Ways to Get Outside and Active This Spring

April 17, 2023

As the snow melts and the sun shines brighter, there’s no better time than spring to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. After months of being cooped up inside, the fresh air and blooming flowers are a welcome change.


So, grab your sunscreen, lace up your shoes, and start your springtime adventures with these 5 outdoor activities for seniors.

1. Find something fresh at the farmer’s market

Spring is a fantastic time to visit the farmer’s market, because it marks the beginning of a new growing season for many local farmers. You can find great prices on ingredients to make farm-to-table meals and explore seasonal offerings specific to your area.

Shopping at the farmer’s market is not only a great way to eat fresh food and support local businesses, but it also provides you with an opportunity to connect with others and enjoy a fun, lively atmosphere. Residents at Summit Vista enjoy convenient access to several farmer’s markets in the Salt Lake City area, including Wheeler Farm Farmer’s Market and Schmidt’s Farm & Greenhouse, where you can also venture through a pumpkin patch in the autumn.


2. Use your gardening skills to stay active

Gardening is one of our favorite outdoor activities for seniors, because it’s a great way to enjoy fresh spring air and get your heart pumping. Using your green thumb involves a range of physical activity, including digging, planting, and weeding, which can help older adults stay active. Gardening has even been linked to reducing the risk of osteoporosis, some cancers, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and depression.

You can put down roots and grow your gardening skills at Summit Vista. We feature a community garden where you can pursue your passion for horticulture and give back to fellow residents. Take your harvest to our culinary team, and they’ll try to use your produce to enhance dishes, pastries and more in our dining venues.


3. Spend time stargazing

You won’t need sunscreen with this spring outdoor activity, but you might need a jacket. Stargazing is a peaceful and calming activity that gives you the opportunity to connect with the beauty and wonder of the universe. You can learn about the different constellations, stars, planets, and their significance in science or mythology. Stargazing requires no special equipment and can be done from the comfort of a lawn chair or blanket.

Our senior living community in Taylorsville, UT, is the perfect setting for a magical night of stargazing. With its clear skies and low levels of light pollution, Taylorsville offers unobstructed views of constellations including Orion, Cassiopeia and Ursa Major. Enjoy the sky from your patio or balcony, or gather with your friends in one of our many outdoor spaces to indulge in your favorite sips under the stars.


4. Capture unforgettable moments with photography

Photography is an excellent outdoor activity that can help you express yourself, explore your creative side, and permanently capture the beautiful world around you, so you can relive special moments again and again. A frame-worthy photo can also provide you with a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

With modern advancements in smartphone cameras, it’s easier than ever to take high-quality photos with just your phone. You can use a few additional accessories like a selfie stick or tripod for phones to gain more impressive results without breaking the bank. Taylorsville offers plenty of beautiful sights to capture through photography. One of the most popular spots to photograph is the majestic Mount Olympus, which can be seen from various points throughout the city.


5. Cast a fishing line to improve your health

Fishing and boating are great outdoor activities for seniors, because the peacefulness and tranquility of spending time near the water can be a wonderful way to unwind, while increasing physical activity. Fishing and boating also offer low-impact physical activity that can help you stay active. From casting a line to rowing a boat, fishing and boating can help older adults improve their strength, flexibility, and coordination.

Fishing and boating can also be a social activity that gives you the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Residents at Summit Vista enjoy fishing and boating at the nearby Jordan River, which offers an abundance of fish species including trout, catfish, bass, and more. The river also provides plenty of opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding.


Spring into Your Dream Retirement Lifestyle with Elevated Senior Living

From our private putting green and indoor swimming pool to hanging out on the patio with friends and relaxing walks with your dog, there’s something for everyone at Summit Vista. Contact us online or call 801-758-3138, or RSVP to a complimentary luncheon to learn how you can start your next adventure at our senior living community in Taylorsville, UT.