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10 Outdoor Activities That Are Good for the Soul

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10 Outdoor Activities That Are Good for the Soul

By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com Contributing Editor

Enjoying a breezy spring day or the warm summer temperatures can lift the spirit and make you feel lighter, happier and less stressed. After being cooped up in the house for possibly months at a time, take advantage of the weather: breathe in the fresh air. For older people who have mobility problems, outdoor activities may take some advance planning – but the benefits of getting out of the house and into the sunshine far outweigh any inconvenience.

The benefits of getting outside

A main advantage of heading outdoors, even for a short period of time, is being able to soak up the sunlight, which generates Vitamin D – necessary for the brain, bones and muscle function, says Dr. Michael Raab, a geriatrician with Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Fla. Some doctors even prescribe sunlight as a source of Vitamin D, which research also finds can improve cognitive function. Raab adds: “Whatever you can do, it’s going to be mentally uplifting.”

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7:29AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thank you!

2:55AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Noted

12:36PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Dobre pomysły, ale dla duszy najlepszym pomysłem jest kościół, najlepiej stary, gotycki, a jeszcze lepiej, kiedy jest tam wieczysta adoracja Najświętszego Sakramentu.

3:47AM PDT on Jul 22, 2013

I agree with Tia. Hurting/harming other living/breathing creatures is not my idea of "fun". There are those who claim fish don't feel a hook in their mouth; wonder if any fish were ever consulted re: this one! Enjoy our fellow travelers, not harm them, for "our fun times!"

8:41PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Interesting and a diverse number of suggestions. I doubt if I would bother to fish for fun unless just dropping a few pieces of corn or whatever into the water and then watching the fish feed on the corn. If one does it for fun then a hook isn't required. Getting out into the outdoors is a lot of fun especially watching bears, deer, Great Blue Herons, porcupines, turtles, bitterns and all sorts of wildlife having a great times sunning themselves or just out and about.

8:30PM PDT on Jul 2, 2013

Being outside lift the spirit especially when you are around nature ocean etc.

6:06AM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Just make sure you use sunscreen if you're spending a lot of time outdoors... otherwise these activities may be good for your soul, but they won't be good for your skin or health!

12:55PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

great tips. thanks!

9:08AM PDT on Jul 11, 2012

thanks

4:12AM PDT on Jun 29, 2012

Thanks.

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