How Much Time Outdoors Do We Really Need?

How Much Time Outdoors Do We Really Need?

Do you love the outdoors? There’s a wealth of evidence that suggests getting out in nature is good for you, and you can get your fill in a number of ways. Here are some ideas to consider.

Take a 15-Minute Walk Every Day

Work, chores, school and kids can leave you with limited time for yourself. No matter how hectic life gets, make the time to get outside and do some exercise. Walking is perfect and promotes good cardiovascular health. It can be as low-impact as you want, or you can power walk for maximum effect. Start off with just 15 minutes early in the morning or fit some movement into your lunch break at work.

Be Near the Water

The calm and tranquility of the water can help soothe the mind and bring clarity, the water’s movement easing stress and helping you forget about daily stressors. Also known as blue environments, areas near bodies of water may help boost mood and attitude. No need to trek to the ocean — explore nearby ponds and rivers for the same effect.

A Night Under the Stars

Being out in the daytime is important, but being among the nighttime stars is too. There is a certain silence and tranquility that only arrives after the sun sets. When was the last time you grabbed a blanket and your bestie and lay on the cool ground under the stars? Spending an hour or two a week looking at the stars can be a learning experience too. Check out the constellations, and you might even see a shooting star or two.

Go Camping

How long has it been since you packed up the camping gear and headed out to the backcountry or to your favorite campground? It can be a good bonding and skill-building experience with your crew. Being one with nature at camp includes:

  • Utilizing engineering skills when finding and setting up camp.
  • Gathering wood and starting a fire.
  • Prepping meals and cooking from scratch.
  • Having fun outdoors with swimming, games and fishing.
  • Enjoying one-on-one time with others by unplugging from electronics.

All of these can be good for the soul. Try a few for yourself and see what they can do for you.

There’s no set amount of outdoor exposure for a healthy lifestyle. As long as it’s not too cold or hot, do what feels comfortable for you. Whether it’s resting at the lakeshore or skiing down a snowy mountain, if it brings you joy, do it.

~Here’s to Your Success!

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