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How Seniors Can Stay Active this Summer

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There are so many benefits to living an active lifestyle. Being active can help you strengthen social relationships, improve your memory and even help prevent the onset of depression. When you engage in physical activities, you are improving your cognitive functioning, physical strength and overall well-being.

But during such an unprecedented time, how can you safely enjoy the summer while keeping your health top of mind? Learn about healthy summer activities you can participate in this year and find out how Peabody keeps its residents active.

3 Outdoor Ways for Seniors to Stay Active this Summer

If you’re looking for simple ways to stay active this summer, check out some of these senior-friendly outdoor options below:

  1. Go for a Hike or a Walk Outdoors. Walking is one of the best and simplest ways for seniors to be physically active. Whether you walk in place indoors or go for a stroll outside, you are actively working out your heart and lungs.


  1. Take Up Gardening. With the warm summer weather upon us, flowers are blooming and now is the ideal time to try gardening. Gardening can be a great way for you to stay active and enjoy being outside. If you’ve never gardened before, there are some great free tips online to help you get started.


  1. Read Your Favorite Book Outside. Find a nice place to sit outside and read one of your favorite books. This is a great way to take in some fresh air and enjoy nice weather without having to stray too far from your home. Not to mention, reading helps improve brain connectivity and reduce stress.

3 Indoor Ways for Seniors to Stay Active this Summer

  1. Learn Yoga Poses. Yoga offers countless benefits for your body, including enhancing strength and flexibility, improving balance and stability and calming the mind. You can find simple yoga classes for beginners and even classes designed for seniors for free online.


  1. Dancing. Dancing has a variety of cardiovascular benefits and is a fun, low-impact way to exercise and boost endurance. There are multiple dance videos for seniors you can try for free online.


  1. Arts and Crafts. Creating art is a great way to keep your mind and body active this summer. Whether you take up knitting, painting or working with clay, crafting can help you maintain your dexterity and cognitive skills.

How to Stay Active at Peabody

At Peabody Retirement Community, we know how important it is for seniors to stay active. That’s why we offer you a multitude of ways you can stay active at our community and celebrate the ageless spirit.


  1. Discover the 8 Dimensions of Wellness. At Peabody Retirement Community, you can pursue all 8 dimensions of wellness: spiritual, vocational, intellectual, emotional, physical, social, environmental and health services. These elements are designed to provide healthy living for seniors, and that’s why we ensure they are present in everyday life at Peabody.


  1. Take Part in a Virtual Event. At Peabody, we have implemented new virtual events for residents to engage with and take part in. Some of our virtual events include a weekly “Chris’s Kitchen” episode with new recipes for you to try, and our Coffee & Conversation every Friday. You can also watch Wellness Wednesday Tips with Cindy, our Wellness Coordinator and expand your knowledge in many areas with Ask the Expert Tuesdays. There are so many ways for our residents to stay engaged right from the comfort of their rooms.


  1. Go for a Swim.* At Peabody, we offer residents the opportunity to stay in shape by taking regular swims in our HydroWorx pool for aqua therapy and wellness. The HydroWorx pool is a great place to complete therapy for conditions like arthritis, joint sprains and general pain. You can also use the pool to relax your muscles, increase your balance and improve functional ability.


  1. Take Part in Our Personal Training Program.* Our personal training program offers you one-on-one personalized attention to help you reach your fitness goals. When you participate in our personal training program, you are decreasing your risk of falling or suffering an injury, increasing your energy and endurance levels and improving your muscle strength. In order to participate, you will need to become a member of our Billie Jean Strauss Wellness Center.



Live an Active Lifestyle at Peabody Retirement Community

At Peabody Retirement Community, we offer you warmth, vitality and ample opportunities for you to live an active lifestyle. Wellness is a major part of celebrating your ageless spirit and it’s up to us to provide you with ways you can keep your body and mind active.

We welcome you to contact us today at 260-201-2701 to learn about all of the different ways you can remain physically active when you join the Peabody community.


*Please contact Peabody Retirement Community to discuss the current state of these activities. Hours and activities may vary.

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