Senior Health: 10 Ways to Stay Active this Spring and Summer

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As we enjoy spring and head into summer; it’s the perfect time to make the most of the weather before it gets too hot outside. Why not accomplish two things at once by using this time outside to also get more active? Physical activity is vital to senior health with benefits that include improved mood, reduced stress, better sleep and stronger bones as well as a lower risk of numerous diseases and even premature death, according to the CDC. Here are some ideas to get you moving.

  1. Gardening – Get your garden warm-weather ready while the lifting and bending you do help with your strength and flexibility.
  2. Exercise Outdoors – Whether it’s walking, running, biking, swimming or yoga on the back porch; it’s easy to add outdoor exercise to your daily routine right now.
  3. Play with the Grandkids – Take them to the park, play in the yard; wherever you are with them you’re bound to be moving and having fun!
  4. Spend Time with the Dog – Don’t leave your favorite four-legged friends out. Your pets enjoy the warmer weather too and would love more playtime and exercise outside with you.
  5. Enjoy Nature – The blooming trees, the flowers, the green grass and fresh air; what’s not to love? Take it all in with a hike, by having a picnic or even starting a new hobby like bird watching.
  6. Local Farmers’ Market – You can enjoy the best in-season produce, support local farmers, get some exercise walking around and have fun all in one place – that’s a deal if we’ve ever seen one!
  7. Celebrate – There are any number of holidays to celebrate this time of year – Easter, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, the first day of Spring or Summer, Father’s Day, July 4th – these are great opportunities for outdoor get-togethers with family and friends.
  8. Stargazing – Who says you should only enjoy the outdoors in the daytime? Make the most of the weather at night too by getting outside to look for constellations, planets and meteor showers in the spring and summer skies.
  9. Outdoor Events – From flea markets to festivals to outdoor concerts and craft shows, check the local events in your area and you’re sure to find plenty to enjoy throughout the season.
  10. Sporting events – Head to a game for your favorite professional team, your grandkids’ teams or really any local sporting event can be fun when the weather is nice. Bonus: stadiums often offer discounts for seniors.

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Stay Active All Year Long in Senior Living

You may find it easier and more convenient to stay active all year long with the opportunities senior living provides right outside your door. For example, communities like ours offer a range of social activities, outings, events, clubs and classes including a fitness program for seniors that focuses on strength, cardio and balance. Not to mention amenities such as health and wellbeing services, state-of-the-art fitness center and an expansive campus with plenty of green space, outdoor common areas and walking trails.

For more information, download our Guide to Aging Gracefully or contact Friendship today at 540.385.8720 to schedule a virtual tour.

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