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7 Summer Activities for Senior Adults

June 19, 2018

Moderate physical exercise that can be done outside is great for keeping fit, and it also presents an opportunity for you to socialize. The summer months provide an excellent time to indulge in an assortment of outdoor activities that will keep you hale and hearty.

Growing old is an inevitable eventuality that all of us have to face. However, old age does not necessarily have to signify an onslaught of diseases, a flood of medications or a less than desirable quality of life. One can opt for healthy aging which is a concept that encompasses physical and mental well-being. While many lifestyle choices can contribute towards healthy aging, regular physical activity is one of the most important ones. It helps both your body and your mind to stay well-oiled and optimally functioning for longer.

We have put together a list of summer activities that seniors can enjoy while the summer months are still around.

  1. Gardening – Taking care of plants is a therapeutic activity that is perfect for even those who do not have a green thumb. The moderate aerobic exercise involved while gardening is great for building strength. Gardening also helps relax the mind and calm the body.

  2. Nature Walks – If you thrive in natural surroundings, you can opt for a short hike along a scenic route or even a quick stroll in the park. Walking is an excellent form of exercise for seniors as it helps keep the heart healthy and prevents unnecessary weight gain.

  3. Berry Picking – Picking fruit is an excellent way to include some lightweight aerobics into your day without the monotony of doing a set exercise routine. You can team up with friends to go berry picking and return with a bag full of berries to sweeten your day.

  4. Picnics – Picnics are a fun activity for all age groups. They are a great way to spend time with the people you love. A light snack and some fun games in the local park can brighten your day and your mood instantly.

  5. Aqua Aerobics – If you are a water-lover you can sign up for water aerobics or instructor-led water aerobics classes at your local swimming pool. Water-based workouts are particularly suitable for those with achy joints. Such activities can improve muscle strength and give you a chance to meet new people as well.

  6. Scrapbooking – Building a book of memories is a fantastic way to jog your mind as well as create something fun. It can be done outdoors in a garden too so that you can enjoy the summer sun while remembering some of your life’s great moments.

  7. An outdoor book club – Book lovers can get together often and discuss their favorite books. An outdoor book club is ideal for meeting new people with similar interests while soaking up some much-needed vitamin D.

As you age, it becomes all the more vital for you to take care of yourself. Try some of the fun summer activities mentioned above to incorporate physical as well as an intellectual exercise into your day.

Word of Caution – The hot weather can sometimes get too much to handle even for those who are young and healthy. It is, therefore, essential that you take precautionary measures to avoid problems related to excessive heat. Some suggestions are - stay well-hydrated, use a sunscreen to protect your skin and wear sunglasses to keep your eyes safe from UVA and UVB rays.

 

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