Being outdoors is often associated with high energy or strenuous activities. As we get older, we may become more hesitant about going outdoors due to this common association and misconception. Many older adults find themselves gradually staying at home more not because they want to, but because of the fear that they would feel too tired outdoors. They may also be afraid that they would not be able to keep up with others for certain outdoor activities. However, there are many outdoor activities that require a minimum or just a moderate level of energy. Spending time in nature has wondrous benefits for our mind and soul, and improves our mood. As such, don’t be afraid to spend time outdoors with this list of activities that you can suggest to your friends.
Visiting Farmers’ Markets
Farmers’ markets are family events that welcome people of all ages. Often held on Sundays, they have a fun and relaxed atmosphere and are often a gathering point for the local community. It is a good way for you to be integrated into the local community and allows you to check out the weekly produce that is available. Going to farmers’ markets encourages you to eat well as the produce sold here are often organic and nutritious. If you have a small home garden, you can even participate in an even more active role by selling your home produce. You can also combine the produce for sale with your friends or neighbors and earn a side income!
This may seem like an activity for the sofa but it does not have to be! No matter if you like reading a paperback or through a kindle, the benefit of reading is that it can be done anywhere. There is nothing stopping you and your friends from bringing this activity to the great outdoors, especially when the weather is warm and sunny. Visit your nearest park with a blanket, your book or kindle, perhaps a sandwich, and you are all set!
If you happen to live near a nature reserve or a wooded retreat, take advantage of this by organizing hiking trips. There are countless trails at different levels of intensity and difficulty, so don’t be deterred by the idea of hiking as it does not have to be a challenging activity. Being immersed in nature elevates your mood and the beautiful surroundings relax you mentally. Take your time and go as far as you like and turn back when you feel that you are getting tired. The good thing about hiking is that there is no destination nor expectation – taking simple pleasure in this activity is the point. Being away from your electronic devices and spending time in the solitude of nature also allows you to better connect with your friends.
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