With the passing of the Summer Solstice, kids are out of school, families plan vacations, and temperatures everywhere rise. Afternoons get hotter, and the air above the ground sizzles in heat waves.
How can a senior citizen beat the heat while also remaining mobile and active? We’ve found four fun summer activities for seniors to try this summer to keep your mind sharp and your body fit.
- Go to the Pool
Swimming and wading are the best strength-training exercises for seniors with virtually no impact, which means happy joints. Go to your nearby community pool, or your gym’s pool, and walk a few laps. Water aerobics, swimming laps, even kicking from one end of the pool to the other with some friends strengthens muscles, improves balance, and does not affect the joints in any way.
- Go on Vacation
That’s right! You may have read our previous blog post about keeping your mind sharp in order to prevent degenerative diseases like Dementia or Alzheimer’s, where we mentioned various activities to help keep your mind young and active.
Just like learning a new activity, going on vacation elicits new experiences. These new experiences—like traveling to a new place, learning new routes, eating new foods, and immersing yourself in a culture—all create new synapses in the brain, leading to healthier, more efficient brain function.
- Explore a New Exhibit or Museum
Walking is one of the best activities to maintain mobility in senior citizens. With this in mind, the best way to beat the summer heat is to stay indoors. Rather than opting for a movie, why not go to a new exhibit on display? Check local museums listings and art exhibitions for unique summer activities for seniors. Often, exhibitions like the famous Bodies: The Exhibition go on tour from city to city for people to view. Exhibitions are held in cool rooms, and have plenty of sitting areas in case you tire easily.
- Do Body Weight Exercises at Home
If the kids have overrun the local gym, or you find yourself at home on a particularly hot afternoon, you can always do simple exercises at home. From toe touches to squats, simple exercises that involve stretching and your body weight for resistance have proven to maintain mobility, build strength, and keep seniors steady on their feet, which means less falls.
Summer doesn’t have to be fun for just the kids. This summer, seniors should take the opportunity to learn something new, discover new places, and stay sharp-minded and nimble-bodied. There are plenty of creative ways to beat the heat and remain active… it just takes a little originality!