You might think that aging means having to forego your hobbies and interests, but there is actually a variety of activities that can help you reconnect with your passions. Furthermore, happiness is about finding new joys in life! Summer activities strongly help to drive social engagement within a community, eventually improving physical and mental well-being. Here are 9 summer ideas for you to try – we promise you’ll have a fun time!
Get Some Sun At The Park or Beach
Doing outdoor activities under the sun doesn’t just improve our moods – we are also absorbing all the Vitamin D needed to improve muscle and bone function. If you do not get enough sun, your body is more prone to fracture and other various side effects. Do remember to always put on sunblock and ensure you bring an umbrella, carry a hat, or find shade under a tree in case the weather gets too hot!
Go For A Walk or Jog
It is important to occasionally clock in time outdoors! Going for a walk or jog keeps one’s body and mind in shape. Those who are wheelchair-bound can also do simple exercises to keep themselves active.
Do Yoga or Tai Chi
Tai Chi is an excellent low-impact outdoor activity. It improves your mental agility and can help you prevent falls!
Go For A Picnic
Picnics are always relaxing. All you need to do is bring some drinks, snacks, and a small speaker that can play your favorite music. Relish your favorite sandwich while watching the clouds.
Have A Swim
If you have access to a pool near to where you live, you can easily have a quick dip when the weather gets too humid. Swimming is not just relaxing; it is easier on the joints due to the buoyancy, as compared to many other forms of exercise.
Picking berries can be a therapeutic outdoor activity, although you might need to drive quite a distance if you stay in the city. And you can bake pies thereafter! Just don’t leave without sunscreen and plenty of water.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to the community. It also keeps your mind sharp! Approach your local non-profits and charitable organizations that you are interested to work with. You can also volunteer with family and friends – it brings everyone closer together.
Many neighborhoods have community gardens which you can visit if you don’t have your own. If you haven’t tried gardening before, you’re in for surprises; you might learn that you’ve had green fingers all along!
Watch An Outdoor Movie
Some parks host outdoor movies during summer, so many locals can definitely take advantage of that. Just remember to bring along a blanket to stay warm and water to stay hydrated.
Regular socialization and outdoor activities can help you keep your body and mind sharp. But do remember to be mindful of your own capabilities; always check in with your family doctor if you are not sure you’ll be able to do an activity. You may also check out our Celebrations program and discover activities that you’re most comfortable with.