Did you know that doing outdoor activities has plenty of benefits both mentally and physically? Being outside provides vitamin D which supports your body with calcium, reduces depression, and helps your body to function more efficiently. Other positive aspects to emerging yourself in fresh air is increased happiness, reduce stress, aid in weight loss and more. Getting outside should be a big part of your life. If you’re not sure what activities you and your family would enjoy outside, here are a few things to do outside that anyone can enjoy.

Mini Golf

Although going mini golfing doesn’t emerge you fully into nature, it is a great way to get outside. Mini golf courses are fairly cheap and are always a fun time. Mini golf is the perfect activity to get outside and get moving without having to be too deep into nature. Consider it a baby step activity towards spending more time outside.

Mini golf even has health benefits such as cardiovascular exercise, opportunity to get in your vitamin D depending on what time you go, and promotes hand-eye coordination. It’s perfect for any age and gives you something fun to do while you’re outside.

Hiking

As a slightly more advanced outdoor activity, hiking is one of the best ways to go fully into nature, get exercise and simply enjoy the world around you. There are hiking trails all over the globe with different levels of experience. Mild, intermediate, and even advanced trails offer scenic routes unlike any other. There’s nothing like being outside in the woods for a gorgeous hike, up a mountain, around a lake, or just through the forest. Hiking is good for your body and it’s a great way to get your heart going, strengthen your muscles, and more. Not only is it good for your physical health, but hiking provides a mental freeness, much like an escape. No matter what your skill level is, anyone can find a hiking trail that they enjoy.

Camping

Imagine getting away from the business of everyday life, and enjoying “roughing it” for a short period of time. Camping is one of the best ways to get into the great outdoors and away from distractions such as traffic, phones, social media, and other everyday stress factors. Camping in fresh air is fun for the entire family! Campgrounds offer quaint spaces with firepits where you can set up tents, cook dinner over the fire and enjoy quality bonding time with the other people who are camping with you. Although staying in a tent is not enjoyable for everyone, you can bring air mattresses, cots, or even RV’s to certain locations and designated areas on a campground. Camping is a fun experience for the whole family!

Going for a Walk

Getting exercise is essential for your body’s health. Even a short 15 minute walk is better than no walk at all. Walking can be as enjoyable as you make it. Going on a nature walk can allow you to mediate or simply relax. You can take your dog for a walk around the neighborhood and have the chance to say hello to your neighbors. You can go to your local park for a nice walk too. Walking will get you moving outside in the fresh air. No matter how short or long your walk is, you’re body will see many benefits from walking.

Get outside in the fresh air for a happier, healthier you.