Seniors throwing fall leaves outdoors

Note: Updated for 2016

Today marks the first day of fall. Even those of us who are reluctant to let go of summer know that there’s something special about fall in New Hampshire; it’s like no other place in the world.

Just because the days are getting cooler doesn’t mean there’s a lack of outdoor things to do in the state for seniors. Here are fall activities for seniors that will help keep body and mind healthy!

Raking leaves – Sure, this can be a chore, but if you pick a nice sunny day with moderate weather, it can be enjoyable and you can get a good workout – as long as your health and mobility allow it. According to, raking and bagging leaves burns 350-450 calories per hour and it helps build strength and muscle.

Bicycling – A leisurely pedal on a flat bike trail is not only a good way to burn calories, it’s a great way to see some of the state’s Senior man and woman bikingbeautiful fall scenery close to home. Just be sure to wear a helmet and keep the exercise level moderate. Here’s a Guide to New Hampshire Biking.

Hiking – Hiking in New Hampshire doesn’t have to mean clambering over rocks and carrying heavy packs. There are plenty of nice, flat, wide, easy trails available in the state for hikers young and old. There’s even a New England Over 50 Hiking Group in New Hampshire if you’re looking for companionship. Just take things at your own pace for a fun, relaxing trek.

Picking apples – Going to a pick-your-own apple orchard is not only a traditional New Hampshire activity, it’s good for you because it gets you outdoors and walking. Plus you’re burning calories and building strength by reaching, bagging and carrying. An added bonus is that at the end of the day, you’ve gathered a bag of sweet, healthy apples! The New Hampshire Fruit Grower’s Association has an online list of PYO orchards.

Farmers markets – Farmer’s markets are still going strong through September – and some into mid-October, so if you haven’t been to one this year, now is a great time to go. Stroll around, check out the many offerings – from heirloom tomatoes to apples to cheese – and pick up some fresh, healthy fare! Check out the NH Department of Agriculture’s list of local markets.

Sports – If you have a grandchild who plays a sport, get out in the fresh air and watch a game. Field hockey, football, soccer – whatever the sport, it’s a great opportunity to spend time with family and root, root, root for the home team!

Seniors enjoying fall foliageFall foliage – Leaf-peeping’s not just for tourists – it’s one of the pleasures of living in New Hampshire! The state even has a foliage tracker. Find one of the trails less traveled and go for a Sunday drive – or if you no longer drive go with a friend or family member.  Another option is riding the rails: New Hampshire has several foliage tour opportunities aboard the Conway Scenic, or Winnipesaukee Scenic and Hobo railroads, so you can just sit back, let someone else drive and enjoy the ride! The spectacular foliage may come every year, but admiring it never gets old.

Fall festivals – Autumn is traditionally fall and festival time in the Granite State, and 2016 is no exception. There’s the Deerfield Fair, the Sandwich Fair, the big New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, and many smaller events. Check out New Hampshire Magazines’ list of Fall and Foliage Festivals In NH.

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At Courville Communities, we have built our success on being the place for families to turn to when it’s time to consider alternative options for a healthier, safer, and less-isolated living arrangement. For more information, click here.

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