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Home Health Agencies Recommend Outdoor Activities For Seniors

Oct 28, 2016 by Matt Clinnard

There are many fun outdoor activities seniors can enjoy. A main advantage of spending time outside is being able to soak up the sunlight, which generates Vitamin D. Another plus is socializing with other seniors. Home health agencies in Tyler, TX, recommend going outside on a daily bases. 

One of the most popular fall activities is apple picking. It gives senior ladies a chance to gather some fresh apples for recipes like apple pie and cider. The seasonal outing is also fun to do with grandchildren. Walking around and plucking apples will help seniors get active and serves as a good mood booster.

Another great outdoor activity is gardening. It’s a great way for seniors to work their muscles and get moving. It's particularly fun to garden if they have already planted vegetables in the summer, as they can harvest them and use them for cooking meals and trying new recipes. Home health agencies recommend gardening because it can be also a good way to meet the neighbors and start new friendships.

It's also fun to have a picnic outside before it gets too cold. Seniors can enjoy an outing with their caregiver, friends or family members. A picnic outing can involve a gathering on the patio or a trip to the park. 

Morning walk will not only contribute towards great health, but will also boost your loved one’s social life. Going on a brisk walk with friends or loved ones will help seniors establish a 30-minute daily exercise routine.

Home health agencies recommend fishing as one of the best outdoor activities for senior citizens. Your parent can visit a public fishing spot with grandchildren and have a great time out there. If they catch something, they can cook a delicious meal and invite family for dinner. 

If your parent loves a good game, outdoor sporting activities are a great way for them to spend the afternoon. If the doctor agrees, a game of golf or tennis is always a good exercise. Yoga has been shown to improve deep relaxation, sleep, and flexibility and has many health benefits. Even a new beginner can experience improvements.  Your loved one can take yoga outside and have an even calmer exercise that helps them to enjoy the fresh air that is so important to their health. This is also a very cheap activity as all they’ll need is a yoga mat and some easy-to-move-in clothes. Another great exercise that helps to strengthen both muscles and joints while burning calories and increasing heart rate is swimming. It is considered the one exercise that doesn’t put any tension on muscles. Your loved one’s caregiver could take them to the nearest swimming pool. If you parent doesn’t like swimming alone, home health agencies recommend water aerobics class. In this class seniors stand up in the water while doing minor weight training. Not only is water aerobics fun, but a great way to meet other like minded people.

 


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