Spring has arrived and it’s finally time to enjoy the great outdoors! The milder temperatures are ideal for long days of fresh air and sunshine, and many people are raring to head outdoors. Even if you are in your golden years, spring activities don’t have to mean you’ll miss out on all the fun! There are plenty of ways to seniors can enjoy the mild weather, and take part in outdoor activities and events too. Here are some spring outdoor activities for seniors to get you started.
Care for Your Garden
Additionally, to being an ideal way to get your daily dose of vitamin D, gardening can also be a fantastic exercise for seniors. While standing and walking around in your garden, you’ll work your arm and leg muscles, as well as help strengthen your back, leg, and core muscles. Also, if you have arthritis or another joint condition, gardening can be a great form of low-impact exercise.
Feed the Birds
Spring is a beautiful time to enjoy nature’s beauty, even if you are confined to your home. Whether you have outdoor space or not, there are things you can do in your garden, in your neighborhood, or in your backyard that will help bring you closer to nature. Feeding birds is one of these activities, and it can be enjoyed all year round.
Bring Nature into Your Home
Birds. Bees. Trees. Plants. How about adding one of these nature-loving things to your living room or bedroom? If you live near any one of these natural sights, pick up some seeds at a local gardening store and sprout some new life indoors! Start with something simple like an orchid, cactus, or succulent plant, and slowly build up to more exotic flora as you learn more about their specific needs. There’s nothing quite like waking up to greenery after a fierce winter. For those allergic to plants or who don’t have access to nature, consider purchasing wall art with photos of gardens, flowers, and trees instead! Your décor is sure to put a smile on your face each time you step into your living space!
Take a Sunday Drive
Walking up to a park and going for a leisurely drive is a great way to enjoy nature without too much effort. To extend your enjoyment, try taking a different route each week so you can explore different parts of your city. If you’re not able to go out on your own, consider taking a trip with your spouse or significant other. Driving through the old neighborhood or green space where you lived sure brings back memories.
Indulge in Ice Cream
Even if you have to do it sitting down, there’s nothing quite like ice cream when it comes to enjoying spring. And when it comes to indulging in ice cream, you can’t beat soft serve. A medium soft-serve cone has 300 calories and 12 grams of fat, so skip that extra cup of sprinkles or chocolate sauce and stick with your favorite flavor of soft serve. If your sweet tooth can’t be satisfied with a regular cone, grab a sugar-free waffle cone and load it up with all your favorite toppings—you won’t be disappointed. And remember: Spring doesn’t last forever, so get out there and enjoy!
Take a Nature Walk
Spring is a great time to reconnect with nature. Find your local park or hiking trail, go for a nature walk and spend an afternoon getting some fresh air and exercise. Bring a friend or loved one and take it slow, enjoying each other’s company as you explore the sights and sounds of springtime outdoors.