Winter in Ohio can seem never-ending at times. The cool temperatures make it hard to get outside and partake in activities and hobbies that enrich our lives. But, when the weather warms up during the summer, it’s time to get back outside and enjoy life.

While remaining active is vital for everyone, it is especially essential for older adults. In fact, it’s one of the most important things seniors can do for their health.

Benefits of Staying Active During the Summer

According to the Centers for Disease Control, remaining active can prevent or delay many health problems that come with aging. It can help older adults maintain daily activities and be less dependent on others. That’s why the CDC recommends at least 30 minutes daily of moderate physical activity, including activities to strengthen muscles and improve balance.

In addition to physical benefits, staying active also positively impacts emotional health. The NIH National Institute of Health says it can reduce feelings of depression, enhance mood, increase energy levels, and improve sleep.

Summer Wellness Ideas

During summer wellness activities, it’s important to take a few health and safety precautions, including staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen, and dressing for the weather. Once prepared for the sun and warmer temperatures, here are some summer wellness ideas to help seniors stay active throughout the summer months and beyond.

Take a Summer Stroll

Enjoy a nice walk around the community. Consider going in the morning or evening when temperatures are at their coolest. Make sure to take some water on your summer walk to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to avoid hazardous sun rays even early or late in the day.

Try Gardening

Get up close and personal with nature and spend some time gardening. Gardening activities are fun, purposeful, and have many health benefits. Consider raised beds or planters along with lightweight senior gardening tools to make the experience a little easier.

Go to the Pool

Relax poolside with a good book or go for a swim. Swimming offers seniors a way to exercise without overtaxing joints and muscles. It’s also a great way to keep cool on hot summer days.

See if the Fish Are Biting

Buy your senior fishing license and cast a line at one of the many lakes or rivers in Ohio. Fishing is an ideal way to lower stress and spend a little time in the great outdoors.

Enjoy a Ball Game

There’s nothing like the crack of the bat during summertime. Fortunately, Ohio has many opportunities to spend an afternoon at the ballpark or go support the next generation of ball players at a little league game.

Explore the Arts

Grab some art and crafts supplies and get creative. Whether it’s painting, sketching, arranging flowers, sculpting, photography, or making jewelry, getting creative is a fun way to cultivate happiness and improve emotional health. Plus, creative pursuits also help to enhance cognitive function.

Wellness Programs at Copeland Oaks

The truth is that getting active not only adds years to life, it can add some life to an older adult’s years. That’s why we offer a variety of senior wellness programs here at Copeland Oaks. We welcome you to visit our community and experience life at Copeland Oaks for yourself.

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1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How much physical activity do older adults need? Accessed: May 16, 2023

2 National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute on Aging. Mental Health Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity. Accessed: May 16, 2023