When it comes to your health, there are worlds of different advice that you’ll find. Still, you’ll find very few things that are better for your health than activities that help you connect with nature. So, make sure to look into one or more of these five great options to get outside, enjoy nature, and stay healthy while also being mindful.
Go Swimming in a Body of Water
Swimming is a summer pastime of just about everyone. It’s a great way to stay active and cool down during the summer months. Even if you just look at it as a chance to have fun with family and friends, swimming is still a great way to spend the day outside by yourself. It can allow for peaceful exercise in the water. You also have a world of options when it comes to swimming. With only 3% of the Earth’s water being freshwater, you can swim in a pool or the ocean, as well as lakes, springs, and rivers. All the while, you are able to stay healthy during the summer months.
Start a Garden in Your Backyard
Starting a garden in your backyard is a great way to spend time outside. It keeps you active, and you get something out of it besides that enjoyment: food. You get to enjoy healthy vegetables and fruit that you can take pride in growing yourself. The best part is that the entire process is healthy for you. Not only do you get outside and stay active, but you can enjoy time to yourself as you connect with the earth.
You may also find that your diet becomes healthier. Even if you ate a lot of fresh vegetables before, these vegetables are all-natural and free of potentially harmful GMOs.
Take Your Pet for a Walk on Hiking Trails
During the most recent recession, it was reported by Forbes that 92% of pet owners spent more or at least the same amount of money on their pets. Somehow, this isn’t surprising at all. People love their pets because of the companionship and joy that they bring us. Dogs especially love to spend time outside with their owners. Going for a hike with them is a great way for both you and your pet to stay active and bond. Being able to go out and enjoy nature and warm weather is just another added bonus.
Enjoy a Book Under a Tree in a Local Park
Taking advantage of your local parks is a great way to get out of the house to enjoy the day while also connecting with your community. Once there, you have plenty of great options, from picnicking to going for a walk, and anything else that you can possibly think of. Among the best options is enjoying a book in the park, perhaps under a tree. This is a great way to relax and connect with nature while also catching up on your reading list. Reading is also a great way to challenge yourself mentally and sharpen your mind.
Try Fishing in a Peaceful Environment
There’s an old joke that it’s fishing and not catching because you’re going to fail most of the time as a fisherman. However, that hasn’t deterred the 11.6 million youth participants in fishing competitions across the United States. That’s probably because fishing isn’t really about catching fish for the vast majority of people who go fishing. It’s about being outdoors, relaxing, and feeling connected to nature around you. You can also fish in basically any waterway, from streams to the ocean. With this comes several types of fishing that you can try, like fly-fishing and deep-sea fishing. Whatever style of fishing you choose to try, though, you’ll find it a peaceful way to step into nature on your own or with a friend.
Whether you’d like to swim, garden, walk, read, or fish, consider a mindfulness activity that allows you to connect with nature. These activities are great to try on your own, as they allow for relaxation and peaceful downtime.