Just like the old song says, “Summertime and the living is easy.” After months of staying inside because of cold and inclement weather, the warmer months make us want to get outside and do something. Getting out and doing something not only helps you maintain a healthy body, it also maintains a health mind and positive psyche.
Getting outside for your activities is beneficial in a number of way. For one, you’ll have greater exposure to Vitamin D, which helps fight osteoporosis, cancer, heart attacks and depression. Make getting outside a goal for the next few months, even if it only means going for a short walk or sitting outside on a patio or deck. Keep these summer health tips in mind whenever you go outside. Avoid excessively hot and humid days, especially if you have respiratory issues. Make sure to wear a hat to avoid excessive exposure to sun and take a bottle of water with you wherever you go to keep well hydrated.
Even if you have mobility issues, it’s easier to get outside and participate in fun activities during the summer. Choose activities where you can spend time sitting and relaxing such as fishing, evening concerts, outdoor movies, picnics and the lake. Watch birds or small animals that come across your path. Simply getting in touch with nature on a glorious summer day can do wonders for your spirits.
Do you have a green thumb? If so, put it to good use. Consider container gardening for your deck or patio. Seed companies have developed container versions of plants such as tomatoes, peppers and even strawberries that you can grow with minimal effort. Many flowers also do well in containers. If a community garden is located nearby, consider working on a small plot with a friend.
Other summer activities can include art walks, craft fairs, festivals and sporting events or simply spending time with family and friends at outdoor parties.