Any good senior independent-living community (like ours in Red Deer) should have a recreation calendar filled with activities. We encourage you to take advantage of as many activities as you can fit into your schedule, especially any fitness classes, because exercise is important for everyone.
Indoor fitness classes get you moving without going outside when the weather is bad. In addition, your community’s fitness classes will be specifically designed for seniors, who may have less strength and mobility than teenagers. These classes are also a social outlet that allows you to meet and spend time with other residents.
Why is exercise important?
Exercise is good for every part of you. It’s good for your body and your mind. Exercise promotes good digestion, improved circulation, and even boosts immunity. Exercise can reduce age-associated bone and muscle loss and can even improve how our bodies metabolize sugar. We’re not kidding! The more you exercise, the more you will want to exercise because your body will crave it. With regular exercise, you will think more clearly and sleep better.
Other Red Deer Activities
If you do want to get some exercise outside despite the weather, Red Deer has no shortage of possibilities. There are several parks and places to walk along the Red Deer River, and there are ice skating and several cross-country skiing trails. Right now, because of COVID-19, the Recreation Centre is open only for youth activities.
For walking indoors, there are some large shopping malls like the Parkland Mall and Bower Place where you can also get some exercise. Be sure to take a mask with you and proof of vaccination if you need it while you are out and about.
Winters can be long and difficult in Red Deer, but don’t let the snow make you a couch potato. Get some exercise, and the easiest place to start doing that is with your independent-living community’s indoor exercise recreation.