09- Mar2017
Posted By: Vive Health
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10 Outdoor Senior Activities for Spring

Seniors can feel the rejuvenation of spring by getting out of the house and soaking up some sun! Check out these 10 fun ideas for senior activities this spring, from physical fitness to entertainment and giving back to others.

Exercise & Staying Active

Prioritize exercise this spring with a focus on activities and routine fitness you can enjoy outdoors.

  • Nature Walk: Explore the outdoors on your own or with your spouse or grandkids by taking a walk through nature. Forgoing steep hikes, find more moderate trails or walking pathways near where you live, and schedule time each week or each month to take advantage of the beautiful weather. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, take a bottle of water with you, and even bring your smartphone, which has a compass and can let you take pictures of colorful flora and fauna.
  • Gentle Yoga: Spend an hour of relaxation and meditation outside in the sun to really feel at peace. Gentle, stretching movements and deep breathing practices make yoga a restorative exercise, great for seniors with or without mobility issues. Known for helping people de-stress, maintain a healthy weight, and lower blood pressure, outdoor gentle yoga is best practiced with a class or some type of in-person instruction.
  • Bicycling: The relatively low-impact activity of cycling is perfect for adults over 60 looking to get their heart rate up in the cool spring air. Cycling (along with sports like tennis and swimming) promotes strong balance and coordination, and when done regularly, can help maintain a healthy weight, fight heart disease, improve lung function, reduce stress levels and strengthen bones.

Entertainment

Take advantage of the warmer weather and all your hometown has to offer with fun outings and activities to entertain you.

  • Community Festival or Show: Follow your city’s Chamber of Commerce and other cultural organizations on social media to learn about festivals, craft fairs, open flea markets, and performances coming to an outdoor arena near you. Often offering free entry, community outdoor events are a great way to check out local artists and musicians, try new and different foods, and spend time with family.
  • Be a Tourist: Maybe you have lived in your town for some time, but when was the last time you really explored it? Springtime revives a newfound hunger for discovery and becoming a tourist in your own city is a great place to start. Book a trolley, open-air bus or boat tour to check out all the local sights and attractions, and to learn some history about where you live.
  • Bird Watching: The sounds of spring are most celebrated in the tweets and chirps of little birds returning to nest. Bring a sense of wildlife entertainment to your own home by buying or making bird feeders to hang outside (watch out for squirrels!). Get a pair of binoculars and a book on local birds and enjoy spending time watching and learning about your new feathered friends.
  • Family Picnic: Invite your family and friends to an outdoor picnic this spring! With gingham tablecloths and picnic baskets, you’ll be hitting all the right notes – and don’t forget traditional picnic menu staples like lemonade, cookies, finger sandwiches, mac-n-cheese, and salad. Plan for games to follow the meal like charades or flying kites.

Helping Others

Embrace the chance to help others and give back to your community as the weather warms up.

  • Join a Charity Walkathon: Springtime is filled with charity fundraisers and walkathon events. Not only are they a great way to get exercise and interact with others, but your registration fees will benefit a good cause. Check out local nonprofits and organizations you support and see if there is an upcoming walkathon or fundraising event you can join.
  • Organize a Community Cleanup: Coordinate a community cleanup by inviting neighbors and friends to help beautify your neighborhood. Volunteers can donate trash bags and gloves for picking up trash and litter, and light landscaping with donated flowers or bulbs can add a touch of color to your shared park or neighborhood entrance. Organize volunteers for free using online tools like SignUp.com.
  • Volunteer at a Festival or Rally: A great way to get involved in your community, meet new people and help others is to volunteer at an outdoor event you’re passionate about – maybe it’s an arts festival or a political rally. You can search for volunteer opportunities based on your location and interest using websites like VolunteerMatch.org and CreatetheGood.org.

No matter where your spring adventures take you, don’t forget to stay hydrated and be safe. The benefits of staying active, helping others and having fun this spring will carry you throughout the rest of the year.

This guest post was courtesy of Vive Health, Rebel Against Age — Trusted Online Medical Supplies for Seniors.

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