There's just something special about being outside in nature. Am I right? When things get crazy, hectic, or just downright claustrophobic inside, getting some fresh air is always the answer.
So, for those of us who have a little bit of summer left to savor, let's make the most of it!
Making the most of the longer days
Before we know it, the days will start getting shorter again. Even though it can be really hot, there is more time right now to enjoy the outdoors than there will be at almost any other time of the year.
I LOVE the longer days that summer brings. It's so much fun to kick around a soccer ball with friends after dinner or go for an evening walk, knowing that you have plenty of time before it gets dark.
I enjoy other solitary, indoor things, too, like reading, cooking, and writing. But I remind myself that I can do all of those things year-round. Summer is short, and it brings opportunities to do things that I can't do as easily during other seasons, and I don't want to miss out on those chances.
Trying new things
Sometimes I can get burned out if I do the exact same thing all the time. I like mixing up the routines I take on my runs, but just that little bit of variety doesn't always cut it. I really enjoy working in other activities to mix it up-- things like walking, gardening, or even reading a book on my patio.
But even the best things can get a little dull after a while. That's no reason to give up or become complacent, but a reason to change things up!
This is your chance to learn something you've always wanted to do! Learn to run, mountain bike, roller skate, skateboard, or canoe. Ask a friend to teach you, take a class, or watch a YouTube video to figure something out.
There are places you can rent equipment if you don't want to commit to something new just yet-- it can be a great way to try something out and see if you like it! You just might find your new favorite hobby, and you might even make new friends in the process.
Just do something
It doesn't matter so much what you do, just that you get outside. You could go for a walk, a run, a bike ride, or a roller skating excursion. You could explore the area around your home or go somewhere you've never been and make it an adventure.
You could go for a walk, a run, a bike ride, or a roller skating excursion. You could explore the area around your home or go somewhere you've never been and make it an adventure.
Even on the days when I don't feel particularly motivated to do anything really active or when I don't feel like committing to spending an extended period of time outside (say, when it's over 85 degrees and 70% humidity), I tell myself I can just go for a little walk and call it good. As soon as I step out the door, I relax, and I'm reminded of the fact that even the smallest breath of fresh air and the shortest stretch of my stiff muscles is worth it.
Get others to join you
Make it a group effort. Everything's better with friends, right? (Okay, well, for this introvert, that's not always true, but humor me here.)
If you're running out of steam trying to make the most of the warmer summer weather before winter sets in (it'll be here before we know it, unfortunately), enlist other people to help!
Brainstorm ideas for outdoor activities! Two heads are definitely better than one here.
There are all sorts of groups and clubs dedicated to spending time doing various outdoor activities. Check with your city or look on Facebook to see who's doing things around you that sound like something you'd enjoy!
What kinds of things do you like to do in the summer? If you have kids, how do you get them outside and away from screens? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!