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Safety Tips for Seniors Enjoying the Outdoors

by Lisa Sitwell 06 Sep 2019 1 comment

Having a great time outdoors with friends is one of the best activities that adults can do to maintain an active and happy lifestyle. Taking a hike is terrific exercise and exciting activity. You can discover lots of fun things about the world around you. Read on for some tips about how to stay safe while doing so.

Enjoy it with a Friend

Going alone offers solitude and time for reflection, but you must always remain alert and aware of your surroundings when you’re alone. A walk around your neighborhood alone is beautiful. If you’re venturing out, then grab a friend or two who would love the adventure.  When you’re outdoors in a group, everyone can enjoy themselves and keep an eye on things to remain safe. You can help each other avoid an injury from a fall or bump on the trail. 

Prevent Falls

You can have such a marvelous time outdoors when you take a few precautions to ensure a good trip. If you’re going hiking on a trail, use a walking stick to provide balance and added stability. Walking sticks come in a variety of styles, colors, and textures. Many walking sticks can fold easily and be stored in a backpack or purse. Be sure to wear your glasses if you have a prescription. You want to protect yourself from an injury as much as possible. Broken bones in older individuals can take months or even years to heal. Stop for a moment to appreciate your surroundings and grab a few sips of water. Staying hydrated will keep you from feeling lightheaded. Be aware of dips and bends in the trail and large rocks and stones along the path. You can avoid a bike injury by remaining on smooth surfaces as much as possible. 

Be Kind to Your Joints

Prepare your joints for outdoor activities by performing stretches before and after you go. Give your joints a light massage and make sure you wear good fitting high-quality shoes for outdoors. If you’re going to be hiking, wear a good pair of hiking boots that have a strong tread pattern and laces that don’t unravel easily. The same is true for walking shoes.  Use an e-bike to make bike riding safer. You can pedal as usual on flat surfaces and use the electrical power when traveling over rougher terrain.

Getting older is filled with lots of fun with great friends. Invite your neighbors, family and friends on an outdoor group activity. Staying active is one of the best ways to keep yourself fit and healthy.
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19 Sep 2019 Sal

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