After a long, cold winter, it’s only natural for seniors to look forward to spending outside time in the sun during summer. Sunlight is a natural source of vitamin D which helps promote strong muscles and bones. Warm weather can also improve your mood, giving you a more positive outlook on life. With good health and a positive attitude, seniors have a lot to look forward to this summer.
When it comes to summer fun, there’s no shortage of outside activities seniors can enjoy. Here are a few ideas to start with:
Watch a Ball Game. If you’re into baseball, why not scramble up some tickets and watch your favorite team play? Invite your grandchildren or a couple of friends to share the moment and create lasting memories for the future.
Tour Your Town. Summer’s a great time to tour your city and visit popular sites. Hop on the trolley for sightseeing or catch a boat tour and explore the harbor. Then stop at your favorite restaurant for a leisurely lunch.
Take a Dip. Swimming is a fun, relaxing sport that people of all ages can enjoy. When temperatures rise, a dip in the pool or nearby lake will do wonders to cool you off.
Have a Picnic. Head for the park for a picnic lunch. Better yet, picnic in your backyard with those you love. Good food, good company and the comforts of home — who could ask for more?
Go for Evening Walks. Take leisurely evening walks with your canine companion for some bonding time. Walking can do wonders for your physical and emotional health.
Attend a Music Festival. Many communities kick off summer by hosting outdoor music festivals in local parks. Find your favorite artists and join in on the fun.
If you’re not careful, summer heat can put a damper on your fun. The following tips can help you stay safe while you’re having fun.
- Drink plenty of water, especially if you spend a lot of time in the sun. Take a water bottle (or two) wherever you go and finish them off before going home.
- Schedule outdoor time wisely, preferably mornings and evenings when it’s not so hot. Checking the forecast before planning summertime events can help you prepare accordingly.
- Take and use sunscreen for all outdoor events to prevent sunburn. Use summer hats and sunglasses to protect your face and eyes.
- If you have AC at home, use it to avoid overheating when temperatures skyrocket. When out, have AC backup places where you can go to take breaks from the sun.
Seniors who maintain an active lifestyle are happier and healthier than their sedentary counterparts. Regular exercise will keep you in shape and give you more energy to enjoy your golden years to the full.
For professional senior care services to enhance the quality of your life this summer, call us at Sunny Days In-Home Care at 724-260-5186 today.