18 Apr 2016
Spring is finally here in Sonoma County! With nicer weather comes the opportunity to enjoy getting outside. Fresh air and sunshine bring joy to people of any age. Getting outdoors improves your mental health and well-being. Whether you’re still active and can walk five miles a day, or you require more stationary activities, there are a ton of things to do outdoors. Of course, your ability to partake in certain activities depends on your health and mobility, but the possibilities for outdoor activities are endless. Let’s take a look.
Why not bring your favorite indoor activity outdoors instead? Find a table at a local park or your senior living facility and bring a deck of cards, checkers, or your favorite board game to play with your family and friends. Turn it into a picnic by packing sandwiches, snacks, and drinks. This gives you an opportunity to enjoy good weather, but also spend time with the people that you love.
Don’t have a green thumb? That’s ok! You can still enjoy gardening even if you are not an experienced gardener. Planting flowers or vegetables is an easy, relaxing activity that lets you design a small garden and nurture it throughout the summer. Your local garden shop can help you choose the best plants or vegetables based on the amount of sun or shade in your garden and teach you how to plant them.
Soak up the Sun
Enjoy a walk around your neighborhood or walking trail at your local park. Walking helps to keep your muscles moving, elevate your heart rate, and enables you to enjoy the sights and sounds of your surroundings. Maybe you can walk to your favorite local coffee shop for a quick cup, or you can stop and listen to a local band playing in the park. Some cities have outdoor venues that hold concert series in the summer. All you need is a lawn chair or portable seat if you can’t sit on the ground!
Grab a canvas and some paints and try painting the scenery of your location. Even if you’ve never done that before, don’t be afraid to try something new. You might find a new passion!
Not only is being outdoors fun, there are also proven physical and mental health benefits. Getting Vitamin D is essential to maintaining a healthy immune system, artificial light may impact nearsightedness, and exposure to natural light improves sleep, just to name a few. So why wait? Let’s get outside!