We’ve had more than our share of sunshine lately, and many of us have developed a tan by now. While children and adults will have no issue with finding something fun to do outside, the older and wiser of us may find it challenging to find a fun and safe activity to enjoy in the outdoors. Thankfully there are a few options out there for seniors to participate in:
It is also best to use caution when there are extreme heat warnings (like over the past few weeks). Seniors typically have a decreased tolerance to heat and are at risk of further complications. Look for shaded areas and make sure to stay properly hydrated. However, when there’s an actual extreme heat warning, it may be best to stay in a cooler area with AC.
It is quite typical to lose muscle mass and overall strength as we age. We also tend to get fatigued more quickly and also tend to get injured more easily. For those reasons, many seniors simply stop being active. However, this can quickly become a downwards spiral - the less active we are, the more we lose strength and mobility, which in turn discourages us from being active and so on, all the while increasing our risk of injuries and falls.
For this reason, it is important to remain active as we age. “Being active” doesn’t necessarily mean running a marathon; in fact, many exercise programs are tailored specifically to seniors. These activities aim to practice mobility, balance, and coordination. These aspects are important to prevent falls as well as preserve mobility. Ultimately, we want to maintain our independence well into our golden years.
Here are some great activities that act on those goals: