10 Fall Activities to Get You Moving and Out of the House
October 29, 2020 | COVID-19 Resources
Social connections help us stay mentally healthy. Think of “people time” like “gas” in the car of your mental health that keeps it going, especially if you’re an extrovert. If you’re like most people, at this point you may be getting tired of video chatting, or not seeing people. With winter coming on, it’s a great idea to make good use of the fall weather while it is here. Here are some low-cost, outdoor fall activities for seniors that our Behavioral Health Specialists put together to help you spend more time with the people who mean the most to you.
1. Outdoor Art
Try buying a cheap set of paints or canvas, and express your artistic side. Sit at least six feet apart from everyone while you work on an art project separately. Make sure to talk, laugh and joke!
2. “Sit and Stitch” Knitting or Crochet Circle
You may already have the materials to do this. For this low-cost fun fall activity, invite some people to a public place, bring fold-up chairs or utilize socially distanced park benches. Talk while you knit, purl and crochet your way to a new warm fall scarf.
3. Gardening or Planter Decorating
Play in the dirt while you garden. Studies show that gardening can reduce stress while providing beneficial sunshine and physical activity. Consider planting low-cost spring bulbs like tulips, daffodils and grape hyacinths. Fall is the perfect time to plant them. Enlist friends and grandkids for a fun outdoor activity.
4. Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Carving
Several pumpkin patches are open to the public where you can find your new favorite Jack O’Lantern or fall decoration. Call before you go to find out what precautions they are taking in light of COVID-19 and how large the crowds are. Carve outdoors if you have a patio. Be sure to take a trash bucket or a plastic bag to catch those scraps!
5. Apple Orchard
Going to an apple orchard hearkens back to an earlier time, and will give you a dose of fall spirit. Most apple orchards charge less than $5 for admission, and the apples are cheap and plentiful. Call to find out what apple varieties are available, how crowded it is and what COVID-19 precautions the apple orchard has in place. Many apple orchards also offer warm cider and fresh cider doughnuts, so you can make a day of it!
6. Remote-Controlled Vehicle Games
If you’re looking for a creative new way to spend time with grandchildren or the young at heart, consider buying a cheap remote-controlled car, boat or inflatable. There are many good ones for under $40 that you can find online. Take advantage of the nice weather and enjoy this activity at a place of your choosing.
Always check local information about permits and when fish are active. Whether or not they are biting, fishing is a great way to spend time outdoors near beautiful bodies of water with family and friends alike.
8. Feed Ducks and Geese
Bring grapes and lettuce (bread is not good for waterfowl like ducks and geese) and help the geese and ducks fuel up for their great migrations. Whether it’s sitting outside, seeing cute animals, or just being with friends or family, feeding ducks and geese is the full package!
9. Corn Mazes
We can’t recommend haunted houses this year, which often involve tight spaces, people screaming in fear and long lines. However, many places that offer haunted houses also offer a corn maze. Call beforehand to check for COVID-19 preventive measures. Many facilities offer timed waves to prevent crowding in the mazes.
10. Go Leaf Collecting
As the leaves cascade from the trees in the coming weeks, consider taking a walk around and picking up beautiful leaves you find with friends and family. At the end, delight your loved ones by offering to trade leaves with them. If you have some crayons and paper, you can memorialize your day with leaf rubbings without spending a cent.
At Iora, our goal is to keep you as healthy as possible. During these long stretches of quarantine, it’s important to get up and move as often as possible. Ask your health coach or primary care provider any other questions or concerns you may have about how to stay active during these times.