It’s super important and healthy for kids (and all of us!) to get outdoors, have fun in nature, and not always be stuck inside glued to technology. Fall is a great time to get active outdoors with your family. Here’s a few tips to get started!
1. Take your meals outside
Whether you have a back yard, a small patio, or just a stoop, take your next weekday dinner or weekend lunch outside. Enjoy your food as you gaze around the neighborhood, connect with your surroundings, and feel the warm sunshine or the cool evening breeze on your face. And whenever possible, make it a family affair! Take the opportunity to really relax and savor your meal, be present with your thoughts, or have a meaningful conversation with someone you love. It’s also not a bad idea to take a walk after you’re done eating.
2. Plan an outdoor workout at least twice a week
We’re all very busy, and sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to work out, but you can start committing at least two evenings a week to working out outside. Look for free outdoor classes for kids and adults or plan a walk with family and friends. Make double use of your precious time by getting your fitness on while simultaneously catching up with the people you love.
3. Read a book on the lawn
Reading can be done on more than couches. You can also take your book outside! So grab a snack and a drink, and head out with your page-turner. Sit on your stoop, in a chair, or even on the grass, and escape into your story while surrounded by the sounds of nature. Eyes need a little break? That’s easy. Just put the book down for a few minutes and enjoy the view of the outside world, instead of getting sucked into the next rerun of your favorite show.
4. Plan a scavenger hunt
Whether you’re 5 or 45, scavenger hunts are always a good time! Want to make your time outside really interesting? Why not plan a scavenger hunt the whole family can be a part of? It will keep you outside and running around all day, and you’ll build great memories along the way. You might even want to make it an activity you do every month or maybe once every season—something exciting to look forward to on a regular basis!
And remember, no matter how simple an activity might be, doing it outdoors is very different from—and often more exciting than—doing the same thing indoors. Spending time in nature can help you recharge and become more self-aware and creative, as well as a better problem solver.
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