For many people, the summer months are a perfect time for tennis, soccer and tackle football with their friends. The weather is outstanding, the sun is shining and all over the world people are in the best of moods. However, for the older folks, rigorous activities such as these can be dangerous depending on the amount of contact.
Fortunately, there are plenty of other ways to get outside and enjoy a glorious summer day without having to risk a hip or knee injury. So, if you’re getting a little older, or simply looking for something to do with an elderly friend, here are a few ways to not only bask in the summertime, but also break a sweat safely.
Anyone that’s ever had the pleasure of riding a bike knows of the joys it can bring to their life. It’s great exercise, promoting improved cardiovascular strength, and for those with some extra gusto, a cost-effective way to get to and from work. Although commuting presents its fair share of dangers, a leisurely jaunt several times a week can do wonders for your health.
- Like many other cardiovascular activities, cycling is a great way to curb feelings of depression, anxiety and restlessness, all the while bettering overall heart health.
- Since cycling involves really smooth, even movements, it doesn’t strain your muscles and joints as much as running would, thus preserving bone strength.
- Aside from the obvious health benefits, the cycling community is both supportive and ever-growing, creating countless opportunities to meet people and indulge your social skills.
Another excellent summer activity for seniors is Frisbee golf. Otherwise known as frolf, this particular sport originated in Canada in the early 1920s and has exploded over the last few years all over the world. It requires not only a great deal of concentration and precision, but also a quick wrist, and if you like a little bit of competition, there’s plenty of that as well!
- As of August 2009, the Professional Disc Golf Association established a Senior Committee to encourage and welcome more seniors into the sport. The committee, run by Don Dillon, has worked since then to draw in more and more elderly participants into their ranks and hope to continue that forevermore.
- Unlike regular golf, Frisbee golf requires much less strain on your back and other muscles, making it easier to play and hone your craft for hours and hours at a time.
- And if you’re someone with limited mobility, you can rest easy knowing that Frisbee golf can be played from the safety of a wheelchair, walker or any other mobility assist device.
From a fitness standpoint, it should come as no surprise that swimming is one of the best things for you. It’s essentially a full body workout, incorporating almost every single muscle in your body. However, unlike many other sports, there’s little to no bodily stress involved, making it a fantastic summer activity for seniors or anyone else eager to jump in the pool.
- For those struggling with coronary heart disease, palpitations or any other kind of heart problem, swimming can significantly beef up your ticker, and in turn, add a few more years to your life.
- If you have onset arthritis, or you have been at risk of Osteoporosis at some point in your lifetime, swimming can help you combat those afflictions while improving overall bone density.
- Also, if it’s increased muscle definition you’re after, a few hours in the pool every day is an excellent way to put on some mass without having to hit the gym and lift gratuitous amounts of weight.
As you can see, fun in the sun doesn’t have to result in swollen joints or sore muscles. Although grass stains and scraped knees are often the perfect accessory to a summer well spent, there are still plenty of awesome times to be had without having to risk an injury.