After what seems like a long, cold winter, the weather is finally warming up and the daylight hours are getting longer! The warmer temperatures mean it’s the perfect time to get back outside and enjoy the early spring and the health benefits of being active and in touch with nature. Here are three great ways for senior to enjoy the fresh air this spring:
- Go for a walk around the neighborhood
Walking around your neighborhood is a great way to get some gentle exercise, fresh air, and see what’s changed through the winter months. Start with short walks and then increase the distance as you get your stamina back. Remember to wear shoes with good grip, lightweight long sleeve shirts, a light jacket, and a sun hat. Take your time and notice the beautiful spring growth, animal life, and the flowers that will be blooming soon. You can even ask a family member or friend to join you!
- Sit outside for a meal
Eating outdoors is one of the things we miss the most during cold months, and the return of warmer weather is a lovely excuse to enjoy the fresh air while enjoying a meal of your choice. Take the time to create a lovely spring ritual, such as sitting outside with a book while you have your morning coffee or relaxing outside and listening to the radio while you have lunch. We recommend creating a special spot outside with a café table and chairs, a lovely firm cushion, planters, and a warm blanket for days that are still quite crisp.
- Sit outside, or by an open window and watch the birds. Bonus points if there is a bird feeder or bird house nearby!
One of the first and most wonderful signs of spring is the return of migratory birds and the birdlife that appears as nesting season begins. Grab a pair of binoculars, a bird book, and a warm blanket and either sit outside or at an open window to enjoy the sight and sound of new life. One great idea is to install a bird feeder near your favorite spot and stock it up with native bird seed. Your local birdlife will quickly discover it and return each day to visit you and stock up on food for their little ones. It’s best to have a bird book handy to identify each visitor and a notebook so you can track your sightings.
Bristol Glen is part of the United Methodist Communities network, a collection of independent and assisted living communities in New Jersey dedicated to supporting abundant, independent living for seniors. A very important part of our community is our wonderful grounds that are well-tended throughout the year, making a visit to see us one of the best ways to get fresh air and enjoy the spring weather.
We’re proud to say that our CCRC in Sussex County earned a place on the U.S. News Best Nursing Homes and Short-Stay Rehabilitation Lists, reflecting our dedication to our residents and their wellbeing!
If you want to find out more about independent senior living in NJ, please get in touch today or visit our website at https://bristolglen.umcommunities.org/
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