It’s time to get outside and enjoy the fresh summer air and wonderful weather. Going outside encourages light exercise and promotes socializing, which are 2 important parts for healthy senior living. We have put together 8 easy ideas of summer activities for seniors.
Gardening is a great outdoor activity that is one of the most popular activities for seniors. This is a great way for seniors to get in some light exercise and stay active and maintain strength and flexibility. Gardening is proven to provide mood boosting elements as well! Not to mention, the rewarding aspects of seeing your efforts when plants bloom and grow.
- Bird Watching
Bird watching can be calming and help seniors have some time for reflection. This is a great activity for seniors to connect with nature. Not only can you observe birds in their natural habitats, but you also get the benefit of fresh air, sunshine and being able to appreciate all the things that make being outdoors so great.
- Going for a Walk
Whether it be a long hike or a stroll around the neighborhood, walking helps maintain cardio which is important in a senior’s lifestyle. It’s also a great way to get fresh air and explore new areas and see what the outdoors has to offer.
- Outdoor Theater / Music
Check your local area to see if there are any outdoor venues that put-on plays or host music events. Sitting outside enjoying some nice entertainment or music can be such a fun activity. If the venue allows, bring some snacks and a blanket and enjoy the sounds and scenery.
- Farmers Markets
Visiting a local farmers market can be very enjoyable. Most markets are filled with fun scenery, lively activities and great opportunities to see some neat crafts and food. This is a great way to support your local economy and farmers.
- Fruit Picking
Find areas that will allow you to pick fruit. This is a great way to get out and get fresh air while getting in some mild exercise. Berry farms are also fun to visit. The benefit of fruit or berry picking – you get a nice snack from all your efforts!
Gather a blanket and pack a nice lunch. Head to a new place to have a picnic. Fresh air and good conversation are great for both seniors and caregivers. Having a picnic is sure to boost your mood!
- Go Swimming
Swimming is a great activity for seniors. Swimming is gentle on the joints but has many health benefits. Swimming lowers blood pressure improves circulation and can help reduce the risk of heart and lung disease. If you aren’t able to swim, wading or dipping your feet in the pool can also be very enjoyable – just don’t forget that sunscreen!