Stay Safe while Staying Fit this Summer

June 23, 2016 - Serving Seniors

With temperatures rising as summer gets underway many older adults will need to adapt their exercise routines accordingly. While we applaud those seniors taking an active role in their health, older adults can be more vulnerable than others to extreme weather changes and should take caution when working to stay fit through these summer months.  The following are a few health tips to make sure older adults are staying safe and protecting themselves against heat exhaustion and other issues related to heat and exercise:

  • Pay attention to your body: Exercise at a level where you feel comfortable and take breaks when needed
  • Drink plenty of fluids: Don’t forget your fluids — even when you may not feel thirsty. Staying hydrated is always important, but especially on hot days.
  • Dress appropriately: On warm days, wear cool, light-colored clothes made of natural fabrics like cotton.
  • Opt for a class indoors: Moving inside to exercise when the weather isn’t cooperating is an easy way to stay safe and exercising with a group means there are others around to help if needed

Feeling Fit Mario Richardson leads the Walking Program

 Serving Seniors Wellness Center offers a variety of ways to stay cool and healthy this summer:

The Feeling Fit Club meets six days a week for a one hour class consisting of cardiovascular exercises as well as strength training and stretching for a well balanced routine.

Walking Group meets twice per week to explore the neighborhoods of San Diego, they walk different routes each session and continue to grow as a group

Chair Yoga new to the Wellness Center this summer meets every Monday to work on flexibility, strength and balance of mind and body

To see a full schedule of activities at the Wellness Center, visit our Lifelong Learning page.

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