The season is changing, but as the doors to summer activities draw to a close, the window of opportunity for many fun new outdoor activities for fall is swinging wide open! Instead of spending days hiding in the shade, the cooler temperatures of fall make it easier for seniors to be active outdoors, with a lower risk of heat exhaustion and dehydration. In other words, there are many fun activities that are coming back in season! Here are some suggestions for outdoor and active hobbies for seniors to try this fall, brought to you by Maple Brook Terrace Retirement Community in Greenville, South Carolina.
Hiking is a great hobby to get into this fall, whether your definition of hiking is a casual stroll on a nature path or an expedition at a local mountain trail. Seniors can pick a trail or location that suits their needs and abilities, whether that is a place with beautiful foliage, low elevation, or easy-to-navigate terrain, or a trail that’s a little more challenging. Safety always comes first, so seniors should make sure that they are choosing a hiking trail that matches their physical capabilities. Another way to make hiking both more safe and fun is to have a hiking buddy. Enjoy fall by taking in the beautiful sights of the changing leaves, getting some exercise in, and engaging in conversation with family or friends.
This is a great hobby for seniors looking to spend more time outdoors and have an interest in the flora and fauna around them. Seniors can learn about the local birds in their area, how to identify them, and where they like to hide out. And at this time of year, many species of birds begin to migrate to the south from other locations, as well! Whether seniors want to sit on the porch with a cup of tea, or take a stroll through our beautiful grounds, birdwatching can be done pretty much anywhere! Plus, all you really need is your eyes, a general knowledge of birds (if you want) and if you are a true pro, some fancy binoculars. Birdwatching is a great way to relax this fall, while also being outdoors.
Another hobby that will spice up this fall is to get into the habit of playing yard games! Seniors can gather by some cornhole boards, bring out the bocce balls, or engage in whatever other game suits their fancy this fall, and have some outdoor fun. There’s nothing like some friendly competition. Plus, there are a ton of health benefits to both the physical side of playing games, like working on balance and coordination, as well as the socialization aspect, where seniors can establish a sense of camaraderie with their team, and fight against the feelings of boredom, loneliness and isolation that are common in seniors.
Take your pick, and get outside! Whether it is picking up a new walking stick and heading for the trails, or investing in binoculars, it’s time to get active and outdoors this fall. Try any of these hobbies suggested by the team at Maple Brook Terrace, and make the most of fall in a healthy, active way. Fall is already in full swing,, so it’s time to try out one of these hobbies in the crisp air!
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