Keeping active in the summer
By Samantha Pizzuto, Recreation Therapist, Community Older Adult
Increasingly, experts are telling us that no matter what your age, the choices you make about your lifestyle and staying active by engaging in regular physical activity year round, will increase your quality of life and overall wellbeing. For many people, the summer doesn’t include organized sports or activities and our emphasis is on relaxation and rest. This can cause us to become less active during the summer months, making it a challenge to stay active. Although it’s important to take the time to relax, we need to remember that is it as equally as important to maintain a healthy lifestyle – even during the summer.
Plenty of sunshine, longer days and warmer months provides us all with the opportunity to get out there, enjoy the outdoors and be active. It is important to keep up your physical activity or incorporate it into your daily routine during the summer. Try a new activity, grab a friend or family member and go somewhere you have never been before this summer!
Here are some ideas of activities you could do in Saskatchewan this summer:
- Take advantage of the warm weather and head out to your local community pool, or even better, venture out to Pike Lake and take a dip in the lake! If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try out the many waterslides in Kenosee Lake at the Superslide Water Park or Gallagher Centre in Yorkton.
- Take a walk with your family or friends along the Meewasin Valley trail or through Beaver Creek Conservation, make stops at playground or to play tag in an open field.
- Immerse yourself in nature by exploring one of our many provincial parks! You could find many ways to be physically active, some ways including canoeing, swimming, hiking, golfing and much more!
- Looking for fun for the whole family? Try out OGY’s mini golf in Carlyle or get lost in a corn maze on Valley road or in Cut Knife. You could also walk around and check out the many animals at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm or the Boarder City petting zoo in Lloydminster.
- Did you know Saskatchewan has sand hills (La Ronge), or crooked trees (near Hafford), or even a waterfall (Grease River)?
Take advantage of our beautiful province; find unique and interesting ways to keep active this summer!