Spring is in full swing, and its pleasant days are the perfect backdrop for getting outside and enjoying the fresh air. Everyone from babies to seniors can benefit from getting outside – it promotes physical, emotional, and mental wellness, as well as holds lots of opportunities for adventure.
Even though older adults may have to cut back on strenuous activities as they age, that doesn’t mean they have to give up outdoor activities. Far from it! A wide range of activities, from group to individual, are accessible to the older generation.
We’ve put together a list of 11 great outdoor activities for seniors that are perfect to get you started. You’ll find many of our residents enjoying these activities year-round, thanks to our gorgeous California weather. Our campus is located between the beach and the mountains, and our outdoor spaces are perfect places to soak up the sun while feeling safe and secure.
Gardening is a very popular outdoor activity for multiple reasons: It’s creative, physically challenging, results in something beautiful (or delicious), and provides a sense of accomplishment. Many communities have gardening clubs or community gardens, where seniors can meet other people with green thumbs and get tips and tricks for their own green spaces.
Walking is a fantastic form of exercise for seniors because it’s easy to do, is a great form of cardio, and works lots of muscle groups. It’s also a great way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening taking in the sights of your neighborhood and enjoying the spring air.
Bird-watching isn’t a hugely physical activity, but it can be very rewarding for older adults. It’s been proven to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and boost mental health. Plus, there can be a sort of “gamification” of birding as you start finding more, different species. All you need are some binoculars, a bird-watching guide (or an app), and you’re ready to go.
Hiking is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while also getting a workout. It’s a little different than just “walking” since hiking usually takes place along nature trails or less cultivated venues. Hiking can be as gentle or as strenuous as you like. Many local parks and nature preserves have hiking trails that are beautiful, soothing and sometimes challenging.
Grab a blanket, pack a cooler, and get ready to soak up some vitamin D through one of the oldest and most classic outdoor activities. Picnics are easy to do with senior loved ones and are an easy way to get everyone spending time outdoors. Picnics can be as intimate as two people or a grand event with friends, neighbors, barbecuing, and even music.
6. Listening to Music at Events
Outdoor music events are ubiquitous in the spring and summer months and are a fantastic way to spend an evening with friends and family. Check with local organizations and city websites to see schedules and discover what’s happening in your area. Many cities also organize “First Fridays” or “Third Thursdays,” many of which feature music performers as well as food and beverages.
7. Attending Sporting Events
Who doesn’t love cheering on the home team? When spring starts, so does baseball and softball season, followed by soccer and other summer-related sports. Many seniors enjoy gathering with friends at the stadium regularly during the season. You don’t have to look for a national club or team, either. Local groups may have different sporting events that could be easier (and sometimes more fun) to watch.
Reading might not seem like an outdoor activity, but it certainly can be. Just being outside can improve your mood and cardiovascular health. When you want to enjoy the spring breeze but don’t want to break into a sweat, grab a favorite book and sit out on the patio for a few hours.
Swimming is an excellent way to stay active, increase flexibility, improve your health, and just have fun. Many local pools offer water aerobics and other senior-friendly activities that are low impact, easy on the joints, and a great way to relax. Swimming is also a fun activity to do with the grandkids.
Golfing is a favorite sport enjoyed by many and is a perfect blend of exercise and competition. Depending on how large the green is (and how much you use a golf cart), it can actually be a pretty great workout. If you don’t already play golf but might be interested, don’t worry – you can rent golf clubs at most greens you visit and even sign up for a few lessons to get started.
11. Visiting Farmers Markets
’Tis the season for fresh fruits, produce, and locally made artisan crafts. At this time of year, many farmers markets are opening for the 2023 season. These venues are delightful places to walk around and delight your senses with the smells, tastes and sounds of seasonal bouquets, homemade candles, freshly ground coffee … the list goes on and on.
Enjoy the Outdoors (and Indoors) at The Village
Residents of The Village enjoy life their way taking part in many of these outdoor activities offered through the life-enrichment program.
Voted “Best Retirement Community” 16 years in a row, our vibrant Life Plan Community in Hemet, CA, combines maintenance-free, active senior living paired with life-enriching opportunities on a beautiful, gated campus.
Contact us today to learn how you or a senior loved one can live life to the fullest at The Village.