The benefits of exercise for seniors are endless. Specifically, exercise helps to keep your body regularly active, it is a great way to boost your mood, plus exercise helps to keep your mind sharp. However, the summer months can pose some challenges since the warmer weather can cause dehydration or tiredness.
Finding the right balance to spend time outside while the days are longer can be tricky. It may take some extra care and planning, but it is all worthwhile! So here are 5 ways to make the most of your summer:
#1 Become a Spectator
One of the main health advantages of spending time outside during summer is being able to soak up some Vitamin D. Vitamin D can help improve cognitive function and mood, so not only does being outdoors provide you with natural light and fresh air it also has many emotional and mental benefits.
Attending a school sports day, or a children’s sporting event is a great way to spend time with family and friends outdoors! Small events like these are usually held on school grounds which means there will be plenty of accessible space and covered areas if the heat is overwhelming.
#2 Animal Lover
If you have an interest in nature and wildlife, bird watching is a great outdoor activity! There are lots of collection books available to buy which offer great insight into the different types of birds you can expect to see, at different times of the year, in your local area.
Alternatively, bring the birds to you! A bird house or bird feeder is a great addition to any garden and it means you can enjoy being surrounded by wildlife in your own garden during the summer.
If you are keen to take a walk around your local area, joining a neighbour on a dog walk is also a great way of staying active and topping up your Vitamin D during the summer months. However, be aware that the hottest times of the day are usually between 10 – 4 pm, so when arranging dog walks or bird watching trips plan ahead to make the most out of the cooler hours.
#3 Touch of Gardening
When spring and summer come around, flowers come into their own and are bursting with life! If you are lucky enough to have a garden and are interested in adding some new life, or simply looking to maintain any plants you have already, the summer days are the time to make the most of your garden!
If you are looking to get inspired on which bulbs to plant in your garden, check out our seasonal guide to gardening. However, ensure you drink plenty of hydrating fluids, apply sunscreen where needed, and take regular breaks to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration.
#4 A Trip to the Market
Regularly checking the local newspaper or community boards are a great way to keep track on any events that might be happening in your local area. Exploring local farmers markets, flea markets, craft shows or shows can help you to discover new interests such as a new selection of fresh produce to include in your diet, or take an interest in a specific arts and crafts practice.
Visiting markets and community events will help you to stay active during the summer, they provide exciting opportunities to experience new things, and are also very sociable. All three of these aspects hold huge benefits to maintain a sharp mind, a positive mood and an active lifestyle.
#5 Try a New Hobby
Some local community events may include dance classes, and during the summer an outdoor space is the perfect venue. Dancing is a great way to keep the body moving while also having fun and socialising with family and friends!
Alternatively, if you have an interest in a precision sport, such as golf, the warmer months are a perfect opportunity to try out a something new. Golf is a light physical activity which will help your body and mind stay active, while also opening a whole new world of interests, techniques and social groups.
Perhaps you have an interest in swimming? Do you love water or the sea? Water aerobics is a great water sport as it is focused on low body impact. During a warm summer’s day, the water will help to regulate your body temperature, but a water aerobics workout will also get your heart rate up.