Just like Mom Always Said, “Go outside and get some fresh air”!
The benefits of being outdoors are endless. Improved focus, strengthened immunity, decreased depression and improved outlook are just a few. (1) And after being cooped up indoors all winter, now is a great time to get outside and enjoy everything Mother Nature has to offer.
Most people are eager to stretch their winter legs and enjoy the better weather as soon as the temperatures start to raise, but once we’re used to being outdoors again, we can run out of ideas to keep us in the fresh air. Below are a few suggestions for getting outside this spring and summer.
- Volunteer – Many organizations such as Habitat for Humanity offer outdoor volunteer opportunities such as clean-up projects or building assignments. Volunteer at an animal shelter and take pets for walks, or work with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and become the mentor of a kid just as excited to be outside as you are.
- Plan hiking trips – no matter where you live, chances are there is a place to hike nearby. If you’re not a great hiker, start out small and set a goal for the end of the summer. Try new paths, of different difficulty and you might surprise yourself on how far you can go. But always remember to be safe!
- Bike, run, walk, swim, rollerblade – Mix up your outdoor routine. Trying the same thing over and over can get boring and might cause you to give up. But mixing up your outdoor activities will keep you motivated to continue. Try a bike ride one day and go for a short run the next.
- Public fitness activities – Many communities offer outdoor activities such as yoga. See what your community offers and get outdoors in a group setting.
- Buy an exercise watch or band – Activity trackers or fitness bands are a great way to encourage staying active, but they can also encourage you to get outside more often. Setting a goal for your number of steps per day will encourage you to step away from your everyday activities and go for a walk.
- Garden – Not big on fitness or can’t handle much physical activity? Gardening is a great way to get outdoors in a relaxing, non-strenuous way. Plus, that rose garden is a great reward for your time spent in the fresh air.
- Bird watch – Another way to get outside without pushing yourself too hard is bird watching. Grab a chair and sit in your own backyard or a public park and see what you can learn about the birds in your area.
- Posted by holx-admin
- On May 11, 2015