GETTING OUT DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS
A Healthy Move for Seniors
As the temperature warms up, we’re inspired to go outside and enjoy the great outdoors. For seniors, getting out during the summer is especially inspiring as it gives you a chance to stretch, move and exercise. It’s also an easy way to socialize as you’re sure to meet your neighbors “on the road” as well. Experts say that socialization is good for your emotional health!
Getting outside also sharpens your perceptions—it gives you an opportunity to admire the spectrum of color around the community, from our beautiful landscaping and scenic walking path. Birdwatching or photography may also capture your interest.
Perhaps you’d simply just like a lazy hazy day with iced tea and friends on the front or back patio. Or a quiet stroll admiring vibrant gardening beds with flowers and vegetables. Prefer something more active? Summit Pointe is just minutes from Hunters Ridge Golf Course—why not make your way there to enjoy a round of golf or two? Or take a leisurely bike ride? If you like shopping or just browsing, visit a nearby flea market, farmers market or craft show. An outdoor theater or concert, or even sunset movie, is also great fun.
Whatever you do, be sure to do it when it’s not too hot outdoors—the hottest part of the day in the summer is between 4pm and 6pm. And wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat to ward off the hot rays of the sun. Also drink plenty of water. While you may not feel thirsty, you don’t want to be hit with a sudden case of dehydration. It’s important to look out for the signs of dehydration, including extreme thirst, dizziness and confusion.
On average, you should have eight 8-ounce glasses or roughly two liters of water every day. During the warmer months, you should drink roughly two and a half liters. Sticking with water is the best way to stay hydrated. Of course, consult with your doctor about how much water is good for you.
Fact is, getting out and about can do wonders for your spirit. So put on your hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and walking shoes. Bring a bottle of water, and enjoy!