Summer is right around the corner, and what better way to enjoy the warm weather than with some relaxing outdoor activities? Even if you’re not up for a day trip to the beach or a game of softball with friends, there are plenty of low-intensity summer activities for seniors to enjoy during the season. Brightwater Senior Living has compiled a list of suggestions for you and your loved ones to enjoy in the coming months.
The classic summer al fresco dining experience is just as fun now as it was when you were a kid. In fact, you can make it even better by bringing comfy folding chairs and a table instead of sitting cross-legged on a checkered tablecloth. Gather a group of friends and have everyone bring a dish (and plenty of sunscreen and insect repellent). Make sure that you have some kind of shady area nearby, though – you don’t want to overheat.
You might not be feeling up to a day at the sea or lake, but taking an outdoor water aerobics class is a great way to beat the heat and stay healthy without putting too much stress on your body. Additionally, many community and fitness centers offer low-intensity classes specifically designed for seniors. Water aerobics can improve circulation, muscle tone, and flexibility, and you’ll also have fun and bond with your classmates.
It may sound boring or simple, but an outdoor walk can brighten your mood and is a great form of exercise without putting too much stress on the body. Take a walk to a local cafe and enjoy a cool drink or make a lap around your senior living community with a friend or loved one. The fresh air is sure to do you good, and health experts say that just thirty minutes of walking a day can get your blood pumping and lead to better sleep and mental health.
Take Your Favorite Indoor Activity Outdoors
Are you part of a book club? Do you enjoy watching movies? Maybe you’re a board game buff? Celebrate the warm weather by taking those activities outside. Reach out to your activity director and see if you can rent a nighttime projection movie theater. Grab some folding chairs and hold your book club meeting in the shade. Weigh down your game board with some rocks and get some fresh air as you play. Summer opens up tons of opportunities – you should take advantage of them.
We hope this list gave you some good starting points for how best to spend your summer. For more suggestions and information about senior living and summer activity ideas, visit the Brightwater blog.