A mini exercise bike can be good winter exercise news for the Baby Boomers generation and their beloved seniors

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A mini exercise bike can be good winter exercise news for the Baby Boomers generation and their beloved seniors

GOOD NEWS! The snow has stopped (for the moment), the roads are clear, and the sidewalks are fairly safe to walk on, even for those of us in the never-aging Baby Boomers Generation and our beloved seniors. Only problem is, it’s COLD! Even bundled up, with knit hats, scarves, etc., my senior mom didn’t feel up to making her usual trek. She really hates not walking though. She is determined to stay active and healthy and knows how important regular exercise for a variety of reasons including her arthritis. I’m quite proud of her. She’s way more focused on it than I am. Fortunately, I have the grandkid-chasing activities for grandparents and their grandchildren to keep me in good shape. 🙂

I offered to take her walking at the mall but she didn’t want to drive so far. Then I suggested Walmart and her eyes lit up. Off we went to walk the aisles, get some exercise, and even do a bit of grocery shopping. Now granted, mall walking before the shops open can give you the opportunity to walk a bit faster. That’s perfect for the moms with strollers. It’s not usually that necessary for our senior parents. In fact, the speed they can walk at Walmart is probably better suited to them.

She enjoyed herself thoroughly, picked up a few groceries she was missing, and even had fun doing some senior gardening day-dreaming. She even wound up coming home with a couple of pots and a “seen on TV” upside down kit – all for her future tomatoes. She also found a Mother Earth Organic Gardening Guide to read at home. All in all, a nice afternoon of exercise for less than the cost of a game of golf. As for me, I had already done some walking earlier so I settled for picking up some of my Dr. Pepper Diet Cherry sodas,  doing some writing, and helping her when she needed it. Those cell phones for senior citizens, such as my senior mom’s beloved Jitterbug, came in quite handy at Walmart! ()

How do you and your senior parents exercise when it’s too cold outside? We’d love more ideas. 🙂 Also, for more fun exercise ideas and activities for senior parents, grandparents and their grandchildren, and all of us in the Sandwich Generation…

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    • Kaye Swain
    • February 8, 2010

    Ways to encourage senior parents to get their walking exercises in cold weather! http://bit.ly/d3HYKz

    • Ron
    • February 8, 2010

    Walking is so beneficial for seniors. Exercise will help prevent health problems. Seniors can walk a little each day to keep up with their exercise. I agree that finding a place to walk may become challenging in the winter months. Suggesting a Walmart or Target, or doing the mall walking, will be just as beneficial as walking outside.
    To get more exercise, adult day care programs offer activities during the day including exercise oriented activities. Adult Day Care centers can be found by going onto http://www.GeriCareFinder.com and searching with the free search!

  1. Hi Ron, Thanks for stopping by. That’s a great idea about using Adult Day Care centers for exercises for seniors. Another option in some areas can be senior centers that offer options for exercises for seniors. A good friend of mine can go walk on treadmills, swim in the indoor pool, or just meander around their inside track at her own speed. All great ways to stay active in spite of the cold. 🙂

    • Kevin
    • February 16, 2010

    Good idea. Although I love winter, the snow and cold can make it difficult for seniors to get out for a walk. Many of my clients are discouraged with not being able to walk due to the cold and snow. I’ll start recommending they head out to walmart or one of the other superstores to get some exercise (and shop). Some of the senior communities even have a free shuttle to these places for shopping… now they can also say it’s for exercise! Another idea… I also have clients that simply walk around their apartment/condo building. They start from the top and take the elevator between floors. Those with 4 wheeled walkers can even sit down for a rest along the way.

  2. Hi Kevin, What a great idea for walking in apartments and condos. We were in an apartment for several months last year but it was all outside. However some senior apartments nearby were all enclosed and would have been perfect for that. 🙂

    • Lucia
    • June 28, 2012

    I am 62 ….i like to walk as exercise.
    I woild like to know if there’s a group of people that will do this .
    Having company it is much better then going alone.I live in Nassau County south shore.Anyone interested to walk with me….let me know.

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