3 Ways To Get Outside More (Even When You’re Busy)
Getting outside isn’t just fun and relaxing, it’s also really good for you. It’s great for your physical health to get out into the fresh air, and can really benefit your mental health too. Actually having the time to get outside regularly can be easier said than done. We have 3 suggestions for how you can make it a part of your routine even when life gets busy.
1. Take Your Lunch Break Outside
Switching it up from the breakroom is a great way to spend some time outside. Whether you head to a local park or turn your lunch break into a walk, it can help you recenter yourself in the middle of an otherwise hectic day. Try leaving your phone at your desk for a more unplugged experience.
2. Make Your Bike Part of Your Commute
Biking to work is one of our favorite ways to make getting outside part of your regular routine. It lets you get to know your neighborhood, start your day with some movement and fresh air, and help reduce traffic congestion. If you’re just getting started, check out our beginner’s guide. It’s packed with tips on everything from picking your route, to what to wear, from the Smith office’s bike commuters.
3. Head Out For a Walk (and bring the pup)
Taking a spin around the block or around your neighborhood is a great way to get a little bit more of the great outdoors into your day, and there’s no better motivation than those puppy dog eyes. By taking it easy you can get more enjoyment out of your activity without worrying about the splits on your bike or the mileage of your run. Motivation from your four-legged friend can even lead you to try more outdoor activities. Check out our guide to bringing your dog along on outdoor adventures for some helpful tips and tricks.
Even if it’s just a short period of time every day that you’re outside, don’t underestimate its impact. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Peter James, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health, notes that research has suggested that regular exposure to smaller amounts of green space can be as effective, or even more effective, than one or two big outings per year, and he urges people to make nature a part of their everyday lives.
Let us know in the comments below your favorite way to get outside and pursue your thrill (or your chill).