Spring and summer offer a plethora of exciting outdoor activities and events for seniors everywhere, and we can’t recommend enough that you do your best to soak up a strong dose of Vitamin D. However, there’s always a time to head into the shade or indoors before the sun and temperature does more harm than good. Here are some stimulating places and activities for seniors seeking to cool off or find a brief reprieve from the heat and humidity.
Swimming Pools and Sports Complexes
If you’re yearning to stay active but can’t handle the heat, then fear not, as there is plenty of opportunity indoors for those seeking to scratch that workout itch. Indoor swimming pools are ideal for those seeking to cool off with a quick dip before going about the rest of their day. Even fumbling around in the shallow end for a little while is better than nothing, and bringing a friend can make it all the more fun. Of course, sports complexes featuring indoor workout equipment, healthy drinks and snacks, and even spa services can do wonders for the mind and body when you feel obliged to retreat indoors. Plan ahead so that you remember to bring everything you’ll need, such as towels, a water bottle, personal care products, and other items.
Check out the City of Markham’s swimming pool drop-in programs and schedules here.
Who doesn’t enjoy a good book now and then? When the humidity is sweltering and overbearing, head for the nearest library. Normally these facilities are fully air-conditioned, staffed with helpful and friendly people, and always full of exciting new experiences and people to meet. Libraries contain many comfortable nooks and seated areas ready for you to settle in with a leisurely read. Even stopping in to peruse the newspaper or browse online for half an hour will help to maintain your internal body temperature, which is extremely important at any age. Libraries are ideal stopovers during unexpected rain showers or storms, and it’s likely that you’ll find a little something to bring back and enjoy at home.
Visit the Markham Public Library website here.
It’s understandable that many don’t see the appeal of shopping malls as ideal retreats from humidity, heat, UVA, and UVB rays, but they actually can be incredibly stimulating and entertaining. Consider the many sights and sounds you can experience, as well as plenty of food, drink, and browsing opportunities to pass a little time. The store-lined, air-conditioned halls are perfect for a daily walk in unfavourable weather, and many malls offer specialty businesses such as grocery stores and movie cinemas, as well as important services, including post offices and pharmacies. Essentially, it’s the perfect excuse to take care of outstanding errands and cool off at the same time. All of this culminates in making shopping malls the quintessential place to enjoy a few hours out.
Safe walking for those with mobility issues is made easy by using a rollator.
Fun doesn’t just have to be in the sun. These are just a few ways you can still enjoy the day when the need arises to take a break from the spring and summer weather. Our enjoying this time of year is the result of what we make of it, and thankfully it’s never been easier to have a wonderful time both indoors and outdoors.