There’s much to be said for modern life. It’s increased our quality of life; we’re healthier and smarter, and more able to live a life in our image. However, there is a downside (well, there’s a lot actually, but here’s one of them): we’re all spending much more time indoors. If you live in a city and work in an office, you could feasible spent nearly all your time indoors! And this has consequences for both your physical and mental wellbeing. After all, humans belong in nature. If you need to get more nature in your life, then take a read below, where we outline some effective ways to make sure you’re outdoors more.
Forget the “Fastest Route”
When you’re travelling from A to B, you most likely take a look at what the quickest way to get there is. But since we’re so spread out these days, it’s unlikely that the fastest route will involve being outside, whatsoever! You’ll spend the entire time on a train or in the car, without even a breath of fresh air. Instead, why not look at ignoring the fastest route, and taking the option that’s best for you, the one that involves walking and being outdoors? Obviously, in some cases, you won’t be able to walk all the way, but you could get off at a bus stop a couple before the one you “need” to get off at, and walk the remaining distance.
Get the Right Gear
No-one’s going to spend their time in the outdoors if they’re freezing and soaked through. Alas, this is the default position of the weather during the winter, at least in the UK. While it might be more tempting to stay curled up indoors, there are a lot of benefits to braving the rain and going for a walk. It’ll clear your head, get you that little bit healthier, and boost your mood. As such, it’s worthwhile investing in some high-quality gear, such as thermals and waterproof clothing. Remember, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.
We don’t always have the option of being outside. During the week, we need to work, and at the weekend, we have errands to run. But if we use our time wisely, then we can spend more time in the outdoors, without even having to leave our property. Work on creating an outdoor living space at the back of your house, and you’ll be able to enjoy relaxed mornings, eating breakfast outside. And you don’t necessarily have to wait until the sun is shining to do this, either. Opening roofs provide sunshine when it’s sunny, and protection from the elements when the weather isn’t so agreeable. Get one installed on your property, and you’ll be able to enjoy your garden all the year round. Another good idea is to invest in a heater or make your own fire pit, as they will allow you to enjoy the cold winter nights outdoors, ideally looking at the stars!
And it’s not just those soft mornings where you can enjoy your garden. Is there anything better than spending a warm summer’s evening in your garden? Make a conscious habit of eating outside when the sun is shining. There’s nothing better than having the family spending time together, as the sun shines down. It’s not really part of the UK’s culture to eat al fresco, but why not? If you’ve got a garden table and chair set, and it’s warm enough to be outside, then why would you select to eat indoors?
When it comes to exercise, most people choose to get in their car, drive to the gym, and work up a sweat there. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course, but if you’re only to be running on a treadmill, why not do it outside? There’s a big difference between running 5 miles indoors and running 5 miles running through a natural area. They say that just fifteen minutes spent in nature is enough to boost our mood. Unless you’re a ridiculously fast runner, you’ll spend much more than that time outdoors! Look at nature areas around you, and hit the running trails.
Pick up a Hobby
Many people want to spend more time in the outdoors but can find that, well, it can be a little bit boring. And that’s understandable; there’s only so much time you can spend looking at a nice view. So why not look at picking up an activity that gets you into the outdoors and also having fun? Activities like mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, and the like have to be done outdoors. You’ll be having fun with your friends, with the added bonus of spending time in nature. Win-win!
When people think of going on holiday, they usually think of boarding a plane and jetting off somewhere overseas. This is enjoyable of course, but why not consider mixing it up from time to time? The UK has a lot of beautiful places, and a strong camping culture too. Invest in a tent, and use your weekends in the great outdoors. Some people never spend any of their nights under the stars, but they should – it’s an awesome way to spend a few days.
Get a Pet
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was something that prompted – no, demanded – that you go outside? Well, that thing already exists…it’s called a dog. Many people want to spend more time outdoors, but they’re just a little bit too lazy to get up off the couch. A dog needs to be walked twice a day come rain or shine, forcing you to get outside. Of course, there are a lot of other factors you should think about before getting a pet, but if you were already thinking about it, then this might be the final push you needed. There’s nothing better than an early Sunday morning walk in the great outdoors with your canine best friend by your side!