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8 Healthy Things You Can Do Outside Today
Research suggests, and common sense confirms, that spending time in the great outdoors is beneficial, if not crucial, for human health. Spending time outside can reduce stress, enhance your vision, and boost your immune system. Here are eight things you can do outside TODAY that will improve your health.
Take a hike
Get away from the crowds and explore the road (or trail) less traveled. Hiking is great exercise and an easy and inexpensive way to enjoy the outdoors. People of all ages and energy levels can enjoy the benefits of hiking. Walking on uneven trails uses 28% more energy than walking on flat ground, which results in better sleep and stronger muscles. Grab your boots and pack and head out there!
What better isolation from illness is there than the middle of a river? And what better way is there to meditate and boost your mental health than standing in flowing water? The rhythm and focus of fly casting, along with stabilizing yourself on top of slippery rocks in moving water, is the perfect combination of physical and mental exercise.
Climbing requires strength, endurance, and bravery. Although it’s not for the faint of heart, it sure is fun! Climbing can reduce stress, improve brain function, and lead to a healthier lifestyle. Remember to always climb with the proper gear and climb on!
Just keep swimming
Put on your swimsuit and dive in! Swimming can be a vigorous workout and it helps you maintain a healthy weight, heart, and lungs. It doesn’t matter if you’re swimming laps or just hanging out, swimming uses almost all of your muscles. Cannonball!!!
Paddle faster, I hear banjos
Don't feel like getting in the water? Glide across the top in a kayak or on a paddleboard. Paddlesports are a fantastic way to enjoy the water on days when swimming just isn't that appealing, and you'll burn just as many calories propelling yourself on top of the water as you do in the water. If you're in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, swing by our Backwoods Paddlesports rental concession at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, Texas.
Run, Forrest, Run!
In a small study, research suggests that exercising outdoors might add an energy boost to your workout. Running also strengthens your muscles and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. So, lace up those running shoes and get going!
Sleep under the stars
Pack up your tent, hit the road and spend a night camping under the stars. When you spend time outside in the fresh air your brain releases serotonin from the extra oxygen. We challenge you to unplug and enjoy your surroundings and so some serious stargazing. Here’s everything you need to know about stargazing in Big Bend
Walkin’ on sunshine (woahhhhh oh!)
Go outside and enjoy the sunshine! When you’re in direct sunlight, your body is taking it tons of Vitamin D which helps your body maintain calcium and phosphorous levels in your blood. Grab a hammock and some friends and get up close and personal with Mother Nature… it’s good for you!