Summer is finally here, but so is the heat and humidity. What can you do to stay active during the summer months? These tips will help you think outside the house! We want you to enjoy the summertime as much as you possibly can. Hopefully, this short list of ideas will motivate you to get out and about this summer without the risk of overheating.
Being cooped up inside for long periods of time can cause depression. If there’s any way you can get outside at least once a day, do it. Take advantage of the opportunity while the temperature is not too overwhelming.
The early bird gets the worm. You’ve heard it and you might agree that it’s true. Get up earlier during these hot summer months and take advantage of the cooler a.m. hours. Take a stroll around the block (bring along the dog if you have one), water your plants or enjoy a nice glass of water on your patio. When you start your day off with a bit of fresh air it can motivate you to have a more productive day.
Cool off at the pool! Do you enjoy the water? Go for a light swim before lunch. Consider taking water aerobics. Join the local YMCA or community pool to beat the heat while enjoying some socialization with fellow seniors.
Join a club. Being active with friends might be the best way to enjoy the summer. Everything seems more tolerable when you’re hanging with a good friend, right? If you like to read, consider joining a book club. Run to the store and buy cool refreshments for your group (cucumber water, fresh lemonade). Run your errands in the morning, but make sure to enjoy the outdoors, even if it’s just running into and out of the supermarket.
Become a volunteer. There are many opportunities to get involved in the community and get outside. Does your church need help with the garden? Is there a child that needs tutoring in preparation for the new school year? Even if it’s just once a week, treat yourself to the feeling of helping someone in need. Being a volunteer can open more doors than you could ever imagine.
Mark the calendar twice a month. If you find yourself in a summer rut year after year, make a list of places you really want to go in advance. Take that list and mark your calendar twice a month as a reminder to go to those places. Have you been excited to visit the new art exhibit at the museum? Force yourself to get out of the house. Be sure to take a short stroll around the property. It has been said that sunlight is Mother Nature’s best medicine. Take advantage of it while you can. Winter will be here before you know it.
Get your Vitamin D. On days when it’s just way too hot and you can’t stand to go outside, sit in a chair with the window blinds open or on the windowsill. Feel the sun on your skin. Look outside at the flowers and trees. Take time to relax and soak up the sun. Even though you’re inside, the effects of the sun can have positive benefits to your mood. Take about 10 minutes to do this when you can.
Depending on where you live, the summer months can be daunting. No one wants to be stuck inside for days at a time. Stay active around the home and try to get out as much as possible. We don’t have to tell you why staying hydrated and wearing sunblock is so important, but don’t forget to bring these items along when out and about (that’s usually the hardest part). Enjoy your summer any way you can. It’s a beautiful season. Have fun and stay safe!
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