Summertime activities to keep your body and mind healthy

Summer officially arrives this next week, which means more sunny, warm weather and an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors!


Many outdoor activities help older adults stay physically and mentally fit. Whether you enjoy walking, biking, hiking, or tai-chi, you can reap the many health benefits of outdoor activities. Physical benefits include improved strength, better endurance and greater flexibility. Exercise is not only good for the body but your mind too! It can reduce stress, improve self-esteem, and reduce depressive symptoms.


Whether you’re considering signing up for a class or prefer to enjoy the activities you love on your own, there are many exercises you can do on land or in the water that can improve your strength, endurance, and flexibility. Consider joining a walking group to increase motivation, meet new people and for greater security. If you prefer aquatic activity, there’s nothing quite like cooling off in a lake or an outdoor pool if you have access to either option. It is a great way to stay active through low-impact aquatic exercises during the hot summer.


Whatever activities you choose this summer, remember to protect your skin and be sun smart. Read more below about fun summertime exercise ideas to increase your physical and social activity and tips for staying sun smart while outdoors.

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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website

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