By Renea Dennison, Contributor
Today is the first day of Spring. I do not know about you, but it makes me want to run outdoors and shout, “YAHOO!”
If you have been housebound due to weather, now is the time to get out and enjoy some fresh air. Spring time activities abound, and you can enjoy good, healthy fun regardless of age or fitness. Here are some ideas:
Take a walk (or get pushed in a wheelchair). You do not have to go far. Just being outdoors will do wonders for your spirits and a little sunshine will be good for you. This is a great time to go to a park with loved ones. You can sit on a park bench and watch children play when you get tired from walking. Perhaps you can fly a kite with the grandkids!
Enjoy the animals. Set up a birdbath or birdhouse in your yard, or go to the zoo or dog park. Animals can be entertaining and uplifting, and it is your choice if you want to interact or simply observe.
Spend some time gardening. Gardens can be small or large, and useful for food or just to look at. Even if your garden is only a single flower pot, watching something grow can be very fulfilling.
Go to or participate in an outdoor event. This is a great time to go fishing or on a picnic. Perhaps you can combine the two. There is a good chance someone you know plays on a baseball team, or your local schools will have games to watch. There are probably concerts in the park or other outdoor venues. Check it out. You may be surprised at how many things there are to do. Plan to go with family members if you can. This is a great way to entertain grandchildren.
Go out for a treat. I love to go to my local Dairy Queen or other restaurant and sit on the patio to eat a full meal or just enjoy an ice cream.
Spring Clean. Ok, this is not exactly fun, but you will feel so great when your house is organized and sparkling. Just open the windows to let Spring in and the Winter blues out. Whistle while you work or turn on your favorite tunes.
Words of Caution:
- Be sure and dress for the weather. Just because the sun is shining in the morning does not mean it will be beautiful all day.
- Watch out for allergies. Make sure you have plenty of antihistamines on hand if you have allergies, especially if you are highly allergic to anything such as a bee sting.
- When Spring Cleaning keep pathways clear, have an emergency plan in place, and do not try to move anything heavy on your own like furniture. Make sure your smoke alarm battery is changed and your fire extinguisher and emergency kit are in good order. Finally, clean out your medicine cabinet to get rid of expired and other medicine not in use.
Spring is a time of renewal. It is a great time to start that new exercise program, join that hobby group or take that new class to start your own personal health renewal. It is a perfect time to begin a walking program as the weather calls us outside. As I head outdoors myself, I will leave you with this quote from the movie Bambi. “The colder the winter, the warmer the Spring. The deeper the sorrow, the more our hearts sing.” Happy singing, and Happy Spring.
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