Fun Summer Activities For Seniors
Just because it is hot outside doesn’t mean that seniors have to hide inside. There are many ways in which seniors can be active in the summer, here are a few of the best ways in which they can do so.
Being a Senior Personal Trainer in Toronto if I could suggest one summer activity, it would be to take a nice walk. Try getting up early at sunrise and take a walk outside in fresh air to rejuvenate yourself before the sun rises to its peak where it may be too hot and you are forced indoors. The great thing about walking is it allows you to observe your surroundings better. Whether it is parks, gardens, museums, shopping centers or book stores; walking is great exercise and provides an excellent way to pass time. Although walking is easier when it is hot outside, remember to drink water and keep yourself properly hydrated.
Last summer I had the opportunity to teach a senior class at a lawn bowling club. From my observation I found that outdoor sports like lawn bowling or tennis are great for seniors, because they allow you to work on skills like hand eye coordination. Hand Eye coordination is important for seniors because it connected to all our everyday tasks like brushing our teeth, writing or driving. Additionally sports like tennis are great cardiovascular workouts for seniors.
One of the best outdoor activities for summer is to tend to the garden. Gardening is a wonderful way to relieve stress and spend some quality time outdoors. You can put in new plants, clean out the shrubs and redo some of your outdoor plant settings to give it all a new look. Many people don’t realize it but gardening forces you to squat, bend, pull, push, lift, twist and lunge which are all movements that make up a great workout. Like outdoor sports, gardening is good exercise while allowing you to take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy the warm weather.
Summer is great because it allows us to do many activities that we wouldn’t be able to do in the winter. Without the cold and snow, it’s amazing that seniors can still find multiple things to do to keep themselves occupied.
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About the Author: Eric Daw is an Older Adult specialist and the Owner of Omni-Fitt. Omni-Fitt is committed to the health of seniors through fitness and all areas of wellness. Eric motivates and encourages seniors in Toronto to take responsibility for their independence and health through positive mentoring experiences. You can find his work at Omni-Fitt or follow him on Facebook