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23 Ways Seniors Can Exercise Outdoors This Summer

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

While the term “workout” conjures up images of clanking weights in a gym, there are many ways for seniors to stay healthy during the summer months that don’t involve heavy lifting or being stuck indoors. In addition to targeting important muscle groups, these workout suggestions from caregivers in New Hampshire provide ample opportunities for seniors to socialize and get plenty of fresh air and sunshine, which is also an excellent natural source of vitamin D.

1. Go on an after-dinner walk with the grandchildren.

2. Walk the dog in a neighborhood park.

3. Visit a nearby national park and take a guided hike.

4. Cycle along a scenic bike path.

5. Play a game of Frisbee during a family picnic.

6. Sign up for an outdoor yoga class.

7. Swim in an outdoor pool or take water aerobics classes.

8. Practice yoga at sunset.

9. Jog on a flat, paved surface in the morning.

10. Canoe at a lake with a partner to share the paddling duties.

11. Play tennis in the morning when it’s still cool outside.

12. Take a long walk along a new and different road or path.

13. Go for a brisk walk while carrying light hand weights.

14. Play a game of a catch with a grandchild.

15. Take a walking tour of a nearby city or town.

16. Tend to a garden.

17. Go metal detecting along the beach or in the backyard.

18. Browse a local flea market or craft show.

19. Play yard games like horseshoes, ring toss, or badminton.

20. Team up with family or friends for a game of beach volleyball.

21. Picking apples at a local orchard.

22. Swing a club at miniature golf.

23. Go birdwatching.

Some seniors find that maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes more challenging with age. Find the additional support your loved one needs by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. As a leading provider of elder care New Hampshire families trust, we help seniors maintain health, wellness, and safety while aging in the comfort of home. Learn more by calling (603) 471-3004 and scheduling a free in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager.