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10 Things to Do in an Hour

Daylight savings time is quickly approaching. Looking for ways to spend the hour you gain on Sunday? Here are 10 active, healthy ways to spend your extra hour this weekend:

1) Try a water aerobics class 

Water exercise helps to soothe muscles and joints, aids in weightloss, builds core strength and boosts cardiovasvular stamina. Clark-Lindsey offers Wellness Center memberships to those who are 55 and better, with a wide range of classes in our brand new pool. Find out more about Wellness Center memberships here.  

2) Go for a walk through Meadowbrook Park

Admire the sculptures lining the paths and take in the beauty of nature in this stunning corner of Urbana. Connecting with nature is one of the many ways you can engage in spiritual wellness. Spending time in nature has been shown to lead to a longer and more fulling life. 

3) Listen to a new podcast

Engage your mind by listening to stories and advice from experts in their field. Whether it's tips on successful aging or fictional stories designed to entertain, engaging in active listening boosts brain activity and can even assist in enhancing long-term memory. We recommend:

Flipping Fifty - Deborah Atkinson takes women on a journey through embracing life after 50. She flips common aging misconceptions on their head and offers advice on navigating life after retirement.

NPR Archives - NPR offers a wide range of interviews, videos and articles on unique ways individuals have stayed socially, intellectually, physically and spiritually stimulated as they age.

The New Yorker Fiction Podcast - The New Yorker's Fiction Editor, Deborah Treisman, invites New York authors to read a fictional piece from the archives and discuss its structure and content. 

4) Read a good book

Get lost in a good book this weekend. Several studies suggest that reading can decrease your risk for cognitive diseases, such as Alzheimer's, and can even lead to a longer and happier life. Looking for a good book? We suggest:

Live Long, Die Short - Dr. Roger Landry combats the stereotypes of aging in this thought-provoking book. Landry presents a 10 year study on how to shorten the decline period in aging in order to live a longer, more active and fulfilling life. 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - The Clark-Lindsey resident book club recently read this engaging and comedic story and gave it two thumbs up. Maria Semple's novel invites you into a comedic mystery about the disappearance of Bernadette Fox prior to a family vacation. 

5) Try a healthy new recipe 

Spend some time in the kitchen learning how to prepare a new meal. Need some recipe suggestions? Here are a few ideas: 

Healthy Chicken + Veggie Stir Fry - A healthy alternative to a classic dinner. Total cooking time: 35 minutes. 

Parmesean Crusted Salmon with Roasted Broccoli - Rich in nutrients and flavor, this meal will leave you full and your taste buds satisfied. Total cooking time: 30 minutes.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge - This gluten free, dairy free and paleo-friendly recipe will satisfy even the most extreme sweet tooth without all of the extra calories. Prep time: 10 minutes. Ready to eat in 6 hours. 

6) Watch a show at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 

This Sunday, Nathan Lee, 15-year-old pianist from Seattle, Washington and winner of the Young Concert Artists Interntional competition, will perform a private performance for guests on the main Krannert stage. The audience will have the unique experience of a salon-style show, sitting on the stage with the performer and connecting with him about each piece. More information on this concert is available here.

7) Try a new art project

Painting, drawing, sculpting and woodworking projects allow you to channel your creativity into a focused activity that will help you hone your fine motor skills. Plus, you will have the satisfaction of displaying your work or gifting it to others. At Clark-Lindsey, our new art studio is open and available for residents to retreat to a creative space. 

8) Visit with a friend over a cup of coffee 

Spending time in social settings is a key component to active aging and can help you live a longer and happier life. Join a friend at one of these local Champaign-Urbana favorites for a fresh cup of coffee and conversation.

Flying Machine Coffee - Located in downtown Urbana, this coffee house has a unique aesthetic, and even more unique coffee choices.

Hammerhead - This recently opened business, located in the Latitude building near Carle Hospital, is a new local favorite. From its delicious drinks to its modern-meets-retro industrial style, everything at Hammerhead is creative and well done. 

Cafe Kopi - This downtown Champaign hotspot feels like a step into the past. With its unique, classic style and eclectic collection of decor, this will soon become your favorite coffee shop. 

9) Bike the Kickapoo Rail Trail from Urbana to St. Joseph

The Kickapoo Rail Trail is a 24.5-mile trail that follows the former CSX railroad from East Urbana to Kickapoo State Park outside of Danville. Take a scenic trip and connect with nature while getting in a good workout. While you're on your ride, we recommend stopping in St. Joseph to visit several small businesses in town. 

10) Volunteer your time

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while connecting with new people. Several local businesses can use your support this week, such as:

Salt and Light Ministries - "Fights poverty with dignity through programming opportunities that engage, empower, and equip the homeless in the Champaign-Urbana area for lasting change. Resources include a grocery and thrift store, resume assistance, computer help and financial workshops."

Courage Connection - "Provides a continuum of services for families in dangerous situations so that individuals and families can achieve safety, stability and self-sufficiency."

Crisis Nursery - "Offers 24-hour emergency care for children to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families in crisis." 

Eastern Illinois Food Bank - "Alleviates hunger in eastern Illinois by providing a reliable source of food for the hungry through cooperation with a network of food pantries and agencies." 

Meadowbrook Health Center at Clark-Lindsey - Clark-Lindsey is always looking for new volunteers and opportunities for our residents to benefit from others’ generous hearts and talents. Volunteers are needed to visit with residents and help plan engaging activities for those at Clark-Lindsey to enjoy.