Find Some Summer Fun in the Sun

Posted on Jul 5th 2018 by Florida Blue

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There’s a reason why Florida’s called the sunshine state, especially in the summer.  Even though the temps are soaring, you can still enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to take a dip in the pool or a walk in the park, here are some ideas we think you might enjoy for a little fun in the sun.

However, if you’re looking to take a break from the outdoors and head inside we also have some fun activities for you. Check out our article on ways to beat the summer heat.

Water Activities

Any water activities are a great way to stay healthy without putting too much strain or stress on your body. The water keeps you cool and feeling relaxed but still allows your heart to get a workout. Water activities can improve your heart heath, reduce risk of osteoporosis, improve muscle strength and can boost your mental health. Most people like to swim laps but you can also try water aerobics classes at your local community center or gym. If you don’t have your own pool or one nearby, you can check out your local YMCA. Did you know you can access your local YMCA through SilverSneakers? All of our Medicare Advantage plans contain a SilverSneakers membership. Best of all, it’s no extra cost to you. Don’t worry if you’re just getting started. SilverSneakers offers different levels of classes and some are even safe for non-swimmers, such as their Splash class. Click here to learn more about the SilverSneakers Splash class and all of the other classes offered to you.

Walk It Out

Walking trails are a great way to get your daily exercise in while enjoying a touch of nature. And bonus, trails are usually pretty shady. Check out the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s online trail guide to find trails near you. The online trail guide also shows Florida’s water trails if you would rather kayak down a stream or find a beach to swim.  

Gardening

Take advantage of the summer sun and try out your green thumb. You can start a private garden from your home or you can join a community garden near you. Gardening is an easy way to get outside, stay active and connect with your community. Gardening offers mood-boosting benefits and is a form of low-impact aerobic exercise. Visit the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) website for free resources including a gardening calendar that is divided up by the different geographic regions of Florida. The UF/IFAS Extension holds in-person events in all 67 Florida counties. Find a local office near you to learn about gardening or other activities that might interest you.

A Day at the Zoo or Botanical Garden

Tired of walking around your neighborhood or on the treadmill? Take a walk on the wild side.  Zoos aren’t just a trick to get you to exercise. They allow you to get up close and personal with animals while you learn about new things. As an added bonus, they often have shops or restaurants that you can take cover in if the sun becomes too much to handle. Visit the Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums website for a list of popular zoos around the state. Also check out this list of botanical gardens created by the Garden Club at Palm Coast. If you are planning on visiting a zoo or botanical garden, remember to ask about discounts offered to people over the age of 65.

Catch of the Day

Fishing is an easy way to get active and enjoy nature, especially living in Florida. We are surrounded by water, which makes access to fishing spots easy. Did you know that you don’t need to purchase a Florida fishing license if you are over the age of 65? All you need is a government issued ID for proof of age, a fishing pole and yourself. Fishing improves full body strength while promoting relaxation. Start out by fishing in a pond near your neighborhood. Once you’re comfortable, try fishing in a larger body of water, such as the ocean.

Just remember, adults over the age of 65 and folks with ongoing health conditions who take medication may be more sensitive to heat. If you are headed out into the great outdoors this summer, make sure to play it safe and take precautions. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Limit trips outdoors on days of high humidity. Humidity affects how fast your sweat evaporates and can leave you feeling hotter than it really is. Humidity levels under 60 are best.
  • Plan activities during the cooler hours of the day (morning and evening hours). The most dangerous time to be outside is between 10a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Always wear sunscreen to protect your skin against the suns harmful rays. Remember to reapply every two hours or as needed.

Read about other ways to protect yourself from sunburn and heat-related illnesses with this article. Also check out this great article to learn how to protect yourself from dangerous skin cancers like melanoma.

Source: aarp.org


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