Staying indoors during the winter isn’t an option for many people. For some folks in retirement, getting out becomes challenging and more of a chore often due to mobility issues. It’s comfortable and warm inside compared to going out to battle the chilly wind and icy sidewalks. Enjoying this time of the year and living an active lifestyle means being able to gather with friends and socialize. Here are some recommended activities you can do to maintain an active lifestyle during the cold winter season:
Weekly Reading Session
Starting a weekly book reading session is an excellent way of getting friends together. A weekly bible study or book club would be great. There are different topics to choose from and focus on that are interesting to the whole group. The meeting can be at a person’s home or in a community center in the neighborhood.
Take a Walk
It’s cold and chilly outside, and going out might seem like a far-fetched task, but it’s not impossible to do. Start with making a hot cup of coffee and wear warm clothes. Fresh air is vital to your health. Bring someone to chat with as you walk to make the time and distance go quickly.
Find a Hobby
What do you enjoy doing? Make sure you have something you enjoy doing together with others. Something fun and engaging. Get a group and indulge in each other’s hobbies. Share ideas, memories, and fellowship. You won’t get bored if you try crafting or trying something that might give you a mental challenge to help keep your brains developing. Knitting, quilting, scrapbooking, and painting are great crafts to do in groups.
Get Involved With the Community
The level of activity depends on your ability and what you can physically do. Volunteer in the community to help stay active and busy. You can sit at a desk and greet people at a hospital or get involved with a non-profit organization. Volunteer to do something that keeps you engaged. Keeping the body and mind active this winter can improve your overall health.
Retirement doesn’t have to be boring. Find new friends you can chat with and have fun with, even during the cold season.
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