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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Next: ten great activities!
10 outdoor activities to try this year

1. Catch a sporting event. The event could be watching a child’s soccer game, which are not all-day events, or attending a professional game, like baseball.

2. Fish for fun. The relaxation of being one with nature, and the thrill that comes from getting a bite and reeling in the big one is a fun activity for people of all ages.

3. Be a tourist. If you live in a city, take an open-air bus, trolley tour or boat tour to see the local sights. You’ll be surprised what you can learn about your home town that you never knew.

4. Take a dip. Whether its dipping a foot in the pool, or all-out laps, the feel of cool water on a hot summer day is the ultimate refreshment.

5. Stroll around. Take a walk. You don’t even need to have a destination in mind. Just being outdoors and soaking up the sun is good for the soul.

6. Be a bird lover. Put a birdhouse, bird feeder or bird bath in your yard, then sit back and watch as nature comes to you.

7. Pedal around. If you don’t have a bike, rent one for a day.

8. Go fly a kite. Head to a park or beach and get a kite soaring.

9. Picnic outdoors. Picnics are another park or playground activity.

10. Celebrate the holidays. From Memorial Day concerts to Fourth of July fireworks, there are plenty of community events this spring and summer.

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How Elders and Caregivers Can Take Advantage of Summer Weather originally appeared on AgingCare.com.



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Judy A4 years ago

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Val M4 years ago


Malgorzata Zmuda
Malgorzata Z4 years ago

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

Joseph F.
Joseph F4 years ago

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!"

Dale O.

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.

Nadia Bonner
Nadia Bonner4 years ago

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

Melissa K.
Melissa Kania4 years ago

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!

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

great tips. thanks!