Senior Summer Fitness

Staying Fit and Safe In the Summer Heat

The first things we do when preparing for summer is buy this years summer clothing and start getting ready for the enduring heat of summer.

For those who live in climates that stay a comfortable 70 degrees all year, good for you! For the rest of us, we need to take some precautions to stay safe and healthy during the hottest part of the year. 

Keeping Your Cool

Keeping your body temperature at a healthy level is a necessity at all times but especially during summer. You don't have to be in an air conditioned house but you should gravitate to shaded parks and the outdoors. A huge source of city heat is created by the blacktop, so getting into a large park surrounded by greenery will help you stay cool when the dog days of summer hit. 

Hydrate Your Body

Do you remember the "8 by 8" rule for drinking water, well you should even if its a little outdated. The old way of thinking about water consumption is drinking 8 ounces of water 8 times a day, which yields about 1.9 liters.

The current water recommendations us a little higher than 1.9 liters a day but it depends on your gender and weight. A male should be drinking about 3 liters of water a day and a woman should intake about 2.2 liters or around 9 - 8 ounce glasses of water. Keeping hydrated and cool will keep you safe while taking part in your favorite outdoor activities.

Staying Active 

The weather is cooperating so what's stopping you from taking a walk, riding your bike or going on a nice jog. Summer is the perfect time of year to start taking your exercises to swimming pools and outdoor locations, so don't be shy. 

Summer is the perfect time to get your fitness goals in order because there are so many different activities that have been shut out all winter long. 

Here are some great options that are fun and healthy.

30 Minutes of Exercise

Activity Calories 
Hiking 245 
Walking 150
Biking 327
Gardening 102
Outdoor Jogging 350

Try using some of these 30 minute exercises, but remember to stay hydrated and don't over exert yourself. It is very easy to become overwhelmed by heat during high temperatures, so be careful.