Summer officially arrives this weekend, which means more sunny, warm weather and an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors! During the global pandemic, guidelines have been implemented to keep individuals safe which has made activities outside of the home more challenging. As provinces begin to ease restrictions, people can enjoy outdoor amenities such as parks and trails and participate in activities such as golf and tennis. By staying up to date on governmental policies and public health recommendations and following them closely, you can help protect yourself and your community.
There are many outdoor activities that help older adults stay physically and mentally fit. Whether you enjoy walking, biking, hiking, or tai-chi, you can reap the many health benefits associated with outdoor activities. Physical benefits include improved strength, better endurance and greater flexibility. Exercise is not only good for the body, but for your mind too! It can reduce stress, improve self-esteem and reduce depressive symptoms.
As you enjoy the outdoors this summer, below are a few things to keep in mind as you navigate fun in the sun during this global pandemic:
Avoid crowded places where physical distancing can be difficult
Continue physical distancing and stay 2 metres apart, even outdoors
Look for amenities such as parks that are close to your home to reduce non-essential travel, especially if you are using public transit
If you are sick or are at greater risk due to an underlying medical condition or compromised immune system, it is important to stay at home. You can still remain active while at home by practicing generally safe exercises like yoga and Pilates.