Time outdoors should be enjoyed by everyone. There is so much we can learn from exploring and embracing the outside world. So why do I spend time outdoors?
I love being outside. It always makes me feel refreshed and ready to start again. Also, it allows me to see more of my local area, discover new places to visit around the world and to partake in new activities. To start off it’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day runnings of life, swept up in routines and an indoor 9-5 world. I work in an office and find it so hard to find to find time outside, especially during the winter. That’s why I make a particular effort to spend plenty of time outside on the weekends. There are a whole 48 hours at the end of every work week to get outside.
One of my main reasons for spending time outdoors is to relax.
To de-stress and forget about the pressures of work. There is nothing better than to feel the sea breeze against my face as I stroll along the seafront. In the evenings there are fairy lights running between the lamp posts giving the whole place a colourful feel despite the darkness. These evening walks range from 30 mins to an hour and a half, they are just fantastic at clearing your body and mind.
Spending time outside not only helps your mental health but helps your physical health too. Walking and outdoor activities can burn calories and in the long run, improves fitness. You can do so much for your body all while having great fun!
If walking or running outside is not your thing there are 101 different things that you can do outdoors. Everything from a leisurely bike ride to a bungee jump is outdoor activities. There is a huge range for you to choose from. I enjoy roller skating as one of my outdoor evening activities. It has all the same benefits as running, but its kinder on my dodgy knees. It’s also a fun sport, there’s nothing cooler than skating down the seafront in the sunset, in my opinion. Wild/outdoor swimming, stand up paddleboarding, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, zip wires, kayaking are all ways you can try a new exciting activity and spend time outdoors. If you are lacking the confidence to go for that new activity have a little read of my post on finding your confidence for adventure.
So which activity are you going to try next?
Spending time outdoors allowance me to connect with nature. While out and about, its great to see various wildlife. In the South West UK, there are loads of seabirds flying around as well as wild Dartmoor ponies when up on the moors. Then if you get lucky you might even see seals or dolphins off the coasts of Cornwall and Devon. By visiting national trust areas, we can learn about the wildlife that is around from the information boards they have dotted around the area. As I explore I can discover new things about the area I am in, that I would know before. Connecting with nature allows us to appreciate the area we are in. Heading out to your local common, river, hills or even local park allows us to embrace the area we live in. Living in Devon and spending time on the coast I have learnt all about the coastline and the tides. It has given me a new understanding and appreciation of the sea, how the tides work and the effect they can have on the coast and the water sports that I enjoy.
When I am out exploring I get the chance to expand my skills. As someone who enjoys photography and writes a blog, spending time outdoors is a creative outlet for me. So many of my blog posts are centred on the outdoors and the activities I enjoy outdoors. Every time I go for a hike, paddle or swim I come back with loads of blog ideas and inspiration! By taking my camera with me to capture the places I visit, sharing the beauty of the area, allows me to work on my photography skills, making them stronger. This way you can all enjoy my blog posts and photos more!
Just remember to take photos and memories, and leave only footprints where ever you go.
So tell me, what are your reasons for spending time outdoors? Do we share any of the same reasons for getting outside?
Let me know in the comments!
See you next time and happy adventuring!
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