It’s officially Spring, and we have a long stretch of outdoor-friendly weather ahead. In the last few years, people have developed an even deeper appreciation of the great outdoors. Here are 10 new, routine-breaking ways to enjoy getting outside.
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1. Try a new sport
Always wanted to try stand-up paddle boarding? Curious about rock climbing? There is no shortage of activities that drop you right into nature while you get some healthy exercise. Trying new things can also improve memory and mental health.
2. Dine al frescoA new way to enjoy dining al fresco is a pop-up picnic. The pop-up picnic industry has skyrocketed recently, and companies take care of all details, including food, custom seating, decor, and any needed permits. All you need to do is show up with family and friends!
3. Plant a Garden
Whether or not you have a backyard garden or even a green thumb, you can benefit from the act of gardening. You can help out senior centers, community gardens, and neighbors, or plant your own outdoor mini-garden with a few low-maintenance herbs like rosemary and thyme.
4. Visit the U.S. National Parks
According to the National Park Service, U.S. National Park visitation increased by more than 60 million people from 2020 to 2021. The pandemic was the initial cause, but then word of mouth spread as people marveled at the abundance of natural beauty available from park to park.
5. H.I.I.T in the great outdoors
You may have seen it - people doing sit-ups on park benches or push-ups on the beach. High intensity interval training (H.I.I.T) is popular in formal classes, but you can easily incorporate active recovery intervals into your jogging or biking routine.
6. Join a park workout
From Tai Chi to Zumba, you can find just about any fitness class in a public park during the warmer months. Check with your local park association for a schedule, and enjoy a new setting for a favorite class.
7. Volunteer dog walk
Even if you have your own pooch, volunteer dog-walking is a much-appreciated way to experience a different part of the outdoors. Walking shelter dogs or helping out a neighbor with their own pet will make both pups and people happy.
8. Ditch the drink
“Let’s meet for drinks” or “let’s have coffee” are knee-jerk ways to meet up with friends. Switch in some non-beverage activities like taking an evening stroll or going on a morning hike to enjoy other people’s company while soaking up nature.
9. Breathe deep
There will be some days that life takes over and it’s hard to get outside. On days you’re extra busy, even stepping out for a few minutes to take some deep breaths in the fresh air will help you stay calm and reset your mood.
10. Stay outdoor ready
To fully enjoy getting outside, make sure you’re prepared, and pack items like rain gear, extra snacks, and water bottles. Stocking up on NextEvo Naturals Premium Pure CBD Travel Packs can help you be prepared for any outdoor excursion, and enhance your experience through benefits like better muscle recovery and increased focus.
See you outside!