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Spring Activities For Seniors - Plant Trees or Garden On Arbor Day
Gardening & planting trees are excellent activities for active aging seniors. Read our ideas to get outside this Spring and celebrate Arbor Day.
Earth Day (April 22, 2016) and Arbor Day (April 29, 2016) are right around the corner! Not only do these holidays signify that Spring is here to stay, but they present a perfect opportunity to spend some valuable time outdoors. If you are looking for outdoor activities for seniors or active aging adults, we have recommendations for every fitness level and interest. Make this Spring and Summer a season to remember – go outdoors, enjoy the sunshine, and take part in one or more of these outdoor activities. You will be glad that you did.
Planting trees can be done at home or out in your community. It is also an activity that can be shared with loved ones. Planting a tree at home is a great way to engage with children and grandchildren, and can provide a teaching moment as well. If your family has maintained a property for generations, planting a tree can be a way to carry on the family legacy, too, as many trees require decades to reach full height. Of course, even if you have only a small plot of land, you can still plant a tree; ficus, peach, and lemon trees, for example, are small, easy to plant, and relatively fast-growing. There are even indoor trees that can brighten up the home.
Whether you have a large farm or a small patio, gardening is a terrific pastime – it is engaging, fun, and a long-term responsibility. Gardening activities can take many forms, depending on your own fitness and health. If you still enjoy a great deal of freedom and mobility, consider planting and maintaining a garden of heart-healthy vegetables in your backyard. Not only is the exercise itself good for mind and body, but the foods that you'll be able to enjoy after the fruits of your labor come to life will aid in whole body health as well.
Hiking and Walking
If you are fit and healthy, a hike is a terrific way to experience nature this Spring. However, hiking can be dangerous, particularly if you go alone, so be sure to take precautions and only hike if you are physically able to do so. If you do go on a hike, pack suitable clothing and food items, tell a loved one where you will be hiking at (and at what times), and consider carrying a walking stick with you to aid you along the way.
For something less strenuous yet no less enjoyable, consider walking daily. Not only is walking regularly good for your heart and cardiovascular system, but it's a great way to enjoy the outdoors, interact with others, and spend time with family, friends, and loved ones. Consider a path around your neighborhood, or visit a local park. If you live in the city, consider joining a walking club. There is no shortage of opportunities.
It's long been known that swimming is a great activity for active aging adults and seniors. Swimming is a zero-impact, full body exercise that is tremendously beneficial for the cardiovascular system. And because of the human body's buoyancy in water, those who sometimes experience difficulty walking or running can take part. Swimming is simply terrific exercise, and nearly anyone can do it. Of course, that's the somewhat clinical way of looking at swimming as an activity.
More simply, swimming is tremendous fun! On a warm Summer day, there is perhaps nothing more enjoyable than slipping on a bathing suit and sliding into the water at your local pool or swimming hole! So get out of the house this Summer and head down to the water. Consider re-acquainting yourself with a local beach or public pool, or join a swim club; it's good for mind and body, and is a great way to meet people as well. For extra peace of mind while enjoying the water, explore the waterproof Splash mobile urgent response device.