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  • Cameron Oglesby

Beat the Heat: 7 Indoor Activities and Exercises for Senior Health in Richmond.

As the hottest days in Richmond linger through September many seniors may find it challenging to stay active outdoors. The good news is that there are plenty of enjoyable indoor activities that can keep you moving, engaged, and cool. Always remember to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new exercise regimen, especially if you have underlying health conditions. Here are several fun indoor activities tailored to seniors, helping you stay active while beating the southern heat.


  • Chair Yoga: Chair yoga is a gentle form of exercise that enhances flexibility and balance while being seated. It's perfect for seniors of all fitness levels. Try this 10-minute video for seniors with music from the 50's, 60's, and 70's.

  • Enjoy Indoor Gardening: Gardening can be adapted indoors with potted plants and herbs. It's a therapeutic way to stay active and enjoy the beauty of nature. Here's a site dedicated to senior indoor gardening with tips and tricks around the house.

  • Tai Chi: Tai Chi is a slow and graceful form of exercise that enhances balance and reduces stress. Many community centers offer indoor Tai Chi classes. Here's a free 40-minute class just for seniors.

  • Table Games: Engage in games like table tennis, pool, or even board games like chess or Scrabble to keep both the mind and body active.

  • Art and Craft Classes: Explore your creative side with art and craft classes. Painting, pottery, or crafting can be both mentally stimulating and enjoyable. See all of the options available for adults at the Visual Arts Center.

  • Virtual Exercise Classes: With the advent of technology, seniors can access a wide range of exercise classes online, from gentle stretching routines to more challenging workouts.

  • Museum Visits: Museums offer a chance to explore and learn while staying cool. Many museums have benches or seating where you can take breaks. The Richmond Regional Tourism website offers a fun, full list of free museum events.

Staying active during the summer doesn't have to mean enduring the heat; there are plenty of indoor options to keep seniors moving, engaged, and healthy. So, embrace the air-conditioned comfort and enjoy these indoor activities to stay active all summer long!


Senior Insights offers many services that can assist you in staying active, including helping you get where you want to go. Call us to learn more!


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