Whether you go for a walk,jump in a pool or hit the links,moving your body around feelspretty great at every age. “It’s goodto get out and get involved,” saysGeorge Oko, the Zone 5 president ofAlberta 55+, a group that encouragesparticipation and action for olderadults.
“You can get out and socialize, orplay cards to stay mentally active,or just go walking—anything whereyou’re moving.” For Oko and hiswife Vivian, summer means gettingout and digging in the garden ontheir land near Westlock and playingdoubles Pickle-ball outside. “It’sthe fastest growing sport in NorthAmerica,” he says of the hybrid oftennis, badminton and table tennis.
“It’s a really good game.”
Oko knows lots of older people
who get outside for lots of activities,
including an 85 year old javelin
thrower. But you don’t have to heave
spears to enjoy summer.
It’s good for older adults to get outside
Go for a walk
Walking has almost as manybenefits as there are steps aroundthe block. A brisk half-hour strollfive times a week can help reducethe risk of becoming overweight orobese. Regular walks can reduce thelikelihood of developing diabetesand it keeps bones strong, preventingosteoporosis. Walks also help preventand manage heart disease, high bloodpressure and some types of cancer.
Golfing gets you out walking and
using your upper body to swing the
clubs. If you’d rather a spade than
a nine iron, digging in the garden
helps keep you fit and connects you
to nature. Speaking of nature, just
spending time outdoors can boost
mental well-being, lower blood
pressure, reduce stress and anxiety
and stave off depression.
And what’s summer without aswim in an outdoor pool or lake.
Swimming is low impact exercisethat’s gentle on joints and perfect forpeople with limited mobility. It’s alsoa fun way to build endurance, musclestrength, cardiovascular fitness andmaintain a healthy weight.