The days are getting longer and that’s a sure sign spring is on the way. By now, you’re ready to get outside and get active again, especially if you live in an area where winter months mean frigid temperatures. Read on to learn some inspiring ways to say hello to sunshine and warmth again!
Try These Fun Activities to Welcome Back Spring
To help you begin to think spring, here are seven outdoor activities for seniors that will put out the welcome mat for the season of renewal:
- Take a walk by the water. It’s been proven that spending time near bodies of water, large or small, has a soothing effect on your mind and body. Not to mention it’s an excellent physical activity for older adults. Prefer to lounge? Scientists have found that since humans are naturally attracted to blue space, even sitting by a swimming pool is beneficial.
- Get a garden growing outside. One of the more popular outdoor activities for seniors is gardening. Begin by browsing your local plant nursery for ideas, then plan a simple garden in your yard or in a raised planter box on your patio or deck. Tending a garden is good for lowering blood pressure and relieving stress, and it’s so satisfying to help things grow.
- Enjoy a relaxing scenic drive and a bag lunch. Hop in the car with a friend and cruise through some of the favorite scenic spots in your area. Be on the lookout for signs that spring has sprung, like sprouting greenery and busier-than-usual wildlife. Lunch in the car or find a fallen log to sit on and enjoy your sandwich. Don’t worry, it’s still too early for bugs!
- Plan an alfresco meal with family & friends. Spring is the perfect time to gather family and friends for an outdoor picnic or grill out. Older adults thrive on experiences with loved ones, so put this activity at the top of your to-do list. Most parks have dining areas, or you can set up a spot right in your own backyard or neighborhood common area.
- Add some spring-y decorations to your home. Spread a little color around your house by hanging homemade paper garlands around windows or pick up some ready-made spring décor at your local craft store. Be on the lookout for seasonal door wreaths and springtime door mats, and pick up some fresh flowers from the florist. They’re all great ways to bring the outdoors inside – not to mention bright colors have been scientifically proven to improve your mood!
- Browse a farmer’s market for tastes of the season. Take your pick of the first harvest of the season at your local farmer’s market. Fresh veggies and fruits aren’t just tasty, they’re very healthy, too. It’s also a great place to pick up fresh flowers and do a little people-watching. When it comes to outdoor activities for seniors, this one has plenty of health benefits!
- Hang a bird feeder outside your window and enjoy the visitors. Studies have shown that watching birds from your window or outside is associated with reduced rates of depression, anxiety and stress. Not to mention you’re doing something nice for your feathered friends.
Good Health Blooms When You Go Outside
It’s not your imagination: A walk in the fresh air really does have important health benefits. It’s truly one of the best outdoor activities for seniors, especially for those who’ve been cooped up inside all winter long. Here are three ways the great outdoors is just what the doctor ordered:
- Boosts vitamin D & immunity – Higher levels of this key vitamin are directly related to a more optimistic attitude and also to an enhanced immune system to help you fend off colds and illness.
- Improves energy and mental focus – There’s nothing like fresh air and sunshine to help you feel invigorated and cheerful.
- Speeds up injury recovery – It’s been shown that exposure to natural light isn’t just good for your attitude; it can actually help you recover faster from injuries.
Welcome to Retirement Living Your Way
There’s never a shortage of outdoor activities for seniors when you live at Peace Village. This vibrant retirement community in the southwest Chicago suburb of Palos Park is set in the heart of 22 picturesque acres. The campus is a feast for the senses in every season – especially springtime! To learn more about our welcoming way of life and impressive amenities, just complete our simple contact form. It will give you instant access to our informative brochure and ensure that someone from our community reaches out to you as soon as possible.