Published on July 20, 2015

Summertime fun: 3 ways to stay active this season

Ah, summer!

Now that the weather is warmer, it’s much easier to get outside and start moving again.

Grandpa WalkingTake advantage of the sunshine and try these fun ways to stay active—and healthy—all summer long.*

Play like a kid again. Remember what a delight it was to splash in a pool as a child? Or bike around the neighborhood? If it’s been a while since you’ve done either, rediscover those pleasures. Both biking and swimming are easy on joints.

Enjoy some family time. Are you an uncle, aunt or grandparent? Head to a nearby park with your favorite little one for fun on the swings and slides. Take a nature hike together, and look for butterflies, flowers and pretty pebbles. Or check out all the attractions at the zoo.

Beat the heat. Want to escape the sun’s rays? You can keep on moving indoors—at home or away. Turn on your favorite tunes, and dance to the music—making up the steps as you go. Or head to the mall for a power walk—and enjoy some exercise while you window-shop!

*Check with your doctor before significantly increasing your activity level. If you have not been active for some time, start slowly and gradually increase the amount of time that you exercise.

Top tips for moving more

Exercise has many health benefits—when you do it regularly. John Mikus, Mercy LIFE Physical Therapist, recommends these three key tips to help make exercise a safe and lasting habit.

  1. Be sure you drink adequate amounts of fluids in order to stay hydrated. Current recommendations suggest daily fluid intake should equal 6 to 8 cups of water.*
  2. If you are 18 or older with no limiting health conditions, the latest research recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. One of the simplest forms of aerobic activities is brisk walking.
  3. Add strength training to your schedule two times a week. Muscle strengthening exercises can include lifting weights or working with resistance bands.

*If you’ve been told to limit fluid intake for medical reasons, check with your doctor before increasing the amount you’re drinking.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Illinois Council on Long Term Care