Five Ways to Improve Your Health This Summer

Aug 13, 2013
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As we get older, making good health a top priority becomes more and more important. Of course it’s always smart to exercise and eat a balanced diet, but for seniors these lifestyle changes can be major factors in happiness, quality, and length of life! With summer here, it’s never been easier to live the healthy and active life that will help you feel happy and independent.

  1. Keep it fresh: You’ve probably spent most of your life hearing how fresh fruits and vegetables are good for your health. This is no myth! Fresh-picked fruits and veggies are not only tasty, they’re also powerhouses of nutrients such as fiber, vitamin C, iron, and more. And they’re abundant during the summer. Farmer’s markets, roadside stands, pick-your-own places, and of course supermarkets are all great ways to get your fix of some crunchy corn, plump peaches, or succulent strawberries.
  2. Become a master chef: If you’re wondering to do with all these new fresh ingredients, don’t worry! There are literally thousands of healthy recipes out there—in magazines, healthy cookbooks, and even on the internet. Just always make sure to stay safe when working in the kitchen. Be careful around knives and open flames, and make sure your kitchen floors are either carpeted or covered with a rubber-backed mat to avoid slipping.
  3. Get outside: Summer is one of the most beautiful seasons of the year, so make sure you don’t spend all of it indoors. Activities like walking, running, biking, or swimming are all great things to try out while the weather is warm. But be sure to start off slow, especially if you haven’t exercised much before, and to proceed at a pace that’s right for you.
  4. Get company: Nearly all of these summer activities are even better when you have a friend to do them with you. Having a companion—whether it’s a friend, spouse or personal trainer—to work out with can make the exercise seem less strenuous, and go by quicker. You may also consider recruiting a buddy to help you cook. Not only will you have a kitchen companion, but you’ll have someone to share your meal with afterwards!
  5. Expand your social circle: Sometimes finding people to join in your healthy activities can be a bit of a challenge. Luckily, summer is a great time to meet new people and see new faces! Striking up conversation with a friendly stranger at the farmer’s market or on a hiking trail can sometimes lead to a new friend in the future. Getting involved with your community is also a great way to meet people who share your interests. Joining a club or library, or taking community classes can expand your circle of friends and introduce you to fun new hobbies!

Maintaining your health can be fun as well as good for you. By staying active, social, and healthy you can make this summer the best one yet!

About the Author: Elena Watson is a blogger for and a student at Bard College. She spends her time researching and writing about health care, particularly child and senior health.

Author: Elena Watson