An active lifestyle is essential for every individual across all ages. Yes, older adults will benefit a lot from being physically active and the lack thereof can cause your health to decline not just physically but also mentally and emotionally.
However, the summer months can sometimes make it hard for aging adults to do physical activities, thanks to warm temperatures that may cause dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. At the same time, you wouldn’t want to just stay indoors in front of your TV all summer long, would you?
So if you are an older adult or caring for one, here are 5 low impact summer activities guaranteed to keep your bodies and mind in shape without risking you of heat-related illnesses.
1. Take an early morning walk.
Walking is one of the best low-impact exercises that is very easy to do. This is also a great way to get your much-needed Vitamin D. But limit your sun exposure and avoid going outdoors between 10 am to 2 pm when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Schedule your walks early in the morning and make sure to apply sunscreen to avoid sun damage, wear proper shoes and clothing and bring along a water bottle to stay hydrated.
2. Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an exercise that benefits both the body and mind. It involves slow, gentle and focused movements accompanied by deep breathing. It’s an activity that can be done indoors and outdoors, alone or with a group.
3. Water Aerobics
What’s summer without some fun water activity? Swimming isn’t just the best way to cool down but an ideal physical activity as well. Join a water aerobics class in your local swimming and recreational centers.
4. Take a trip to a museum or aquarium.
Mix leisure and exercise by taking a walk around museums, aquariums, art galleries and the like. They’re usually set indoors and are air-conditioned so you won’t have to worry about the scorching heat from the summer sun. If you’re a senior, make sure to keep an eye out for discounts!
5. Plant a garden.
You might not know it but gardening burns more calories than you realize. Start planting flowers and vegetables on your backyard or help out at a local community garden.