10 Best Outdoor Activities for Seniors & Retirees

We all know that getting outside is extremely important, at any age. Studies show that being outside and in nature for even 10-15 minutes a day can improve your overall mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve quality of life! Nature seriously has some amazing healing powers

Even though we all know how important it is to get outside, in the summer months it’s oh so tempting to stay inside and enjoy the AC and relax on your comfy couch. Whether you’re in a retirement home or living on your own or with family, it can be hard to decide what to even do outside, especially if you’re someone that likes to keep busy! 

Here are 10 outdoor activities that are perfect for seniors and retirees to enjoy:

  • Gardening

    Whether you have a big garden space or a small potted garden, gardening is a great way to get outside! Plus, there are a ton of gardening tips out there to make it a little bit easier on you if you have mobility issues or need other accommodations.

  • Swimming

    Swimming is proven to be one of the best activities for seniors, especially if you have mobility issues. It’s low-impact, meaning it’s gentle on your body and still gives you a whole-body workout! 

  • Take a walk

    Studies show that walking can strengthen your muscles, help you maintain weight, improve overall health and increase your mood! Plus, you get to get out of the house and explore your local parks or walking trails. You’d be surprised what just a little bit of nature can add to your day!

  • Backyard games

    Classic backyard games like bocce ball, lawn darts, horseshoes, or even frisbee are a fun way to get in the sun, play with family and friends, and even have a drink while you play. You have to stay hydrated, right?

  • Outdoor yoga

    Yoga has so many amazing health benefits, like reducing stress and increasing flexibility and strength. Yoga can definitely seem intimidating, when you first think of it your mind probably jumps to those people that somehow fold themselves up like a pretzel and meditate. But, it can be as simple or as complicated as you need it to be! Check out this list here for some suggested yoga poses for older adults.

  • Outdoor concerts

    Summer is full of outdoor music events, and a lot of them are free. Enjoy your favourite artist or discover something new all while getting outside and hanging out with loved ones!

  • Museums & Art Exhibits

    There’s almost always something new and interesting happening at museums and art galleries in the summer, from sculpture gardens to outdoor craft exhibits. Explore your local galleries and discover something new this summer!

  • Badminton

    Badminton is another example of a low-impact sport that has some awesome health benefits. It’s also a great way to meet new people or meet up with family or old friends for a match!

  • Picnics or BBQs

    If summer is known for anything, it’s picnics and BBQs! Pack a basket, grab a blanket or chairs and head to the park. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, you could even just grab a pizza. No matter what you decide, nothing beats eating a meal with friends or loved ones out in the summer sun!

  • Fishing & boating

    Fishing and boating are both great ways to get some fresh air, a little bit of exercise, and get out and enjoy nature. Fishing and boating are the perfect way to relax, hang out with loved ones, and grab a drink! 

There are so many things to enjoy outdoors, whether you want to get some exercise or just want to soak up some sun! Looking for even more stuff to do, you can always check out websites like Tourism Victoria for all the exciting summer events around Victoria. 

We also offer so many fun activities in our own communities! Don’t forget to check out our event calendars regularly so you can get involved and enjoy the summer weather with us!