Seniors' Outdoor Activities

Getting Active

Exercise is vital for everyone of all ages. Even if it’s something simple, getting outside and getting some sun is good for you, and activity has many health benefits that may not necessarily be obvious. But not everyone enjoys exercising. Many people would rather stay inside and relax. Luckily for those people, there are countless different ways to get some exercise in, and there’s sure to be something that even the least athletic person will enjoy.


The easiest way to exercise is, of course, to just take a walk or ride a bike outside, but there are many other things you can do that may be more fun. If it’s the summer, and you have access to a pool or other body of water, you can go swimming. There’s also the option of renting a boat. That might not seem like it counts as exercise, but if you pick a canoe or kayak, you’ll be exercising your arms plenty, and the scenery is always worth it. You could also hike up a mountain. It takes a large commitment of effort and time, but you’ll have a nice view waiting at the top as your reward.

In winter, it might be cold, but it’s still important to get outside and be active. You can always take walks, of course. However, if you can afford it and have the time and patience to learn, skiing or snowboarding is delightful. It requires a lot of equipment, and it’s difficult to pick up. Once you’ve learned how, though, you never really forget, and you’ll have that skill for the rest of your life.

Getting Prepared

Before you do any heavy exercise, it’s important to make sure you’re ready. Even if you’re just going for a quick walk, there are things to check beforehand. First and foremost, you will need the right equipment. Obviously, you won’t enjoy yourself if you’re exercising in high heels or barefoot, so it’s important to make sure you have some good, sturdy athletic shoes to move around in. If you’re going to be exercising for a while, you should bring some water, so you don’t get dehydrated, and maybe some snacks too in case you get hungry.

Finally, if you’re doing something that might end up being dangerous – walking in a deserted area, snowboarding, swimming in the ocean, or something similar – it’s a good idea to bring someone with you. That way if something happens, they can either help you if they’re able or call for help if they’re not. This also has the added attraction of making the exercise more fun since you’ll have someone to talk to. Now go out there and get active!