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It is perhaps the best form of physical exercise for all age groups. The chance to breathe fresh air and see the trees helps in alleviating depression and helps maintain emotional well being. It also gives an opportunity to meet other people. You must however wear comfortable walking shoes, which will give support to your feet and they will not feel tired. For those who feel the need for intermediate support, or a need to hold on to something, carrying a stick is a good idea. For those who can go for longer walks, or prefer to go and sit in the park, or garden, carrying a small bottle of water would help take care of thirst. However, if one is on a wheelchair, going to parks and gardens may not be very feasible owing to the physical barriers. There is however another boon – the malls, which can be accessed even in wheelchairs, with a helper. For the wheelchair borne, these walks may not be possible everyday but can be clubbed with window shopping, if one is interested and perhaps a coffee, with a friend, acquaintance, or a family member.Infact, apart from Malls, it could be other places that interest you – a museum perhaps which you could visit with a companion or alone, and then maybe stop by for lunch or coffee. A good way to figure out where to go is to look at "What'son Today" section in the newspaper to get an idea about the forthcoming events ofinterest and plan your day or week accordingly.
A great activity for people who love nature but cannot go for nature walks, in the fields or forests because of physical constraints,lack of transport, companions or any other practical problem. You necessarily need not go to the forests for this. A park in the vicinity is a good idea to start this activity. Some ideas and lots of interesting information, if you are serious about this hobby can be obtained from http://www.birding.in
Another activity, which can either be linked with the previous two, or can be practiced independently is Photography. All you need is a camera. A practical way is getting hold of a digital camera, and clicking whatever interests you, and capturing it in your camera, or computer. It could be a theme – like nature, or vehicles, or humans, anything that hold your attention. This can then be even consolidated into a scrapbook kind of file in your computer. Some more information can be obtained from http://www.asianphotographyindia.com , in case you are interested. Some basic and digital photography techniques as well as city wise list of photogalleries and other relevant information is also available on http://www.photolinks.com/resources.html
A purposeful activity that connects you to nature. Allyou need is a small patch of land, or a few pots that you can keep in your balconyor just outside your house, and some bright coloured equipment. A few websites and books are enough to help you create a garden and maybe even grow some vegetables,like http://www.seasonsindia.com/lifestyle/gardening_sea.htm and cityfarmer.org/kitchenIndia A word of caution, however – do not step out to do gardening when it is very warm outside,do it in the mornings and evenings. It is also important, not to lift anything heavy like pots, which might cause you to strain your back. If you do have a back problem, it would help to put the pots in an elevated place so that you do not have to bend too much.
If your doctor and physical health permits, sports is a very good exercise and recreational activity – be it golf, badminton,tennis, swimming, or any other that may interest you. It is also an excellent way to meet other people socially.
This is one activity suggested by all doctors and health practitioners for all age groups. The seniors are no different. Different forms of exercise are now being practiced which are a great form of relaxation apart from helping physical and mental fitness. Some of these are.
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