Exercise is essential for seniors all year long. And sometimes it’s easier for seniors to exercise in the summer because they can get outdoors and participate in activities that they can’t do during other parts of the year. But as summers get warmer and warmer seniors need to be careful when they are exercising outdoors in the summer. Heat stroke, dehydration, and other weather related health problems can put seniors at risk if they overdo it when they are exercising in the summer. If your senior loved one wants to stay active during the summer but the warm temperatures are a concern they can try these great summer exercise options:
Golf is a fantastic activity for seniors. When seniors play golf they are getting a brain workout as well as a great low-impact physical workout. But when the temperatures are high seniors should try to golf first thing in the morning when the weather is still cool. Or they can golf after dinner when the sun isn’t blazing in the sky. But seniors should avoid hitting the links during the hottest part of the day, which is usually in the mid-to-late afternoon. Some golf courses will give seniors preference when it comes to booking tee times so that seniors can golf in the early mornings so make sure you or your senior loved one asks if they can book early tee times in advance.
Tai Chai Or Yoga
Slow stretching exercises that emphasize strength and flexibility like yoga and Tai Chi are great exercises for seniors. And because they are not high-impact they are less likely than other types of exercise to cause seniors to overheat. Check local seniors groups or the recreation calendar for local parks to see if there are outdoor Tai Chi and yoga classes for seniors in the park. Doing these exercises outdoors in the morning can be a wonderful way for seniors to exercise, enjoy some fresh air and sunshine, and socialize at the same time.
Walking is one of the best exercises for seniors to do anytime of the year. It’s easy and low-impact. And it doesn’t require any special equipment except a good pair of walking shoes or sneakers. But, seniors should be mindful of the temperatures in the summer and walk either in the morning or at night when the temperatures are lower.
A good alternative to walking outdoors in the summer is using walk at home DVDs or streaming media. Seniors can still get in a good walk but they will walk in place indoors with the air conditioning on. If your senior loved one has elder care the elder care provider can turn the DVD or streaming media on and off for your senior loved one.
Swimming is fantastic exercise for seniors and in the summer heat it’s a great way for seniors to stay cool. If your senior loved one has elder care an elder care provider can help them get to the community pool, keep track of all their things, and make sure they are safe while at the pool.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Elder Care in Madison, WI please contact the caring staff at Agape Senior Services Madison today. (608) 841-1004