Outdoor Recreation Can Be Whatever You Make Of It
It's a well known fact that the working world lives for the weekend. Cooped up all week in a cubicle with nothing but your computer screen to keep you company, your watery eyes are usually crying out for a little bit of time spent outside the office. Outdoor recreation is a great way to both refresh your batteries for the working week and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
But outdoor recreation comes in many different forms. For many, it just means getting out to the backyard for some barbecue or a dip in the pool (or a spray from the water hose). For others, it means an intense back woods hike, with camping gear and backpacks to get you through the trip.
Of course, with so many professional sports played on the weekends, it can be tough to pull yourself away from the big game, but after staring at a screen all day at work, the thought of coming home to another one can make some people feel ill.
Getting yourself outside, whether it's for casual recreation or for some more intense exercise, is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself and those around you. Just spending time with fresh air — and the beauty that even a night sky above the city line can provide — is an exciting and positive way to keep you happy and healthy for years to come.
And the best part about spending time outdoors is that it's completely addictive. Even spending a few hours outside your home can brighten your day, and make you want to do it again.
Here are a few ideas for some outdoor recreation that you can enjoy with your family:
- Go for a walk: check out your neighborhood with a healthy, leisurely stroll.
- Try hiking: step it up a notch with a longer hike — a trip to a local State or National Park can be a great way to exercise, and a fun and educational lesson about conservation for you and your family.
- Play sports: whether it's tennis, basketball, softball or soccer, public courts and fields exist no matter where you live, and provide a cheap, family friendly way to get outdoors and enjoy yourself.
And no matter where you go for outdoor recreation, bringing a picnic along is a great way to make the day that much more memorable. So get out there and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer!