Indoor activities with varying levels of difficulty can be done at home or at facilities in your community. Some women are more likely to exercise when working out with friends, participating in groups or classes, or just being in close proximity to people who are involved in similar activities. Individuals who work with people all day or who just prefer privacy may choose to be on their own when they exercise or engage in other indoor activities. Always consult your doctor or health practitioner before beginning a new exercise regimen.
Women who enjoy company while exercising might want to consider joining a gym or facility that offers a variety of machines, including stationary bikes, treadmills, weights, trampolines and strength-training equipment. Some fitness centers also schedule group classes and activities, such as dance, aerobics and yoga. Clubs may offer free trials, allowing women to choose a comfortable workout environment where they will be more likely to exercise on a regular basis. Older women beginning or returning to an exercise regimen may prefer women's fitness centers, which provide equipment and classes designed especially for the female body and an atmosphere more conducive to women's needs.
Activities for the Mind
Not all beneficial indoor activities are physical. Intellectual activities, such as completing crossword puzzles, keeping a journal and working on jigsaw puzzles decrease the risk of developing memory loss or dementia. AARP offers a variety of online games that provide older people with mentally challenging activities. However, because long periods of sitting at the computer may lead to social isolation, Internet-based games and activities should not be a woman's main source of intellectual stimulation. Mentally challenging activities can be social as well; for example, find a book or film club to join or start your own.
Activities With Others
Higher levels of social connectedness are associated with better physical and psychological health, according to the University of Cincinnati Memory Disorders Center. Avoid social isolation by participating with friends or groups in indoor activities, such as mall walking in winter, dance classes at senior centers and games at recreation centers or with friends at home. Invite friends over to work out with a fitness tape, followed by a healthy lunch you prepare together. The School of Gerontology at The University of Southern California explains that participation in physical, social or mentally stimulating activities can enhance quality of life and slow the aging process for older women.
Physical Activities at Home
Women who want to exercise at home will find a large variety of fitness videos in stores or at the local library, as well as workout programs on television. Stretching or doing yoga helps women maintain blood circulation and healthy joints, and prepares them for more rigorous exercises. While some women are able to invest in home equipment, such as a recumbent bike or treadmill, more affordable tools are available, such as hand weights, resistance bands, hula hoops and isometric balls, and these are excellent choices for indoor physical activities.
Solitary Indoor Activities
Women who choose to spend time on their own or who find themselves home alone can pursue numerous activities, such as writing, indoor gardening, drawing and painting, scrapbooking, cooking, sewing or knitting. Some women enjoy having time to play with their animal companions or even volunteer to house and care for foster animals in need. Social contact can be difficult for some older individuals to arrange, but they can communicate with friends and family by telephone or -- if they have access to it -- over the Internet.
The results of a research project evaluating the connection between elderly women's physical activity and their health and mortality were published in the January 2012 вЂњJournal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health.вЂќ The research discovered that mortality was significantly reduced for women with the highest level of indoor and total physical activity compared to the group with the lowest level of activity. Overall, the study showed that regular indoor physical activity among women provides healthy benefits, such as lowered blood pressure.