities and classes, but a visit to the gym is a great way to stay connected with your workout buddies.
Even if there are days when you opt for an in-home workout, making it to the gym a few days a week during the winter months can do wonders for both your physical strength and mental health.
Learn more about what PVFiT has to offer for senior fitness during winter, and start your membership today!