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Embrace the Summer Sun at Heritage Commons

By Jen Rice, Manager, Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center

As the vibrant hues of summer emerge, so too do the opportunities for us to reconnect with the great outdoors. After a period of hibernation during the colder months, the warmer weather presents an invitation to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and engage in activities that nourish body and soul.

For many of us, the summer season is a time of rejuvenation and exploration. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll in the park, a picnic with friends and family, or a gentle yoga session amidst nature’s beauty, there are countless ways for seniors to embrace the joys of outdoor living.

Sunlight provides a natural source of vitamin D, essential for maintaining strong bones and a healthy immune system. Moreover, gentle activities like gardening or tai chi offer low- impact exercise opportunities, promoting flexibility, balance, and overall well-being.

Outdoor activities provide valuable opportunities for socialization and community engagement. Whether joining a local walking group, participating in outdoor concerts, or simply striking up conversations with fellow park-goers, seniors can forge meaningful connections and combat feelings of isolation that may arise, especially after periods of limited social interaction.

Our Nordic Walking Group on Tuesdays at 1:00pm is a great way to get back outside with new and old friends! Who knows…we may even have an outdoor cardio drumming session!

Whether it’s basking in the sunshine, exploring new outdoor pursuits, or simply savoring the beauty of nature, there’s no better time for seniors to step outside, breathe deeply, and soak up all that summer has to offer.

Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center is located at 15885 West Michigan Ave in Marshall. For more information on programs and membership, visit or call (269) 558-6150.

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