Articles tagged with: Outdoor Activities

Fun Fall Activities for the Family to Enjoy

Posted by: The Bristal

It’s always sad to say goodbye to summer, but that won’t stop us from shifting our focus to saying hello to fall! Think of the wonderful colors, the crisp air and spending time with family. There are so many fall activities to be done with family and friends of all ages! Here are some of our favorite fall activities:

Explore, Collect, Create.

A lot of fall activities deal with the staple fall items: apples, pumpkins and changing leaves. The first step is to get outdoors and explore the fall landscape.

Take a walk and admire the fall leaves; collect your favorites to use … read more

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Safety Tips to Remember when Exercising

Posted by: The Bristal

If you’ve started exercising and taking part in outdoor activities, it’s important to remember to take safety seriously. Whether you walk, hike, swim or bike, participate safely. Here are some tips to remember.

Keep Your Environment Safe

• Take an ID and cellphone with you when exercising outdoors.

• Keep headphone volume turned low so you can hear someone approach from behind.

• Tell others where you’re going and when you’ll be back.

• Alter your bicycling or walking times or routes occasionally so as not to be predictable to criminals.

• Avoid working out … read more

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Get Fit with Everyday Activity

Posted by: The Bristal

Although you might be plenty busy with volunteer work, social activities and hobbies, seize every opportunity you can to be physically active. Include hobbies like golf or swimming. Take advantage of the times you can walk more distance, like parking farther away at the grocery store or, if your mailbox is down the street, trekking to it instead of driving. These everyday activities can help you get fit.

If you have a dog, go for longer walks, play catch in the yard or hike the local trails with your canine companion. Keep safety in mind when participating in outdoor activities, … read more

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Exercise: Get Started and Make a Plan

Posted by: The Bristal

If you’re just starting an exercise plan or coming back after a hiatus, you’ll want to assess your fitness levels so you’ll know where to begin. Having a baseline of information can help you figure out where to start. Of course, get medical clearance from your doctor before embarking on any exercise plan.

If you’re recently back from illness, injury or vacation, start slow and build up. Don’t be too hard on yourself for losing ground, just get back to your activities starting at a comfortable level. Believe in your abilities!

First up, answer the following three questions to see where … read more

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Seven Hiking Tips for Active Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Since June is National Great Outdoors Month, there’s no better time to get outside in the gorgeous weather and get some exercise. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found seniors who walk at least four hours a week reduce their risk of being hospitalized due to cardiovascular problems. And that’s just one perk.

There are many other health benefits: increased endurance, improved balance, a lower risk of heart disease, better blood pressure; you’ll even sleep better at night, have more energy during the day and improve your mood. So what are you waiting … read more

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Staying Socially Active Part II: Outdoor Activities

Posted by: The Bristal

Enjoying the Outdoors and Reaping the Benefits

We are continuing our series on staying socially active later in life. This week we are sharing ideas on outdoor activities seniors can enjoy. In addition to the social benefits derived from these pastimes, there are also health benefits. Being active in the fresh air can help to decrease rates of depression, stimulate memory, decrease stress and reduce muscle and joint pain.

Outdoor Games and Activities for Seniors to Enjoy

From yard games to organized group activities, heading outdoors is a great way to exercise and engage your senses. If you haven’t been physically active … read more

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Multi-Generational Vacations: Exploring our National Parks

Posted by: The Bristal

If you’ve been trying to plan a multi-generational road trip that involves grandparents, parents and kids – one of our country’s national parks just may be the answer. There are 392 of them scattered across the country. They offer ranger guided wildlife walks and scenic bus tours that might appeal to the seniors in the family. For the younger generation, hiking, biking, swimming, and more active pursuits are a part of most of our national parks.

A little known perk if you have a senior in the crowd.

Seniors can buy a lifetime Interagency Access Pass for $10. That entitles the … read more

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Gardening for Senior Citizens

Posted by: The Bristal

If you’re looking for a fun, healthy pastime for you and your senior loved one, gardening is an excellent hobby to explore. Gardening is fun at any age, and it takes just a little forethought and creativity to make gardening for senior citizens the perfect pastime.

Why garden?

It’s fun.

Everyone loves to get a little dirty now and then. There’s no better reason to get outdoors and enjoy Mother Nature than planting and enjoying beautiful flowers, fruits and vegetables. Doing something fun and improving your mood benefits the body as well!

It’s healthy.
Gardening is great for the mind and body of everyone … read more

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