As we get older it can be harder to get outdoors, especially over winter time when it’s cold, wet and dark. You just want to stay inside in the warm. There is even more true if you are suffering from any illnesses or disabilities. However, it is exceptionally important to get outdoors as often as you can.
Being outside can help you stay fit and healthy, improve your mood, increase your circulation, decrease your risk of becoming depressed, and even help you meet new people. Getting some sunlight can also help top up your vitamin D levels, which can reduce the risk or ease the symptoms of some cancers and osteoporosis. Here are some great ways to get outside more, without putting too much strain on your body.
Spring cleaning doesn’t need to be a big, dramatic clean that leaves your body tired and aching. It can be as simple as throwing your windows open and letting some of the lovely outdoors into your home. Go out into the garden and give it all a good tidy so it’s ready to be used more in the warmer months. Be sure not to do too much yourself. Ask for help with any harder work or heavy lifting. Ladbrokes has a great spring cleaning bingo game if you want to have fun in achieving a nice, clean home.
Gardening is wonderful exercise and good for stress relief. Fill your garden with colours and smells that you love, and then look after it. You are much more likely to enjoy spending time in your garden if it looks good and makes you feel great. If you don’t have a garden of your own, at least try to spend time in public gardens, enjoying the wonderful smells and colours.
Photography is a great hobby to try as you get older. Take photos of your friends and family. Learning to appreciate the beauty in everyday things is often a skill that comes with age. Get outdoors, take photos of nature, and experiment with what images you can create.
Walking is the best way of staying strong, fit and healthy as you get older. Walking can be a brilliant way of getting some fresh air, making new friends, seeing the sights, and getting some exercise. Look to see if there are any walking groups in your local area.
Painting is another great hobby that can take you outdoors. Paint anything you see. Sitting outside with something to focus and concentrate on is a brilliant way of getting some fresh air and clearing your mind.
Whatever takes you outdoors, remember to apply sunscreen. Even when it doesn’t seem hot or sunny, the sun’s rays can damage your skin. This is especially true as you get older and your skin begins to lose elasticity. It needs greater protection, so be sure to use a high SPF factor, and reapply at regular intervals.
Spring is a wonderful time of year, so make sure you get outdoors and make the most of it.