Environmental Dimension of Wellness: How Spending Time Outdoors Improves Physical and Mental Health

by | Assisted Living, Independent Living, Memory Care, Senior Living

People of all ages can benefit from spending time outdoors, but seniors in particular should prioritize outside time. The physical and emotional health benefits of being outdoors can help older adults live longer and happier lives.

Being outside means getting a healthy dose of Vitamin D, which many seniors have low levels of. This essential vitamin helps support the immune system, promotes bone health, and more. Exercising in a natural setting – whether it’s a short stroll, a long hike, or a bike ride – versus indoors can improve your mood and make you less likely to feel stressed and depressed. Outdoor activities can include:

  • Playing yard games such as horseshoes, pickle ball, or croquet
  • Gardening
  • Bird watching
  • Photography
  • Golfing
  • Water aerobics or swimming
  • Having a picnic
  • Practicing yoga

Whether it’s a high-impact exercise or a low-key activity, being outdoors allows seniors to feel both physically and mentally revitalized.

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