Spring is finally here, meaning you can go out without being too cold. If you want to get outside but need some ideas on what to do, here are 12 ways that you can spend more time outdoors.
1. Take a walk
The easiest, and one of the healthiest ways to spend time outdoors, is to simply take a walk. It gets you some fresh air, it’s great for your physical health, and it reduces stress. If you would like to relax, even more, take a pet with you. Pets have been shown to increase life expectancy and improve your mental wellbeing.
2. Play at a park
Get in touch with your inner-child and play at a park. Take the time to enjoy a playground, climb the ropes, and see if you can still do the monkey-bars. You can also relax on the swing for a while. Just make sure you aren’t monopolizing the equipment. After all, it’s there for the kids!
3. Go camping
Take a trip to the great outdoors and spend a night or two camping. Reconnect with nature and unplug from the stresses of your everyday life. Start a campfire and relax under the stars. If you want to enjoy it in style, try women’s or men’s wide brim hats to feel like a true explorer.
4. Go on a picnic
Take advantage of the nice weather and have a meal outdoors. Pack some delicious sandwiches and fill a thermos with your favorite beverage. When you get there, you can read a book and relax.
5. Start a garden
Even if you don’t have a green thumb, why not try your hand at planting a garden? It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors and will leave you feeling accomplished when those plants finally start to bloom. Grow some of your favorite veggies to enjoy later or plant flowers to help brighten up your yard. Whatever you decide, you’ll be helping out the local insect life.
6. Go on a bike ride
Dust off your old bike and take a trip through your neighborhood. Enjoy the sights and sounds of your city from someplace other than your car window.
7. Go on a hike
If you are feeling a little more adventurous, then try going on a hike. Not only is this beneficial for your physical health, but also your mental health. Being mindful of your surroundings will allow you to see yourself and nature in a new way.
8. Be active
If you enjoy sports, now is a good time to see if you can join a softball, basketball, or soccer team.You can also grab a frisbee and toss it around with your buddies or learn how to play tag with gel blaster. If you own a set of clubs, enjoy your day at a golf course. However, if there is still snow in your area, then try skiing or snowboarding.
9. Host a BBQ
Barbeques are a great way to get friends and family together to enjoy some delicious burgers, hot dogs, and more.
10. Watch the sunrise
Make an effort to get up early one morning, pick out a nice spot, grab a cup of delicious coffee or tea, and watch the sunrise. It’s a great way to slow down and be a little more aware of your place in the great tapestry of life.
11. Go birdwatching
Grab a pair of binoculars, a sketchpad, and go watch some birds. You can improve not only your art skills but also your attention to detail as well. Birds come in all shapes and sizes, and they are all fascinating.
Use a telescope to look at the cosmos. Some upcoming astronomical events are the supermoon on April 27, two meteor showers in late April, a lunar eclipse on May 26, and a solar eclipse on June 10.
Any of these are a great excuse to spend some time outside. So, if you’ve been feeling cooped up, pick an item from the list and go have some fun.