Find Cool Ways to Break a Sweat This Summer

KayakingThere’s nothing like stepping outside to enjoy summer’s warmth and sunshine. Now is the perfect time to get out in the great outdoors while improving your fitness and overall health.

Exercise is important for everyone, no matter your age or health status. Even if you have a condition such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, or arthritis, exercise can help.

Physical activity can also help you avoid many diseases and disabilities that develop with age. And regular exercise can boost your mood, reduce feelings of depression, improve your focus, and make you feel better overall.

Find Your Favorite Activity

You may be surprised to learn just how many chances there are to be active outdoors. Here are some fun summertime activities you may enjoy. Many are suitable for those with disabilities, too:

  • Walking the dog or walking with friends
  • Hiking
  • Bicycling
  • Water aerobics
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Boating—canoeing, rafting, rowing, sailing, paddle boarding, or kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Gardening or yard work
  • Playing with grandchildren, such as pushing them on the swings, playing hopscotch, or enjoying T-ball together
  • Climbing stairs
  • Outdoor tai chi
  • Bocce
  • Shuffleboard
  • Horseshoes

Physical activity is safe for most older adults, and you can get started right away. If you haven’t exercised in a while, have a medical condition, or recently had surgery, then it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor before increasing your activity level. If you’re at risk for falls, ask your doctor if any activities pose a fall risk for you. 

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