4 ways to enjoy fall’s outdoor bounty

Fall is the perfect season to spend as much time outside as possible before winter’s blast drives us back to a comfy chair. Check out these four ways to maximize autumn enjoyment of our great Canadian outdoors:

1. Go apple picking with your friends and family

Many orchards invite local residents to pick their fall crop of Northern Spys or Honeycrisps. It’s a perfect afternoon activity to spend with the grandkids—and you can also plan for a future apple pie or apple cider-making afternoon, turning the fruits of your labour into fall deliciousness.

2. Visit a farmer’s market

Nothing offers up a dose of rejuvenating autumnal spirit like a trip to a local farmer’s market, bursting with the freshest of local vegetables, including pumpkins. While you may not want to carve a large pumpkin, think about buying a few mini pumpkins and gourds to display in baskets and bowls throughout your living space.

If you have your own kitchen, or live in a retirement residence with a country kitchen, consider roasting a sheet of market-fresh, in-season veggies seasoned with spices and balsamic vinegar for a delicious, healthy treat.

3. Take a walk in the woods

Combine the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of walking and being outdoors, and you have a powerhouse prescription for better health. The fall colours bring a whole new dimension of peace and joy to any walk in a park, or along a tree-lined street, in a wooded area, or beside a lake, stream or ocean.

Fall is also the perfect time to join a walking group. Most seniors’ residences have their own walking groups, offering all of the wonderful health benefits of friendship, exercise and connection.

4. Do some gardening—outdoors or in

Even if you don’t have a garden, spruce up your front door or entry way with a pot of bright fall chrysanthemums. If you do have a garden, look forward to spring by planting some tulips, daffodils or hyacinths. Now is also the time to remove dead annuals and do a tidy-up. It’s great exercise and a satisfying pursuit.

It’s also a great time to plant an indoor garden of herbs or succulents. Indoor gardening offers many of the same health benefits as outdoor gardening, with an equal amount of enjoyment!

Chartwell Retirement Residences offers a wide range of recreational and physical activities, including walking and gardening clubs. Learn more about our active living program here.