Outdoor activities can provide relaxation and lift the spirits after many long, cold winter months.
Spring is a great time for seniors to take advantage of the physical and social benefits of outdoor activities.
Taking some time to partake in fun springtime activities can help to not only improve cognitive function but happiness as well, according to the National Institute of Health. Even if mobility is a problem, you can choose activities that cater to the handicap and are wheelchair accessible.
Planting a garden – whether it’s a flourishing vegetable patch or a small herb garden – can get you moving while also providing healthy ingredients for your favorite meals. A planter is a great option if you don’t have access to a garden plot or are limited in space.
Bird watching is also a great springtime activity thanks to the return of many feathered friends! With a pair of binoculars and a book on local birds, you can enjoy watching and learning about the wildlife without straying too far from home.
Take your spouse or grandkids on a walk. Many local parks have paved walkways and clear nature trails. Avoid steep hills or uneven walkways, and don’t forget to wear sunscreen and a hat to protect from the sun.
Farmer’s markets are great venues not only to pick up local fresh produce, but local arts and crafts typically also on site at these events. These venues are a great opportunity to meet others and learn more about what your community has to offer throughout the year.
Check out your local Chamber of Commerce to learn about upcoming festivals, community events and other outdoor performances. These offer a great way to check out local artists and musicians and learn more about what your community has to offer this spring!