Be Inspired by Nature: Get Outside This Summer

Get Inspired By Nature

With summertime in full swing, it’s a great time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather. There are so many wonderful outdoor activities for you to participate in.  We have compiled a list of activities that will refresh your mind, your body and your soul. We want you to enjoy your time outside and become inspired by mother nature’s beauty.

Try Some Gardening

Gardening is one of those activities that can take some skill, but if you have been blessed with a green thumb, it could be for you. You don’t need a large space to garden; you can use a small area of your yard, or for those who don’t want a full garden or don’t have a yard, you can always use planters to plant your flowers or smaller veggie plants in. This will keep everything together and manageable.

Have a Picnic

Why not have a picnic? It doesn’t need to be extravagant. You can pack a blanket, sandwiches, snacks and drinks and head to your local park. To make things even simpler, you can save gas and have a picnic out in your backyard. It will still be a change of scenery from your kitchen table, and you will be able to catch some fresh air and some of the sun’s beautiful rays.

Throw a Bar-b-que

Continuing with our backyard/outside eating theme, why not have a bar-b-que? Invite your family and friends over, have everyone bring a dish, sit back and enjoy. You can listen to music (on this portable CD player), play soccer with this soccer ball, or catch-up and tell old stories.

Go For a Walk

Going for a walk is something that you can at any time. All you need is a comfortable pair of well-fitting shoes, and you’ll be set! According to the Harvard Medical School “walking is simple, yet powerful. It can help you stay trim, improve cholesterol levels, strengthen bones, keep blood pressure in check, lift your mood, and lower your risk for a number of diseases (diabetes and heart disease, for example).”

Check Out Your Local Entertainment Scene

Many cities and towns around the country offer summer concert series, movies in the park, different types of festivals or outdoor plays. Most of these events are free to the public, or if they are paid, they are usually for a small fee. We recommend checking out your town’s website or facebook page to find out about upcoming events.  

Outdoor Craft Shows and Flea Markets

If you enjoy shopping and crafts, this idea is just for you. Throughout the summer months and holiday season, many charities, churches, and local crafting guilds hold their annual craft fairs. This is also when a lot of the flea markets are held as well. These markets are fun to go to because there are always so many hidden gems that you’re able to find. Plus it’s always fun to check out how creative everyone is, and all of the fantastic items that they have made.

Game Day Outside

Why not have a game day outside? You can construct game day any way you wish. It can be as simple as a board game or a deck of cards. If you decide you would like it to be a bit more strenuous, you can include walking races, pickleball, wiffle ball, lawn darts, horseshoe or beach ball volleyball in your line-up.

Getting out of the house will be great for your mind, body, and soul. It will help you to relax a bit while having fun. So get outside, enjoy the fresh breeze in your hair, fresh air in your lungs, and sun on your face.

 

ILA has a variety of mobility aids to meet every need. Check out our inventory and find what might work best for you!

 

This blog was written by contributing author Sarah Bowman, a stay-at-home mom turned business owner of Sarah Bowman Assisting.

 

Sources:

http://www.elder-one-stop.com/outdoor-elderly-activities.html

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/5-of-the-best-exercises-you-can-ever-do

http://www.insideeldercare.com/health/outdoor-activities-for-senior-citizens/

https://seniorcarehomes.com/senior-living-articles/fun-fourth-july-activities-seniors/