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Ways to get out and active this summer

As the days get longer, you may realize you want to head outside and get active this summer. Being active can allow us time to socialize, and the added activity can increase our energy. Here are a few ideas to stay healthy and active while you soak up the nice weather:

  1. Be a team player. Your doctor is part of your health and wellness planning team, so be sure to check with your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough to exercise and start a new fitness plan. Your doctor may discuss options for modifications for some exercises.
  2. Ease in. If you have not been active for a while or hibernated all winter, allow yourself the time to ease into your fitness plans. Set small goals by trying walking or exercises in 10-minute intervals and work up from there.
  3. Protect yourself. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and wear clothing — such as visors and hats — to protect you from direct sunlight.
  4. Location. Location. Location. If you need some variation in scenery after being inside all winter, find a park you have not gone to in a while and exercise there! Feel free to change up your location to enjoy all the sights and smells of the spring and summer season.
  5. Find a group. Your local gym, YMCA, or local Area Agency on Aging may offer programs such as outside walking groups or gardening groups.
  6. Have a workout partner. Just think of how fun your workouts could be if you did them with your friends. The more fun your workout is, the more you will want to do it again. This could be the key to your workout success or failure. Find out if this is the missing component in your current fitness routine by recruiting a workout partner to get you out and active this summer.
  7. Join Senior Games. Check your city or county’s local parks and recreation department website or call your city or country’s parks and recreation department to learn about available senior games. Most start in May and include activities such as archery, basketball, bicycling, bocce, bowling, golf, canoeing and kayaking, horseshoes, miniature golf, rowing, shuffleboard, swimming, table tennis, and track and field.

With all of these activities to choose from, you can find more than fitness when you are out and active this summer. Finding activities you enjoy can be a reason to move every day and an opportunity to laugh, have fun, and be social.