At the height of 2020’s COVID-19 shutdowns, outdoor activities—and the demand for bicycles and gardening supplies—soared. Electronic screens just didn’t cut it as the sole remedy for “shut-in” stress.
The long-term effect on “normal times” lifestyles remains to be seen, but any time is a good time to make outdoor activities a priority in your family.
What’s In It For You
The advantages of outdoor time include:
Getting yourself—and your children—in the outdoor habit now will make it easy to maintain for (a longer, healthier) life.
How to Get Started
If your family has tended toward the couch-potato, screen-obsessed lifestyle even during shutdown days, here are some starter tips for building better habits.
Doing It Right
Unfortunately, outdoor time doesn’t always prove an unmitigated blessing. The health benefits—and the fun—will be negated if someone tears a muscle, gets lost, or comes home sunburned and dehydrated. It pays to:
But don’t cower in your home for fear of what might happen. Get everyone out and have fun; and expect good things, including a healthy future for yourself and your kids!
Blessings to parents and children of all ages!