As an avid scouter, it has been and always will be important for me to get the family outside. Whether that’s playing a game of soccer, or going on a walk or hike, the outdoors has a way of rejuvenating my body, mind and spirit. Thankfully my kids love the outdoors too, so getting them there is not a big challenge. Is it easy for you to motivate your family to get outdoors though?
Did you know that it is estimated that we spend 93% of our life indoors? Consider this, getting outdoors, in nature can truly improve our health. I know that if I don’t take a walk for several days, I get crabby. I know that getting outdoors does the following:
- Boosts creativity & focus
- Improves mood
- Increases Vitamin D
Many family have a challenge getting outdoors. With the exception of summer picnics, or family vacations, they just don’t spend time outside. Here are a few quick tips to help get your family outdoors more in the coming year.
Tip #1: Go for a wind-down walk after dinner. Yes, the kids may like to play online, or decompress while watching TV, but why not ask them for some special time on a nightly walk? Build it in to your day or week.
Tip #2: Experience all area parks. We are blessed to be in an area that saves green space. There are literally hundreds of city, county, state and national parks all conveniently located within an hour drive. My kids have actually come to enjoy our time exploring new areas.
Tip #3: Plant a garden. Even if you don’t have a lot of space, consider dropping cherry tomatoes into pots. Gardening is a great way to eat healthier and spend time outdoors.
Tip #4: Go for a bike ride. Kids don’t want to go, call another family to go with you. The kids will be more motivated to go along if their friends are there too. Plus it will be fun!
Tip #5: Treasure hunt. Yes you really CAN find hidden treasures. Check out geocahing.com to find hidden treasures near you. We have an app on my phone, so when we go to a new location, we see where area caches are then set out to find them.
I think, aside from scouting, one of our favorite things to do is to find somewhere new to explore. If I read about a new park, or area attraction, we find a day to visit it. We have discovered many favorites doing this. We never set a limit on what we will find, and have a great time learning about the place!
What’s your favorite way to get outside with the family?
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