Fresh air and sunshine are good for our health, and being active in the outdoors is better yet. Even if you’re not an avid runner or cyclist, there are so many other wonderful ways to get the exercise you need while taking in the joys of nature, family, and friends. Here are a few ideas that might inspire you to grab your sneakers and head out the door for an activity that may be new to you.
Go birding. Take a walk, observe and listen. You’ll find song and color all around you. Try different habitats for different species. Join an organized birding hike in your community. Use binoculars if you have them.
Try outdoor yoga. If you like yoga, you’ll love outdoor yoga. Many communities hold outdoor yoga classes in parks or on beaches. Let the breezes and sounds of nature add to the enjoyment of your practice.
Go canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding. Paddling a canoe, kayak or paddle board is a good workout. Many parks and outdoor equipment stores rent the equipment. (Don’t forget the flotation devices.)
Work in a community garden. Volunteer to help plant or care for a community garden to get some beneficial time working outdoors while making the world more beautiful.
Bike to the store. Use a back pack or bike basket to carry your purchases home. Get your exercise and run your errands in one fell swoop.
Walk the beach.If you’re lucky enough to live on the shores of the ocean or a large body of water, turn your stroll into a treasure hunt. Search for the prettiest and most unusual seashells or colorful rocks. If you start a collection, you’ll be more motivated to get out there again and again.
Stroll the farmers market. You’ll be outdoors, you’ll be walking, you’ll carry your purchases (weight training!) and you’ll have fresh, seasonal, local foods for healthful eating. Take in the colors and textures, the aromas, and the great people-watching.
Play like a kid. Organize some old-fashioned backyard games like badminton, croquet, or whiffle ball. Invite the neighbors. Have a tournament with fun prizes. Cool off with the hose or run through the sprinkler.
Dance at an outdoor concert. Whether you’re enjoying a community band in the local park or a world-class act at a festival, move while you groove. Dance your heart out. Nobody’s watching (except maybe your kids).
Get Out! 5 Benefits of Outdoor Exercise, 3/27/2018
©Copyright 2019 by Bill Olsen, VP Marketing & Communications at United Benefit Advisors. Reproduction permitted with attribution to the author.
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