Summer is a time to be outside, enjoying the sun and all our great land has to offer. But, when the temperatures go up, it can be easier to stay inside on the couch rather than stick to an exercise plan. The summer months and higher temperatures shouldn’t leave you sedentary. Sticking to a fitness routine is still vitally important. Older adults who sustain an active lifestyle may maintain the ability to live independently longer and reduce the risk of falling and fractures. So, how can we keep active while keeping cool? Here are some recommendations for staying cool and active during these hot summer months.
Take the Fun Indoors
If the upcoming forecast calls for a heat wave, take a walk inside by heading to a local museum or indoor botanical garden. These places offer long pathways and lots of room for getting in plenty of walking. Grab a friend and enjoy time together while exploring a new place or an old standby. You’ll burn calories checking out the latest exhibits, and maybe learn a little something along the way.
At Surpass Communities, planned trips and outings to local points of interest are just one way we keep our residents active while keeping their interests in mind.
Get in the Water
Enjoy the refreshing water at a local pool or lake to cool off and keep moving. Swimming and water aerobics are great forms of exercise that improve cardiovascular health by utilizing multiple muscle groups, all while putting less pressure and strain on your joints. You’ll stay cool, build endurance and improve flexibility.
Beat the Heat
When summer’s in full swing, midday outings can be downright sweltering. To combat the heat, take advantage of the early morning and later evening hours when the sun isn’t at its peak. Enjoy the fresh summer air and cooler temperatures, while taking a refreshing walk to wake up or a slow stroll to help you wind down for the night. These cooler temperature times allow you to get the amazing benefits of fresh summer air – something you’ll be longing for come cooler weather.
Enjoy a little retail therapy while getting your workout in by heading to a local mall. With long corridors of endless storefronts to gaze in, you’ll keep up with the latest trends and get your heart pumping. And, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor mall, you’ll have air-conditioned pit stops along the way to keep cool.
Hit the Gym
It might not be as much fun as being out in the sunshine, but a gym provides you with multiple exercise options in an air-conditioned community. Take a stroll on the treadmill, or pedal away on the exercise bike. Bring your smartphone along and listen to your favorite podcast or motivational music as you get your heart rate up and burn calories. Surpass communities also regularly host senior-oriented exercise classes to increase flexibility, strength, and positive attitudes. Ask us about them today!
Keeping cool in the summer can be challenging, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting the exercise your body needs to stay fit and healthy. Follow the tips in this article and enjoy a healthy, refreshing summer.
And remember, even though you’re not in the heat of the sun, you still need to stay hydrated. Bring a water bottle along while you get your heart pumpin’!