19th May, 2010 - Posted by - 11 Comments
According to new research, even five (5) minutes of exercise outdoors in a green space (park, garden, etc.) can boost your mood and self-esteem. The combination of movement and nature is powerful medicine, according to UK researchers.
Who am I kidding — that’s GREAT news!
Here are 5 Tips to Get You Moving Outdoors:
- Trade the treadmill for the trail! Go to the gym? Consider skipping it in favor of outdoor time, at least a few times a week. Not only will the exercise do you good, but the time spent in nature will help you reduce your stress level, boost your creativity and will help you get a much needed dose of Vitamin D.
- Discover your green thumb. Plant a garden — you’ll get lots of physical activity and enjoy the fruits (and veggies!) of your labor. Gardening is a terrific activity and learning experience for children. For ideas and tips for gardening with children, visit Kids Gardening.
- Park the car. Form walking groups to help kids get to school. Ride your bike to do errands or visit a friend. While it’s not always possible to do everything by foot — you will be surprised at how often you can leave the car at home. Bonus: It’s healthier for the planet, too!
- Declare an hour of family play time — daily! It doesn’t matter if it’s shooting hoops in the driveway, running through the sprinkler or walking around your neighborhood — just make time to get outside and move together as a family. Parents and caregivers are children’s primary role models for physical activity and healthy choices, so don’t miss the opportunity to model fun.
- Explore your community. You will be surprised at all the resources you never knew where there. Bike paths, hiking trails, parks, community gardens, nature centers and more! To find green spaces and events near you, check out our friends at NatureFind.
Want even more reasons to get outside and get moving? Check out the 2010 Parks, Playgrounds and Active Living report.
Sign me up — I’m unplugging and going to get my ‘green’ on! – Bethe
Bethe Almeras, MS, is the HSBS Training Director. A long time educator and play advocate, she is passionate about outdoor play and connecting children with nature. In her free time Bethe writes a blog, The Grass Stain Guru, and can often be found playing outside and enjoying Mother Nature. She is particularly fond of chatting with squirrels.