Not only does being outside help you get some precious vitamin D (and, therefore, keeps you healthy), enjoying the sunshine also makes you happier and helps reduce depression. Additionally, outdoor activities are a great way to meet seniors who could become your friend or perhaps even a date!
In addition to enjoying some fresh air, growing your own vegetables and fruits can be very fulfilling. Moreover, gardening keeps you healthy, as you enjoy the sunshine and get in some beneficial exercise. Say hello to tasty pies, healthy salads and soups, as well as all the other recipes that you can make with these fresh products.
Going for a stroll
Whether you live in the city or in the countryside, going for a stroll can be really pleasant. Even more so if you’re walking accompanied by a friend or your significant other. In the park, your neighborhood, or the forest, you can enjoy getting a little exercise, whilst also maybe meeting new people over 50 or younger in the process. This is a nice way to find a date or a friendship! Another idea is to bike around. It’s enjoyable and helps you stay in shape.
There are so many entertaining activities that you can do outside. Depending on your preference, the size of the yard and the number of players available, you can play croquet, badminton, tennis, ping-pong, beach volley ball or frisbee, etc. You have plenty of choice! This is also the perfect opportunity to learn some new games and, at the same time, get to know some fun new people. So, what will you play?
Attending a sporting event
If you like sports, you’ll love this idea. Attending matches and sports competitions can be a fantastic experience. The buzz of excitement surrounding each game always guarantees a good time. Bring some mates along for even more fun! Additionally, you’ll get to meet mature women and men who share the same passion for sports as you.
Walking your dog
If you have a dog, you probably know already how easy it is to meet people while you’re out with them on their daily walk. This activity is also excellent as it allows you to get in some exercise and enjoy a breath of fresh air. If you don’t have a pet, a good idea is to accompany your 50+ friends from time to time when they’re walking their dogs.
When the sun finally shines (unless you live in a state where it’s constantly sunny), we’re all the same: we can’t wait to get outside and have a picnic with our favorite people. Bring a bottle of wine, a salad (made with the fresh vegetables from your garden), sandwiches, some cheese and biscuits, fruits (not forgetting a tablecloth to lay out on the grass) and you have everything you need to enjoy a lovely picnic.
You don’t necessarily need to have a professional camera to take good photographs. You can use your digital camera or even your smartphone (some of them take incredible pictures). Whatever inspires you, whether this be a mysterious forest, the birds in your garden or the urban backdrop and skyscrapers of your city, why not go out and enjoy capturing anything and everything that you find interesting on camera?
If you feel like having the spirit of an artist, why not bring your canvas, your brushes and easel outside? In your garden or a pretty park, relax and reproduce what’s around you. Additionally, painting is really relaxing! It’s easy to get so engrossed in creating your masterpiece that you forget to pay attention to the rest of the world, so make sure to put a hat on your head if you’re planning to spend a few hours in the sun.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities for seniors, and for good reason! Not only is this hobby very relaxing, it also gives you the opportunity to be surrounded by nature while spending a fantastic moment with your friends or grandchildren. Therefore, don’t hesitate to jump in the car and head to the nearest river or lake. You can make the experience even more special by bringing something delicious along for dinner!
Being a tourist
You don’t have to travel far to be a tourist. Become a sightseer in your own city or town! If you think that you know everything there is to know about where you live, go visit the next town along. There is always a park, a museum or some other local attraction that you haven’t yet discovered. If you don’t feel like walking, open air buses, bike tours or boat rides are also entertaining.
Organizing an outdoor party
Do you have a big garden? With the days getting longer, inviting your acquaintances to come over to have a lovely dinner outdoors can be a really nice way to spend an evening. Ask everyone to bring their homemade cakes and salads of all kinds, and fire up the barbecue. Adding extra illumination, for instance, fairy lights, will create a charming and magical atmosphere once the sun has set. You don’t have a garden or it’s too small to entertain in? Get yourself invited to your relative’s garden parties!
Having a swim
Whether this is the outdoor swimming pool, the ocean or a lake, swimming is a fantastic and very relaxing exercise that gets you moving. It’s not important to be champion of the breaststroke though. You can have just as much fun playing beach and water games with your grandchildren. You could even bring some friends along with you. The more the merrier!