Being outdoors and connecting with nature is crucial for our health. Not only are there physical health benefits, but the mental health benefits are just as powerful. A 2019 study revealed that spending just 120 minutes a week out in nature significantly boosts health and well-being. Read this Healthline™ article on the health benefits of being outdoors for more on that study and a list of reasons to get outside more.
Since getting outside is important all year long, we put together a list of ways to get outside every season!
Get Outside in the Summer
It’s easy to get outside in the summer, right? Especially if you live in a place that endures cold and dark winters. So, let’s start with unique ways to get outside when the sun is shining!
Head to a National Park
National parks are national treasures. Whether nearby or a bit of a drive away, getting outside in the most American way (by exploring her natural beauty) is always worth the trip! And did you know that there are plenty of opportunities to get in free? Check out this list of ways to save money and get into National Parks for FREE!
One of the best parts of summer are the clear skies and warm nights. Take the opportunity to go star gazing! Be intentional about planning star gazing nights where you head to an area with minimal light pollution. Make the most out of the experience by bringing cozy blankets and spend the evening in awe of this amazing universe.
And did you know that there are star gazing apps to help you spot constellations? Check out this article for the best stargazing apps out there.
Explore Your Hometown
Yes, you can explore your hometown like a tourist any season (and you should), but the ease of summer makes this the perfect way to spend some time outside. Visit a restaurant you’ve never been to and eat on the patio! Head to local sight-seeing attractions. Or head to the closest body of water and enjoy the scenery. There is so much to do in your own backyard!
Get Outside in the Fall
The winds are changing, and the air is crisp. Time to bust out the pumpkin spice and cozy fall clothes. But don’t let the dropping temperatures keep you indoors. There are many ways to enjoy the outdoors in the fall!
Go on a Family Nature Walk
With the changing leaves, there is no shortage of beauty outdoors in the fall. Head to a local trail with the whole family to enjoy the vibrant colors on a nature walk. If you have young kids with you, take a look at this list of nature walk activities!
Visit the Pumpkin Patch
Okay, this might not be UNIQUE, but we can’t have a “get outside in the fall” list without a pumpkin patch. Make a day of it by finding a local patch with activities, a petting zoo, corn maze, or hayride! This will not only get you outside, but it’s sure to get you in the autumn spirit and kick off the holiday season.
Find Volunteer Opportunities
Fall is the perfect time to give back to your community. As the weather cools and Thanksgiving is around the corner, it becomes easier to find volunteer opportunities to help those in need. Find a soup kitchen to give your time to or hand out warm clothes and blankets to the homeless community.
Get Outside in the Winter
Maybe you live where the sun always shines no matter the season, but much of the U.S is trying to find ways to stay warm in the winter! It’s getting a little harder to get outside, but we believe that being outdoors is ALWAYS important.
Make Snow Angels
Let’s get this list started by bringing out the kid in us. If you live in an area that snows, bundle up, go outside, and make some snow angels. There’s nothing like playing in the snow like you’re a kid again. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep the fun going with a snowball fight too.
Find a Winter Sport
Have you tried picking up winter sports? If you’re not for the “extreme” like skiing, snowboarding, or snowmobiling, snow shoeing may be the winter sport for you! It’s basically hiking in the snow. Don’t underestimate the magic of walking through and exploring a winter wonderland.
Enjoy the Christmas Lights
Every community has that one neighborhood that goes all out for Christmas. Grab some hot cocoa at a local coffee shop and head to that neighborhood to walk around and enjoy the light show. Make sure to also check out local parks for light shows or Christmas tree lightings!
Get Outside in the Spring
The frost is gone, and the flowers are beginning to bloom. It’s official … spring is here! There really is no better time to get outside.
Grow Your Own Garden
When you think of spring, you think of gardens! Kick off the spring season outdoors by growing your own garden of flowers, fruit, or vegetables. If you’re a gardening novice, head to this spring gardening checklist for tips and tricks.
Head to Your Local Farmer’s Market
Whether you’ve grown your own garden or not, springtime is the perfect time to head to your local farmer’s market. Not only are you supporting your local farmers and small business owners by shopping there, but you’ll also get outdoors and enjoy the puffy spring clouds and sunshine!
When the flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping. And birdwatching is a fun and unique way to spend time outdoors this spring. Are you new to birdwatching, or “birding” as some call it? Not to worry because the National Park Service™ has created an article all about birding for beginners. Check it out and give it a try!
It’s Time to Get Outside More!
Now there’s no excuse! 😉 Every season has something to offer in the outdoors. So hopefully, we have inspired you to get outside more and enjoy every bit of it!
We consider getting outside more a healthy habit, and if you want tips on more ways to stay healthy, head to our blog on “Starting a Healthy Lifestyle.”