Snowbirds heading south for the winter have a lot to look forward to. The milder weather. The sunshine. Seeing old friends.
And we know they will want to keep up their fitness routines – or take the change of scenery as a chance to start some.
And everyone staying put for the winter might want to refocus their efforts, too, so they’re sure to stay in the fitness groove during the colder months.
It’s not hard to see why countless Americans and Canadians over 50 like to spend these months somewhere warmer. In northern climates, wintertime can mean physical challenges for anyone. Sidewalks are slippery, driving can be dangerous, shoveling snow can be physically challenging. And all of that often makes us want to just stay inside, warm on the couch until spring.
Tips for Snowbirds Heading South
To snowbirds and full-time residents of the Sun Belt, we say, Good for you! It can be a rewarding and pleasant lifestyle. And snowbirds even tend to have better health than mature people who spend all year in one location, according to a study in the Journals of Gerontology.
Here are some tips to make sure you manage the transition and stay on the healthy track.
And for those who are remaining where you are, or if you’re already somewhere sunny, we offer some thoughts to help you stay on track, too.