It’s time to get outdoors!
March 07, 2016
Remember when you were a kid and summer was THE BEST THING EVER? Days upon days spent outside doing whatever you wanted. Granted, part of that was the no school thing, but it was also a mindset. You woke up - and whether it’s cause you chose to or your mom made you - you put on your swimsuit or play clothes and headed outside. Outside where the sun was shining, the air was fresh and there were no boundaries besides that pesky backyard fence. Things changes as you get older. Summer for most of us no longer means carefree days spent lounging outdoors; instead it’s carpool, work, meetings, dinner and homework. But it doesn’t have to be! Here are 5 reasons to get up and get outside now! 1. It makes you happier. A 2015 study by Stanford University found that, “Participants who walked through nature showed lower levels of blood flow to the parts of the brain associated with negative thoughts.” 2. You’ll sleep better. Our circadian rhythms are naturally tied to the sun. Spending too much time indoors can alter those cycles and cause sleep problems. 3. It really is a wonderful world. We live in a world with over 23,000 different species of trees alone! This doesn’t count the vast numbers of animals, insects, birds and other wildlife that we share planet Earth with. When you think about it, it’s astonishing! Spending time outside allows you to appreciate that. 4. You’ll whittle your waistline. Whether it’s hiking, biking, fishing, golfing or just playing with your kids in the backyard, any form of physical activity is good for you body. In fact, it is recommended you perform at least 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of intense activity every week. You may not see the pounds or inches fall off, but you’ll be doing your heart good and every little bit helps! Plus you’ll get the Vitamin D your body needs, naturally. 5. You’ll be more productive. We know you can’t say goodbye to the carpool, meetings and work forever, but you can be more focused and alert when you’re there. A study published in Psychological Science found that nature can restore attention levels by giving you a break from everyday overstimulation. Lucky for you, we have 5,200 acres of great outdoors at YMCA Trout Lodge that we would love for you to come explore! Take a look around our website and see all that you can do at Trout Lodge. Then either book your getaway with us or give us a call at 1-800-FUN-YMCA and we can tell you more all we have to offer!Next Post