Late summer activities for you to consider
Fitness | Aug 24, 2016
The summer days are quickly coming to a close, as the sun starts to set earlier and the calendar inches toward the fall months.
With the end of summer approaching, now is the time to enjoy the last moments of the season. The fall season isn't all that bad, but you'll notice a shift with the weather and before you know it, you'll be clamoring for temperatures above the freezing mark.
"Now is the time to enjoy the last moments of the summer season."
Try to take advantage of the warm weather while you can. Here are some ways you can do so:
Visit the beach or lake
Going to the beach is a staple of the summer. Granted, not everyone is near a beach, but if you are, this is one of reasons why you should plan a beach outing in the near future. Once the temperature starts dropping, relaxing on the beach doesn't become a realistic possibility.
Gather your towel, bring along a book and some snacks and plan to spend a few hours on the beach. You don't even have to enjoy everything it has to offer. From people watching to basking in the sun rays, you might just be surprised at everything the beach has to offer.
But if you aren't located near any sand, you can still enjoy the water by heading to the nearest lake or river that is safe for you to go in. As The Weather Channel point out, activities such as swimming or kayaking are still enjoyable in the late summer.
If you do plan to visit these destinations, make sure you have the necessary safety devices, just in case. If you'll be spending the day on a boat in the lake, there should be enough life jackets for everyone on board.
Enjoy the outdoors
The summer months can sometimes be tricky for seniors. Once the temperature starts ticking upwards, the heat and humidity can become dangerous, even if you're only outside for a short period of time. While you want to enjoy the warmer weather, you also have to keep your health in mind, and this may mean staying inside more than you'd like.
But when the summer heat starts to subside, you may find it easier to stay outside longer. Consider going for a walk around the neighborhood or hopping on the bike. Don't try to do too much at first, though. You don't want to overexert yourself because the heat will still be a factor, it just shouldn't be as hot anymore.
"When the summer heat starts to subside, you may find it easier to stay outside longer."
Likewise, heading out for walks in the early morning or in the evening are good ways to avoid the hottest parts of the day. As an added bonus, if you head out early enough or stay outside at just the right time, you'll be able to see the sunrise or sunset. You'll also be able to burn some calories without harming your body because walking is an ideal low impact workout, as Livestrong pointed out.
Be sure to consult with your doctor beforehand to ensure there are no underlying medical conditions that may prevent you from physical activities.
Take everything in
One of the best aspects of the summer weather is you can virtually do anything outside, unlike during the winter months where you're forced to stay in.
If you're reading a new book, head outside to flip through the pages. Catching up on the morning news on your tablet? You can sit outside on the front porch with your device and a hot cup of coffee.
Essentially, take advantage of the weather with some late summer activities. Even if you just want to sit outside for an hour listening to the sounds of a bustling neighborhood, you'll be glad did so.