Spending more time outdoors is a fantastic way to preserve and improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as physical health. Getting outside and enjoying some fresh air and sunlight is great for seasonal depression, can lower blood pressure and stress, and improve your vitamin D levels, amongst other things. Even getting out for a short amount of time each day is better than not getting out at all!
Below, we’re going to talk you through some fun ways you can spend more time outdoors:
- Go On Family Walks/Hikes
How about starting by planning regular family walks and hikes? You don’t have to start hiking if you’re not used to walking together yet. Simply walking to the store rather than taking the car can be a great start. When you all feel ready, you can start taking longer walks and investing in the correct equipment to help you, such as walking boots and waterproof jackets. This can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors while bonding and spending quality time together.
You could even go on night walks together in your pyjamas. They are a great way to wind down before bed time and relax.
2. Ride Bikes
Riding bikes can almost make you forget that you’re working out at all. It’s a great way to burn some excess calories and energy, as well as see lots of cool, beautiful scenery and visit new places. There are bound to be lots of bike trails that you can try out near you – see if you can find them online, use an app, or buy a book. Just make sure you invest in the proper safety equipment so that you don’t end up hurt! i
3. Take More Trips To New Places
Planning more trips to new places gives you the perfect excuse to spend more time outdoors. What’s better than exploring a new town or city with the people you love? Take in the scenery and get in your steps as you walk around a new and exciting place.
4. Create A Space Where You Can Relax Outside Your Home
You won’t always be able to go on a trip somewhere, so why not create a space you can use to relax outside of your home? Places like Patio Productions do outdoor furniture that is great for all kinds of seasons, so you know you’re investing your money in something that will last. You might also want to include coffee tables, heaters, and other accessories so that you can enjoy your outdoor area whatever the weather. Go out and eat your lunch, enjoy a book, or just chat to your loved ones!
5. Go Camping
Camping is a fantastic way to get back in touch with nature. You can leave your technology, like phones and tablets at home, and simply enjoy your surroundings and the company of the people you love the most. Depending on how long you’re planning on camping for and the weather conditions you’ll need to make different arrangements. During the height of summer, for instance, you may not need to invest in an expensive tent. However, if it’s likely to rain, making sure you have a tent that will protect you and your belongings is a must.
6. Have A Picnic
Plan a picnic and head to a park or an outdoor area you really love to enjoy it. Just make sure you pack your items properly to avoid them going warm or off. You don’t want any of your picnic guests to fall ill!
7. Walk A Dog
If you don’t have a dog, this doesn’t mean you should get one. You can always volunteer to walk dogs from shelters who don’t have owners to walk them regularly. You will make their day, and you might just find a dog that you really want to adopt. Walking a dog is not only a great way to get outside and get some exercise, it can be massively therapeutic!
8. Go To The Park
Head to the park and play on the swings. Alternatively, sit on a bench and people watch. There’s always fun stuff happening at the park!
9. Start A Nature Journal or Scrapbook
Having a nature journal or a scrapbook is a fantastic excuse to go outside more. You can use it to detail where you’ve been and what you saw, as well as include photos you’ve taken, and even pressed flowers and leaves. It’s a wonderful hobby that can give you a sense of satisfaction!
10. Work Outside
If the weather allows, you could always find a place to work outside. If you have appropriate seating, then you can sit, if you have a picnic blanket, sometimes that will do! Kids can do homework while you complete any outstanding work. Working outside may not be something you can do all day, but it can give you a healthy dose of sunlight and fresh air and make you feel more positive for the rest of the day.
If you can’t go right outside because of the weather, a conservatory can give you a great place to enjoy nature and sunlight without being subject to the elements.
11. Take Up An Outdoor Hobby
If you want to try something new, why not take up an outdoor hobby? Archery is a great hobby, as it’s a lot of fun, includes elements of fitness, and isn’t an outdoor hobby where you are required to harm living things. Then, there’s geocaching – a hobby fit for the whole family! All you have to do is get the coordinates and then go and find treasure left by the previous group. When you find the treasure, you can put it back for others to find, or take something providing you leave something else in there. It’s a lot of fun for people of all ages!
Which of these ideas will you use to spend more time outdoors? Leave a comment and let us know what you’re thinking – as well as any of your own ideas below!