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Relive your childhood with these fun, healthy activities

November 5, 2014

The fun you had when you were a child doesn't have to end. There are a variety of kids' activities that are just as fun for you as they are for them. Try participating in some of these activities that can be done with your peers or with the younger children in your family.

1. Video games
Chances are, your grandchildren would love to challenge you to their favorite game one weekend when they come to visit. Not only would playing a video game or two each week be a great activity to share with them, but it could also help boost your mood. According to a 2013 study conducted by North Carolina State University, those over the age of 63 who reportedly played video games regularly also had higher levels of well-being.

2. Playgrounds
Remember when you used to go down the slide and spend hours in the sandbox in your younger years? You can replicate that fun experience by going to the nearest playground with your grandchildren. Sit on the swings and gently swing back and forth for some light exercise and fun people-watching. You'll get to enjoy the outdoors and spend time with your family members. Don't feel silly enjoying your time spent on the childhood activity. According to KPRC - Houston, adult playgrounds have been popping up throughout the country as a way for older adults to stay active. The one in LaMarque, Texas, has everything from balance beams to shaky bridges. 

3. Coloring
Staying in the lines isn't just a lesson for children. Multiple research reports dating back to the early 20th century discussed the healing effects of coloring, explained The Huffington Post. One of these benefits is the effective management of stress, which is a major health issue for adults. 

"The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity when mixing and matching colors," psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala told the news source. "This incorporates the areas of the cerebral cortex involved in vision and fine motor skills [coordination necessary to make small, precise movements]. The relaxation that it provides lowers the activity of the amygdala, a basic part of our brain involved in controlling emotion that is affected by stress."

Pick up a coloring book the next time you're out and get a fresh pack of crayons to relive your childhood and practice a healthy activity that's growing in popularity among the older generations. You'll get to express your creativity and relieve some stress all in one shot.

4. Bubbles
Blowing bubbles used to be a great way to have fun and enjoy a nice day outside, and there's no shame in continuing the act in your older years. In fact, it can be a relaxing activity that mimics meditation. After all, it forces you to control your breathing and focus on the product you create with your breath. It also doubles as another activity to share with grandkids who can help catch all of them as they float away!

5. Mini golf
A round of 18 holes is much less intense when it's a game of mini golf. Get your friends and family together on a nice day when the weather permits and play a quick round. You'll get cardio by walking to each hole, and you can spend a great day with your family and friends.