The dog days of summer are upon us! From July 3rd to August 11th, the period of oppressive heat is known as the “dog days.” This time is so named because the hottest days of summer are associated with the dog star Sirius, the brightest star in the Canis Major constellation. The dog star rises and sets with the sun in summertime, specifically in conjunction with the sun on July 23rd. Since the ancient Romans believed that Sirius gave off heat and actually added to the warmth of the sun, they called this period of hot weather “dog days.” Over time, the period of 20 days before and 20 days after Sirius’ alignment with the sun, July 3rd to August 11th, became known as the dog days of summer.
At Senior Lifestyle, we know that the hot, humid weather of the dog days of summer can make dogs (and people!) feel sluggish and lazy. If the very thought of moving around in the heat makes you feel sweaty and tired, don’t despair; there are ways to keep your cool while staying active:
Swimming or Water Aerobics
You no longer have to find a secret swimming hole or brave the local community pool! Many fitness centers (as well as many Senior Lifestyle communities!) have a pool available. While swimming laps is still a great option, water aerobics and other water-related exercise classes are a wonderful alternative and can provide fun and friendship in addition to a great workout. Swimming is low impact so it’s easy on joints, and many active seniors find the warm water to be therapeutic as well.
Yoga or Pilates
Both yoga and Pilates are great for restoring and maintaining physical and spiritual balance. With a range of experience levels for everyone from the novice to the seasoned yogi, these classes provide gentle stretching, focus on breathing and the added benefit increased mobility. At Senior Lifestyle communities, our Health and Wellness and Activities teams focus on providing an array of options including yoga and Pilates to help our residents remain active seniors.
Walking provides an immense cardiovascular benefit and is a great exercise for those with arthritis or other joint diseases. Walking paths are available at local parks, senior centers and shopping malls; many of these locations offer walking clubs as well, pairing participants with partners of similar abilities and interests, making for a great social opportunity for active seniors. Our Senior Lifestyle communities are designed to provide walking areas both inside and out so that a nice brisk walk or a leisurely stroll is a great idea no matter what the weather outside looks like!
Whatever the weather, exercise is an option at Senior Lifestyle, even during the dog days of summer. With options for every fitness level and interest, we help our residents maintain health and wellness, building endurance and strength along with building friendships! For more information about health and wellness options at a Senior Lifestyle community in your area, please visit our website at www.seniorlifestyle.com.