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3 fun and easy ways to enjoy the outdoors


05/15/2023
Life Care Communications

Warm and sunny days are upon us, but the balmy, beckoning weather won’t last forever. So, it’s time to get out of the house and find new ways to brighten your life.

According to studies, spending time outdoors carries a number of health benefits. But many people, especially those over the age of 65, don’t spend enough time outside, which might put them at risk for depression and other ailments.

You may associate the outdoors with high physical demand, but there are many alfresco activities that are fun and beneficial without being physically demanding. Try these three fun and easy outdoor activities while the weather is right!

Planting a garden

Studies suggest being closer to nature has restorative effects.  And gardening is a great way to connect with and experience nature’s power. To get started, all you need are pots or elevated containers, potting soil, lightweight tools and seeds of your choice.

Then with regular watering and care, you could have a lush herb or flower garden in no time. This can add not just beauty, color and flavor to your life, but also a chance for light outdoor activity.

Visit your local garden shop, or go online for supplies and helpful tips.

Taking a nature walk

Sometimes all you need to do to get fresh air and sunshine is to step out of your house. But if you’re tired of the familiar neighborhood, consider taking a stroll in a nearby scenic park or nature preserve.

You’ll get needed exercise while experiencing the beauty of the outdoors. There are sure to be great places in your area. You can visit Nature.org or NPS.gov to find a park or preserve near you.

Taking “indoor fun” outdoors

We all love a good picnic. Lunch often seems better when four walls and a roof are out of the picture, but don’t forget other activities you can do outdoors.

Take the books, board games or iPad games you love to the patio. Or better yet, take them to the yard or a lush, spacious park. See how much more satisfying it can be to go for the win or see your favorite characters triumph while listening to birdsong in an afternoon breeze.

And don’t forget to stay safe. Here are a few tips to keep you bright, active and secure this season.

  • Wear a hat and sunglasses. Consider a broad-rimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection.
  • Apply sunscreen. Mayoclinic.org recommends thoroughly applying sunscreen with broad spectrum 15 SPF or higher.
  • Drink plenty of water. Take a bottle or two out with you.
  • Avoid the “heat of the day.” The NIH suggests avoiding the sun between noon and 3 p.m.

Now, get out there and enjoy the natural world around you!

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