Now is time to take advantage of benefits of being outside

With summertime upon us and daylight hours at their peak, now is the ideal time to take advantage of the health benefits of being outdoors. Sunny days and warm weather provide a wonderful environment for breathing in some fresh air while getting active in the community, meeting up with friends, or trying out a new activity.
If you’re short on ideas of what to do while you soak in your daily allowance of Vitamin D, below are some ideas for seniors on how to fully enjoy this short-lived but highly-coveted summer season:
Take a walk. Catch up with a friend while you stroll around a park or go out on your own to catch an early morning sunrise or an after-dinner sunset. If you want to make your walk more meaningful, sign up as a volunteer at an animal shelter and take homeless dogs out for a walk.
Have a picnic in the park. You don’t have to go all out with a blanket and basket. Pack your lunch and some water in a bag and sit on a park bench under the shade of a tree. Take off your shoes and breathe in the fresh-cut grass while you enjoy your surroundings.
Like to paint? Summer is the perfect time to discover endless subjects among the area landscape. Blooming flowers, colorful butterflies, crashing ocean waves—they’re all ready for you to capture with your paintbrush.
You don’t have to go very far to do some serious bird watching. Whether you sit right outside your door and watch to see what feasts on your bird feeder or you head to a local area renowned for attracting a wide variety of species, watching birds offers us an easy and affordable way to capture and enjoy the beauty of our natural surroundings.
Still have some fishing gear? Head to a local stream or lake for an hour or two and drop a line in the water.
With plants and flowers at full bloom, embark on a "http://www.gardentoursnewengland.com/"  garden tour or become an active member of your local garden club.
Reap the full benefits of finding your center through movements that ease osteoarthritis pain and improve bone and heart health by practicing in Tai Chi or Yoga.
Head to the water—be it a pool or a lake. Get together with friends for some water aerobics classes, or meet family for a trip to the lake.
Visit the local http://www.seacoastgrowers.org/portsmouth-farmers-market/"  farmer’s market and try out new recipes with the fresh produce or make it a social event by inviting friends to a dinner made from your market finds.
Get social and attend "http://www.familiesfirstseacoast.org/family-programs/senior-programs/"  senior lunches. You can find lunch 5 days a week at your local senior centers in Andover, Augusta, Douglass, El Dorado, Leon, and Rose Hill.  Check out one you don’t normally attend!
You’re never too old to enjoy a ice cream on a hot summer day or a snow cone.  
We still have Farmer’s Market vouchers available.  Please call the Butler County Department on Aging to see if you qualify!  But do it soon, while they still last!  316-775-0500.

Crystal Noles
Butler County Dept. on Aging
2101 Dearborn
Ste. 302
Augusta, KS 67010
Ph: (316) 775-0500
Toll Free: (800) 279-3655