For most older adults, winters can feel interminable because the days are short and often spent indoors. When spring finally arrives, taking the time to enjoy the weather can do wonders for both physical and mental health. Here are a few activities that older adults will be sure to enjoy during the springtime.
1. Visit a botanical show.
Spring is the season of botanical shows and garden festivals. Even if you don't have a green thumb, these events are fun and often free to attend.
2. Take a trip to the farmers' market.
Farmers' markets are a great way to enjoy the fresh air and to shop for local and organic groceries. Here, you can usually find good deals on fresh flowers, produce and healthy snacks.
3. Refresh your home and yard.
Spring cleaning doesn't have to be tiresome. Rather than focusing on deep cleaning, take the time to open your windows, declutter your living spaces and freshen up your decor with a brighter palette.
4. Explore your town like a tourist.
You don't have to leave town to be a tourist. Visit historic sites, museums and other attractions in your hometown. You might learn something new or gain a new appreciation for your city.
5. Cultivate a garden.
Whether you prefer to tend a large outdoor garden or you just have a few small plants indoors, cultivating a garden is a relaxing and rewarding activity.
6. Install a bird feeder.
Birdwatching from an open window or a spot in the yard is a low-impact way to bring nature to you. There are many types of feeders, so it might be helpful to research online or visit a gardening center to learn about your options.
7. Check your community calendar.
Warm weather means there will be festivals, parades, outdoor markets and shows of all kinds happening. Look online or in the newspaper for a schedule of local events to plan an outing.
8. Indulge in a tasty treat.
Whether it's a latte, sundae or favorite bistro dish, indulge in your "special occasion" treat just because you can. If the weather permits, you can enjoy a walk while you sip your coffee or eat your ice cream.
9. Window shop at an open-air mall.
Even if you don't buy anything, it can be fun to enjoy the warmth of the day while browsing shops in a strip mall or open-air outlet.
10. Attend a sporting event.
Going to a sporting event to support a big-name team (or even your grandchild's baseball game) is an exciting way to get some fresh air, especially if you attend with loved ones.
Get Moving This Spring
As the days grow longer, take some time to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air this spring.