The stereotype of the Pacific Northwest is that it’s cloudy and rainy all year long. But those who live here know that’s far from the case. In fact, during the summer, the weather around Seattle is some of the best in the country.
To help you have fun in the sun, this blog post describes 10 summer activities for seniors to enjoy. Not only does getting some sunshine help boost your mood, but it also aids in the production of vitamin D, which is necessary for healthy bone and muscle function. As you’re getting your prescribed dose of sunrays, just remember that heat can affect you a lot more now then when you were younger. So as you enjoy the outdoors, it’s especially important to take care of yourself by remembering to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated and take frequent breaks in the shade.
Fun in the Sun
- Get growing: From preparing the soil and planting to watering, weeding, and growing your own flowers, fruits and vegetables, gardening is one fun activity that lasts all summer long. Plus, it can help you stay active and maintain strength and flexibility. Timber Ridge at Talus features raised resident gardens, so you can make the most of your green thumb.
- Take a hike: The Issaquah region features a wide variety of hiking and walking trails. Getting out in nature and the fresh air is a good way to lift your spirits and increase your heart rate. Just remember to not overdo it.
- Feathered friends: Bird watching is an easy and less strenuous way to get some time outside. Plus, there are so many places to visit your feathered friends. You can go to a lake, the woods, or even set up some feeders outside your house.
- Under the stars: Many local organizations will turn an area park into a small concert venue or an outdoor theater to host a movie night. If you decide to go enjoy some open air entertainment, be sure to bring some refreshments and a blanket (or chairs).
- On the farm: If you live in a more rural area, going to a local pick-your-own farm is a relaxing way to get some exercise. Or, if working the fields isn’t your thing, the summer is also peak farmers market time. Check your neighborhood for times and places, and go pick up some farm fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and more.
- Get crafty: Summer is outdoor craft fair season. Explore local artists and crafters or just go to people-watch.
- Family classic: You can make a picnic as simple or extravagant as you want. Drop by a local restaurant or deli and pick up some food to go. Or bring a grill and dine al fresco in the park. Just find a pavilion or set up chairs (or a blanket) under a shade tree and enjoy the breeze and sunshine.
- Freeze frame: An easy and enjoyable summer activity for seniors is photography. You can take pictures close to home or around the neighborhood. You can even visit local museums and historic districts, or make a day of it on a scenic car trip. Just remember your digital camera or phone!
- Splish, splash: Whether poolside or lakeside, spending time by the water is the quintessential summertime activity. If you decide to go for a dip, swimming and wading is easy on your joints and can be relaxing as well. You can also bring along your favorite summertime author for a relaxing read, or just dip your toes in the water.
- Fun on a cone: Is there a more enjoyable summer activity for seniors than going for ice cream? You could even take neighbors, friends, family, caregivers, or grandkids.
We Have Fun All Year Long
At Timber Ridge, we have something fun going on all year long: clubs, committees, social events, outings, art and fitness classes, and educational events. Or enjoy our indoor pool, fitness center and library, either with others or on your own. To learn more about our independent living community and all the opportunities available for you, contact us here.