Seniors may have more time for hobbies and hobbies than working adults, and the summer months offer plenty of opportunities to be active. After months of freezing temperatures, seniors in various parts of the country may be eager to get out and have fun in the sun.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends adults 65 and older get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. There are plenty of ways for active seniors to achieve that exercise goal and have fun along the way. Here are some good starting points.
• Join or start a walking club. Walking is a great way to stay in shape and exercise your mind. See new sights along the way by changing the route each time you go. Walking with friends can pass the time and motivate you to keep going.
• Attend a sporting event. Attending a sporting event can be an entertaining way to spend several hours, and that includes amateur and recreational sports. Attend a grandchild’s swim meet or a baseball game for an action-packed way to connect with loved ones and hang out.
• Take a fishing charter. Casting a rod from a dock or pier is perfectly fine, but securing a spot on a fishing charter is a great way to spend hours on the water enjoying the scenery and the sport of fishing. Plus, there’s the added benefit of enjoying the fruits of your labor by cooking the day’s catch for dinner once you get home.
• Be a tourist. Many towns and villages have their own tourist offices and feature interesting sites that have historical significance or appeal to other interests. Be a tourist for the day, even in an area that is familiar to you. Hop aboard a tram or sightseeing bus to see the city like a stranger.
• Spend time swimming. Swimming is a low impact activity that can work the body in different ways. Spend some time swimming a few lengths in the pool. Or make a day of going to a lake or other body of water to wade in and enjoy a few shots in nature. Respect the bathing areas supervised by lifeguards for optimal safety.
• Maintain a garden. Gardening is an excellent form of light exercise that can produce rewarding results. If you don’t have a garden or enough space to have one at home, many neighborhoods have community gardens where you can secure a plot.
• Visit a fair or farmer’s market. The warm months are a peak time for outdoor activities, including various community fairs and farmers’ markets. Chances are you’ll find a farmer’s market nearby most days of the week, but especially on weekends. A town market or state fair is a great way to get out and about, gamble, or enjoy shows. Check your community calendar for local events.
Active seniors can take advantage of long, hot summer days to enjoy plenty of time away from home.
Story reproduced with kind permission of Metro Creative Connection