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Fun Summer Activities for Senior Citizens


Now that you're retired, you may find yourself wondering how to take full advantage of your summers off. Should you take a trip to the beach? Pick up a new hobby? With so many activities to choose from, you might have a difficult time deciding what to try first. To help you get started, the team at Brightwater Senior Living has put together a short list of fun summer activities for you to try whenever you're in the mood to get outside and soak up the sunshine.

Take a Walk in the Sun

Sunlight's good for our gardens, and it's good for us too. Studies show that a proper amount of sunlight can boost our bodies' supplies of vitamin D, helping to fight off osteoporosis. Sunlight can also help reduce stress, fortify our immune systems, and combat depression. Of course, too much sunshine isn't necessarily a good thing. If you're going to take a walk outside, remember to bring enough water, wear plenty of sunscreen, and take lots of breaks in the shade. Avoid taking outdoor walks in the early afternoon when the sun (and the heat) are at their strongest.

Go for a Swim

One of the best ways to beat the summer heat is to take a dip in the pool. Low-impact pool exercises like aqua jogging and flutter kicks are great for seniors, helping you cool off while boosting blood flow and reducing stress on your joints. Can't swim? It's never too late to learn! Organizations like the Red Cross and the YMCA offer swimming lessons and water aerobics classes for adults.

Take a Day Trip

Stay active by visiting a local park or nature reserve, or rent a boat and go fishing. If it's too hot for outdoor activities, plan a day at an indoor mall or museum and cap things off with a sweet, cooling treat at the ice cream parlor.

We hope our suggestions for fun summer activities for seniors will inspire you to enjoy your summers to the fullest. Visit the Brightwater Senior Living blog for more tips and suggestions, or contact us today.

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