Fun Senior-Friendly Activities for the Summertime
Posted on July 06, 2015
Updated 8/24/14 10:04am | Alert1 wants
to be sure seniors everywhere get active this summer! For many seniors this time
of year is spent cooped up indoors, avoiding the heat. Add some variety
into your life and get outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. There is nothing
better than breathing in fresh air and soaking up some vitamin D. Getting out
and about also gives
seniors a chance to socialize with others.
are worried about your safety when you leave the house, Alert1 has you covered. Just bring our mobile medical
alert system that will
protect you wherever you go. Help is just the push of a button away. Maybe your
joints and bones can’t handle running around like they use to, but you can
still get out and about during the summer! Here are some suggestions for some
low-impact ways to get outside and enjoy the weather while staying happy and
Seniors enjoying the sunshine
Walking is a great, low-impact
way for you to stay physically fit and all you need is proper shoes. Take a
walk in the early morning or in the evening to avoid the heat. Walk somewhere
new every time to keep it exciting. For even more health benefits, walk fast to
your heart rate up. Try to get your friends and family to walk with you at
least once a week to keep everyone active.
Golfing is a great low intensity
activity that will get seniors
outdoors to have fun. Sign up for a class or club if you are new to the
sport. Hit the golf course early in the morning to beat the heat or stick to a
driving range in the shade.
The continuous flowing movements
Chi improves flexibility and are gentle on joints and muscles. Tai Chi and
be done indoors or out, alone or with a group. It’s never too late to try
something new, and your joints will enjoy the gentle movement.
Seniors cool off by the water
is an ideal activity for seniors because it is easy on the joints. Sign up
for some water aerobics classes that will get your heart rate up without the
joint pain. Many senior centers offer water aerobics classes, or you can look
for local swimming and rec centers.
Get out on the cool water and
grab a kayak! Kayaking works the arms and core while your legs get to hang out
and enjoy the ride. See some breathtaking sights while burning some calories.
Fishing is a great, slow paced
activity for all ages. Cast from the shore or pier. No need to stand up all day
- you can sit down in the shade. Get the grandchildren involved and teach them
a thing or two. Alert1’s catch of the day is our fall
detection medical alert, which is our most popular offering in the senior
Older adults taking it easy
Maybe you don’t have the stamina
to sit through a
whole world cup sports game, but children’s sports game is just the right
pace. Go to a grandchild’s game and cheer them on!
Revisit old sightseeing places or
find some new places you have never been. If you live in a city, take a trolley
tour or an open-air bus ride. If you live near the water take a boat tour to
admire the city skyline. Visit local monuments and enjoy the history and culture
that makes where you live special. Plan special
senior trips to see the vast world out there.
Watch the sunrise or sunset
If you are an early riser, find a nice place to sit and watch the sunrise with
a cup of coffee. Or maybe you aren’t a morning person and the sunset is more
your style. Either way, getting out in the early morning or late evening means
you will miss the heat of the day. And you’ll get to enjoy the weather with a
If it’s too hot outside, take a
trip to a museum or aquarium. Take walk around the cool, air conditioned rooms
and enjoy the sites. Jog your memory with history facts you use to know and
strange fish you forgot existed. Keep an eye out for AARP senior discounts!
Seniors need fun in the sun
Whatever you choose to do, the
main goal is staying happy and healthy. All of these activities are low-impact
and gentle on the joints so there is no reason to hold back! Don’t stay indoors
the whole summer in front of your television set. Seniors should take advantage of the
weather and have fun trying something new.
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