Expand your horizons with these 8 indoor activities

Expand your horizons with these 8 indoor activities

Active aging presented by Public Health Seattle-King County

Cold winter months can feel endless, especially when your favorite outdoor activities are put on hold. While waiting for warmer days, consider focusing your attention indoors with a new, creative outlet.

Challenging yourself to learn something new or engaging in cultural creations is a great way to stay active as you get older. These simple activities will keep your mind engaged – all from the cozy comforts of home. Many are also a great way to connect with new communities and old friends! Take a look at eight great options and pick a few to try this winter.

Start (or expand!) An indoor garden

Cold weather outside does not mean that you can not cultivate a delicious garden inde. If you do not have much experience with indoor gardening, start with a beginner’s guide to learn the basics – everything from necessary materials to garden types (food, flowers, etc.). The best thing about indoor gardens is their versatility; you can use space in any size and make it portable or permanent to suit your individual needs. In addition, the wave of green and color will boost your mood during the gray winter months.

Travel the world through puzzles

Puzzles are a wonderful indoor activity – you can complete them alone or with friends, all in one session or over time. For a creative twist on traditional puzzles, choose images that show landscapes, buildings or people from around the world. You will be able to glimpse life beyond your four walls while challenging your brain with the intricate patterns.

Learn a new language

A new year is the perfect time to learn a new language! With many platforms available, from free to paid, you can find the program that works best for you. Popular options like DuoLingo and Rosetta Stone offer comprehensive classes designed to take you from zero to floating in a matter of short months. For something more casual, try YouTube channels dedicated to learning your target language.

Participate in a monthly art challenge

If you want your creative juices to flow this winter, join a virtual art challenge! You can find calls for daily inspiration in media ranging from sketching and journaling to poetry and challenges exploring the senses! Many challenges have online galleries on their websites or social media where participants can share their creations throughout the month.

Work your way through the Oscars

Something about being warm and cozy inside (while it freezes outside) inspires the film marathon. Instead of looking at new releases, consider catching up with previous Oscar winners. You can choose to focus on Best Film winners and nominees or branch out to more obscure categories like Achievement in Cinematography or Costume Design to get a glimpse of the hidden skills behind blockbuster hits. With so many streaming services available, you can easily find these movies for free or a small rental fee on various platforms. Pop some popcorn and enjoy!

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Master a new cooking craze

Sometimes our cooking skills need a refresher, especially when new techniques and dishes are gaining popularity. Use the time indoors to master current trends like making the perfect charcuterie board, chic hot chocolate bombs or meals with a new gadget like an airfryer. Invite your friends and family to taste the delicious results!

Be a (virtual) volunteer

Youth and community organizations need year-round volunteers to share their expertise and stories with children and special populations. Many organizations use virtual volunteers to provide online courses, send video clips, or chat with people one-on-one. To find an opportunity that suits your talents and background, try searching VolunteerMatch for vacancies.

Transcribes historical documents

If you are interested in history and making it more accessible to future generations, consider volunteering as a transcriber! From the comfort of your home, you can review historical documents and work with a team to turn them into digital archives. Everything from personal diaries to newspaper announcements, ledgers to captions are waiting to be transcribed. You can find a comprehensive list of these options from AARP. Search for the projects that interest you, or sign up with a friend to work together!

Whether you want to learn a new skill or have fun with old friends and a classic movie, these activities will definitely keep your creative wheels moving through the winter months.

Active Aging is presented by Public Health-Seattle & King County. Public Health – Seattle & King County recognizes the important and untold stories of innovation, service, and victims of black society and supports efforts to improve equality and achieve social justice. We want everyone to get health insurance and access to health care. Visit www.kingcounty.gov/health for Health Insurance, Influenza and COVID-19 test sites.

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