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Healthy Summer Activities for Older Adults

As temperate spring weather makes way for another hot summer, it becomes important to keep safety in mind. Soaring temperatures can transform an otherwise pleasant summer day into a dangerous situation. 

Here are some ways to stay safely engaged this summer without sacrificing many of the activities you love. 

What to do When the Temperature Rises

Exercise is the key to aging well, but it can be difficult to stay active in the summer heat. While common advice like drinking plenty of water still applies, there are many other ways to stay busy while keeping summer safety in mind, too.

Don’t be afraid to take a more holistic view of health either, as there’s more to wellness than just your physical health.  

Choose Less Strenuous Forms of Exercise

As long as you’re getting out and moving, you can reap the benefits that exercise offers. Biking and walking are great ways to stay active without establishing a formal workout plan. Even little changes like taking the stairs instead of the elevator can increase your overall activity for the day.

Leisurely activities such as swimming, bowling or yoga are great options for exercise, too. Even if you’ve never participated in these activities, it’s never too late to learn. You can get exercise, gain a new hobby and maybe even meet some new friends, all at the same time.  

Get in the Pool

There’s nothing like a refreshing dip in the pool. Whether you choose to swim laps or participate in an organized class like water aerobics, you’ll be able to get your heart rate up while staying cool. Best of all, you can relax poolside after your workout, and you won’t even need to change your outfit.

However, ensure that you are staying hydrated throughout your day at the pool. It can be easy to forget to drink plenty of water when it’s all around us, especially because we tend to be less sensitive to feelings of thirst after age 60. 

Beat the Heat Indoors

Senior health includes more than just physical wellness. Healthy eating, mental health and other factors play just as big a role in your overall health. If it’s too hot to get outside, consider finding a way to improve your fitness while staying indoors. 

Take a healthy cooking class, visit a yoga studio or find rewarding activities that enhance your emotional well-being. These options will leave you feeling refreshed and ready to get back outdoors once the temperatures drop to safer levels.

Make the Most of Your Retirement at The Stayton

At The Stayton at Museum Way, you’ll never have to worry about what to do with your free time.  With numerous entertainment options, recreational activities and even an 11th-story fine dining restaurant, your days will be full of purpose and joy. 

If you or a loved one would like to learn more about The Stayton, we invite you to contact us or schedule a tour so you can see our community firsthand.

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